JULY 2015 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Friday Aug 7
MYSTERY WRITER RHYS BOWEN TO VISIT

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2015; 7 PM

New York Times bestselling author RHYS BOWEN will introduce her newest mystery, Malice at the Palace, a Royal Spyness Mystery featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line to the English throne and crack amateur sleuth. Lady Georgiana has been asked to come stay at Kensington Palace to calm the pre-wedding jitters of Princess Marina, who is set to marry Prince George, youngest son of George V. Georgie is a bit skeptical about the whole thing since she knows that George has a history of frequent love affairs, not a desirable trait in a soon-to-be-husband. When society beauty Kiki Anstruther, reputed latest mistress of Prince George, is found dead in the palace, everything is thrown into disarray, including Lady Georgiana’s own romantic attachment to Darcy O’Mara. Is it possible that everything Georgie believed about her own love life is a pack of lies? As Georgie is uncovering facts about Kiki's murder, she's also discovering unsavory things about Darcy.

Rhys Bowen has been nominated for every major mystery award including the Edgar, and has won many, including the Agatha and Anthony Awards. She was born in England and now splits her time between southern California and Arizona.

Wednesday Aug 12
TWO YOUNG ADULT AUTHORS TO VISIT

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12; 7 PM

Two authors of Young Adult fiction will visit tonight: MINDEE ARNETT AND ERICA O’ROURKE.

MINDEE ARNETT will introduce The Nightmare Charade, the stunning final installment in the Arkwell Academy series. Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams. Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough, not to mention the crazy events of the past year. Dusty may have saved the day, but there are many days left in the year, and with an old foe back to seek revenge, she’ll need all her strength to defeat him and save her friends. TOR

ERICA O’ROURKE will introduce Resonance, the thrilling follow-up to Dissonance. Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world, with no way for Del to find him. She’s back at the Consort training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the consort kill millions of people. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice! SIMON & SCHUSTER

Wednesday Aug 26
SANDRA BROWN TO VISIT

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26; 7 PM

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SANDRA BROWN, New York Times bestselling author, will introduce her newest romantic suspense novel, Friction. The novel gets its inspiration from the legendary Texas Rangers, the elite law enforcement agency – with state-wide jurisdiction, who can begin or join any investigation whether they are invited or not. In this story, one of the Rangers, Crawford Hunt, finds himself in court over a custody matter involving his daughter when a gunman erupts into the courtroom and Crawford reacts instinctually to that danger………causing more trouble for himself, his daughter, and Judge Holly Spencer, for whom he is experiencing a growing attraction. This is surely another of Brown’s classic fast-paced suspense novels, telling a gripping story of family ties and forbidden attraction. GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING

Sandra will be able to sign any new books you purchase at the event and 2 books you bring from home. Pictures will be permitted.

Tuesday Sep 1
JOHN SCALZI INTRODUCES NEW SCI FI NOVEL

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1; 7 PM
(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The End of All Things to get a line number.)

JOHN SCALZI, acclaimed science fiction writer, will introduce The End of All Things. It takes over where The Human Division left off – returning the reader to Scalzi’s thrilling universe in which humans have expanded into space…only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Who is behind these attacks and how can humanity’s union remain intact so they don’t risk oblivion, and extinction—and the end of all things? TOR

Scalzi is one of the most popular SF authors to emerge in the last decade. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, Lock In and Redshirts, which won 2013’s Hugo Award for Best Novel. He and his family live in Ohio.

Wednesday Sep 9
POLITICAL CARTOONIST TED RALL TO VISIT

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9; 7 PM

TED RALL, award-winning political cartoonist, will introduce his graphic novel, Snowden. As many as ¼ million U.S citizens with security clearance saw some or all of the same documents revealed by Edward Snowden. Why did he, and no one else, decide to step forward and take on the risk associated with becoming a whistleblower and then a fugitive? In Snowden, Rall delves into Snowden’s early life and work experience, his personality, and the larger issues of privacy, new surveillance technologies, and the recent history of government intrusion. Rall describes Snowden’s political vision and hopes for the future. In a way, the book tells two stories: Snowden’s and a larger one that describes all of us on the threshold of tremendous technological upheaval and political change. SEVEN STORIES

Rall is a nationally syndicated political cartoonist, opinion columnist, graphic novelist and occasional war correspondent. He is twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His political cartoons can be seen regularly in the Dayton City Paper.

Saturday Sep 12
LOCAL AUTHORS DEBUT NEW YA NOVEL

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12; 1 PM

CAREY CORP & LORIE LANGDON will introduce, Shades of Doon, Book 3 in their young adult Doon series. After thinking everything was perfect as they settled into life in the Kingdom of Doon, best friends Veronica and Mackenna are unexpectedly thrown out of Doon. They are now confronted with tormentors from their past and they have no way to return to their adopted land. But even if they could return, their happiness may be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all. BLINK

Other books in the series are Doon and Destined for Doon. There will be one more book in the series.

Saturday Sep 19
AUTHOR OF STAR WARS PARODY TO VISIT

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19; 1 PM

IAN DOESCHER will introduce William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge: Star Wars, Part the Third. The curtain rises once again on that star-crossed galaxy far, far away – this time, to chronicle a once-heroic knight’s transformation into the darkest of villains. Passionate but misguided, young Anakin will fall prey to an insidious plot and ruthlessly betray his Jedi brethren. Witness the decline of a hero and the harrowing events that will change the fate of the galaxy forever! Heartbreak and destruction abound in this climactic conclusion to the fall of the house of Skywalker. It’s filled with masterful meter, stirring soliloquies, inside jokes, and Elizabethan illustrations. Boing Boing says, “Not a campy or goofy parody but a surprisingly well done tribute.” QUIRK BOOKS

Other books in the series are: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars; William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back; William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return; William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace; and William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh.