Author Signing with H.P. Wood - Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet

Author H.P. Wood will sign copies of her book, Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet (Sourcebooks, $15.99) on Saturday, June 18th at 3pm.

From the publisher: A hypnotic debut in turn-of-the-century Coney Island, where an abandoned girl collides with a disgruntled ménage of circus freaks.

Kitty Hayward and her mother are ready to experience the spectacles of Coney Island's newest attraction, the Dreamland amusement park. But when Kitty's mother vanishes from their hotel, she finds herself penniless, alone, and far from her native England. The last people she expects to help are the cast of characters at Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet, a museum of oddities. From con men to strongmen, from flea wranglers to lion tamers, Kitty's new friends quickly adopt her and vow to help find the missing Mrs. Hayward. But even these unusual inhabitants may not be a match for the insidious sickness that begins to spread through Coney Island...or the panic that turns Dreamland into a nightmare.

With shades of Water For Elephants and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet sweeps readers into a mesmerizing world where nothing is as it seems, and where "normal" is the exception to the rule.

“...a fascinating and enlightening story. A great vacation novel..." – Booklist

"Oh, how I adored this marvelous, magnificent, magical book! There aren't many books I'll lose sleep over, but this was one of them. This is a story that won't let you go - stuffed with gloriously quirky characters and brimming over with sumptuous sentences - a startlingly original debut novel." - Menna van Praag, author of The Dress Shop of Dreams and The House at the End of Hope Street.

H.P. Wood is the granddaughter of a mad inventor and a sideshow magician. Instead of making things disappear, she makes books of all shapes and sizes. She has written or edited works on an array topics, including the history of the Internet, the future of human rights, and the total awesomeness of playing with sticks. She lives in Connecticut with a charming and patient husband, a daughter from whom she steals all her best ideas, and more cats than is strictly logical. You can find her at

This event is free and open to the public.  If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please visit or email

Event date: 
Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
2 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot, CT 06794
Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492631484
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 7th, 2016

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