FEBRUARY 2017 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Monday Feb 27
JUDD WINICK INTRODUCES KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27; 6:30 PM

Award-winning cartoonist JUDD WINICK, creator of HILO, a funny, action-packed full color new middle grade graphic novel series, will introduce its third book, HILO: The Great Big Boom. Hilo may look like an ordinary kid, but he’s definitely not! When we last saw Hilo, DJ, and Gina in book 2, Gina had been sucked into a mysterious portal to who knows where! But friends don’t let friends disappear into Nowhere! It’s up to D.J. and Hilo to follow her. Will there be danger? Yes! Will there be amazing surprises? Of course! Will Gina end up being the one to save them? Definitely! Will they make it back to Earth before the portal closes again? Who knows?

This series will appeal to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate fans. It has lots of slapstick humor with an appealing dose of friendship, acceptance, and adventure. You don’t necessarily need to start with Book 1 to enjoy the series. RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

Thursday Mar 2
READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY!

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THURSDAY, MARCH 2: 11 AM

Bring the young ones and help us celebrate READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY! We are having a special Kids Storytime featuring our own Miss Mary reading favorite picture books, singing songs, and helping the kids make crafts. We'll have a surprise for them also! All across America today schools, libraries, bookstores, and families everywhere are celebrating the love of reading. Let’s join them!

Friday Mar 3
BEATNIK CAFE

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FRIDAY, MARCH 3; 7 PM

Western Ohio Writers Association (WOWA) will present their BEATNIK CAFÉ, a presentation that pays homage to the hole-in-the wall poetry clubs of the 1960’s, but with a more modern style. The theme for this event is Beyond the Reach of Sleep. Performing original work, each writer will present poetry, short stories, or who knows what. Here is your chance to hear some talented regional writers as they showcase their work, in person, to entertain and enlighten.

Saturday Mar 4
THE CAT IN THE HAT IS COMING!

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SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2 PM

We’re celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday! Come for an interactive storytime, songs, and crafts with our own Miss Mary. And as a special treat…..bring your camera and have your photo taken with THE CAT IN THE HAT. Yes, really, the lovable cat himself will be here!

Sunday Mar 19
FREE WRITERS MINI-SEMINAR

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SUNDAY, MARCH 19; 2-3 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP will present a mini-seminar on Dialogue. It is one of the most important craft tools for fiction and nonfiction writers. Learn how to use it effectively to create compelling fiction and engage readers! The program will be led by novelist MARTHA MOODY. Learn more about Martha at www.marthamoody.net.

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

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.)