AUGUST 2016 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Tuesday Aug 23
SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS TO VISIT

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 23; 7 PM

Bestselling author SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS will introduce her newest novel, First Star I See Tonight, as she returns to her fan-favorite Chicago Stars football series. Young Piper Dove wants to become the best female detective in Chicago. Starting out, she is hired by former Chicago Stars quarterback Cooper Graham to keep an eye on the employees at his exclusive new nightclub. (But she’d rather keep an eye on him!) Piper discovers that Cooper’s life might be in danger, and she is determined to prove her worth and to protect him, whether he wants it or not. Things get complicated though because she’s also dealing with a bevy of Middle Eastern princesses, a Pakistani servant girl yearning for freedom, a teenager who just wants to fit in, and an elderly neighbor demanding that Piper find her very dead husband. As you would expect, the chemistry between Cooper and Piper is hot, providing zip to a good love story and a lot of laughs. WM. MORROW

Tuesday Sep 13
MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX TO VISIT

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13; 7 PM

Award-winning children’s author MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX will introduce Children of Exile, the first book in her new middle grade trilogy. For the past twelve years, adults called “Freds” have raised Rosi, her younger brother Robo, and the other children of their town, saying it is too dangerous for them to stay with their parents. But now they are all being sent back. Why? Since Rosi is the oldest, all the younger kids are looking to her for answers to questions she can’t answer. She’d always trusted the “Freds” completely, but now she’s not so sure. And now that she’s home with her real parents, she’s even more confused. Home is nothing like she expected. Something is terribly wrong. But what is it? SIMON & SCHUSTER

Ms. Haddix has also written The Missing series and The Shadow Children series. You can visit her at HaddixBooks.com.

Wednesday Sep 21
RIDLEY PEARSON DEBUTS CHILDREN'S BOOK

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21; 7 PM

RIDLEY PEARSON will introduce Lock and Key: The Initiation, the first book in his middle grade trilogy. It radically reimagines the origins of the rivalry between Sherlock Holmes and his arch-nemesis James Moriarty – as told from the point of view of James’s own sister Moira. We first meet James and Moira when they are sent off to boarding school. Neither one wants to be there, but it’s a family tradition. It is there that James is paired with a rather unexpected roommate—Sherlock Holmes. At first they don’t get along, but when an heirloom book goes missing and they discover clues as to its mysterious disappearance, they decide to band together to solve the mystery, little realizing that the venture is fraught with peril, and will change their lives forever. HARPER

Besides writing books for young readers, including the popular Peter and the Starcatcher series and The Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson also writes successful adult crime novels.

Thursday Sep 22
TWO CHILDREN'S AUTHORS TO VISIT

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22; 7 PM

Two authors are coming to visit! KEVIN SANDS will introduce Mark of the Plague, a sequel to the beloved The Blackthorn Key and JAMES PONTI will introduce Framed, the first in a new middle grade series. Both of these books are seriously engaging, involving puzzles and mysteries. In Mark of the Plague, London is threatened with a rapidly spreading deadly disease. Only one apothecary, Christopher Blackthorn, can formulate a remedy, but an assassin threatens his life. Christopher and his friend Tom risk their lives to untangle the heart of a dark conspiracy involving the rapidly moving plague before it’s too late. ALADDIN BOOKS

In Framed, we meet Florian Bates, who is 12 years old, and besides going to middle school, he also works for the FBI. Why? Because he’s good at noticing small things. He refers to this skill as TOAST: Theory of All Small Things. He figures that “if you add up a bunch of little details, it reveals the larger truth.” Using TOAST, he and his friend Margaret aim to crack a case involving the National Gallery, the FBI, and a notorious crime syndicate. Ponti has written and produced television shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, Spike, History Channel, and Golf Channel.

Sunday Sep 25
EXPLAINING OHIO...THE BELLWETHER STATE

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25; 2 PM

As they say, Ohio is the heart of it all! That is never more evident than in the presidential election cycle. KYLE KONDIK confirms that idea as he discusses his book, The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President. The book is “for the moment” for it looks to the past and attempts to forecast the future role of Ohio as a swing state. Political junkies and other informed citizens alike will find much to glean from the research presented in the book. “Since 1896, Ohio voters have maintained a remarkable streak of voting for the winner in the general presidential election, with their choice continuing to the White House more than 90 percent of the time.” OHIO UNIVERSITY PRESS

Kyle Kondik, a widely cited expert on American campaigns and elections, is managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a nonpartisan political tipsheet. He is from greater Cleveland and lives in Washington, DC.

Monday Sep 26
RICHARD PAUL EVANS DEBUTS NEW MICHAEL VEY BOOK

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26; 7 PM

RICHARD PAUL EVANS returns to introduce Michael Vey #6: Fall of Hades, the next-to-last book in the Michael Vey series. Excitement builds as Michael Vey and his electric friends realize they have to eliminate the source of money that Elgen is using to finance their dastardly plans. That means capturing the boat that serves as their floating treasury. To do this, Michael and his friends need a lot of “inside” help. They also know it’s a deadly mission and not all of them may make it back, for they are being tested in ways they never imagined. MERCURY INK/S&S

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than 25 novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 20 million copies of his book in print worldwide; translated into more than 24 languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards for both his children and his adult books.

Wednesday Sep 28
NORWEGIAN KIDS AUTHOR TO VISIT

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28; 7 PM

Children’s author TONE ALMHJELL is coming from Norway to introduce her new middle grade novel, Thornghost. Something strange is happening to the woods and water around Niklas Summerhill’s home: Animals are dying, Niklas’s grandmother doesn’t seem like herself, and his uncle is suddenly lost in grief over his sister, Niklas’s mother, who died seven years ago. Hoping for answers, Niklas takes an ancient key, left by his mother, and he and his talking lynx travel to a different realm that is populated by animals who are in danger as well. A tribe of evil trolls is wreaking havoc; a mysterious enemy called the Sparrow King is bringing his wrath down upon them; and the root that connects this realm to Niklas’s own has developed a dark twist that is infecting the land.. What can Niklas and his lynx do to save the animal realm—and their own? DIAL BOOKS

Tome Almhjell has also written The Twistrose Key, a companion to Thornghost. It was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year and is an international bestseller. She has a master’s degree in English literature and a Master of Science Fiction and she lives in Oslo, Norway with her husband and children.