MARCH 2015 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Saturday Mar 28
CHRIS GRABENSTEIN INTRODUCES NEW KIDS NOVEL


SATURDAY, MARCH 28; 1 PM
CHRIS GRABENSTEIN
, author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library will introduce his new book for young readers, The Island of Dr. Libris. Twelve-year-old Billy Gillfoyle is stuck spending the entire summer in an old lakeside cabin owned by the enigmatic Dr. Libris. There’s something odd about this place, maybe even a little spooky. Strangest of all is Dr. Libris’s dusty study, full of the wildest stories Billy’s ever read. And whenever Billy opens the books in the study, he’s sure he can hear strange sounds coming from the mysterious island in the middle of the lake. Are the characters in the stories calling him? Are they coming to life? RANDOM HOUSE

Chris Grabenstein is co-author with James Patterson of the #1 best-selling series Funny and Treasure Hunters. He’s a playwright, screen writer and improvisational comedian and he has also written for Jim Henson’s Muppets.

Saturday Mar 28
ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP PREVIEW

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SUNDAY, MARCH 28; 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP INFORMATION SESSION. This year marks the 30th annual Summer Program presented by the Antioch Writers Workshop in Yellow Spring, Ohio. It promises a stellar faculty, inspiring programming, and exciting opportunities. Learn more about the program from board and staff members at this casual Q&A session today. For more information, please visit www.antiochwritersworkshop.com

Tuesday Mar 31
HAL MCCOY INTRODUCES HIS MEMOIR

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TUESDAY, MARCH 31; 7 PM
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Dayton’s own legendary sportswriter HAL MCCOY will discuss his memoir The Real McCoy, My Half-Century with the Cincinnati Reds. He gives the fans an inside-the-dugout look at what never made the daily press: the politics, the personalities, the hi-jinks, the x-rated scenes –all the classic ballpark happenings known only to those on the field. In short, it’s the complete scoop from a sportswriter who led a charmed life and, even when faced with his own failing eyesight, managed to keep his life intact and still see more than the rest of us. The Real McCoy is one of the most readable –and revealing—books about baseball ever written. ORANGE FRAZER

Thursday Apr 2
BIG READ DISCUSSION

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THURSDAY, APRIL 2; 7 PM

BIG READ DISCUSSION! Come share your thoughts with others as we discuss this year’s Big Read title, The Rosie Project. There is much to discuss in this book and we’d love to have your input. As a culmination of the 2015 Big Read, we have an interactive Skype program planned for Saturday, April 25 at 1:30 pm at Sinclair Community College, Building 12 with GRAEME SIMSION, author of The Rosie Project. He’ll be speaking to us from either New Zealand or Australia. It promises to be a fun experience.

Saturday Apr 4
SPECIAL SATURDAY STORYTIME

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SATURDAY, APRIL 4; 2 PM
Bring your young ones for a Special Storytime. We’ll have a large plush LITTLE NUTBROWN HARE here to greet you when we read Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. It’s a favorite of everyone! People in attendance will be entered into a drawing to win a wonderful Guess How Much I Love You gift package.

Bring you camera if you’d like a photo with Little Nutbrown Hare. It’ll be a great keepsake!

Tuesday Apr 7
COZY MYSTERY AUTHOR TO VISIT

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TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 7 PM
USA Today bestseller TONYA KAPPES will introduce two of her hilarious paranormal books featuring Emma Lee Raines, director of Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, who can suddenly see dead people! In A Ghostly Undertaking, recently deceased Ruthie Sue Payne lets Emma Lee know that she didn’t fall down stairs on her own. She was pushed. And now she can’t cross over until the matter of the identity of her “pusher” is laid to eternal rest. In A Ghostly Grave we find Chicken Teater pestering Emma Lee Raines to find out who killed him. She hesitates because digging him back up is bad for business. But the customer is always right….dead or alive.

Tonya has one of the freshest new voices in the cozy mystery genre. Her books are witty, sassy, and humorous. Both books are in mass market format. WITNESS IMPULSE

Wednesday Apr 8
RIDLEY PEARSON TO VISIT

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8; 7 PM
Bestselling author of the popular Kingdom Keepers series, RIDLEY PEARSON will introduce Book 1 in his new series: The Return: Disney Lands. With the defeat of the Overtakers behind them, the five teenagers known as the Kingdom Keepers should be celebrating. By all accounts they saved Disneyland from certain destruction. Why then did their mentor leave one last puzzle for them to decipher? The Keepers must solve a puzzle of the past, or be crushed under an evil that makes the Overtakers seem like gentle souls. DISNEY

Ridley Pearson has also written the hugely popular Peter and the Starcatchers series, as well as many adult mysteries.

Thursday Apr 9
CASSETT & DEGAS RELATIONSHIP REVEALED

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THURSDAY, APRIL 9; 7 PM
ROBIN OLIVEIRA,
author of the bestselling novel My Name is Mary Sutter, will introduce her new historical novel, I Always Loved You, the story of the tumultuous and passionate relationship between Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas, two celebrated artists of the Impressionism movement. Oliveira brilliantly recreates the irresistible world of Belle Epoque Paris, capturing the golden age of Impressionism and peopled with many prominent figures of the movement, including Edouard Manet and Berthe Morisot (the only other prominent female artist working in Paris at that time) whose own romantic relationship is also the subject of gossip and scandal. Oliveira writes with grace and uncommon insight into the lives of artists and the passions and foibles of the human heart. VIKING

The Dayton Art Institute has a marvelous American Impressionism Exhibition on display until May 31. You’ll find works by Mary Cassett among the other wonderful American painters. You won’t want to miss it. Call 937-223-4278 or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org for more information about the special exhibition.

Wednesday Apr 15
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15; 7 PM

Bestselling author ELIZABETH BERG will introduce her newest historical fiction, The Dream Lover. In it, we meet Aurore Dupin as she is leaving her loveless marriage and her family’s estate in the French countryside to start a new life as a writer in Paris. There, she renames herself George Sand and pursues her dream of becoming a writer, embracing an unconventional and even scandalous lifestyle. You’ll meet her friends and lovers, including Frederic Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugene Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Marie Dorval, Alfred de Musset, and more. It is a novel not only about George Sand, but also about Paris, fashion, desire, love, art, the power of family to define us, and the strength it takes to break free. RANDOM HOUSE

Elizabeth Berg has written many novels, including Open House, Talk Before Sleep, The Pull of the Moon, Tapestry of Fortunes, The Year of Pleasures, Joy School and many more. There are over 4 million copies of her books in print. Her work has been translated into 27 languages.

Thursday Apr 16
RYAN IRELAND DEBUTS HIS NOVEL

THURSDAY, APRIL 16; 7 PM

RYAN IRELAND will introduce his debut novel, Beyond the Horizon. The story transports us to frontier America where a man lives with a pregnant woman who is not his wife. One day a stranger appears and advises the man to formally register the baby as his own at Fort James, a fabled military outpost. Setting out on a lonely journey across an arid and hostile terrain, the man leaves the woman in the care of the stranger. Soon after he departs, the stranger kills the woman and her unborn child, and then sets off in pursuit of the man. It’s a sojourn into the darkest parts of Western lore and an allegory about the origins of modern America. ONEWORLD

Ryan Ireland lives in the village of Alpha, Ohio. He is the Publicity and Marketing Officer at Greene County Public Library.

Thursday Apr 23
TJ TURNER DEBUTS HIS BOOK

THURSDAY, APRIL 23; 7 PM

TJ TURNER will introduce his debut novel, Lincoln’s Bodyguard. This engrossing novel transports the reader back to the era of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. President Lincoln is saved from assassination through the heroics of his bodyguard. The book then goes on to theorize how life in American would have been different. Steve Berry, author of The Lincoln Myth says, “This is a delightful romp through an alternate history with an ending that catches you by surprise.”

TJ TURNER is a novelist, historian, research scientist, and a Federal Agent. He graduated from Cornell University. He served three tours in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in 2013. Turner lives in central Ohio with his wife, Nancy, and three children.

Saturday Apr 25
BIG READ FINALE AT SINCLAIR COLLEGE

SATURDAY, APRIL 25; 1 PM AT SINCLAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Come join us at Sinclair Community College , Building 12; Rooms 120 & 127 where we’ll have a SKYPE BROADCAST with GRAEME SIMSION, author of The Rosie Project, the Big Read Selection for 2015.

Plan to arrive by 12:45 pm so you have time to be seated and write down any questions you’d like the author to answer. At 1 pm people will be invited to share stories of how they met their special someone….. in one minute or less! Stories will be judged by applause for the most romantic, most humorous, most unusual and most disastrous. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each category.

Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project, will be speaking to us from New Zealand at 1:30 pm. This promises to be great fun! By the way, you don’t need to have read the book already to attend.

Monday Apr 27
MONDAY, APRIL 27; 7 PM

LIESL SHURTLIFF will introduce her children's book, JACK: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk. She cleverly takes the much loved Jack and the Beanstalk story and gives it a new interpretation. Jack’s father has disappeared and Jack and his troublesome little sister Annabella set off to find him. By trading the family cow for some magic beans they get to the land above the clouds where they assume giants live. They hope the giants know something about their father’s whereabouts. They have no idea of the wild adventure they are about to begin! KNOPF BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

Liesl Shurtliff has also written RUMP: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin and she is working on a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Visit her online at lieslshurtliff.com

Tuesday Apr 28
PAUL DAUGHERTY DISCUSSES HIS BOOK

TUESDAY, APRIL 28; 7 PM

PAUL DAUGHERTY will discuss An Uncomplicated Life: A Father’s Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter. Paul and his wife had not expected that their newborn daughter would have Down Syndrome. But when they left the hospital they were determined to not let their daughter’s condition change the way they treated her. They would address her special needs, but not to the point that she became needy. “Expect, don’t accept” became their mantra all through her childhood, taking delight in her achievements, whether learning to ride a bike in her early years or later graduating from college. In An Uncomplicated Life, the parent learns as much about life from the child as the child does from the parent. The author lovingly writes: “Jillian is a soul map of our best intentions” – a model of grace, boundless joy, and love for all of us.

Paul Daugherty is a Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist.