SOLD OUT! Andrew McCarthy in Conversation with Betsy Bird at The Book Stall

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. We can still get you a signed copy--just give us a call ay 773-841-3556.


Sit in on a conversation with actor, director, and author Andrew McCarthy, talking with author and librarian Betsy Bird about his new book for young people, "Just Fly Away." At the conclusion of the event, both authors will be happy to sign copies of their work. Tickets cost $19.60, and include a copy of "Just Fly Away."

“Former Brat-Packer Andrew McCarthy has penned a raw, beautiful coming-of-age story about a teenage girl dealing with family secrets, first love, loss, and forgiveness.” —Maureen Stinger, Fountain Bookstore

“Andrew McCarthy's Just Fly Away is a quiet but powerful book with beautiful and accessible prose. Lucy is a perfectly drawn and utterly real character, and you root for her all the way through . . . Wonderful!” —Len Vlahos, The Tattered Cover Bookstore, and author of Life in a Fishbowl

“First-time YA novelist McCarthy writes like he's been inside a teen's head for decades . . . I am excited to recommend to teens and adults alike.” —Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company

Andrew McCarthy is the author ofthe NYT best-selling memoir "The Longest Way Home." He is an editor at large at National Geographic Traveler magazine, as well as an actor and director. Visit him at, or follow him on Twitter Andrew McCarthy

Betsy Bird is the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library, and the former Youth Materials Specialist of New York Public Library. Betsy reviews for Kirkus, served on the 2007 Newbery Award committee, and her children's literature blog, A Fuse #8 Production, is hosted by School Library Journal. Betsy is the author of the picture book "Giant Dance Party," and a co-author of the nonfiction book "Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature." Her new book, "Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever." is an anthology of stories, comics, essays and wit, from 25 of today's funniest female writers for kids. Available in early May!

More about Just Fly Away:
When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, an eight-year-old boy who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her home and her life. How could Lucy's father have betrayed the entire family? How could her mother forgive him? And why isn't her sister rocked by the news the way Lucy is? As her father's secret becomes her own, Lucy grows more and more isolated from her friends, her family, and even her boyfriend, Simon, the one person she thought understood her. When Lucy escapes to Maine, the home of her mysteriously estranged grandfather, she finally begins to get to the bottom of her family's secrets and lies. Just Fly Away is a debut novel about family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding one's way in the world from an award-winning writer, actor, and director. 

Event date: 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Chicago, IL 60093
Just Fly Away Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616206291
Availability: On Our Shelves to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 28th, 2017

A New York Times Bestseller

"Ever wish that you could just fly away?"