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

 

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

    Meeting Room B
  • Judd Winick
    February 20, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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    “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 juddspillowfort.com or find him on Twitter at @JuddWinick.

    Flyleaf Books will have copies of books available for purchase.

    Meeting Room B

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