Author Events

Rachel Hartmann

Rachel Hartman

Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde
Photo by Bryan Derballa

Fran Wilde & Rachel Hartman
Monday, May 20, 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10-teen

Meet the authors! Full of adventure and heart, Fran Wilde’s Riverland is a story about the bond between two sisters and how they must make their own magic to protect each other and save the ones they love. In Tess of the Road (ages 13+) Rachel Hartman returns to the spellbinding world of the Southlands she created in her bestselling Seraphina and explores self-reliance and redemption in this wholly original fantasy.

Riverland by Fran Wilde (Ages 10 – 14)
When things go bad at home, sisters Eleanor and Mike hide in a secret place under Eleanor’s bed, telling monster stories. Often, it seems those stories and their mother’s house magic are all that keep them safe from both busybodies and their dad’s temper. But when their father breaks a family heirloom, a glass witch ball, a river suddenly appears beneath the bed, and Eleanor and Mike fall into a world where dreams are born, nightmares struggle to break into the real world, and secrets have big consequences.

From the Booklist starred review: “A narrative that challenges the stereotypical stories of domestic violence, Riverland is painful and heartwarming all at once …A must-read.”

Tess of the Road (Ages 13 and up)
In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies. Tess is…different. She speaks out of turn, has wild ideas, and can’t seem to keep out of trouble. So Tess’s family decide the only path for her is a nunnery. But on the day she is to join the nuns, Tess chooses a different path for herself. She cuts her hair, pulls on her boots, and sets out on a journey. She’s not running away, she’s running towards something. Tess just knows that the open road is a map to somewhere else–a life where she might belong.

From the Kirkus starred review: “Like Tess’ journey, surprising, rewarding, and enlightening, both a fantasy adventure and a meta discourse on consent, shame, and female empowerment.”

Available for signing:

  • Riverland $17.99
  • Tess of the Road $18.99

Cathleen Young
Saturday, May 25, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 8-12

Celebrate the publication of The Pumpkin War with an author talk, Q & A, and treats! Former best friends compete to see who can grow the biggest pumpkin and win the annual giant pumpkin race on the lake. Twelve-year-old Billie loves to win; she has a bulletin board overflowing with first-prize ribbons. Her best friend Sam doesn’t care much about winning, or at least Billie didn’t think so until last summer’s race, when his pumpkin crashed into hers as she was about to cross the finish line and he won. This summer, Billie is determined to get revenge by growing the best and biggest pumpkin and beating Sam in the race.

Available for signing:

  • The Pumpkin War $16.99

Michael Portis
Saturday, June 1, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 3-6

Join Michael Portis for an interactive storytime and celebration of his new book, Pinky Got Out! Kids will love this hilarious picture book about Pinky, a flamingo at the zoo, who sneakily slips out to join a group of kids on their zoo tour. Pinky isn’t your typical flamingo. He’s a real escape artist! When he sees a young girl named Penny and her class touring the zoo, Pinky feels like they’re birds of a feather and decides to make a break for it. Penny is the first to spot the flamingo hiding in plain sight. One by one, she lets her friends in on Pinky’s antics as he tries to blend in with the seals, the meerkats, and even the pandas. Young readers will enjoy trying to find Pinky on every spread and will be curious to discover whether he can actually fly the coop!

Available for signing:

  • Pinky Got Out! $17.99

K.G. Campbell
Saturday, June 8, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 8-12

Come in your zombie garb if you’d like to the launch party for A Small Zombie Problem. In his fiction debut, celebrated illustrator K.G. Campbell offers up a strange and wonderful story about a lonely boy whose life is about to get a whole lot more complicated when a zombie follows him home. August DuPont has spent his whole life inside a dilapidated house with his aunt Hydrangea. His lonely existence ends abruptly with the arrival of an invitation to meet an aunt–and cousins–he didn’t even know existed. When Aunt Orchid suggests that August attend school with his cousins, it’s a dream come true. But August has scarcely begun to celebrate his reversal of fortune when he is confronted by a small problem on his way home. So begins an adventure filled with a wild child, a zombie, a fabled white alligator, and an unimaginable family secret.

From the Booklist starred review: “Campbell’s series-starter is an off-kilter delight…and readers who like macabre tales tempered with butterflies will eagerly follow Campbell’s likable protagonist onward to his next adventure.”

Available for signing:

  • A Small Zombie Problem $16.99

Vanessa Bayer
Saturday, June 8, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-6

Pick out your favorite teddy bear and join us for a fun, pajama party-themed storytime event with actress and comedian Vanessa Bayer, who will be in Los Angeles celebrating the release of her debut picture book, How Do You Care For A Very Sick Bear?, a heartwarming story about how to care for a friend in need. In addition to a reading, Vanessa will talk a bit about the personal inspiration behind the book and what she hopes readers will take away from it.

Following the story time there will be an opportunity to make get well cards for children at Los Angeles-area hospitals. There will also be a book signing and photo opportunity with Vanessa. Please have your camera ready once you reach the front of the line. This event is free and open to the public, but you MUST purchase a book in order to get in the signing line.

  • How Do You Care For A Very Sick Bear? $16.99

Karol Ruth Silverstein
Saturday, June 29, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 13 & up

Cursed, Karol Ruth Silverstein’s debut novel, is a riveting read that thoughtfully and humorously depicts teen Ricky Bloom’s struggles with a recent chronic illness diagnosis. As if her parents’ divorce and sister’s departure for college weren’t bad enough, fourteen-year-old Ricky has just been diagnosed with a life-changing chronic illness. Her days consist of cursing everyone out, skipping school, and trying to keep her parents from realizing just how bad things are. But she can’t keep her ruse up forever. Ricky’s afraid, angry, alone, and one suspension away from repeating ninth grade when she realizes: she can’t be held back. She’ll do whatever it takes to move forward–even if it means changing the person she’s become. Lured out of her funk by a quirky classmate, Oliver, Ricky’s porcupine exterior begins to shed some spines. Maybe asking for help isn’t the worst thing in the world. Maybe accepting circumstances doesn’t mean giving up.

From the Booklist review: “Silverstein sheds a powerful light on disease and how managing it can bring out one’s inner warrior. A blistering coming-of-age tale that will propel readers into Ricky’s corner.”

  • Cursed $17.99