Tom Miller & NoNieqa Ramos Reading


Location: Hammes Campus Bookstore

A thrilling debut from ER doctor turned novelist Tom Miller, The Philosopher’s Flight is an epic historical fantasy set in a World-War-I-era America where magic and science have blended into a single extraordinary art. “Like his characters, Tom Miller casts a spell.” (Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club and The Last Bookaneer)

Eighteen-year-old Robert Weekes is a practitioner of empirical philosophy—an arcane, female-dominated branch of science used to summon the wind, shape clouds of smoke, heal the injured, and even fly. Though he dreams of fighting in the Great War as the first male in the elite US Sigilry Corps Rescue and Evacuation Service—a team of flying medics—Robert is resigned to mixing batches of philosophical chemicals and keeping the books for the family business in rural Montana, where his mother, a former soldier and vigilante, aids the locals.

When a deadly accident puts his philosophical abilities to the test, Robert rises to the occasion and wins a scholarship to study at Radcliffe College, an all-women’s school. At Radcliffe, Robert hones his skills and strives to win the respect of his classmates, a host of formidable, unruly women. 

Robert falls hard for Danielle Hardin, a disillusioned young war hero turned political radical. However, Danielle’s activism and Robert’s recklessness attract the attention of the same fanatical anti-philosophical group that Robert’s mother fought years before. With their lives in mounting danger, Robert and Danielle band together with a team of unlikely heroes to fight for Robert’s place among the next generation of empirical philosophers—and for philosophy’s very survival against the men who would destroy it.

In the tradition of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness, Tom Miller writes with unrivaled imagination, ambition, and humor. The Philosopher’s Flight is both a fantastical reimagining of American history and a beautifully composed coming-of-age tale for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.


The Disturbed Girls Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos


NoNieqa Ramos is an award-winning educator, literary activist, and writer of “intense” young adult literature. Her debut The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary will be released February 1st, 2018. Her second novel, The Book of Love will be released fall 2019.


Kirkus Reviews said that Ramos’ voice “is inimitably unique in contemporary teen literature... Ramos’ relevant and thought-provoking debut is a powerful addition to any collection.” Booklist’ starred review said, “Ramos is a voice to watch; her exceptional writing and compassionate realism will draw many readers, not just fans of urban fiction.More favorite reviews click here.


She is a passionate supporter of #weneeddiversebooks and #ownvoices movement. On Twitter, she follows @POCinpub @LatinxinPublishing @LatinxinKidPub. 


She resides in Virginia with her soulmate Michael G. Richards, beloveds Margot and Lango Tango, lizard Athantas, nefarious guinea pigs Cookie Dough and Friskette, and two felines, Black Magic and Eartha Kitt. Connect with her on Twitter: or Instagram.


Brief look into Disturbed Girls: Macys school officially classifies her as disturbed, but Macy isnt interested in how others define her. Shes got more pressing problems: her mom cant move off the couch, her dads in prison, her brothers been kidnapped by Child Protective Services, and now her best friend isnt speaking to her. Writing in a dictionary format, Macy explains the world in her own terms—complete with gritty characters and outrageous endeavors. With an honesty thats both hilarious and fearsome, slowly Macy reveals why she acts out, why she can't tell her incarcerated father that her moms cheating on him, and why her best friend needs protection . . . the kind of protection that involves Macys machete.

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