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Graeme Simsion: The Rosie Effect

When: Sat., Jan. 17, 7 p.m. 2015

Graeme Simsion's first novel, The Rosie Project, quickly earned a coveted spot on the New York Times best-seller list in 2013, a surprising feat considering Simsion's late entrance into the literary world. Formerly an IT consultant, the Australian native didn't sit down to "try his hand at writing" until he was 50. The story followed Don Tillman—a "brilliant, if socially awkward, genetics professor" who, though it's not expressly stated, very likely falls somewhere along the autism spectrum—on his quest to find the perfect wife. The success of that first novel, which left Don happily married to the spunky, spontaneous, understanding and loving Rosie Jarman, launched a recent sequel, The Rosie Effect. And the natural continuation of a love story, post-marriage, is a baby. The question of how Don will handle the disruption of an unplanned pregnancy sets readers up for a long trip through Don-land—and it won't be a smooth ride; the novel opens with Don obsessing over changes to his regimented meal schedule. Simsion will be visiting The King's English Bookshop this weekend to read from The Rosie Effect, take audience questions and sign books. (Katherine Pioli)

Price: Free