That activity will begin with a visit by bestselling author Mary Doria Russell on Sunday, September 22, at 2:00 p.m. to the Seward Memorial Library. She's the author of this year's All Seward Reads title, Doc, and one of my favorite authors. I loved her book Dreamers of the Day, an intriguing mix of historical and made up characters. Much as I enjoyed that book, I think I liked A Thread of Grace even more. I like World War II books from unconventional perspectives, and this one is based on the story of a network of Italian citizens who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during the war. I'm almost finished with Doc now. Last night I had to force myself to put the book down and go to bed! Like almost everyone, I had heard of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, but I really didn't know their stories or know them as real people. After I finish this book, I will. I'm looking forward to the author's visit to find out more about her research and writing. It's a big deal to have a big-name author such as Mary Doria Russell coming to Seward! Pre-purchase your copy of Doc or her other books by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.sewardchapters.com. We'll have books for sale at the event as well, with a portion of proceeds going to the Friends of the Seward Library.
Our own Ted Kooser will present a poetry reading at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. Not much else needs to be said, other than that everyone is welcome; Ted speaks for himself around here!
September 26-28 is the annual Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival at Concordia. Featured authors this year include some of my favorites: Illustrator Marla Frazee, whose water colors I adore; Neal Shusterman, author of The Schwa Was Here, one of the funniest and most clever YA books I've ever read; Anna Dewdney, author of the Llama Llama books; as well as the talented Kevin Henkes, Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann, Barbara McClintock, Judy Schachner, and Marc Tyler Nobleman. We're in the process of ordering books by all of these talented authors and illustrators, which you can purchase at Chapters before the Festival to be autographed while the authors are in town.
Also September 28, join us at 11:00 a.m. for a College Planning Session hosted by Chapters and featuring Treze Florum of Education Quest. My goal for this session is for parents and high school seniors to attend together and actively engage in the process of searching for a college, completing online college applications, discovering scholarship opportunities, and generally getting started on the process of choosing and applying to a college. We'll have a few computers set up so participants can do searches from here in the store, but feel free to bring your tablets, phones, and laptops, too. Thanks to tech expert Dana Galusha, we now have wireless internet at Chapters, just in time for this event! We'll also have pizza because I know how happy the kids will be to be here, and that may make up for it just a bit.
We hope to see you at any or all of these upcoming events. Happy reading!