MARCH 2017 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Wednesday Mar 22
MICHELE BORBA SPEAKING AT CENTERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22; 7 PM at Centerville High School; 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville. The program will be in the Performing Arts Center behind the school. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Books&Co will have Dr. Borba’s book for sale at the event. The event is free. Seats are first-come, first-serve.

MICHELE BORBA, Ed.D will discuss her book, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. Why do studies show that kids are less happy and more stressed than in past generations despite our love? Why is peer cruelty increasing and bullying starting at younger ages? And what can parents and educators do about it? As an internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development, Dr. Borba addresses these issues head-on and provides tools parents need to teach their children empathy – and explains why caring for others is actually an essential life skill.

Dr. Borba aims to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, build strong families, create compassionate school cultures, and reduce peer cruelty. She has discussed these topic on the TODAY Show, the Early Show, CNN and Fox News, and scores of other media outlets. She served as a consultant to hundreds of schools, parent organizations, and corporations on bullying prevention. TOUCHSTONE

Saturday Mar 25
KIDS STORYTIME WITH MISS MARY

SATURDAY, MARCH 25; 2 PM

KIDS STORYTIME will feature MISS MARY reading The SheepOver. Songs and crafts will be part of the fun!

Tuesday Mar 28
MARSHA THERESE DANZIG DEBUTS HER MEMOIR

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TUESDAY, MARCH 28; 7 PM

MARSHA THERESE DANZIG will introduce her memoir, From the Roots: The True Story of How I Beat Death and Learned to Live. Hers is quite a story…actually a triumph! As a result of surviving childhood bone cancer twice, Marsha endured long-term side effects, including the amputation of her lower left leg, the loss of her bladder and kidneys, congestive heart failure, a kidney transplant, and scars galore. A rebel to the core, her defiance in the face of disease, doctors, establishment, and anyone who would steal her joy or life force, offers moments of profound depth and humor. There is no pity in her words, but rather they are an encouragement to people to live with an abundantly hopeful spirit that infuses life with purpose, appreciation, and contentment. SKYHORSE PUBLISHING

Marsha Therese Danzig, MEd Harvard, is an author, speaker, healer, yoga therapist, and founder of Yoga for Amputees. She lives in Dayton, Ohio.

Thursday Mar 30
BIG READ EVENT AT WRIGHT MEMORIAL LIBRARY

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THURSDAY, MARCH 30; 7 PM at Wright Memorial Library,
1776 Far Hills Ave; Oakwood; Books & Co will have copies of Maiden Flight and The Wright Brothers for sale at this BIG READ EVENT

HARRY HASKELL will discuss Maiden Flight, his book celebrating Katharine Wright, sister of world renowned brothers, Wilbur and Orville Wright, and the wife of his grandfather, Henry J. Haskell. It is the fictional telling of Katharine and Henry’s love story, based on personal letters, newspaper reports, and other documents of the period – in particular, Katharine’s lively and extraordinarily revealing love letters to Henry. At age 52, torn between duty and love, she agonized for months before deciding to leave Dayton and her brother Orville (Wilbur had already died) and move to Kansas City to marry Henry Haskell. This decision caused a huge rift between Orville and Katharine. They didn‘t reconcile until three years later when she was on her deathbed.

Wright Memorial Library is hosting HARRY HASKELL as part of the activities surrounding the area BIG READ, which is featuring the book, The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. While Katharine is given much attention in that book, her story is further enhanced in Haskell’s Maiden Flight. Please join us for an interesting discussion at Wright Memorial Library. (And if you can’t make this March 30 event, Wright Memorial Library is having an earlier discussion of Maiden Flight on Saturday, March 25 at 2 pm.)

Monday Apr 3
JOHN SCALZI INTRODUCES NEW BOOK

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MONDAY, APRIL 3; 7 PM

Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The Collapsing Empire to get a line number.)

JOHN SCALZI will introduce The Collapsing Empire, the first novel of his new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe. This universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible—until the discovery of The Flow. That is an extra-dimensional field that can be accessed at certain points in space-time that transport humans to other worlds around other stars.

The Flow is eternal—but it is not static. It changes, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals – a scientist, a starship captain, and the Empress of the Interdependency---are in a race against time to discover what, if anything can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse. TOR

John Scalzi is the author of several SF novels, including Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, Zoe’s Tale, The End of All Things, Lock In, Fuzzy Nation and Redshirts.

Tuesday Apr 4
CAMMIE MCGOVERN DEBUTS CHILDREN'S BOOK

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TUESDAY, APRIL 4; 6:30 PM

CAMMIE McGOVERN will introduce her children’s novel, Chester and Gus. Chester is a lovable dog who did not pass the service dog test, but he still longs to be a service dog. Fortunately he’s adopted by a family who thinks he’ll be perfect as a companion for Gus, their autistic son. The story is told from Chester’s perspective as he tries to adjust to Gus’s needs, but he’s not sure how to help Gus since this isn’t exactly the job he trained for, but he’s determined to figure it out because Gus is his person now.

Reminiscent of Because of Winn-Dixie, Shiloh, and Old Yeller, Chester and Gus explores the extraordinary friendship between a child and a dog but with a poignant and modern twist.

Cammie McGovern is one of the founders of Whole Children, a resource center that runs after-school classes and programs for children with special needs.

4 Paws for Ability will be here to talk about their program to train dogs for autistic children.

Wednesday Apr 5
BIG READ DISCUSSION OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5; 7 PM

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough is the book chosen as the community Big Read book for 2017. Hundreds of people (maybe thousands) in our community are gathering in schools, libraries, and places of business to discuss this book in March and April and learn more about Dayton’s famous citizens, Wilbur and Orville Wright, and their journey to inventing the airplane.

To share their insights on the famous brothers, we have invited TIM GAFFNEY, aviation author, and DAWNE DEWEY, Wright Brothers archivist at Wright State University Library, to join us. So their input along with your input will make this a very valuable discussion. Please join us. The more---the better!

Sunday Apr 9
FREE POETRY MINI-SEMINAR

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SUNDAY, APRIL 9; 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP will present a free mini-seminar on POETRY. April is National Poetry Month. Come celebrate with us and create a poem! Great for poets and writers of all types--challenge your creativity and learn some techniques to enhance your writing craft! It will be led by poet JAMEY DUNHAM. You can learn more about Jamey at www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/jamey-dunham


Wednesday Apr 12
GREG ILES INTRODUCES MISSISSIPPI BLOOD

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12; 7 PM

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for Mississippi Blood to get a line number.)

GREG ISLES, author of the epic Natchez Burning trilogy, will introduce the concluding book in the series, Mississippi Blood. With piercing insight, narrative prowess, and a masterful ability to blend imagination and history, Iles illuminates the brutal story of the American South in a highly atmospheric and suspenseful novel that delivers the shocking resolution his fans have eagerly awaited.

Publishers Weekly gave Mississippi Blood a starred review and went on to say, “The terrific conclusion to his Natchez Burning trilogy is a sweeping story that remains intimate…Relentless pacing keeps the story churning…The trial scenes are among the most exciting ever written in the genre.”

The other two books in the bestselling series are Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree. The series illuminates a brutally searing period in our Southern civil rights history that resonates even today.

Tuesday Apr 25
DAVID SEDARIS AT THE VICTORIA THEATRE

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TUESDAY, APRIL 25; 7:30 PM

DAVID SEDARIS at The Victoria Theatre, Main & Second Street, downtown Dayton

Don’t miss out on An Evening with DAVID SEDARIS at The Victoria Theatre! David will be performing on stage at the theatre with his signature storytelling program, as only he can do! You’ll be laughing all through it, that’s for sure.

He will be autographing books after the show. Books&Co will have a display in the lobby so you can buy his books there.

Get your tickets at TicketCenterStage.com or call 937-228-3630.