Chris Bohjalian & The Lioness: In-Person Celebration at Fletcher Free Library

A Pre-release Event
Saturday, May 7, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
235 College St
Burlington, VT 05401

Celebrate the launch of The Lioness with Chris Bohjalian at this special in-person, pre-release event at the Fletcher Free Library in downtown Burlington! Chris will be in conversation with fellow Vermont author, Stephen P. Kiernan.  Our friends from Lake Champlain Chocolates will also be on hand to sell some of their very tasty treats.


Signed copies of The Lioness will be available for sale at the event.  A portion of the proceeds from books sold at the event will benefit The Friends of the Fletcher Free Library.   Please note, due to the increase in the community spread of Covid there will not be a signing line at the event. Chris will pre-sign books so there will be signed copies available, but unfortunately, he is not able to personalize books at the event. 

If you would like a personalized copy of The Lioness to pick up at the event, please order it from our website before 8PM Thursday, May 5th.  Click HERE to order.


The Lioness feels like the best possible combination of Hemingway and Agatha Christie – a gorgeously written story about the landscape and risks of Africa, whose edge-of-your-seat plot makes it impossible to put down. Bohjalian just gets better and better.” —Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here

ABOUT THE BOOK:  Tanzania, 1964. When Katie Barstow, A-list actress, and her new husband, David Hill, decide to bring their Hollywood friends to the Serengeti for their honeymoon, they envision giraffes gently eating leaves from the tall acacia trees, great swarms of wildebeests crossing the Mara River, and herds of zebras storming the sandy plains. Their glamorous guests—including Katie’s best friend, Carmen Tedesco, and Terrance Dutton, the celebrated Black actor who stars alongside Katie in the highly controversial film Tender Madness—will spend their days taking photos, and their evenings drinking chilled gin and tonics back at camp, as the local Tanzanian guides warm water for their baths. The wealthy Americans expect civilized adventure: fresh ice from the kerosene-powered ice maker, dinners of cooked gazelle meat, and plenty of stories to tell over lunch back on Rodeo Drive.
What Katie and her glittering entourage do not expect is this: a kidnapping gone wrong, their guides bleeding out in the dirt, and a team of Russian mercenaries herding their hostages into Land Rovers, guns to their heads. As the powerful sun gives way to night, the gunmen shove them into abandoned huts and Katie Barstow, Hollywood royalty, prays for a simple thing: to see the sun rise one more time. A blistering story of fame, race, love, and death set in a world on the cusp of great change, The Lioness is a vibrant masterpiece from one of our finest storytellers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-three books, including Hour of the Witch, The Red Lotus, Midwives, and The Flight Attendant, which has been made into an HBO Max limited series starring Kaley Cuoco. His other books include The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; and The Double Bind. His novels Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers were made into movies, and his work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. He is also a playwright (Wingspan and Midwives). He lives in Vermont and can be found at or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Litsy, and Goodreads, @chrisbohjalian

DATE:  Saturday, May 7th at 7:00pm

LOCATION:  Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, VT  05401

ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public but advance registration is requested.  Please register below. 

PRE-ORDERS:  Can't make it to the event but still want to purchase a signed, personalzied copy of The Lioness?  Click HERE.  Copies pre-ordered through our website or in our stores before the evening of May 5, 2022 will be available on May 10, 2022.  If you ordered a book for store pick up, we will contact you as soon as it's ready.  If you ordered a book with shipping, please allow an additional 7-10 days for delivery.