JANUARY 2017 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Wednesday Jan 18
KRISTIN BAILEY INTRODUCES NEW KIDS BOOK

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18; 6:30 PM

KRISTIN BAILEY, author of Legacy of the Clockwork Key, will introduce her new children’s novel, The Silver Gate, which is set in the medieval era of lords and serfs. We meet 13-year old Elric, who is a shepherd, and his 11-year old sister, Wynn. Wynn had been born with developmental delays, and so the village folk determined she must be a changling left by the evil fairies to cause havoc in their village. According to them, she must be abandoned in the woods. However the mother and baby secretly leave the village and live alone for eleven years in a hut that was filled with their laughter and song. However when the mother dies, Elric takes it upon himself to be Wynn’s protector and seek a suitable home for them far away from the village. As they go on this quest they encounter many difficulties and dangers, but Wynn always sees good in their circumstances, maybe because she is guided by a mysterious song taught to her by her mother that promises to lead her to a place beyond a silver gate where she will find acceptance, safety, and happiness. KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS

Friday Jan 20
CHRIS BOHJALIAN INTRODUCES HIS NEW NOVEL

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 20; 7 PM

Bestselling author CHRIS BOHJALIAN will introduce his new novel, The Sleepwalker……..and what a spine-tingling novel it is! He plunges the reader into a frightening and fascinating world that lies somewhere between dreams and reality. This mesmerizing story tells us of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night, and the mysteries that linger in her wake. Her children are left to agonize over what happened to her. She has a history of sleepwalking, often out into the night alone, and on one occasion she was found on the Gale River bridge and thankfully pulled back before she did herself harm. Did she actually complete a jump this time? But if so, why haven’t the authorities found her body? And strangely, the detective investigating the case, seems to know too much about their mother. How do they get to the truth? DOUBLEDAY

CHRIS BOHJALIAN has written 19 books, including Midwives, which was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah’ Book Club. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and three of his books have become movies. You can visit him at www.chrisbohjalian.com or on Facebook or Twitter.

Wednesday Feb 15
LARA ELENA DONNELLY DEBUTS SPY NOVEL

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15; 7 PM

LARA ELENA DONNELLY will introduce her novel, Amberlough. It’s as if LeCarre meets Cabaret in this debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup. Covert agent Cyril DePaul and Aristide Makricosta suit each other. Aristide turns a blind eye to Cyril’s clandestine affairs, and Cyril keeps his lover’s moonlighting job as a smuggler under wraps. Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, a top dancer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, and you have three people who will struggle to survive the fascist revolution using whatever means and people necessary, including each other. Lesson learned: Trust no one with anything – especially in Amberlough City. TOR

Lara Elena Donnelly's work has been published in Icarus, Strange Horizons, Grim Corps, and Mythic Delirium..She has been a professional fire performer, belly dancer, and has knowledge of aerial acrobatics and burlesque, which helped her create the decadent night life of Amberlough.

Thursday Feb 16
JESSICA GARRETT MAKES SCIENCE FUN!

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16; 6:30 PM

Former science teacher JESSICA GARRETT will discuss her book, Oh, Ick: 114 Science Experiments Guaranteed to Gross You Out! She helps young people discover there is science behind absolutely everything – including burps, earwax, and boogers. The book is an especially great tool to intrigue the kids who perhaps are not too keen on science yet. With it, budding scientists will perform real science with ick-speriments (think Ooze Olympics and Stinky Burp Factory), build or craft something with ick-tivities, and investigate nature and the wilds of their home with ick-splorations.

Whether in a kitchen, a classroom, or in the backyard, Oh,Ick! will introduce future Marie Curies and Albert Einsteins to the ooey, gooey, amazing world of science that surrounds them. WORKMAN

Monday Feb 27
JUDD WINICK INTRODUCES KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27; 6:30 PM

Award-winning cartoonist JUDD WINICK, creator of HILO, a funny, action-packed full color new middle grade graphic novel series, will introduce its third book, HILO: The Great Big Boom. Hilo may look like an ordinary kid, but he’s definitely not! When we last saw Hilo, DJ, and Gina in book 2, Gina had been sucked into a mysterious portal to who knows where! But friends don’t let friends disappear into Nowhere! It’s up to D.J. and Hilo to follow her. Will there be danger? Yes! Will there be amazing surprises? Of course! Will Gina end up being the one to save them? Definitely! Will they make it back to Earth before the portal closes again? Who knows?

This series will appeal to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate fans. It has lots of slapstick humor with an appealing dose of friendship, acceptance, and adventure. You don’t necessarily need to start with Book 1 to enjoy the series. RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS