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

  • 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.