Phil Stamper | As Far As You'll Take Me

We are thrilled to welcome Phil Stamper who will appear in conversation with Leah Johnson to talk about his new book As Far As You'll Take Me.

  • This event is free to attend, but registration is required. You can register for the event here. Once you register, you will receive an invitation to join the event.

Phil has arranged for a special guest at the event. Michael Crouch, the acclaimed narrator of Phil's books and many others, will read an excerpt from As Far As You'll Take Me and talk about his amazing work narrating audio books. You can purchase the audiobook version of As Far As You'll Take me here.

This free event will be ticketed through Eventbrite and delivered via a Zoom webinar at 7:00pm CDT/8:00pm ET. You need to register to attend. If you buy a book when you register you will received the book and a bookplate signed by Phil Stamper! You will receive a link to the Zoom webinar the day before the event.


Thursday, February 11th, 2021, 7:00pm Central time

Blue Willow Bookshop expects all participants to maintain an atmosphere of respect and fairness. Any comments or questions that violate this standard of behavior including any form of harassment, may, at the discretion of the organizers, be immediately removed.

About the Author:

Phil Stamper is the author of The Gravity of Us. He grew up in a rural village near Dayton, Ohio. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing. And, unsurprisingly, a lot of student debt. He works for a major book publisher in New York City and lives in Brooklyn with his husband and their dog.

About the Conversational Partner:

Leah Johnson is a writer, editor and eternal Midwesterner, currently moonlighting as a New Yorker. She is a graduate of Indiana University and Sarah Lawrence College, where she received her MFA in fiction writing, and currently teaches in their undergraduate writing program. When she's not writing, you can usually find her on Twitter, ranting about pop culture and politics. You Should See Me in a Crown is her first novel.

About the Narrator:

Michael Crouch is an Audie Award-winning actor based in New York City. His audiobook narration has earned multiple Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine and Best of the Year listings from BooklistSchool Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. He can also be heard on national commercials, cartoons, video games, and the animé series Pokémon XY and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.


Order below ONLY if you do not want to attend the webinar or receive a signed bookplate! 

If you prefer in-store pick up, please pick up your unclaimed book(s) within a month of the event date. After that date, your book will be donated to a Houston-based literacy organization.

International Shipping is $35.

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This event is presented by Blue Willow Bookshop and Bloomsbury YA.

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Event date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 7:00pm
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As Far As You'll Take Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9781547600175
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury YA - February 9th, 2021

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You Should See Me in a Crown Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338503265
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - June 2nd, 2020

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