Sarah Gailey


Magic for Liars:
A Novel

in conversation with MAX GLADSTONE

Update: Sarah Gailey cannot be here tonight, but we'll be joined by the wonderful Max Gladstone.


June 25, 2019
7:00 PM


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.


Due to unforeseen travel difficulties, Sarah Gailey will not be able to join us this evening. Tonight's event will proceed with the wonderful Max Gladstone, and we'll be collecting names and e-mail addresses for those in attendance interested in getting signed bookplates from the author to put in their new copies of Magic for Liars. Sarah sends their regrets!

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer SARAH GAILEY—author of the novella River of Teeth, a Hugo and Nebula Award finalist—for a discussion of their debut novel, Magic for Liars. They will be joined in conversation by celebrated local author and game developer MAX GLADSTONE.

About Magic for Liars

Ivy Gamble was born without magic and never wanted it. Ivy Gamble is perfectly happy with her life—or at least, she’s perfectly fine. She doesn't in any way wish she was like Tabitha, her estranged, gifted twin sister. Ivy Gamble is a liar. When a gruesome murder is discovered at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where her estranged twin sister teaches Theoretical Magic, reluctant detective Ivy is pulled into the world of untold power and dangerous secrets. She will have to find a murderer and reclaim her sister—without losing herself.

Praise for Magic for Liars

“Full of suspense and magic, with a protagonist as sharp and tart as a lemon, Sarah Gailey has written an unmissable debut.” —Adrienne Celt, author of Invitation to a Bonfire

"There’s something for almost all readers here. . . . Gailey shows us that humans are humans, even when they are magic, and they are still flawed, damaged, and oh-so-interesting." ―Booklist, starred review

"Clever and fast-paced . . . a wonderfully quirky mystery filled with inviting characters and gripping surprise twists." ―Publishers Weekly

Max Gladstone
Max Gladstone

Max Gladstone

Max Gladstone is a fencer, a fiddler, and a two-time finalist for the John W. Campbell Award. He is fluent in Mandarin and has taught English in China. He is the author of the Hugo Award-nominated Craft Sequence of novels, a game developer, and the showrunner for the fiction serial, Bookburners. A graduate of Yale, Max lives and writes in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Sarah Gailey
Sarah Gailey

Sarah Gailey

Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction, and a Hugo Award winner. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and they are a regular contributor for Tor and the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. Their most recent fiction credits include Fireside Fiction, Tor and Uncanny Magazine. Their debut novella, River of Teeth, was published in 2017 via Tor and was a 2018 Hugo and Nebula Award finalist.

Photo credit: Allan Amato

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