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Murder at the Estate Sale: An Evening with Charlene Ball and Libby Ware

Event date: 
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

As part of our 46th birthday weekend celebration, Charis is honored to welcome our longtime community members and friends (and fellow booksellers!), Libby Ware and Charlene Ball, who are the pseudonymous writing team, Lily Charles.

Murder at the Estate Sale: A Molly and Emma Bookseller Adventure, is the first in a series of cozy mysteries set in Atlanta and featuring murder and occult mayham solved by our antiquarian bookselling protagonists, Molly and Emma, who just might also be falling in love with each other.

Join us for a fun evening of virtual community and celebration on Friday night and then come to Charis' 46th birthday pop-up sale on Saturday afternoon and get your book signed in person by "Lily Charles" between 12-2 pm.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices.

This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

We will be archiving this event and adding closed captioning as soon as possible after airing so that it will be accessible to deaf and HOH people. If you have other accessibility needs or if you are someone who has skills in making digital events more accessible please don't hesitate to reach out to We are actively learning the best practices for this technology and we welcome your feedback as we begin this new way of connecting across distances.

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Charlene Ball is the author of DARK LADY: A NOVEL OF EMILIA BASSANO LANYER, winner of the Sarton Award from Story Circle. She has published short stories and articles in academic and literary journals. She has worked as a college administrator and instructor. She is a member of the Atlanta Writers Club and the Georgia Writers Association. She is a fellow of the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. She sells books with her wife Libby Ware. Charlene and Libby married in 2016 and live about a mile from each other in Atlanta.

Libby Ware’s debut novel LUM was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book, a gold winner of the IPPY award and was shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award. She is the owner of Toadlily Books, an antiquarian book business. She is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), and is president of the Georgia Antiquarian Booksellers Association (GABA). She belongs to the Atlanta Writers Club and the Georgia Writers Association, and is a fellow of The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. She lives in Atlanta and is married to Charlene Ball.

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Murder at the Estate Sale: First in the Molly & Emma Booksellers Series Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644372449
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Black Opal Books - August 15th, 2020

Based in Atlanta, Georgia the world of antiquarian and collectible bookselling is exposed as a hotbed of collectors and booksellers who will do almost anything to score that perfect collectible book. Emma and Molly find themselves in the middle of both a murder, and an occult cult, as they pursue their work and each other in a delightfully twisted, intriguing puzzle.

Event Summary: 
As part of our 46th birthday weekend celebration, Charis is honored to welcome our longtime community members and friends (and fellow booksellers!), Libby Ware and Charlene Ball, who are the pseudonymous writing team, Lily Charles.