FEBRUARY 2016 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Wednesday Feb 17
LINCOLN PEIRCE "BLASTS OFF" WITH BIG NATE

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17; 7 PM

LINCOLN PEIRCE, will introduce the newest title in the Big Nate series, BIG NATE BLASTS OFF.

Nate has a crush on Ruby. But after his scrap with Randy Betancourt makes headlines in the Weekly Bugle, he's got a problem WAY worse than detention Can Nate bounce back? And will the annual Mud Bowl be a blast . . . or a bust?

Meet BIG NATE, P.S. 38's coolest doodler and definitely NOT the teacher's pet.

Lincoln Peirce is the author and creator of the Big Nate character and comic strip which served as the inspiration for many collections, a musical, and this children's book series.

Sunday Feb 21
ANTIOCH WRITERS' WORKSHOP FREE MINI SEMINAR: TECH TOOLS FOR WRITERS

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21; 2:00-3:30PM

Computers have made the life of a writer much easier while at the same time making things more frustrating in return. When computers and writing software works properly its great, but when they start to act up it can be TERRIBLE. Antioch Writers' Workshop wants to help you with the techno-problems.

Cyndi Pauwels, published author and AWW Assistant Director, and Michael Simko, author and AWW alumna, will be leading February Free Mini Seminar: Tech Tools for Writers! They are going to share their skills with different "tech tools" highlighting Scrivener writing software, and pass on how other bits of tech can make the writing process more efficient AND productive.

Wednesday Feb 24
DAYTON BIG READ AUTHOR VISITS BOOKS&CO

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24; 7 PM

CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE, author of ORPHAN TRAIN this year's selection for the Dayton Big Read, will be visiting Books&Co to speak about this striking bestselling title.

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.

Monday Mar 7
LINDA SUE PARK INTRODUCES NEW WING & CLAW BOOK

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MONDAY, MARCH 7 ; 7 PM

LINDA SUE PARK, author of A Long Walk to Water, will be visiting to introduce her newest book Wing & Claw: Forest of Wonders. This is book one of an upcoming new series!

Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary like him, every leaf has the potential to unleash a kind of magic.

When an injured bat crashes into Raffa’s life, he invents a cure from a rare crimson vine that he finds deep in the Forest. The powers of the vine are stronger than Raffa could have imagined. His remedy saves the animal but also transforms it into something much more than an ordinary bat, with far-reaching consequences.

Raffa’s experiments lead him away from home to the forbidding city of Gilden, where troubling discoveries make him question who he can trust . . . and whether exciting botanical inventions, including his own, might actually threaten the very creatures of the Forest he wants to protect.

This enchanting new series from Linda Sue Park richly explores the links between magic and botany, family and duty, environment and home.

Wednesday Mar 9
COME DISCUSS THE BIG READ BOOK!

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Wednesday, March 9 ; 7pm

Please join our discussion of the BIG READ title, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. This discussion group is open to anybody. Come join us and share your thoughts on this fantastic piece of literature.

Wednesday Apr 6
CINDA WILLIAMS REVISITS AN OLD WORLD WITH US!

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6; 7 PM

CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA will introduce FLAMECASTER the first book of her new Shattered Realms series.

Set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. This dazzling beginning to a new series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work.

Adrian sul Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now he 's closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. With time running out, Ash faces an excruciating choice: Can he use his powers not to save a life but to take it?Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King's Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn't know why she's being hunted, she knows that she can't get caught. Eventually, Ash and Jenna's paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.