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Thu, Aug 29


Novelette Booksellers

Author Event: Mia Manansala in conversation with Malaka Gharib

Join us on Thursday, August 29th at 7 pm when we have Mia Manansala in-store, discussing her books in the Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery series with Malaka Gharib.

Author Event: Mia Manansala in conversation with Malaka Gharib
Author Event: Mia Manansala in conversation with Malaka Gharib

Time & Location

Aug 29, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

Novelette Booksellers, 1101 Chapel Ave #108, Nashville, TN 37206, USA

About the event

Join us on Thursday, August 29th at 7 pm when we have Mia Manansala in-store, discussing her books in the Tita Rosie's Mystery Kitchen series with Malaka Gharib (I Was Their American Dream, It Won't Always Be Like This).

Tickets are FREE! Once you 'purchase' your free tickets, your name will be added to the guest list. Spots are limited, so please don't forget to snag your tickets!

This event is standing room only, but you may bring a camping/folding chair, cushion, or pillow if you like, or get cozy on our floor! Feel free to bring non-alcoholic drinks but please do not bring any food.

Mia's books: Arsenic and Adobo, Homicide and Halo-Halo, Blackmail and Bibingka, Murder and Mamon, and you can pre-order their upcoming book Guilt and Ginataan, out November 12th!

Malaka's books: I Was Their American Dream and It Won't Always Be Like This

Copies of both Mia's and Malaka's books will be available for purchase at the event, but ordering in advance is always your best bet to make sure you can secure a copy. 

About Mia Manansala:

Mia P. Manansala (MAH-nahn-sah-lah; listen to pronunciation here) (she/her) is a writer and book coach from Chicago who loves books, baking, and bad-ass women. She uses humor (and murder) to explore aspects of the Filipino diaspora, queerness, and her millennial love for pop culture.

She is the winner of the 2022 Anthony Award for Best First Novel, 2022 Macavity Award for Best First Novel, 2022 RUSA Reading List for Mystery, 2021 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, 2018 Hugh Holton Award, the 2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, the 2017 William F. Deeck - Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, and the 2016 Mystery Writers of America/Helen McCloy Scholarship. She was shortlisted for the 2021 Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery/Thriller and the 2021 CHIRBy Award for Fiction by the Chicago Review of Books. She's also a 2017 Pitch Wars alum and 2018-2020 mentor.

A lover of all things geeky, Mia spends her days procrastibaking, playing RPGs and otome games, reading cozy mysteries and diverse romance, and cuddling her dogs Gumiho and Max Power.

Find her on Facebook, Bluesky, and Instagram: @MPMtheWriter

About Malaka Gharib:

Malaka Gharib is a journalist, cartoonist and graphic novelist. She is the author of "I Was Their American Dream," a graphic memoir published in 2019 about being first-generation Filipino Egyptian American, which won an Arab American Book Award in 2020. Then in 2022, she published "It Won't Always Be Like This," a graphic memoir about her summers in the Middle East.

By day, she works as a digital editor at NPR for Life Kit, a lifestyle podcast about health, finance, relationships and more. Her comics and writing have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Catapult, The Believer Magazine and The New Yorker. She has been profiled in The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Some of her comics and zines are archived at the Smithsonian Institution, the New York Public Library, the Arab American Museum and Barnard College’s Zine Library. Her art and writing has been exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Harvard Radcliffe Institute and Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery.

She lives in Nashville, Tenn., with her husband, son and Shiba Inu.


  • General Admission

    This ticket is free! But you'll need to snag one to secure your spot at this event as spots are limited. :-)




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