MARCH 2014 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Wednesday Mar 26
BIG READ DISCUSSION!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26; 7 PM

BIG READ DISCUSSION! Come participate in the discussion of WILD: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. This is the book that the Dayton community has chosen for The Big Read, and this is how it is described. “Twenty-two year old Cheryl Strayed, an inexperienced hiker, decides to hike the eleven hundred mile Pacific Crest Trail. Her adventure evolves into this strong wilderness survival story full of surprises laced with good humor. The drama in her life that led her to the decision to hike the trail is a satisfying backstory artfully woven into her memoir. Hiker or not, readers will relate to her quest, the people she meets, and her love of the beautiful trail.”

Tuesday Apr 1
BEVERLY DONOFRIO

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TUESDAY, APRIL 1; 7 PM

BEVERLY DONOFRIO, author of Riding in Cars with Boys, will introduce the softcover edition of her remarkable and inspiring memoir Astonished. To enliven her sluggish spiritual life, she embarked on a quest for a monastery to join. One night while she was on that quest, she was awakened by a rapist in her bed. Turning to prayer to try to understand why that experience happened to her, she discovered an astonishing pathway to accepting God’s presence in her life. She has lived for four years as a lay Carmelite at Hada Hermitage in Colorado, where she began this book.

Saturday Apr 5

EDUCATOR WEEK APRIL 5-11

Educators from K-12 receive a 25% discount on their purchases for their classrooms during this week. If you don’t already have an Educator Card from us, just bring your school ID with you to our register area and we’ll give you a card. Teachers usually get a 20% discount on their school purchases, but twice a year we have an Educator Week and we raise the discount to 25%. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity!

Tuesday Apr 8
BIG READ DISCUSSION!

TUESDAY, APRIL 8; 7 PM

BIG READ DISCUSSION! Come participate in the discussion of WILD: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. This is the book that the community has chosen for The Big Read, and this is how it is described: “Twenty-two year old Cheryl Strayed, an inexperienced hiker, decides to hike the eleven hundred mile Pacific Crest Trail. Her adventure evolves into this strong wilderness survival story full of surprises laced with good humor. The drama in her life that led her to the decision to hike the trail is a satisfying backstory artfully woven into her memoir. Hiker or not, readers will relate to her quest, the people she meets, and her love of the beautiful trail.”

Thursday Apr 10
LISA SCOTTOLINE

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THURSDAY, APRIL 10; 7 PM

LISA SCOTTOLINE, New York Times bestselling author, will introduce Keep Quiet, her newest emotionally charged novel that tells the story of one father who makes a split-second decision to save his son—and the consequences that follow. We meet Jake Whitmore who is trying to mend an ongoing rift with his 16-year-old son, Ryan. In a rare bonding moment when they are together in the car, they become involved in a tragic accident with Ryan at the wheel. Knowing that that accident will derail not only Ryan’s chances at college, but his entire future, Jake makes a split second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy.

Friday Apr 11
ANN B. ROSS

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FRIDAY, APRIL 11; 7 PM

ANN B. ROSS will introduce her new novel, Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover, the latest installment in her New York Times bestselling Miss Julia series. It seems that Miss Julia has been looking forward to a relaxing summer, sipping iced tea on her porch and helping Sam with his campaign for state senate. However, when she gets a letter from her long-lost cousin Elsie saying that she is sending her ill-mannered granddaughter, Trixie, on a bus to Abbotsville to learn how to become a lady, that puts a real crimp in Miss Julia’s summer. Now, besides helping Sam with his campaign, she is going to be running a one-woman charm school for Trixie.

Saturday Apr 12
BIG READ WRAP-UP EVENT

SATURDAY, APRIL 12; 11 AM - 2 PM at Paw-Paw Shelter

The BIG READ WRAP-UP EVENT takes place at the Paw Paw Shelter in Hills & Dales MetroPark in Kettering. It will feature outdoor hiking instructions, giveaways and more. Walk on the beautiful boardwalk trail. It’s easy and accessible for all.

Sunday Apr 13
FREE WRITERS’ MINI-WORKSHOP!

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SUNDAY, APRIL 13; 2-3:30 PM

FREE WRITERS’ MINI-WORKSHOP! Representatives from the Antioch Writers Workshop will conduct a poetry workshop with the theme: Celebrate National Poetry Month with a Poem in Your Pocket. Come with an idea for a poem...or no ideas at all...and by the end of the session you’ll have created a poem (or the start of one) for finishing or polishing later with the guidance of our mini-workshop leader, GRACE CURTIS. Her work has been nominated for a Push Cart award and has appeared in journals such as Baltimore Review, Waccamaw Literary Journal, Scythe, Reprint Poetry, and Phoebe Journal

Monday Apr 14
ANN WEISGARBER

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MONDAY, APRIL 14; 7 PM

ANN WEISGARBER, author of the critically acclaimed The Personal History of Rachel DuPree will introduce THE PROMISE, a riveting story set primarily on Galveston Island, Texas in 1900. Dayton, Ohio, however, figures prominently in the story. It is the home of concert pianist Catherine Wainwright. The subject of a scandal, unmarried and without a steady income, she accepts a marriage proposal from a former schoolmate, who is now a dairy farmer living in Texas. He tells her in a letter that he has been recently widowed and “in need of a wife and a mother for his 4-year old son.” And thus begins a journey into the unknown for the cosmopolitan Catherine who had grown accustomed to a genteel life, and now finds herself in a remote locale learning to be the wife of a farmer and the mother of a small child. And then the hurricane of the century hits Galveston and no one could foresee the devastation it would bring. The residents are tested as never before.

The book is rich in historical detail and strong character development. The hurricane of 1900 was the worst natural disaster in the U.S. in the 20th century.

Monday Apr 21
LINDA GREENLAW

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MONDAY, APRIL 21; 7 PM

Famed swordfisherman and bestselling author LINDA GREENLAW will introduce her memoir, Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother. While she has always wanted to be a mother, Linda never dreamed she’d gain that title as mother of a teenager. When the residents of Isle Au Haut, Maine realized that a member of their community, fifteen-year-old Mariah, fled her uncle’s house for refuge, it became apparent that he was a sexual and emotional predator who had been taking advantage of her for many years. Linda stepped in and brought Mariah into her home and they began the slow journey of getting to know and trust each other. It was not easy! Eventually, they overcame their own stubborn independence in order to forge the unlikely family that they both so desperately wanted and needed.

Linda’s many books include The Hungry Ocean, The Maine Summer’s Cookbook, The Lobster Chronicles, All Fisherman Are Liars, and Seaworthy.

Friday Apr 25
SOMAN CHAINANI

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FRIDAY, APRIL 25; 7 PM

SOMAN CHAINANI, author of The School for Good and Evil, Book 1, will introduce the next book in the children’s trilogy, The School for Good and Evil #2, A World Without Princes. Chainani turns all pre-conceived notions of fairy tales upside down with his whimsical, captivating and even subversive tale of two archetypal heroines who are not what they appear to be. Sophie and Agatha return to the School for Good and Evil, where ordinary teenagers train to become legendary fairy tale heroes like Snow White and Prince Charming, and villains like Captain Hook and Rumpelstiltskin. To their dismay, everything at their beloved school has changed. Is it possible that heroes are villains and villains are heroes?

Tuesday Apr 29
NATHANIEL PHILBRICK

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TUESDAY, APRIL 29; 7 PM

Bestselling author NATHANIEL PHILBRICK will introduce the paperback version of Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution. Moving from the famous December 1773 Boston Tea Party to the June 1775 battle at Bunker Hill, Philbrick reconstructs the events that ignited the American Revolution. “With passion and insight, he describes the revolutionary landscape –geographic and ideological—in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, and blisteringly real origins of America.” According to the Miami Herald, “This is popular history at its best: a taut narrative with a novelist’s touch, grounded in careful research.”

Nathaniel Philbrick has also written Mayflower, In the Heart of the Sea, Sea of Glory, The Last Stand, Why Read Moby-Dick? and Away Off Shore. He lives on Nantucket

Wednesday Apr 30
DAVID LUBAR

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30; 7 PM

DAVID LUBAR with introduce his newest children’s book, Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales, the latest book in his hilarious and creepy series. This collection of short stories will scare you, make you laugh, or enable you to see the world in a whole new way. For instance, a boy and his family narrowly escape a zombie apocalypse—or do they? A girl neglects her cat’s litter box and finds herself in a heap of trouble. And a group of clicking, scrolling, tapping wireless weenies find themselves on the edge of disaster. Delightfully dark and horridly humorous, young readers will have an excuse to put down the remote or video game controller and delve into David Lubar’s clever and cool world.