APRIL 2015 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Thursday Apr 16
RYAN IRELAND DEBUTS HIS NOVEL

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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

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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.

Friday Apr 24
JON ACUFF... BUSINESS AUTHOR TO VISIT

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FRIDAY, APRIL 24; 7 PM,
JON ACUFF will discuss his latest business book, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck. He encourages people to continually build a career using four elements: skills, relationships, character and hustle. He touts “that work is not the enemy. In fact, work can be awesome.” Publishers Weekly calls Do Over "A lively business manual…Brimming over with sound, practical advice, this book will benefit individuals looking to take charge of their careers at any stage.” Come meet Jon and get motivated! He also invites you to visit his website at www.acuff.me. PORTFOLIO

Jon has written Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job and Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters.

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

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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

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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.