SARAH GAILEY reads from their debut novel MAGIC FOR LIARS with MALLORY O'MEARA

Magic for Liars (Tor)

Two enigmatic sisters. A brilliant, terrifying secret. A perfect lie.

Mix the sly, coming-of-age elements of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians with the noir and edge of Jessica Jones, shake well, and serve over ice to get Magic for Liars, the debut novel from Hugo Award nominee and debut author Sarah Gailey.

Magic for Liars channels the flushed, youthful intensity of Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me with a school for mages, hidden in the hills of southern California, as its backdrop. Ivy Gamble, a disagreeable and non-magical private investigator with a slight drinking problem, works to solve a murder at a school for mages where her estranged (and very magically talented) sister teaches. The dark and fantastic secrets she uncovers not only shed a stark light on her case, but on her own family history and the life she could have had.

Praise for Magic for Liars

“Full of suspense and magic, with a protagonist as sharp and tart as a lemon, Sarah Gailey has written an unmissable debut.” —Adrienne Celt, author of Invitation to a Bonfire

“I loved Sarah Gailey’s Magic for broke my heart, and I longed for the world of this story anyway.” —Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians

“Weird and wonderful...Sarah Gailey is a writer to watch.” —Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath

Hugo and Campbell finalist Sarah Gailey came onto the scene in 2015 and has since become one of the sharpest, funniest voices in pop culture online, going viral frequently for their stories and joie de vivre. They are a regular contributor to multiple websites, including, where their Women of Harry Potter series was named a Hugo finalist for Best Related Work. Gailey’s nonfiction has appeared in Mashable and The Boston Globe, and writes short fiction for various popular outlets.

Sarah Gailey Author Photo by Allen Amato

Mallory O’Meara is the bestselling author of The Lady from the Black Lagoon, among with being a screenwriter and film producer. Whether it’s for the screen or the page, Mallory seeks creative projects filled with horror and monsters. Every week, she hosts the literary podcast Reading Glasses. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow Mallory on Twitter @malloryomeara or visit her website

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Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9781250174611
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Published: Tor Books - June 4th, 2019

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