WORD BK Presents: Dexter Palmer and Gabe Henry for MARY TOFT; OR, THE RABBIT QUEEN

11/20/2019 - 7:30pm


Join us at WORD Greenpoint to celebrate the release of Dexter Palmer's new book Mary Toft; Or, the Rabbit Queen. Dexter will be joined in conversation by author Gabe Henry. 

Please note that admission to this event requires either a purchase of Mary Toft OR a $5 admission voucher. Books and vouchers can be purchased online in advance or at the door on the day of the event; advance orders will be available for pickup at the store on the day of the event. The admission voucher functions like a gift card and is good toward $5 off anything in store at WORD on the day of the event only. 


From the highly acclaimed author of Version Control: a stunning, powerfully evocative new novel based on a true story–in 1726 in the small town of Godalming, England, a young woman confounds the medical community by giving birth to dead rabbits.

Surgeon John Howard is a rational man. His apprentice Zachary knows John is reluctant to believe anything that purports to exist outside the realm of logic. But even John cannot explain how or why Mary Toft, the wife of a local farmer, manages to give birth to a dead rabbit. When this singular event becomes a regular occurrence, John realizes that nothing in his experience as a village physician has prepared him to deal with a situation as disturbing as this. He writes to several preeminent surgeons in London, three of whom quickly arrive in the small town of Godalming ready to observe and opine. When Mary’s plight reaches the attention of King George, Mary and her doctors are summoned to London, where Zachary experiences for the first time a world apart from his small-town existence, and is exposed to some of the darkest corners of the human soul. All the while, Mary lies in bed, waiting for another birth, as doubts begin to blossom among the surgeons and a growing group of onlookers grow impatient for another miracle…


Dexter Palmer’s first novel, The Dream of Perpetual Motion, was selected as one of the best fiction debuts of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews. Palmer lives in Princeton, New Jersey.


Gabe Henry is a New York-based writer and former staff member of the New-York Historical Society. He is the author of What the Fact?! 365 Strange Days in History. He can usually be found neck-deep in library archives, scanning the diaries and letters of historical figures, mining for bizarre anecdotes. You can find him online at gabehenry.com.

Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101871935
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Pantheon - November 19th, 2019

In 1726, in the town of Godalming, England, a woman confounded the nation’s medical community by giving birth to seventeen rabbits. This astonishing true story is the basis for Dexter Palmer’s stunning, powerfully evocative new novel.

What the Fact?!: A Daily Trivia Almanac of 365 Strange Days in History (Trivia A Day, Educational Gifts, Trivia Facts) Cover Image
By Gabe Henry, Dave Hopkins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452168531
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - September 4th, 2018

Truly stranger than fiction, this daily illustrated collection of unusual trivia provides readers fascinating detail on some of the weirdest moments in history. Drawing from a range of subjects including politics, sports, the arts, pop culture, and more, each day of the year explores one What the . .

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