The Lightness of Hands Book Launch for Jeff Garvin on Instagram Live

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 8:00pm
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Two special events you can enjoy from your home!

The Lightness of Hands by Jeff Garvin book cover

Join Once Upon A Time in celebrating the book launch of The Lightness of Hands by Jeff Garvin with two Instagram Live events, and an opportunity to get specially designed signed and personalized book plates!

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Day 1: Special Guest Todd Harmonson on Tuesday, April 14th at 6pm PST/9pm EST

Jeff Garvin with special guests Todd Harmonson for The Lightness of Hands Instagram Live Launch on Tuesday, April 14th at 6 pm PST/ 9 pm EST

Join Jeff Garvin (author of Symptoms of Being Human) as we celebrate the launch of his new novel, The Lightness of Hands. Todd Harmonson, Senior Editor of the Orange County Register, will lead a discussion about Mental Health in Fiction, with a Q&A and giveaways to follow.

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Day 2: Special Guest Anna Shinoda on Thursday, April 16th at 6pm PST/9pm EST

Jeff Garvin with special guests Anna Shinoda for The Lightness of Hands Instagram Live Launch on Thursday, April 16th at 6 pm PST/ 9 pm EST

Join Jeff Garvin (author of Symptoms of Being Human) on Instagram Live as we celebrate the launch of his new novel, The Lightness of Hands. Jeff will be in conversation with Anna Shinoda, author of Learning Not to Drown and Senior Advisor for The Campaign to Change Direction.

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Signed Book Order Deadlines of Note:

First Shipment: Order by Friday, April 10th

Second Shipment: Order by Friday, April 17th

Learning Not to Drown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534439481
Availability: Not Available - Possibly Out of Print
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - May 7th, 2019

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