Author of A Man Called Ove in ticketed event at Third Place Books June 12

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Third Place Books is pleased to welcome Fredrik Backman, author of the New York Times bestselling A Man Called Ove, in conversation with Nicole Brodeur of The Seattle Times, to discuss his new novel Beartown.

Monday, June 12, 7pm on the main stage, Third Place Commons at Lake Forest Park Town Center, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way.


Tickets and books are available Tuesday, April 25th. Each copy of Beartown purchased includes two tickets. Tickets are required for entry and seating is first come first served. You can buy the book in person, call the main store line at 206-366-3333, or purchase online - just put your title in the search box or use the 'advanced search'. 

About the book

A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, Beartown is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today.

Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

“Lest readers think hockey is the star here, it’s Backman’s rich characters that steal the show, and his deft handling of tragedy and its effects on an insular town. While the story is dark at times, love, sacrifice, and the bonds of friendship and family shine through ultimately offering hope and even redemption.” —Publishers Weekly

About the author

Fredrik Backman is the author of the novels A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here, as well as a novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are being published around the world in more than thirty-five languages. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.


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