Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th. Your mother loves to read, but already owns every Jane Austen novel and secretly borrowed Fifty Shades of Gray from the library. This guide, culled from our recent featured Festival authors, should satisfy the cool moms on your list.


StationFor the mother who loves sci-fi:

Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. She might dress up for Comic-Con, she’s pretty stoked about the new Star Wars, and she will love this National Book Award nominated dystopic novel.







LandFor the mother who wants some heavy summer reading:

Tiphanie Yanique’s Land of Love and Drowning. Literally and figuratively heavy, the beauty, magic, heartbreak, and political turmoil of the 20th century Virgin Islands will overshadow that lightweight pulp fiction stocking the beach house.







SummerFor the mother who loves comics:

Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki’s This One Summer. Your mom knows the difference between manga and ‘zines, and knows it’s a big deal that this is the first graphic novel awarded a Caldecott Honor.







Passarello+Large+RGBFor the mother who doesn’t care about using your inside voice:

Elena Passarello’s Let Me Clear My Throat. Always a woman who appreciates a good performance, she’ll recognize the bellow of “Stella!,” the distinct Pittsburgh accent, and the heartbreaking sound of Judy Garland singing.






tequilaFor the mother who would rather just have a drink while you cook:

Lucinda Hutso’s Viva Tequila! If she gets really into this book, you probably shouldn’t ask her to be your sous chef.






1little-owls-dayFor the mother who just wants her kid to go to sleep:

Divya Srinivasan’s Little Owl’s Day. Let’s be honest, she needs them in bed so she can start reading the stack of books on her nightstand. Maybe accompanied by a shot of good tequila.