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River Bend Author Stage is an annual event that highlights the work and diverse talent of our local writers.

On Air with Zoe Washington

Zoe Washington

By: Janae Marks
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 6 hours 12 minutes

* An instant New York Times bestseller * An empowering and big-hearted sequel to the bestselling and critically acclaimed From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks! Two years ago, Zoe Washington helped clear Marcus’ name for a crime he didn’t commit. Now her birth father has finally been released from prison and to an outpouring of... Read more

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The Davenports

By: Krystal Marquis
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Length: 12 hours 1 minute

*Instant New York Times Bestseller*

The Davenports delivers a totally escapist, swoon-worthy romance while offering a glimpse into a period of African American history often overlooked.

"The perfect read for fans of escapist historical fiction.” —NBC’s TODAY


The Davenports are one of the few Black families of immense wealth and status in a changing... Read more

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The Daughters of Izdihar

The Alamaxa Duology: Book #1

By: Hadeer Elsbai
Narrated by: Priya Ayyar & Nikki Massoud
Length: 13 hours 1 minute

From debut author Hadeer Elsbai comes the first book in an incredibly powerful new duology, set wholly in a new world, but inspired by modern Egyptian history, about two young women—Nehal, a spoiled aristocrat used to getting what she wants and Giorgina, a poor bookshop worker used to having nothing—who find they have far more in common,... Read more

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Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria

By: George Jreije
Narrated by: Ali Nasser
Length: 8 hours 16 minutes

You are invited to the Alexandria Academy . . .Twelve-year-old Shad Hadid has never quite fit in. The other kids at school don’t understand him, so he spends most of his time alone, cooking for his teta and daydreaming of opening his own Arabic bakery full of tasty treats. But when Shad is attacked by a shadowy monster, he learns his late baba... Read more

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The Stupendous Switcheroo

New Powers Every 24 Hours

The Stupendous Switcheroo: Book #1

By: Mary Winn Heider & Chad Sell
Narrated by: Shaan Dasani
Length: 3 hours 19 minutes

What would happen if you woke up every single day with a different, surprise SUPERPOWER?! Find out in this zany, hilarious novel from Mary Winn Heider and Chad Sell.

The morning of his mom's business trip, Switcheroo wakes up to discover he has telekinesis. Which is super convenient when he has to give his babysitter-robot the slip to fight crime... Read more

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The New Switcheroo

Rube Goldberg: Book #2

By: Brandon T. Snider & Jennifer George
Narrated by: Brandon T. Snider
Length: 5 hours 44 minutes

Rube and his machines may have saved the day last week, but middle school is just getting started!
One of Rube’s best friends, Pearl, is running for class president, and Rube knows just the gadget to help her win … or so he thinks. No matter what he does, all of his attempts to help Pearl end up backfiring. To make things worse, popular girl... Read more

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The Possibility of Life

Science, Imagination, and Our Quest for Kinship in the Cosmos

By: Jaime Green
Narrated by: Jaime Green
Length: 8 hours 24 minutes

“Every page of this book makes our shared universe feel larger and more interesting than ever before, a true gift of fascinating science and engrossing storytelling.” —Matt Bell, author of Appleseed

A spellbinding exploration of alien life and the cosmos, examining how the possibility of life on other planets shapes our understanding of... Read more

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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

A Novel

By: Juliet Grames
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 16 hours 57 minutes

“Stella Fortuna: With a name like this, she should not be subjected to so many near-death accidents. Is she unlucky or cursed? Juliet Grames does a masterful job of parsing out Stella’s story, from growing up in an isolated mountain village to immigrating to America and navigating the perils of a patriarchal society along the way. This story... Read more

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The Family Plot

A Novel

By: Megan Collins
Narrated by: Emily Tremaine
Length: 10 hours 46 minutes

A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, BEST BOOK OF AUGUST SELECTED BY * POPSUGAR * E! NEWS * LIFESAVVY * CRIMEREADS * AND MORE!

“Exceedingly entertaining.” —The New York Times
Umbrella Academy meets Tana French. Dark, claustrophobic, and beautifully written.” —Andrea Bartz, author of We Were Never Here

From the author of The Winter Sister and Behind the Red... Read more

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Don't Look for Me

A Novel

By: Wendy Walker
Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

“A great thriller for fall! When a mother is abducted, her daughter sets out looking for her, not ready to stop until she has found her. Told from alternating perspectives of the mother and daughter, this book is sure to keep you guessing and at the edge of your seat until the very end! Read more

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A Rogue to Remember

League of Scoundrels: Book #1

By: Emily Sullivan
Narrated by: Victoria Aston
Length: 9 hours 52 minutes

In this irresistible historical romance, a seasoned spy sets out to rescue the childhood friend he once loved from a reputation-destroying rumor—only to discover that she is actually the source.

After enduring five interminable seasons, Lottie Carlisle has had enough of shallow London society, her boring little life, and her uncle Alfred's... Read more

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From Dust, a Flame

By: Rebecca Podos
Narrated by: Hope Newhouse
Length: 11 hours 7 minutes

Rebecca Podos, Lambda Award-winning author of Like Water, returns with a contemporary Jewish fantasy of enduring love, unfathomable loss, and the power of stories to hold us together when it seems that nothing else can.Hannah’s whole life has been spent in motion. Her mother has kept her and her brother, Gabe, on the road for as long as she can... Read more

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We Are the Fire

By: Sam Taylor
Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
Length: 9 hours 45 minutes

In the cold, treacherous land of Vesimaa, children are stolen from their families by a cruel emperor, forced to undergo a horrific transformative procedure and serve in the army as magical fire-wielding soldiers. Pran and Oksana-both taken from their homeland at a young age-only have each other to hold onto in this heartless place. Pran dreams... Read more

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The Confessions of Matthew Strong

By: Ousmane K. Power-Greene
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot & Deanna Anthony
Length: 8 hours 38 minutes

A wildly original, incendiary story about race, redemption, the dangerous imbalances that continue to destabilize society, and speaking out for what’s right.One could argue the story begins the night Allegra Douglass is awarded Distinguished Chair in Philosophy at her top-tier university in New York—the same night her grandmother dies—or before... Read more

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Furysong

THE AURELIAN CYCLE: Book #3

By: Rosaria Munda
Narrated by: Christian Coulson, Candice Moll, Aidan Kelly, Anthony Mark Barrow & Steve West
Length: 16 hours 15 minutes

"One of fantasy’s best series." —Booklist, starred review

In this explosive conclusion to the epic trilogy that began with Fireborne, Annie and Lee are fighting for their lives—and for each other—as invading dragonfire threatens to burn their home to the ground.


A new revolution is underway, and nobody will emerge unscathed.

In New Pythos, Griff is... Read more

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Mercury Boys

By: Chandra Prasad
Narrated by: Channie Waites
Length: 13 hours 16 minutes

After her life is upended by divorce and a cross-country move, 16-year-old Saskia Brown feels like an outsider at her new school—not only is she a transplant, but she’s also biracial in a population of mostly white students. One day while visiting
her only friend at her part-time library job, Saskia encounters a vial of liquid mercury, then... Read more

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Each of Us a Universe

By: Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo & Ndengo Gladys Mwilelo
Narrated by: Jasmin Walker
Length: 5 hours 25 minutes

Ever since the day when everything changed, Cal Scott’s answer has been to run—run from her mother, who’s fighting cancer, run from her father, whom she can’t forgive, and run from those classmates who never seemed to “get” her. The only
thing Cal runs toward is nearby Mount Meteorite, named for the extraterrestrial object some claim crashed... Read more

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The Verdigris Pawn

By: Alysa Wishingrad
Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown & James Meunier
Length: 8 hours 32 minutes

A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD GOLD STANDARD SELECTION! 
A boy who underestimates his power . . . A girl with a gift long thought lost . . . A Land ready for revolution . . . The heir to the Land should be strong. Fierce. Ruthless. At least, that’s what Beau’s father has been telling him his whole life, since Beau is the exact opposite of what the heir... Read more

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A Soft Place to Land

By: Janae Marks
Narrated by: Imani Parks
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

“When her father loses his job, causing her family to move into an apartment building, Joy Taylor’s life dramatically changes—she has to share a room with her little sister, the walls are thin, and she has to give up piano lessons. While the move ignites her parents to start arguing constantly, she discovers a group of kids living in the building... Read more

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The Unforgettable Logan Foster #1

The Unforgettable Logan Foster: Book #1

By: Shawn Peters
Narrated by: Matt Braver
Length: 6 hours 12 minutes

Packed with superheroes, supervillains, and epic showdowns between good and evil, The Unforgettable Logan Foster from debut author Shawn Peters shows that sometimes being a hero is just about being yourself.Logan Foster has pretty much given up on the idea of ever being adopted. It could have something to with his awkward manner, his... Read more

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