OFFSITE: BOOK LAUNCH: Bill Roorbach presents BEEP

Wednesday, July 17, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Co-presented by Print: A Bookstore, SPACE Gallery, and MWPA (Maine Writers' and Publishers' Alliance). 

Location: SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, ME

TICKETS REQUIRED: $5 General Admission or $32 General Admission + Copy of BEEP

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An ebullient, funny, and hugely original novel told from the perspective of Beep, a squirrel monkey who—with the help of a brilliant young girl— forges the way forward for a planet in crisis.​

In this immensely enjoyable and wise novel, it takes a sweet and personable squirrel monkey, Beep, to help us see the world we live in more clearly. While intending only to go deeper and higher into the Costa Rican rain forest to find a mate, he instead meets Inga, a kindly American tween on vacation with her family. Inadvertently, Beep travels to Manhattan with Inga. With her devoted help—and a bit of inspiration from a visiting Greta Thunberg, along with a dramatic zoo liberation—Beep manages to change the destiny of the world. He even finds his monkey love. Along the way, a vast cast of engaging and perceptive animals have a great deal to say about humanity and the divisions among us, our alien cities, our strange practices, our folly, as well as our beauty, and our promise, unfulfilled.

For fans of Shelby Van Pelt’s Remarkably Bright Creatures and Dave Eggers’s The Eyes and the Impossible, Beep is full of humor, inspiration, and remarkable new ways of understanding how we live. Urgent but never earnest in the face of the increasing threats to our planet, Beep the monkey inspires us all to stop being the problem and start being the solution, loving and laughing all the way.

Beep: A Novel By Bill Roorbach Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781643755618
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Algonquin Books - July 16th, 2024

Lucky Turtle By Bill Roorbach Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781643753904
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Algonquin Books - May 2nd, 2023

Writing Life Stories: How To Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays And Life Into Literature By Bill Roorbach Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781582975276
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Writer's Digest Books - July 1st, 2008

Into Woods By Bill Roorbach Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608935130
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Down East Books - September 15th, 2015

Event address: 
SPACE Gallery
538 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101