Friday Feb 14
VALENTINE BEATNIK CAFÉ
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14; 7 PM
VALENTINE BEATNIK CAFÉ. Members of the Western Ohio Writers Association will read their original stories featuring the theme of love---an appropriate topic for Valentine’s Day!
Wednesday Feb 26
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26; 7 PM
KRISTOPHER JANSMA will introduce the softcover edition of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, a witty, inventive, and philosophically rich debut novel. It reads like an upside-down Candide, whose hero searches not for truth, but for the ultimate lie in the best of all impossible worlds. The main character can be whomever he wants to be; to some he is the Princeton-bound Walter Hartright; to another group he is the “one, the only Pinkerton.” To another, the hip, unorthodox Professor Timothy Wallace. To the callow, rich boy whose homework he does for cash, he is the inscrutable Outis. He is the narrator of the story and he is both every man and no man.
Stewart O’Nan, author of Last Night at the Lobster says, “Light and airy, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards is a funhouse of a novel about the outsized ambitions of authors and the sneaky power of storytelling.....a whimsical round-the-world tour that recalls Calvino, Millhauser, and The Confidence Man.”
Thursday Feb 27
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27; 6:30 PM
DAVID CATROW, illustrator of Dream Dog by Lou Berger, will introduce this charming picture book that will be enjoyed by every dog-loving child around. We meet Harry, who really, really, really wants a dog, but instead of getting one, his parents try to placate him with a pet that was never on his Wish List---a lizard. So Harry takes matters into his own hands and places his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet on his head and soon something with paws, a tail, and a wet nose pops into the world. A dog! Sure nobody else can see the dog named Waffle, but that doesn’t matter to Harry. Catrow’s signature loose drawings and Berger’s humorous text bring the bond between a boy and his dog exuberantly to life.
Saturday Mar 1
SATURDAY, MARCH 1; 1 PM
KENAN TREVINCEVIC will introduce The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile and Return. This memoir tells Kenan’s incredible story of surviving the Bosnian war as an eleven-year-old child, eventually escaping to America, and later returning to his homeland to confront the past. It is an on-the-ground document of what life was like during one of the worst genocidal conflicts in recent history, and a deeply personal and intimate exploration of what it means to face, forgive, and move on from the unspeakable brutality of war. Further, it is an important and wrenching account of how an historical event continues to haunt its victims and how one young man might be the inspiration for change and healing for generations to come.
The Dayton Peace Accords ending the Balkan wars were signed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on November 21, 1995. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation continues to honor that agreement each year awarding the Dayton Literary Peace Prize to one work of fiction and one work of nonfiction that speak to the issue of fostering peace in individuals, in groups, or among nations.
Friday Mar 7
KATHY AND BRANDAN REICHS
FRIDAY, MARCH 7; 7 PM
KATHY AND BRENDAN REICHS will introduce Exposure, the fourth book in their Virals Series for young readers. When twin classmates are abducted from Bolton Prep, Tory and the Virals decide there’s no better team to put on the case. But the gang has their own problems – their animal powers are growing wilder and becoming harder to control. The stakes are high: the Virals must decipher the clues and track down a ruthless criminal before he strikes again.
Kathy Reichs, like her character Temperance Brennan, is a forensic anthropologist. She is one of only 79 forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She is the author of the bestselling Bones series and the creator of Bones, the hit FOX TV show based on her novels. Brandan Reichs is the son of Kathy Reichs. He has been a lawyer before joining his mother to co-write the Virals series.
Sunday Mar 9
FREE WRITERS MINI-WORKSHOP
SUNDAY, MARCH 9; 2-3:30 PM
Representatives of the Antioch Writers Workshop will discuss "The Who, What, When of the 29th Annual Antioch Writers Summer Program (including Scholarship information)." If you plan to attend, please leave your name and phone number at 937-429-6302.
Monday Mar 10
MONDAY, MARCH 10; 7 PM
SUSAN CRANDALL will introduce the softcover edition of Whistling Past the Graveyard, a coming of age story narrated by 9-year-old Starla Claudelle, whose story is an “poignant and indelible as that of Scout Finch or Huckleberry Finn.” Set in the summer of 1963 in Mississippi, Starla is living with her grandmother because she has essentially been abandoned by her parents. Afraid she is going to be sent to reform school, Starla simply walks to the outskirts of town and keeps walking. She accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. The trio embarks on a road trip that will change Starla’s life forever... in a good way.
Fans of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help or Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird will especially enjoy Whistling Past the Graveyard.
Tuesday Mar 11
TUESDAY, MARCH 11; 6:30 PM
(Line numbers beginning at 5:30 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for any of Mr. Peirce’s books to get a line number.)
LINCOLN PEIRCE will introduce Big Nate in the Zone, his latest Big Nate book, which contains more than 500 black-and-white illustrations. Young Nate Wright is the “one and only cartooning genius, king of detention, and Cheez Doodle connoisseur” who doesn’t seem to be having any luck. Now, thanks to Chad’s lucky foot, Nate is suddenly experiencing good luck everywhere. Nate’s in the zone! But how long will it last?
According to Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series says, “Big Nate is funny, big time.” Peirce’s Big Nate comic appears in 300 newspapers and is featured on the website Poptropica.com. There are 6 books in the Big Nate chapter book series.
Thursday Mar 13
TOR TEEN TOUR
THURSDAY, MARCH 13; 7 PM
(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for at least one of the authors’ new books to get a line number.)
TOR TEEN TOUR comes to visit!
MINDEE ARNETT will introduce The Nightmare Dilemma where the reader is taken into the world of Nightmares, Sirens, Wizards and Demons at Arkwell Academy—a place very wondrous and strange, but where teens still struggle with some of the same problems as in the real world..
KRISTEN SIMMONS will introduce Three, the thrilling conclusion to her post apocalyptic young adult trilogy set in a future America in which the Bill-of-Rights has been replaced by the Moral Statutes.
JENNA BLACK will introduce Resistance, the second installment in her new science fiction romance series, which started with Replica. We find a murder-mystery in a near-future world where the rich have technology to return to life as synthetic replicas of themselves.
Wednesday Mar 19
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19; 7 PM
(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for Words of Radiance to get a line number.)
BRANDON SANDERSON will introduce Words of Radiance, the second book in The Stormlight Archive, which began with The Way of Kings, and took readers into the remarkable world of Roshar. It is shared by humans and humanoid Parshendi, who are engaged in a deadly war. Among those caught up in the conflict are Brightlord Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his sister Jasnah, a renowed scholar; her student Shallan, and Kaladin, a military slave, who becomes the first magically endowed Knight Radiant in centuries. With Words of Radiance, The Stormlight Archive grows even more richly immersive and compelling.
Brandon Sanderson had the honor of completing Robert Jordan’s classic The Wheel of Time series and is the author of the bestselling Mistborn series.
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
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.