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In the Lives of Puppets: TJ Klune in conversation with Kira Apple

Event date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

All attendees must register for the event.

Charis and the Georgia Center for the Book welcome TJ Klune in conversation with Kira Apple for the paperback release of In the Lives of Puppets. In Person in the Sanctuary at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. 

About the Book: New York Times bestselling author TJ Klune invites you deep into the heart of a peculiar forest and on the extraordinary journey of a family assembled from spare parts.

In a strange little home built into the branches of a grove of trees, live three robots—fatherly inventor android Giovanni Lawson, a pleasantly sadistic nurse machine, and a small vacuum desperate for love and attention. Victor Lawson, a human, lives there too. They’re a family, hidden and safe.

The day Vic salvages and repairs an unfamiliar android labeled “HAP,” he learns of a shared dark past between Hap and Gio–a past spent hunting humans.

When Hap unwittingly alerts robots from Gio’s former life to their whereabouts, the family is no longer hidden and safe. Gio is captured and taken back to his old laboratory in the City of Electric Dreams. So together, the rest of Vic’s assembled family must journey across an unforgiving and otherworldly country to rescue Gio from decommission, or worse, reprogramming.

Along the way to save Gio, amid conflicted feelings of betrayal and affection for Hap, Vic must decide for himself: Can he accept love with strings attached?

Inspired by Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio, and like Swiss Family Robinson meets Wall-EIn the Lives of Puppets is a masterful stand-alone fantasy adventure from the beloved author who brought you The House in the Cerulean Sea and Under the Whispering Door.

TJ KLUNE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The House in the Cerulean SeaUnder the Whispering DoorIn the Lives of Puppets, and the Green Creek Series for adults, the Extraordinaries Series for teens, and more. Being queer himself, Klune believes it's important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories.

Kira Apple (she/her) is a full-time bookseller at Charis Books and More and co-facilitator of Charis's Queer Romance Book Club. Originally from Eastern Pennsylvania, she received her Bachelor's and Master's in English from Kutztown University. A lifelong lover of fantasy, sci-fi, and romance literature and media, she can also be found playing video games and TTRPGs, writing, and wrangling her three cats. You can find her on Twitter @keekrbeekr and Instagram @kiapple

About the Event

TJ Klune will be signing and personalizing books following the discussion. All attendees must register for the event by selecting a ticket. There will be a limited number of free tickets. You may choose a free ticket without a book or a single signed book ticket or a ticket for 2 people that includes one signed book.

If you choose the book with ticket option, you will bring your ticket (digitally or on paper) with you to pick up your copy of the book at the event. All books not picked up at the event on 4/11 will be available for pickup at Charis Books and More (184 S. Candler St, Decatur) for an additional 2 weeks. 

Doors open at 6 pm. Event begins promptly at 7 pm.

Masks: Face masks are encouraged but not required.
Social Distancing: Attendance will be capped below capacity to ensure social distancing.
The First Baptist Church is fully wheelchair accessible, with accessible parking. Please contact us at or 404-524-0304 if you have other seating or accessibility needs or would like to request ASL interpretation. 

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Event address: 
First Baptist Church of Decatur
308 Clairemont Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
Event Summary: 
New York Times bestselling author TJ Klune invites you deep into the heart of a peculiar forest and on the extraordinary journey of a family assembled from spare parts.