JANUARY 2015 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Friday Jan 16
WOWA BEATNIK CAFE

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16; 7 PM
Members of Western Ohio Writers Association will present a Beatnik Cafe featuring original works on the theme of "Here Be Dragons: Stories of Adventure, Exploration & Uncharted Territory." For more information, please contact Gery Deer at gary@gerydeer.com or visit www.westernohiowriters.org.

Friday Jan 30
BRUCE HALE TO VISIT

FRIDAY, JANUARY 30; 6:30 PM
BRUCE HALE
, author of the popular Clark the Shark picture books, will introduce his newest book, Clark the Shark Takes Heart. Clark the Shark lives life loud – except when it comes to girls! It’s Annie Angelfish’s birthday and Clark wants to find the perfect present for her to show her how he feels. But when he tries to make a big impression with his usual zip, bang and BOOM, things don’t go quite as planned. With help from his best friend Joey Mackerel, Clark the Shark learns that when it comes to showing that you care, something thoughtful and small could be the best of all. HARPER COLLINS

Bruce Hale has written and illustrated over thirty books for kids, including Clark the Shark Dares to Share; the award-winning Chet Gecko Mystery Series; Snoring Beauty, one of Oprah’s Recommended Reads for Kids and the School for S.P.I.E.S. Series.

Friday Feb 6
MAGICIAN JOSHUA JAY TO VISIT

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6; 7 PM
Award winning magician JOSHUA JAY will demonstrate magic tricks while he introduces his book for young children, Big Magic for Little Hands: 25 Astounding Illusions for Young Magicians. Geared for children 7-11 and their caregivers, this book guides you through every aspect of the magician’s art. Levitate a sibling! Vanish homework! Perform a Houdini-inspired escape! It’s all there in the book. With practice young magicians can learn to perform them and acquire a sense of poise, accomplishment, and confidence. WORKMAN

Joshua Jay is a magic consultant for several multinational toy manufacturers, and served as the monthly columnist for Magic magazine for over a decade. He was named the 2012 Magician of the Year by the Society of American Magicians. He lives in New York City.

Sunday Feb 8
FREE WRITERS WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8; 2-3:30 PM
FREE WRITERS WORKSHOP
sponsored by Antioch Writers Workshop. The theme will be Demystifying Social Media presented by ASHLEY BETHARD. She is a Digital and New Media Specialist for Cox Media Group Ohio and holds an MFA in creative writing from Ashland University. Ashley will share her expertise in applying social media to connect with readers.

Tuesday Feb 10
LOCAL AUTHOR PRESENTS NEW BOOK

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10; 7 PM
TRUDY KRISHER
will introduce her new book, Fanny Seward: A Life. Fanny was the daughter of Secretary of State William Seward, President Lincoln's right hand man in Washington, D.C. She was privy to many of her father's activities, often accompanying him on official business, sometimes in the presence of President Lincoln and his wife Mary. Fanny recorded many of these experiences from 1858 to 1866 in her diary entries. It is from these and other sources that Ms. Krisher was able to reconstruct the life and times of Fanny Seward, and give the reader previously unseen glimpses of the tumultuous era of Civil War America.

Trudy Krisher is a retired professor in the Department of Liberal Arts, Communication, and Social Sciences at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

Wednesday Feb 11
AUTHOR ERIN HUNTER TO VISIT

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11; 7 PM
ERIN HUNTER,
author of the Survivors Series, will introduce Storm of Dogs, Book 6 in the series. Readers of this Intermediate Reader canine adventure series will know that the ruthless former Alpha has left the Wild Pack and Sweet has taken his place. The dogs are hoping to live in peace now; however, they know they will have to be alert for signs that Blade and her Fierce Dogs may appear and force them into a dreadful fight. Storm of Dogs is the conclusion to the first arc in this exciting Survivors series.

Kirkus Reviews refers to it as "a wild and wonderful adventure" and "perfectly crafted."

Sunday Feb 15
DANIEL HANDLER TO VISIT

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15; 2 PM
DANIEL HANDLER
, known to many of you as Lemony Snicket, will be introducing his new adult novel, We Are Pirates. In it, we meet his madcap marauding pirates: three sullen overlooked teenagers; their captain, Errol, a geriatric jail-breaker with Alzheimer's and a passion for the sea; and Manny a nursing home orderly from Haiti. Together they plunder the San Francisco Bay in pursuit of buccaneer-style justice.
The story is about people who are ignored and forgotten, and the desire to escape. It is about the valiant struggles of youth, adulthood, and old age, and the ever-present possibility for adventure, rebellion, and happiness. Neil Gaiman says: "It's the strangest, most brilliant offering yet from the mind behind Lemony Snicket."

Daniel Handler is the author of four novels, most recently Why We Broke Up and many books as Lemony Snicket, including All the Wrong Questions and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Tuesday Feb 17
DEBUT AUTHOR TO VISIT

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17; 7 PM
NICKOLAS BUTLER
will introduce the softcover edition of Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel. The setting of this popular debut novel is Little Wing, Wisconsin. This small town has been home for four friends. They were born and raised there, but now they are grown and coming into their own or struggling to do so. One of them never left and is still working the family farm. But the others felt the need to move on. Now they are being brought together again for a wedding. Can they recapture the bond that tied them so strongly in their growing-up years and lead them to a strong adult friendship of acceptance, forgiveness, and love?

Toronto Star refers to Shotgun Lovesongs as "The kind of book that restores your faith in humanity." " A dreamy novel that leaves readers with a lasting impression about friendship and its purpose -- to teach, inspire, and most of all, fill our hearts with love." Wilkes Barre

Saturday Feb 21
MARY PAT KELLY TO VISIT

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21; 2 PM
MARY PAT KELLY,
author of Galway Bay, will introduce Of Irish Blood, a vivid and compelling tale woven with authentic detail and historical characters, and based on the author's own great aunt's life. Irish Nora Kelly is thriving in the new land and early twentieth century Chicago, rising in the fashion industry until she gets involved with the wrong sort of man and flees to Paris to escape trouble. There she finds friends in such luminaries as Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Beach. But she also meets a group of Irish revolutionaries who challenge her to honor her heritage and join the fight to free Ireland. Nora faces betrayal and violence, but her greatest heartache is wondering if she will ever find her way home again.

Mary Higgins Clark says this about the book: "Fascinating story. Engrossing with an endearing central character and a wonderful rich historical background."