APRIL 2018 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Saturday Apr 21
TRUDY KRISHER INTRODUCES KIDS PICTURE BOOK

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SATURDAY, APRIL 21; 2 PM

Local author TRUDY KRISHER will introduce her delightful new picture book, Bark Park! What a fun book this is! According to Kirkus Review, “Doggies abound in this energetic and enthusiastic showcase of assorted canines capering in the park. All kinds of dogs cavort across the page, running, strolling, dashing, splashing, fetching, begging, rolling, gulping and so on.,,,…This canine tour de force should amuse and amaze dog fans for its delightful diversity.”

Our own Miss Mary will entertain with fun dog-themed songs. Kids are welcome to bring photos of their real dogs and carry in their cuddly stuffed dogs for this extra special KIDS STORYTIME.

Saturday Apr 28
STORYCON: TEEN AT DAYTON MAIN LIBRARY

SATURDAY, APRIL 28; 12-5 PM

AT The Dayton Main Library, 215 E. Third Street, downtown Dayton

The Dayton Main Library is holding a free STORYCON: TEEN event for aspiring writers in grades 7-12. Three authors will be sharing their expertise: NIC STONE, MIKE MULLIN, and CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA. Books & Co. will be there selling the authors’ books. A Meet & Greet with the authors will be from 4-5 pm. For more information and a schedule of activities, check the Dayton Main Library website or call 937-463-2665.

Thursday May 10
DAVID NOLIN DISCUSSES HUFFMAN PRAIRIE

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THURSDAY, MAY 10; 7 PM

DAVID NOLIN, author of Discovery and Renewal on Huffman Prairie: Where Aviation Took Wing, will give a PowerPoint presentation showing the changes taking place on historic Huffman Prairie. The book tells the region's story from before the time when great continental glaciers covered much of what is now Ohio to the present. Along the way it covers the natural and human history of the site and the changes made to it by Native Americans, early settlers, farmers, flood control engineers, and the U.S. government. It goes on to explore how part of the prairie survived, leading to the restoration effort of a 114 acre fragment of the Prairie to something that recalls its original glory.

The Wright Brothers perfected powered flight and take-off and landing technologies and skills at this prairie site. Access to Huffman Prairie is through Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, using Gate 16a.

David Nolin was Director of Conservation for Five Rivers MetroParks in the Dayton area, where he led the land acquisition and habitat management programs. He has been actively involved in the protection and restoration of the Huffman Prairie State Natural Landmark. Many of his photos of the species living on the Prairie are in his book.

Thursday May 17
MINDEE ARNETT INTRODUCES YA NOVEL

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THURSDAY, MAY 17; 7 PM

MINDEE ARNETT
will introduce her new young adult novel, ONYZ & IVORY. Kate Brighton works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the Relay and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the drakes --deadly flightless dragons--come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder born with forbidden magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals.

That magic leads her to a caravan massacred by drakes. The only survivor is Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king, and the person Kate swore to forget after he condemned her father to death. Can Corwin and Kate put the past behind them and face this new threat and dark menace stirring in the kingdom?

Mindee Arnett has also written Avalon and its sequel, Polaris, as well as the Nightmare series. She lives with her family on a horse farm in Ohio.

Friday May 18
VICTORIA AVEYARD; MEGAN WHALEN TURNER & CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA TO VISIT

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FRIDAY, MAY 18; 7 PM (Autograph line numbers given out beginning at 6 pm)

VICTORIA AVEYARD, New York Times bestselling author, will be introducing War Storm, the final novel in her wildly popular Red Queen series.

She will be In Conversation with fantasy superstars MEGAN WHALEN TURNER, author of The Queen's Thief world, most recently Thick as Thieves, and

CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA, author of The Shattered Realms series, most recently Stormcaster.

MINDEE ARNETT, author of the YA title Onyz & Ivory, will moderate the program.

This event is part of the national EPIC READS TOUR. Advanced tickets may be purchased at: warstormbam.eventbrite.com. Or a copy of War Storm, Thick as Thieves, or Stormcaster may be purchased at our store. To enter the signing line, you must show your books&co or eventbrite receipt for War Storm or a books&co receipt for Thick as Thieves or Stormcaster.

Attendees can have up to 3 books per author signed. Personalization of books is permitted and so are photos, depending on the size of the crowd.

Wednesday May 23
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER GILBERT KING TO VISIT

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 7 PM

GILBERT KING, author of Devil in the Grove, which was the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, will introduce his new work of investigative nonfiction, Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found. Rippling with tensions over sex, race, and class, the book is a gripping true-crime tale that raises themes that haunt us still today: justice perverted by bigotry and the force of white privilege; wrongful incarceration; and the power of the free press.

We follow Jesse Daniels, a mentally impaired white teenager who was falsely accused of raping a white woman because it was thought it would be damaging to the woman’s family if it were known that it was a black man who had “violated” her. At the story’s center is Sheriff Willis McCall who perpetrated a reign of terror in his district and was only opposed by a brave journalist, Mabel Reese, who endured death threats to help Daniels. This book received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.

Gilbert King was the Runner-Up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Devil in the Grove. He is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine and The Marshall Project. King has also written about justice for The New York Times and The Washington Post. He lives in New York City.

Wednesday May 30
SPECIAL OPS NAVY SEAL DEBUTS HIS BOOK

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30; 7 PM

JAMES HATCH, former special ops Navy SEAL, master naval parachutist, fighter in 150 missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Africa; expert military dog trainer and handler whose SEAL dogs were partners and medal winners, will discuss his book, Touching the Dragon: And Other Techniques for Surviving Life’s Wars. After detailing many of his experiences during 24 years in service to our country, he writes of the harrowing mission when his SEAL team crew was attempting to rescue a rogue soldier – Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl - during which Hatch suffered severe wounds that ended his military career. Coming home after all those years in special operations missions was difficult for him; leading to despair, alcoholism and the pull toward suicide. Finally through the love of family, friends, soldiers, and his specially trained military dogs, he found a purpose in going on. By “touching the dragon” he found his way back. KNOPF

During his adjustment to life in the States, he realized how important his specially trained military dogs were to him in his war years and could be again. He started the Spike’sK9Fund, which is named after his K9 dog called Spike who was killed in war action. This fund is a national 501©3 non-profit organization focused on providing protective vests for police and SWATK9s. The fund also rehabs K9 agility courses used to train police dogs. Information about this group will be available at the event.