Virtual Author Event

in conversation with
Daniel Goldin & Lisa Baudoin
Tuesday, June 8th
2:00 p.m.
via Zoom





Registration required

Join us for the June Readings From Oconomowaukee featuring Boswell Books' Daniel Goldin and Books & Company's Lisa Baudoin in conversation with Maggie Shipstead for her new novel Great Circle, an unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost--Great Circle spans Prohibition-era Montana, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand, wartime London, and modern-day Los Angeles.

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(on sale 5/04/21)

After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute uncle in Missoula, Montana. There--after encountering a pair of barnstorming pilots passing through town in beat-up biplanes--Marian commences her lifelong love affair with flight. At fourteen she drops out of school and finds an unexpected and dangerous patron in a wealthy bootlegger who provides a plane and subsidizes her lessons, an arrangement that will haunt her for the rest of her life, even as it allows her to fulfill her destiny: circumnavigating the globe by flying over the North and South Poles. A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a film that centers on Marian's disappearance in Antarctica. Vibrant, canny, disgusted with the claustrophobia of Hollywood, Hadley is eager to redefine herself after a romantic film franchise has imprisoned her in the grip of cult celebrity. Her immersion into the character of Marian unfolds, thrillingly, alongside Marian's own story, as the two women's fates--and their hunger for self-determination in vastly different geographies and times--collide. Epic and emotional, meticulously researched and gloriously told, Great Circle is a monumental work of art, and a tremendous leap forward for the prodigiously gifted Maggie Shipstead.


About the Author: MAGGIE SHIPSTEAD is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels Astonish Me and Seating Arrangements and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Event date: 
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
1039 Summit Ave
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Great Circle: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525656975
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

Astonish Me (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345804617
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2015

Seating Arrangements (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307743954
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2013