OCTOBER 2014 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Thursday Oct 30
WOWA HALLOWEEN BEATNIK CAFE

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 7 PM
The WESTERN OHIO WRITERS ASSOCIATION
will present the Halloween 2014 Edition of Beatnik Café featuring the theme, “Masks!” Member of the WOWA will read their original short stories and poetry. To learn more about the organization, visit westernohiowriters.org.

Saturday Nov 1
ADOPTION-THEMED KIDS STORYTIME

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1; 11 AM
ADOPTION-THEMED KIDS STORYTIME.
Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley will conduct a special adoption Storytime. The books will feature international and domestic adoption themes. The children will be invited to participate in a craft activity.

Wednesday Nov 5
JOANNE HUIST SMITH

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5; 7 PM
Local author JOANNE HUIST SMITH will introduce her memoir, The 13th Gift, a heartwarming Christmas story about how a random act of kindness transformed one of the bleakest moments in a family’s history into a time of strength and love.

After the unexpected death of her husband, Joanne had no idea how she would keep herself together and be strong for her three children—especially with the holiday season approaching. But 12 days before Christmas, presents begin appearing on her doorstep with notes from their “True Friends.” As the Smiths came together to solve the mystery of who the gifts were from, they began to thaw out from their grief and come together again as a family. RANDOM HOUSE

Joanne is a native Daytonian and former reporter for the Dayton Daily News .

Thursday Nov 6
ANTIOCH MIDWEST INFORMATION SESSION

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6; 6-7:30 PM
OSCAR ROBINSON
from Antioch Midwest will be available to answer questions about the university. For more information, please contact him at 937-769-1823.

Sunday Nov 9
CONVERSATION WITH THE 2014 WINNERS OF THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9; 9:30 AM REGISTRATION; 10 AM PROGRAM
CONVERSATION WITH THE 2014 WINNERS OF THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE
at Sinclair Community College; Building 12; First Floor

BOB SHACOCHIS, Fiction Winner for The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
KARIMA BENNOUNE,
Nonfiction Winner for Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here
MARGARET WRINKLE,
Fiction Runner-Up for Wash
JO ROBERTS,
Nonfiction Runner-up for Contested Land, Contested Memory: Israel’s Jews and Arabs and the Ghost of Catastrophe
LOUISE ERDRICH,
Winner of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award

Reservations are required; space is limited to 300 guests. Please make your reservation via email to peaceliterature@att.net . A $10 donation will be taken at the door (no credit cards, please).

Monday Nov 10
DIANE MULDROW

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10; 7 PM
DIANE MULDROW,
author of the bestselling book, Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book, will introduce her newest book, Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned from a Little Golden Book. It is a collection of holiday themed Little Golden Book art on the ups (being with family, all the yummy food) and the downs (crowded malls, endless hours in the kitchen) of the holiday season. This nostalgia-filled book was lovingly curated and written by Diane and will delight adults and children alike. RANDOM HOUSE

Diane Muldrow is the editorial director of Golden Books and the absolute expert on all things concerning Little Golden Books. Since 1941 these books have revolutionized children’s books by publishing high-quality picture books available at affordable prices.

Saturday Nov 15
ONE-DAY HOLIDAY SALE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15; ALL DAY!
ONE-DAY SALE FOR OUR DISCOUNT CLUB MEMBERS.
Everything in the store (except select items) will be at least 20% off for our card members. If you are not already a member, we invite you to join at any register area. It’s a great time to do your holiday shopping!

Sunday Nov 16
FREE WRITERS WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16; 2-3:30 pm
Antioch Writers Workshop will hold a session on How to Handle Rejection. As a writer, what are the tips and techniques for dealing with the inevitable, but dreaded, rejection slip? How can writers develop the thick skin the publishing world demands...and learn to see that 'no' isn't personal? What are some steps to keep going, even when feeling a bit of despair wondering who wants to read one's work?

TIM WAGGONER, author of nearly thirty published novels and three short story collections and numerous articles in literary publications, will share his tips with you. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and Seton Hill University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program.

Tuesday Nov 18
MELISSA DE LA CRUZ & MICHAEL JOHNSTON

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18; 7 PM
MELISSA DE LA CRUZ
and MICHAEL JOHNSTON will debut their new novel, Stolen. It is the second installment in the Heart of Dread series and is full of all the mythology, mystery, suspense, and romance that brought readers to the Blue Bloods series. Nat and her drakon are the last of their kind—sworn to protect what their enemies seek to control—and she’s risked her life for the reunion. But fighting for the majestic Blue meant saying goodbye to Wes, breaking both their hearts. And although he promised to return to her after finding his sister, Nat and Wes are now being pulled farther apart.

Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston are married. He is co-creator of the Blue Bloods and Witches of East End series. They live with their daughter in California.

Today is the on-sale date for Stolen. Be one of the first to get a signed copy!

Wednesday Nov 19
ANN HAGEDORN

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19; 7 PM
ANN HAGEDORN
will introduce her newest nonfiction book, The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security. She shows the reader that private security is a bona fide industry that has become indispensable to American foreign and military policy. The pivotal moment in this story came when the United States found itself in a prolonged war with Iraq and the government relied on private security contractors to supplement the military. They eventually exceeded traditional troops in what some now regard as America’s first contractor war.

She profiles members of Congress who recognize the risks of our dependence on private contractors but have been unable even to determine the true scope of our dependence. Ann hopes the book will inspire a long-overdue national dialogue about the poorly understood international industry on which much of our security now rests. S&S

Ann Hagedorn is the award-winning author of four previous books: Wild Ride, Ransom, Beyond the River, and Savage Peace.

Saturday Nov 22
SANTA CLAUS ARRIVES AT THE GREENE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22; AT DUSK
SANTA CLAUS
arrives at The Greene for the lighting of the outdoor Holiday Tree in The Greene Town Center. Bring the kids!

Tuesday Dec 2
RICHARD PAUL EVANS

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2; 7 PM
Bestselling author RICHARD PAUL EVANS will introduce his latest novel, The Mistletoe Promise, a delightful, heart-warming romance. Two strangers (although they live in the same apartment building) dread the upcoming holiday season because they are alone; she, because of a recent divorce from an unfaithful husband, and he, because he is unmarried and has no prospects. To ease their loneliness, he suggests they pretend to be a couple for the 8 weeks before December 25. She agrees and thus begins a journey that surprises them both.

Through Evans’ moving examination of love, loss, grief, and healing, he illuminates the importance of forgiving not only those who’ve wrong you, but also forgiving yourself. His story reminds readers of the true meaning of Christmas.

Starting with his first #1 New York Times bestseller, The Christmas Box, Evans has gone on to write more than twenty other bestselling books. There are more than 17 million copies of his books in print world, translated into more than 24 languages.