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 flyleafbooks.com. 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
- Wayne 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."
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.
ABOUT BETRAYAL AND OTHER STORIES
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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