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The Townsend Family Recipe for Disaster Launch!

July 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


We are so excited to welcome back Shauna Robinson and celebrate her new book! Shauna will be in conversation with Audrey Burges at the store.


About the Book:

Mae Townsend has always dreamed of connecting with her estranged Black family in the South. She grew up picturing relatives who looked like her, crowded dinner tables, bustling kitchens. And, of course, the Townsend family barbecue, the tradition that kept her late father flying to North Carolina year after year, despite the mysterious rift that always required her to stay behind.

But as Mae’s wedding draws closer, promising a future of always standing out among her white in-laws, suddenly not knowing the Townsends hits her like a blow. So when news arrives that her paternal grandmother has passed, she decides it’s time to head South.

What she finds is a family in turmoil, a long-standing rift still intact, a lost mac & cheese recipe causing grief, and a Townsend family barbecue on the brink of disaster. Not willing to let her dreams of family slip away, Mae steps up to save the day—mac & cheese recipe be damned—and throw a barbecue everyone will remember.

For better or for worse.

About the Author:

Shauna Robinson’s love of books led her to try a career in publishing before deciding she’d rather write books instead. Originally from San Diego, she now lives in Virginia with her husband and their sleepy greyhound. Shauna is an introvert at heart—she spends most of her time reading, baking, and figuring out the politest way to avoid social interaction. She is the author of Must Love Books, The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks, and The Townsend Family Recipe for Disaster.

Audrey Burges writes novels, humor, short fiction, and essays in Richmond, Virginia. Her presence is tolerated by her two rambunctious children and very patient husband. She is a frequent contributor to numerous humor outlets, including McSweeney’s, and her stories and essays have appeared in Pithead Chapel, Cease, Cows, and in lengthy diatribes in the Notes app on her phone. Audrey was born and raised in Arizona by her linguist parents, and she currently lives in Virginia.


July 2
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Fountain Bookstore
1312 E Cary St
Richmond, VA 23219 United States
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