JUNE 2016 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Tuesday Jul 5
KIDS AUTHOR PAUL DURHAM TO VISIT

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TUESDAY, JULY 5; 7 PM

PAUL DURHAM, author of The Luck Uglies middle grade series, will introduce Book 3: Rise of the Ragged Clover. It is the exhilarating conclusion to the critically acclaimed series. The final battle between the Luck Uglies and the treacherous Fork-Tongue Charmers comes to Rye O'Chanter's doorstep. Filled with adventure, humor, friendship, and a hint of magic, this fantasy series is an irresistible cross between Chris Colfer's Land of Stories series and Joseph Delaney's Last Apprentice.

When Rye travels back home to Village Drowning to help her father with his plan to defeat the Luck Uglies' bitter rivals, she finds the place in shambles. Monstrous Bog Noblins now raid the streets at night. People are afraid to leave their houses because no one is around to protect them. Rye realizes she can't wait for the adults to sort it out -- so she enlists her friends to come up with a plan...a plan that could change everything for Drowning because the only way to save her village may be to destroy it..

The Luck Uglies was named an ALA Notable Children's Book as well as a New York Public Library Title for Reading and Sharing. It was the CYBILS Award for Middle Grade Speculative Fiction and a Booklist Top Ten First Novel for Youth.

Thursday Jul 14
DONALD RAY POLLOCK TO VISIT

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THURSDAY, JULY 14; 7 PM

DONALD RAY POLLOCK, author of the highly acclaimed The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff, will introduce his newest work, The Heavenly Table, a dark, gritty, electrifying (and disturbingly, weirdly funny) new novel that will solidify his place among the best contemporary American authors.

Set in 1917, on land that divides Georgia from Alabama, farmer Pearl Jewett ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons: Cane, Cob, and Chimney. Several hundred miles away in southern Ohio, a farmer by the name of Ellsworth Fiddler lives with his son, Eddie, and his wife, Eula. After Ellsworth is swindled out of his family's entire fortune, his life is put on a surprising, unforgettable, and violent trajectory that will directly lead him to cross paths with the Jewetts. No good can come of it. Or can it?

Donald Ray Pollock holds a MFA from the Ohio State University. His work has appeared in, among other publications, Epoch, Granta, and The New York Times. He worked as a laborer at the Mead Paper Mill in Chillicothe, Ohio from 1973 to 2005.