Contemporary authors from near and far read from their works and sign books for the public.


  • Paul Clark
    August 29, 2016
    6:30 am - 7:00 am
  • Ralph Hardy
    August 30, 2016
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    - Join us for this special kids author event. Ralph Hardy is the author of the new release Argos, the story of Odysseus as told by his loyal dog. The title is published by Harper Collins for middle grade readers. Hardy lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, children and a dog named Harvey, who is nothing like Argos.
  • Mark Riddle
    December 10, 2016
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    - Many of you may remember Mark as the Youth and Family librarian with the Australian accent. Since taking a position at the Chatham Community library, he has published his first book, Margarash. It's about a young boy and a seemingly-nasty monster who realize they need each other.
  • Kwame Alexander
    March 19, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    - Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander will read from and sign copies of his new book The Playbook. Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books - including Booked and The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor.

    The program is free to attend, but the after-program book signing requires a ticket. Tickets for the signing line are acquired by purchasing The Playbook from Flyleaf Books either at the store on MLK Boulevard or online at The earlier the book is purchased the earlier the position in the signing line. Books will also be available for purchase at the event.

    Publisher’s Weekly describes how The Playbook, 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life “uses basketball as a metaphor for growth on and off the court in this stirring collection of 52 motivational poems-as-rules, grouped into four thematic sections – Grit, Motivation, Passion, and Teamwork, and Resilience – that correspond to the quarters of a basketball game.”

    Each rule contains wisdom from athletes at the top of their game and exemplars such as Serena Williams, Steph Curry, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, Michelle Obama, and Oprah Winfrey.

    Space for the event is likely to be limited.
  • Alan Gratz
    September 30, 2017
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of novels for young readers. Many of his books, including, Samurai Shortstop, Something Rotten, and The Brooklyn Nine, have made the American Library Association's Top Ten lists for young readers.

    Gratz’ new book Ban This Book follows a fourth grader who fights back when a book is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library. Amy Anne and her lieutenants start a secret banned books locker library, make up ridiculous reasons to ban every single book in the library, and take a stand against censorship.

    Space for the event is likely to be limited.

    In addition to his public event, Mr. Gratz is offering a writing workshop for teens.
  • Wayne Wiegand
    April 19, 2018
    7:00 pm
    - Wayne and Shirley WiegandWayne Wiegand and his wife Shirley are the authors of the new book, The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism.

    The Wiegands trace the struggle for equal access to the years before the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision, when black activists in the South focused their efforts on equalizing accommodations, rather than on the more daunting―and dangerous―task of undoing segregation.

    Readers in Chapel Hill may be familiar with some of this historical era; in Chapel Hill Public Library's Banned Books Trading Cards project, artist Michael Crowell submitted a rendition of the mugshot for Geraldine Hollis, taken after she was arrested for attempting to integrate the library in Tougalou, Mississippi.

    Co-sponsored by the UNC School of Library and Information Science. Flyleaf will have copies of the book available for sale.
  • Ann Kidd Taylor
    June 7, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - The Shark Club is a love story, an environmental mystery, and an exploration of kinship with the sea and the sharks that inhabit it. Above all. it chronicles a contemporary woman’s struggle to reconcile her yearnings for love, family, and security with her ambition and hunger for adventure.

    Ann Kidd Taylor is the coauthor of Traveling with Pomegranates, a memoir written with her mother, Sue Monk Kidd, the award-winning and bestselling author of the novel The Secret Life of Bees. Ann’s first novel, The Shark Club, was released in June 2017 and continues to appear on many 'Best of' lists. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and two dogs. Meeting Room B
  • Brie Arthur
    September 11, 2018
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Chapel Hill Garden Club presents a visit from Brie Arthur, author of The Foodscape Revolution.

    Brie has fine-tuned Foodscaping, which makes space for both food and beauty in a garden. She invites everyone to "think outside the box," and will show you how to include edibles in your ornamental landscape. 

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  • Paperbacks From Hell - LIVE!
    November 7, 2018
    7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
    - Here's how one audience member has described Paperbacks From Hell...

    "One of the best shows I've been to in years. Still not even sure what it was. Tried to describe it to a friend as a 120 min. Tour de force one man show about reading 400 trashy paperbacks to write a book about 400 trashy paperbacks. Cabaret theatrical historical PowerPoint (from Hell). I laughed. I cried. I hurled. BRAVO."

    Still Interested?

    In the early Seventies, three books changed horror forever: ROSEMARY'S BABY, THE EXORCIST, and THE OTHER. The first horror novels to hit bestseller lists since 1940, they opened the floodgates for an avalanche of horror paperbacks to pour onto supermarket shelves throughout the Seventies and Eighties until SILENCE OF THE LAMBS slit the genre's throat in the early Nineties.

    Writer Grady Hendrix delivers a mind-melting oral history of this now forgotten world of Nazi leprechauns, skeleton doctors, killer crabs, killer jellyfish, killer babies, pretty much killer everything. Prepare yourself for a tour of this long-lost universe of terror ...the Paperbacks from Hell!!!!

    This event is free and for an audience age +18.

    Please note: This will be at Local 506 on Franklin St. Use the website Park on the Hill to find all the places to park nearby.
  • Brian Biswas
    November 28, 2018
    7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
    - Brian Biswas has published over sixty short stories both in the U.S. and internationally. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, anthologized in the Irreal Reader, had stories read on Australian Public Radio, and translated into Vietnamese. He is listed in the International Writers and Authors Who's Who, Marquis Who's Who, and the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. A Betrayal & Other Stories is his first book, a collection spanning nearly thirty years.

    Brian writes in a literary style known as magical realism which attempts to portray a slightly exaggerated but internally consistent view of reality. He also writes Gothic or neo-Gothic tales and straightforward science fiction, though often tinged with magical elements.


    Pen-and-ink illustrations complement each of these nineteen stories spanning the literary genres of magical realism, horror, and science fiction. In the title story, “A Betrayal,” a doctor travels into the countryside to help a young patient, only to deliver a diagnosis with which the girl’s family vehemently disagrees. The peculiar narrator of “Sedgefield’s Diary” recoils in horror when he discovers that the hourly diary he keeps has taken on a life of its own and now threatens his very existence. The bereaved wife in "The Lake of Flies" takes matters into her own hands when she learns the truth surrounding her husband's death. In "Barnegat Inn," a strange visitation becomes the background for a poignant recitation on the nature of time. The themes of loss and betrayal between rival siblings are explored in "The Crystal," a story pulsating with an ethereal, otherworldly quality. And in "A Journey Through the Wormhole," a decades-old feud between rival scientists threatens to upend a scientific revolution.


    A debut collection mixes horror and sci-fi—short stories laden with bizarre creatures, life on other planets, and homicidal proclivities ... Consistently eerie tales that readers aren’t likely to forget. — (Kirkus Reviews)

    "Whether the stories in this anthology remind me of the work of Kafka or Rod Serling or have their own unique style, I find Brian Biswas to be a writer of great descriptive skill and storytelling ability. His prose is lucid and straightforward, and it leaves vivid images in this reader’s mind that come back from time to time, long after I’ve finished reading, to remind me of these satisfyingly strange and well-written stories." ~Alice Whittenburg, Coeditor of the journal Cafe Irreal

    "Fans of Night Gallery, The Twilight Zone, vintage science fiction, magic realism, irrealism, and–well, fans of good stories and good literature–you need to get your hands on this beautiful volume." ~Carol Kean, Associate Editor, Perihelion Science Fiction

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  • Holly Black
    January 10, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    - Holly Black, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, will discuss her new novel The Wicked King. Joining her in conversation will be Renée Ahdieh, author of Young Adult Fantasy, best known for her New York Times best selling series The Wrath and the Dawn.

    Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

    After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

    Flyleaf Books will have copies of Black's books for sale at the event. She will sign and personalize all backlist titles, so long as 1 copy of THE WICKED KING has also been purchased.You can pre-order The Wicked King here.

    Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

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  • David Machado
    April 11, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    - EU Prize for Literature winner David Machado will be reading selections from his book The Shelf Life of Happiness.

    David Machado was born in Lisbon in 1978. He wrote four novels, including The Shelf Life of Happiness, which won the European Union Prize for Literature and the Salerno Libro d’Europa Prize and was adapted to cinema. He is also the author of ten children’s books, including A Noite dos Animais Inventados (Branquinho da Fonseca Prize) and O Tubarão na Banheira (SPA/RTP Author Prize), A Mala Assombrada, Eu Acredito, Uma Noite Caiu Uma Estrela, and of the children’s novel Não Te Afastes. His books have been translated into twelve languages.

    A public reception will be held at 5:30. The public reading will begin at 6pm.

    This event is part of Europe Week 2019, which is supported by the generous Getting to Know Europe grant from the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Learn more here

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  • Slave Narratives
    March 26, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    - Anyone interested in American slavery, African American history and culture, and the slave narratives on which African American literature is founded will find this topic intriguing.

    Andrews book SLAVERY AND CLASS IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH: A GENERATION OF SLAVE NARRATIVE TESTIMONY scours over 60 slave narratives, not only the famous ones but the many that are barely studied, to examine a topic seldom discussed -- how social and economic distinctions developed and functioned among the enslaved of the South.

    “William Andrews has ‘lifted the veil’ on class relations within the slave community in the antebellum South. Well-meaning scholars, mostly for political reasons, have far too often chosen to remain silent about distinctions of class drawn by black people among themselves, starting in slavery, choosing to discuss African Americans as if they were always a social monolith, and thereby reducing their complexity. Andrews reveals, in riveting detail, that this has never been the case, even well before the Civil War. This is a seminal work of scholarship, one destined to generate a new branch of literary studies, dedicated to studying how class mattered within the African American tradition.”—Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University

    William L. Andrews is E. Maynard Adams Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author or editor of forty books, including North Carolina Slave Narratives: The Lives of Moses Roper, Lunsford Lane, Moses Grandy, and Thomas H. Jones.

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    Flyleaf Books will have copies of Andrews' books available for purchase.
  • The Paris Photo
    June 2, 2019
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    - While searching through old family photos, Jane S. Gabin came across a photo of her father, American soldier Al Gabin, with a Parisian family just after the Liberation of Paris in 1944. Why was this photo hidden in a box? Who was this family? Why had her father never told her about them?

    Eager to learn about her father’s past, Jane decided to travel to Paris to find the people from the photograph. The Paris Photo fictionalizes the story she uncovered about her father. It tells the story of American soldier Ben Gordon and his relationship with a young mother and her son just after the Liberation of Paris in August 1944. Despite the strength of this relationship during the war, Ben’s eventual return to America separates the trio. The Paris Photo lifts characters out of pages from the past, treats them with compassion, and richly depicts the human emotion that pervades our historical memory. ​

    The Paris Photo will appeal to lovers of historical fiction, particularly those with an interest in WWII. Jane S. Gabin creates a vivid picture of life in Paris during the dark days of the Nazi occupation, as well as the contemporary city that still carries scars from the war. Interweaving mystery, romance, and historical research, The Paris Photo demonstrates how the traumas of wartime loss persist into the present.

    Come hear Jane read from her novel and learn the amazing true story behind the book.

    About the Author:

    A native of New York City, Jane earned her earned her B.A. at Queens College and her Ph.D. in English from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An independent scholar, she has participated in numerous academic conferences and lectured extensively in the United States and abroad. ​

    Jane is a member of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, the Victorian Society of New York, and the Alliance Française. ​

    She has published three books with university presses, two on nineteenth-century expatriate American women and one on the musical career of Southern poet Sidney Lanier. The Paris Photo is her first novel.

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  • Victoria Schwab
    September 5, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film. The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and touts her “enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”

    Flyleaf Books will have Victoria's books for sale, including her newest Middle Grade the middle grade genre, Tunnel of Bones, a sequel to the NY Times bestselling City of Ghosts. In order for Victoria to get through everyone on the signing line, we're asking each person to get no more than four books signed at once.

    Check out her books in our catalog

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  • Peter Guzzardi
    September 10, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    EMERALDS OF OZ: Life Lessons from Over the Rainbow is an uplifting jewel box of life lessons drawn from one of the most beloved movie of all time. Author Peter Guzzardi aims to take the reader on a path similar to Dorothy’s - from helpless to powerful; shifting from placing our faith in others to locating it within ourselves; and pulling back the curtain on life’s illusions to reveal its most profound truths.

    As a book editor, Peter Guzzardi worked with Stephen Hawking on A Brief History of Time, with Deepak Chopra on fifteen books, with Carol Burnett on two memoirs, and with Douglas Adams on his Hitchhiker novels. Guzzardi devoted two years to exploring The Wizard of Oz.

    The result is a book as crammed with observations as the Scarecrow is stuffed with straw. Among many smaller insights, Guzzardi describes nine big chunks of wisdom. Emerald #1: Listen to Your Longing, or Emerald #5: You Already Possess What You Desire Most. The intended result is for readers to feel centered, clear, joyful, and capable of facing whatever obstacles appear on their own Yellow Brick Road.

    To give y'all an idea of how this program will go beyond your usual book talk, here's what the format is going to be.

    Peter talks for about 25 minutes about how he came to write this book and a little about his background. Then he quickly explains the 9 Emeralds of Wisdom at the center of his book - and connects each Emerald to an iconic scene from the film.

    He will read short excerpts as part of this talk followed by Q&A session for about 15 or 20 minutes.

    Additionally, the author will be handing out an Emeralds worksheet – a handy tool to help people remember the 9 Emeralds in order. That way you can be present in the program and use the Emeralds to work on an issue in your own lives later on.
    Check out the book in our catalog

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  • Kwame Mbalia
    January 24, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Kwame Mbalia is a local author whose debut middle-grade novel is already a New York Times Bestseller. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky is described as an epic fantasy, a middle grade American Gods set in a richly-imagined world populated with African American folk heroes and West African gods.

    Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he's going to spend on his grandparents' farm in Alabama, where he's being sent to heal from the tragedy. But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie's notebook. Tristan chases after it--is that a doll?--and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature's hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this world. Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves?

    About the author

    Kwame is a husband, father, writer, a New York Times bestselling author, and pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. A Howard University graduate and a Midwesterner now in North Carolina, he enjoys impromptu dance sessions and Cheezits.

    Flyleaf Books will have copies of books available for purchase.

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  • Judd Winick
    February 20, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    “An action-packed page turner with heart!”—Dav Pilkey, author of DOGMAN
    For five books, Razorwark has chased Hilo through the Universe. Now the chase is over. Find out how the epic war between Razorwark and Hilo ends and get ready to start the next adventure with the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series that kids and critics love!

    Being a hero isn’t easy. But Hilo had no idea it would be this hard. Hilo came to earth because he was running from Razorwark. But he’s done running. Razorwark has come to earth. And the time has come for one final face to face showdown. What happens will decide the fate of the robot world…and Hilo’s future. The sacrifice will be great. But with Izzy’s help, Hilo finally knows what he has to do. Because THIS is how all the pieces fit.

    Here’s what people (and robots!) are saying about Hilo!
    “Every kid would love a pal like Hilo, and every kid will LOVE this book!”—Lincoln Peirce, author of Big Nate series

    “A story that can be enjoyed by the entire family.”—New York Times
    About the author

    Judd Winick lives in San Francisco with his wife, their two kids, and their cat. Judd has written bestselling comic book series, including Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League, and Star Wars. Judd also appeared as a cast member of MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco and is the author of the highly acclaimed graphic novel Pedro and Me, about his Real World roommate and friend, AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. Visit Judd and Hilo online at or find him on Twitter at @JuddWinick.

    Flyleaf Books will have copies of books available for purchase.

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