SEPTEMBER 2016 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Wednesday Sep 28
NORWEGIAN KIDS AUTHOR TO VISIT

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28; 7 PM

Children’s author TONE ALMHJELL is coming from Norway to introduce her new middle grade novel, Thornghost. Something strange is happening to the woods and water around Niklas Summerhill’s home: Animals are dying, Niklas’s grandmother doesn’t seem like herself, and his uncle is suddenly lost in grief over his sister, Niklas’s mother, who died seven years ago. Hoping for answers, Niklas takes an ancient key, left by his mother, and he and his talking lynx travel to a different realm that is populated by animals who are in danger as well. A tribe of evil trolls is wreaking havoc; a mysterious enemy called the Sparrow King is bringing his wrath down upon them; and the root that connects this realm to Niklas’s own has developed a dark twist that is infecting the land.. What can Niklas and his lynx do to save the animal realm—and their own? DIAL BOOKS

Tome Almhjell has also written The Twistrose Key, a companion to Thornghost. It was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year and is an international bestseller. She has a master’s degree in English literature and a Master of Science Fiction and she lives in Oslo, Norway with her husband and children.

Saturday Oct 1
LORIE LANGDON & CAREY CORP DEBUT DOON NOVEL

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1; 2 PM

CAREY CORP AND LORIE LANGDON will introduce Forever Doon, Book 4 in their popular young adult Doon series, which is a reimagining of the beloved Brigadoon. In it, we find that Veronica has been removed and the witch of Doon is now on the throne; Jamie is believed dead; and Duncan and Mackenna are trapped in Alloway. Veronica now has no choice but to put her grief aside and prepare her remaining followers for the impending battle against the false queen and her forces. But while on an undercover mission to steal a powerful elixir from the castle, Veronica discovers Prince Duncan, her true love, may actually be alive. With his help, along with Jamie, Mackenna and Veronica, will they have what it will take to save the Kingdom of Doon? BLINK BOOKS

Other books in the series include: Doon, Shades of Doon, and Destined for Doon. Lorie Langdon will also debut her stand-along young adult novel, Gilt Hollow

Tuesday Oct 4
KRISTEN SIMMONS DEBUTS YA NOVEL

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4; 7 PM

KRISTEN SIMMONS, author of young adult novels which include Article 5, Breaking Point, Three, and The Glass Arrow, will introduce her new gripping YA novel, Metaltown. It is a tale of young people working under miserable conditions who take a stand – and press back – towards a better life. Best friends Colin and Ty live one day at a time working long, grueling hours for pennies at the Small Parts factory, attaching fuses to bombs and manufacturing weapons. When they are worked to the bone, they seek shelter where they can find it, and do it all over again the next day. Something dramatic happens and they see a chance to transform their lives. TOR BOOKS

The author presents a fascinating and frightening vision of a near-future with a thought-provoking take on political issues. She has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband in Cincinnati.

Two other young adult author friends of Kristen Simmons will also be at the event; Mindee Arnett and Natalie Richards. Mindee has written The Midnight Affair series, Polaris and Avalon. Natalie has written One Was Lost, My Secret to Tell, and Six Months Later. They will be happy to discuss and sign their books also.

Friday Oct 7
LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON DEBUTS NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7; 7 PM

LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON will introduce her new middle grade novel, ASHES, the conclusion to her award-winning Seeds of America trilogy. The other books in the series are Chain and Forge. As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Force – but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down.

With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on fiercely determined to find Isabel’s little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state – where bounty hunters are thick as flies. Heroism and heartbreak pave their path, but they won’t stop until they reach Ruth and their freedom. ATHENEUM BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

Ms. Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards.

Saturday Oct 8
DAVID SIBLEY DEBUTS 2 NEW BIRD BOOKS

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8; 2 PM

Renowned birding expert DAVID SIBLEY will discuss his two newly updated and revised bird guides: Sibley Birds East and Sibley Birds West.

Preceding David's talk, at 1:30 pm, TOM HISSONG, Education Coordinator for Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, will give a Power Point presentation featuring birds you are likely to see in the Miami Valley Area. Between the two speakers, we will learn much about our flying friends.

David Sibley is the author and illustrator of the series of successful nature guides that bear his name. He is the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the America Birding Association and the Linnaean Society of New York’s Eisenmann Medal. KNOPF

Thursday Oct 13
CHRIS GRABENSTEIN DEBUTS CHILDREN'S BOOK

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13; 6:30 PM

Award-winning children’s author CHRIS GRABENSTEIN will introduce Home Sweet Motel, Book 1 in his new Welcome to Wonderland middle grade series. Eleven year old P. T. Wilkie has grown up at a wacky motel known as the Wonderland, a downtrodden Florida beach motel his granddad Walt Disney opened the year before that other Walt Disney opened his famous resort just a half hour away. It’s having money problems, so P. T. and his friend Gloria launch into one wild venture after another in hopes of making enough money to save the Wonderland --all while trying to uncover the identities of a pair of strange new guests. Could they really be the infamous jewel thieves P.T. saw on TV?

Fast-paced, laugh-out-loud funny, this new illustrated series is a romping adventure sure to delight young readers. RANDOM HOUSE

Monday Oct 24
AUTHOR DEBUTS BOOK ABOUT KATHARINE WRIGHT

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 24; 7 PM

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 Wright and Henry J. Haskell’s love story, based on personal letters, newspapers reports, and other documents of the period – in particular, Katharine’s lively and extraordinarily revealing love letters to Henry. We are made aware of her vibrant, outgoing personality that made her indispensable to her renowned yet socially shy brothers.

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. She and Orville didn’t reconcile until three years later when she was on her deathbed. She is buried between her brothers’ graves in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton. CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS