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April 22, 2020

A ZOMBIE FUN RUN & AUTHOR VISIT ON APRIL 22!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22; 6 PM.......CANCELLED!

JOIN IN THE "ESCAPE THE APOCALYPSE ZOMBIE FUN RUN"
outside of books&co on The Greene. Register by pre-ordering THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH: JUNE'S WILD FLIGHT by Max Brallier at https://zombiefunrunbooksnco.eventbrite.com.
This is a limited, ticketed event PRIOR to the open public event. Each pre-order admits 1 child and 1 adult to the Fun Run event.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22; 7 PM
.....CANCELLED!

Children's author MAX BRALLIER will introduce the newest book in his very popular The Last Kids On Earth Series The series features 13-year-old Jack and his friends June, Quint and Dirk who survived when their town was invaded by monsters and zombies. They do their best to stay alive and have fun along the way matching wits with the invaders. The new book, JUNE'S WILD FLIGHT features June, who has been separated from her friends and dragged miles away to Wakefield, a town overgrown with monstrous vines and never-seen-before creatures. She attempts to make her way back home and along the way she uncovers critical information that the future of the world hinges on.

The numerous illustrations throughout the book add to the fun of it. If kids like the Wimpy Kid books, they will likely enjoy this funny series.

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April 3, 2020

PEGGY & MIKE ROWE INTRODUCE HER NEW BOOK

FRIDAY, APRIL 3; 12 NOON......POSTPONED UNTIL NOON ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30!

PEGGY and MIKE ROWE will introduce her book ABOUT YOUR FATHER: AND OTHER CELEBRITIES I HAVE KNOWN. Mike has written the Foreword for this hilarious inside look at growing up Rowe, both before and after his rise to fame. Tickets include admission to the event and one pre-signed copy of Peggy's new book and photo opportunities with the authors.

Peggy's previous bestseller, About My Mother and Mike's current bestseller, The Way I Heard It, will also be available to purchase at the event.

FOR TICKETS, please visit: https://peggyrowebooksnco.eventbrite.com.

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March 14, 2020

IN SEARCH OF APPALACHIA EXPLORED

SATURDAY, MARCH 14; 1 PM
NANCY BROWN DIGGS
will introduce her new book, IN SEARCH OF APPALACHIA. Rich in anecdotes and interviews, this book offers a study of Appalachians today and explores what they are truly like, and why, concluding that it is a culture to be celebrated, not denigrated, as has so often been the case. Diggs delves into it all, sculpting new images as she introduces readers to strong, creative, hardworking folks—many having survived tough times through their music, religion, and sheer strength gained from hardscrabble pasts.

Jeanne Ballantine of Wright State University says, “….the book adds to the narratives of Ken Burns’ forthcoming Country Music, David McCullough’s The Pioneers, and J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy.” It unveils the true soul of Appalachia.
Everyone is welcome, but we especially encourage people to attend this event who have roots in Appalachia. Nancy is planning to bring Appalachian treats for the audience.

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March 8, 2020

FREE WRITERS' MINI-SEMINAR ON EDITING

SUNDAY, MARCH 8; 2-3:30 PM
ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP
will present a free writers’ workshop on explaining what editors do and the jargon they use. APRIL BENNETT, a keen editor over a host of genres including romance, young adult, paranormal and urban fantasy, biography, and business self-help, will explain the types of editing and what to expect from each; partnering with an editor; and how to edit for yourself.

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March 4, 2020

CASSANDRA CLARE TO INTRODUCE HER NEWEST BOOK

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4; 7 PM at Van Buren Middle School, Kettering (south of Dayton)

CASSANDRA CLARE will introduce her newest book, CHAIN OF GOLD: The Last Hours, Book One in her brand-new trilogy set in 1903 in Edwardian London. It's a sequel trilogy to The Infernal Devices, and it follows the children of characters from TID. Her talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and a brief trivia challenge that may include a prize giveaway!

Cassandra will be In Conversation with young adult author MINDEE ARNETT author of Onyx & Ivory and Shadow & Flame.

This is a ticketed event. To obtain tickets, please visit the Eventbrite ticket link:
https://cassandraclarebooksnco.eventbrite.com

The ticket includes admission for one and one copy of CHAIN OF GOLD for Cassandra to sign and personalize at the event. She will sign one previous title with signature only. She will not be able to sign anything other than her books.

There has been a last-minute change to the program due to health concerns. Chain of Gold will be pre-signed by Cassandra. If fans want the book personalized, that can be done after the program. Fans will be able to get a signed bookplate for one of her previous books.

You may bring your phone or camera and our staff will assist you when you approach the signing area and will snap a photo while Cassandra is signing your book.

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February 25, 2020

DAVID SLAVIN & ADAM J.B. LANE INTRODUCE ODD GODS: THE ODDYSSEY

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25; 7 PM

Author DAVID SLAVIN and illustrator ADAM J. B. LANE will introduce their children’s book, ODD GODS: THE ODDYSSEY, Book Two in their critically acclaimed and hilarious illustrated series about the middle school gods you never hear about in myths. We share in the adventures of twins Adonis and Oddonis and it is obvious that Oddonis can’t do anything right, while Adonis is the epitome of what a god should be.

This time Oddonis is in trouble because he accidentally turned their father, the all-powerful king of the gods, Zeus, into a giant baby. Now Oddonis is charged with righting that curse. So he assembles a team of his odd friends—Mathena, Gaseous, and Puneous—and journeys to the underworld on this important mission.

This amusing series resembles Diary of a Wimpy Kid meeting Percy Jackson and it features dozens of black-and-white illustrations by award-winning artist Adam J. B. Lane. HARPER COLLINS


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February 9, 2020

FREE MINI-SEMINAR FOR ROMANCE WRITERS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9; 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP will present a mini-seminar on "Inside Tips for Writing Romance." Find out more about the romance genre and what readers expect. Learn about popular niches and tropes.

A panel of four authors representing a mix of both traditional-publishing and self-publishing will share their insights into the romance market. Panel members will be authors JEANNE ESTRIDGE, MEGAN HART, JANICE WHITEAKER, and APRIL WILSON who write in a variety of romance sub-genres, including contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance and more.

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February 8, 2020

PHIL STAMPER INTRODUCES NEW YA NOVEL

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8; 3 PM

PHIL STAMPER will Introduce his debut young adult novel, The Gravity of Us. In it, we meet Cal, who wants to be a journalist and he already has half a million followers on his FlashFame app, but his plans are derailed when his pilot father is selected for a NASA mission to Mars. Within days, Cal and his parents leave Brooklyn for Houston. The nation suddenly wants to know all about the new astronauts, while he and his parents are struggling with their roles as the “perfect American family.”

In the meantime Cal meets Leon, whose mother is another astronaut on the mission, and he finds himself falling head over heels for him. As their relationship grows, so does the frenzy surrounding the Mars mission, and when secrets are revealed about ulterior motives of the program, Cal must find a way to get to the truth without hurting the people who are most important to him. BLOOMSBURY


Phil Stamper grew up in a village near Dayton, Ohio. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing. He works in the publishing industry in New York City and lives in Brooklyn with his husband and their dog.

During the program, Phil will be "In Conversation" with BROOKE MOORE, co-anchor of 2 NEWS, who has known him since the time he lived in the Dayton area.

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January 22, 2020

ANN NAPOLITANO, AUTHOR OF DEAR EDWARD, TO VISIT

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22; 7 PM

ANN NAPOLITANO will introduce her stunning new novel, Dear Edward. In it we meet 12-year-old Edward Adler and his brother and parents, along with 183 other passengers, who are on a plane going from Newark to Los Angeles. Half-way across the country, the plane crashes, killing everyone on board except Edward. Devastated, he struggles to find a place in a world without his family. In doing so, he makes an unexpected discovery—one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find the strength to put one foot in front of the other? How do you learn to feel safe again: How do you find meaning in your life?

Author Jodi Picoult says: “Dear Edward is that rare book that breaks your heart and stitches it back together during a reading experience that leaves you profoundly altered for the better. Author Emma Donoghue says: “Dear Edward made me think, nod in recognition, care about its characters, and cry, and you can’t ask more of a novel than that.” “ Dear Edward is the Books-A-Million President Terrance G. Finley’s Pick.

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January 15, 2020

January 12, 2020

HOW TO MARKET YOUR OWN BOOK

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12; 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP will present a session on Marketing for Authors. Bestselling author APRIL WILSON will be the speaker. In this new age of publishing, authors are responsible for much, if not all, of their own marketing. This is true for both traditionally published and self-published authors. The good news is that it has never been easier for authors to promote, advertise and grow a readership. Come hear April talk about how to promote your book, advertise it effectively, and build a reader base. She has sold hundreds of thousands of books worldwide using her techniques.

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December 8, 2019

AWW MINI-WORKSHOP ON WRITING HOLIDAY BOOKS

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8; 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP invites you to a mini-workshop on writing holiday-based books. The presenter will be JOANNE HURST SMITH who will share her journey to publication and her advice on writing. She was a reporter for the Dayton Daily News for 17 years before she turned her talents to writing her memoir, The 13th Gift. Much of the book takes place during the Christmas Holiday Season when her husband had died unexpectedly. She and her three children were in a state of shock and grief, but the random acts of kindness extended to them turned this bleak time into a time of strength and love.

It was published by Harmony Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House and went on to become a New York Times bestseller.

November 21, 2019

REE DRUMMOND AT THE VICTORIA THEATRE ON NOV. 21

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21; 7 PM AT THE VICTORIA THEATRE at 138 N. Main St. in downtown Dayton

REE DRUMMOND will be In Conversation on the stage with NANCY WILSON, host of K99.1 FM morning radio show, discussing her new book, THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS: THE NEW FRONTIER and other interesting topics.

Tickets may be obtained on line at https://victoriatheatre.com/shows/839941426406034 or at The Victoria Theatre ticket office. The ticket price includes a pre-signed copy of Ree’s new book. The price of the ticket is $31.00. Books&Co. will be at the event to sell additional copies of Ree’s new book and her backlist titles.

SOLD OUT!

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November 16, 2019

NINJA AUTHOR PRESENTS HER NEW NOVEL

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16; 2 PM

TORI ELDRIDGE will introduce her novel, THE NINJA DAUGHTER. This action-packed thriller is about a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja with Joy Luck Club family issues who fights the Los Angeles Ukrainian mob, sex traffickers, and her own Hong Kong tiger mom, to save two desperate women and an innocent child. Because her sister was murdered, Lily Wong has dedicated her life and ninja skills to the protection of women. POLIS BOOKS

This program will feature a self-defense component conducted by Ninja practitioners.

Tori is a modern day ninja, holding a fifth-degree black belt in To Shin Do Ninjutsu. She considers herself a protector of people and says, “You would be surprised how many of us are out there helping in their small ways, or in some cases their large ways, to make their community feel more protected, more empowered.”

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DAYTON METRO LIBRARY HOSTS TEEN AUTHORS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16; 12-5 PM...offsite at Dayton Metro Library at 3rd & Patterson Blvd in downtown Dayton.
This STORYCON: TEEN event is sponsored and hosted by the Dayton Metro Library. We will have a display there of books by young adult authors who will be present at the event. The authors will be Bill Konigsberg, Dan Mendez Moore, Eliot Schrefer, Katie McGarry, Kristina McBride, L. Phillips, Yolanda Tonette Sanders, and Dara Naraghi. There is no fee for the event.

November 12, 2019

RICHARD PAUL EVANS TO VISIT WITH NEW NOVEL

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12; 7 PM
(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for Noel Street to get a line number.)

Bestselling author RICHARD PAUL EVANS will introduce his newest novel, NOEL STREET. The year is 1975. Elle Sheen—a single mother who is supporting herself and her 6-year old African American son, Dylan, as a waitress at the Noel Street Diner—isn’t sure what to make of William Smith when his appearance creates a stir in the small town of Mistletoe, Utah. As their lives unexpectedly entwine, Elle learns that William, a recently returned Vietnam POW, is not only fighting demons from his past, but may also have the answer to her own secret pain—a revelation that culminates in a remarkable act of love and forgiveness. GALLERY BOOKS

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. He has written 39 novels, each of which has been a New York Times bestseller. There are 20 million copies of his books in print worldwide and they have been translated into more than 24 languages. He has received many awards for his writing.

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November 10, 2019

AWW PRESENTS NANOWRIMO TIPS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10; 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP celebrates National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO)! This project unites writers around the world in writing 50,000 words on their novel during the month of November. ROCHELLE BRADLEY, CHRISTINA CONSOLINO and JUDE WALSH invite you to a write-in..a gathering where folks hang out together to get their words on the page. Come join your fellow writers for some dedicated writing and encouragement, and learn some helpful hints for writing success.

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November 7, 2019

MATTHEW GOODMAN DISCUSSES THE CITY GAME

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7; 7 PM

MATTHEW GOODMAN will discuss his book, THE CITY GAME: Triumph, Scandal and a Legendary Basketball Team. The 1949-50 City College Beavers carried an era’s brightest hopes—racial harmony, social mobility, and the triumph of the underdog—but their success was soon followed by a shocking fall from grace. It is rich with period detail and recalls a New York City rife with corruption, when gangsters, gamblers, and crooked cops controlled the streets. But it is also about friendship and youth, loyalty and deceit, politics, and economics.

The basketball team comprised of solely Jewish and African American players, under the guidance of the legendary former player Nat Holman, would stun the basketball world by becoming the only team in history to win the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same year. Not long after the celebratory season however, the starting five players were arrested by NYC detectives for conspiring with gamblers to shave points. The story centers on Eddie Roman, a white man and Floyd Laye, a black man, each caught up in the scandal, each searching for a path to personal redemption. BALLANTINE BOOKS

Matthew Goodman has also written Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History Making Race Around the World; The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Accounts of Hoaxers, Showman, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth Century New York; and Jewish Food: The World at Table..

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November 6, 2019

WHEN YALE WENT CO-ED!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6; 7 PM

ANNE GARDINER PERKINS
will discuss her narrative nonfiction book, YALE NEEDS WOMEN: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant. In September 1969, Yale enrolled its first women undergraduates, and the competition to be one of those young women pioneers was so intense that only the most brilliant and talented girls got in. Among those first female students were two graduates of high schools in Dayton and Oakwood, one from Dayton’s Fairview High School (now closed) and Oakwood High School.

Yale’s announcement that after 268 years as a male-only institution it was going coed, and Princeton’s two months later, finally broke the coeducation taboo in America’s top colleges. By 1973, the vast majority of elite all-male campuses had admitted women students too. It should be noted that it was not an easy path for either the female or male students. SOURCEBOOKS

Dr. Perkins, PhD is an award-winning historian, an expert in higher education, and a graduate of Yale University. She is a Rhodes Scholar who received her PhD in high education from the University of Massachusetts Boston and her Master’s in public administration from Harvard.

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November 3, 2019

CONVERSATION WITH DLPP WINNERS AT SINCLAIR

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 at Sinclair College, Building 12; Charity Earley Auditorium
9 AM Sign-in & Refreshments; 10 AM Program

CONVERSATION WITH THE WINNERS of the 2019 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Richard Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award Winner, N. Scott Momaday. Please visit www.daytonliterarypeaceprize.org for reservations via Eventbrite. The tickets are $15 each, plus handling fee.
A booksigning will follow the program. Books&Co. will have books for sale at the event.

FICTION WINNER: What We Owe by Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde
FICTION RUNNER-UP: The Overstory by Richard Powers

NONFICTION WINNER: Rising Out of Hatred by Eli Saslow
NONFICTION RUNNER-UP: Tigerland by Wil Haygood

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November 1, 2019

COX MEDIA GROUP HOSTS BRIAN KILMEADE NOV. 1

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1; 7 PM. The location is COX MEDIA GROUP, 1611 S. Main Street, Dayton, OH 45409.

BRIAN KILMEADE
will be discussing his new book, SAM HOUSTON AND THE ALAMO AVENGERS at Cox Media Group in Dayton. Reservations can be made on line at www.whio.com/Kilmeade via Eventbrite. The cost is $40 (plus $4.06 handling fee) and includes a copy of Sam Houston and The Alamo Avengers.

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October 26, 2019

TWO PSYCHIATRISTS DISCUSS MENTAL HEALTH AND THE FAMILY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26; 1 PM

DR. CARLIN BARNES and DR. MARKETA WILLS will discuss their book, UNDERSTANDING MENTAL ILLNESS: A Comprehensive Guide to Mental Health Disorders for Family and Friends. They offer insights and wisdom concerning a variety of psychiatric conditions, including: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse issues, eating disorders, women’s mental health issues, geriatric mental health and professional athletes and mental health.

They posit that ignoring mental health illness can have devastating effects on families and for society at large. Dr. Barnes says that “Being aware and informed is the first step in helping a loved one or family member get the proper treatment they need to begin the road to recovery and emotional wellness.”

Dr. Barnes, MD is a board certified psychiatrist in practice for eighteen years. Dr. Wills, MD is also a board certified psychiatrist in practice for many years. She is originally from Dayton, Ohio.

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October 13, 2019

WRITE SCARY STORIES! FREE MINI-WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13; 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP
will offer a free mini-workshop on writing scary stories. Learn hints to write them so readers will anxiously turn the pages. The presenter will be TIM WAGGONER , award-winning author of nearly 50 novels in horror, dark fiction and media tie-ins. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair College in Dayton.

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October 11, 2019

ACTOR/AUTHOR MAULIK PANCHOLY TO VISIT

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 7 PM

Actor and author MAULIK PANCHOLY will introduce his first middle-grade novel, THE BEST AT IT. The heartfelt novel about a gay Indian-American boy coming into his own in a small town in the Midwest mirrors Maulik’s experience as a young boy. The main character, middle grade student Rahul Kapoor, is given advice from his grandfather to become the BEST at something, hoping that maybe bullies will stop bothering him at school. As he strives to become the BEST in the math competition, he learns a lot about himself that influences him greatly in a positive way. BALZER + BRAY

At the event, Maulik will be In Conversation with local author KATRINA KITTLE. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

Maulik Pancholy is an award-winning actor whose television work includes 30 Rock, Whitney, Web Therapy, Elementary, Friends from College, The Good Wife, The Sopranos, Law & Order and more. He is also the voice of Baljeet on Phineas and Ferb and Sanjay on Sanjay and Craig. His website is maulikpancholy.com. He was born in Dayton, Ohio and currently lives in New York.


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October 1, 2019

J. A. WHITE INTRODUCES SPOOKY KIDS NOVEL

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 6:30 PM

J. A. WHITE, author of Nightbooks and the Thickery series, will introduce his new spooky book SHADOW SCHOOL ARCHIMANCY. In it we meet young Cordelia Liu who is starting the year in a new school. She figured the school was going to be different, but she didn’t expect the school grounds to be filled with ghosts. Not everyone can see the ghosts, but Cordelia and her new friends Benji and super-smart Agnes can. The trio set out to discover why the ghosts are there and find a way to free them. They soon discover that someone is willing to go to extreme lengths to ensure that the ghosts remain trapped forever. (If you like spooky stories...but not too spooky, this one is for you.) HARPER COLLINS

J. A. WHITE is a teacher of English, Math and Science in New Jersey.

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September 8, 2019

FREE MINI-SEMINAR FOR WRITERS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8; 2-3:30 PM

The speaker at this Antioch Writers' Mini-Seminar will be DAVID BRAUGHLER, founder and President of Braughler Books, a Dayton based hybrid publishing company. Are you in the midst of writing a book and starting to think about how you'll eventually publish it? Will you take the traditional approach? Or maybe self-publish? What if there were another approach, one that blends components of traditional and self-publishing, leading to a more effective and profitable way for first time and repeat authors to publish their books? David will discuss three paths to publishing your book and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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August 15, 2019

T. JEFFERSON PARKER TO VISIT

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15; 7 PM

T. JEFFERSON PARKER, three-time Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling author, will introduce his third Roland Ford novel, THE LAST GOOD GUY. Private investigator Ford is hired by an enigmatic woman to find her missing younger sister, but even as he searches for the teenager, he feels his client can’t be trusted. His investigation leads him to a secretive charter school, skinhead thugs, a cadre of American Nazis hidden in a desert compound, a celebrity evangelist, and finally to the girl herself. This combination of factors leads him to question everything he thought he knew about decency, honesty, and the battle between good and evil. PUTNAM

Author John Lescroart says: “The Last Good Guy…is nothing short of brilliant as it morphs from a simple missing persons case into a complex and nuanced exploration of the dark side of American culture.”

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August 10, 2019

AMY W. DAUGHTERS TO DEBUT HER NOVEL

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10; 1 PM

Local author AMY WEINLAND DAUGHTERS will debut her first published book, YOU CANNOT MESS THIS UP. In this modern day time travel novel, we meet 46 year-old Amy living in Dayton, Ohio who returns to her hometown of Houston over the Thanksgiving holiday. When there, she finds herself hurled back in time. It is now 1978 and she is experiencing 36 hours in her childhood home with her nuclear family, including her 10-year-old self. She sees things from different perspectives and appreciates that memories are malleable, wholly dependent on who is doing the remembering.

In seeing her parents and siblings from this viewpoint, she realizes that her life story matters and is profoundly significant. When the 36 hours are over and she returns to modern day, she is convinced that she’ll never be the same again. SHE WRITES PRESS

Amy lives in Centerville, Ohio with her family.

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July 19, 2019

LINDA CASTILLO INTRODUCES AMISH MYSTERY

FRIDAY, JULY 19; 7 PM

LINDA CASTILLO will introduce, SHAMED, the newest book in her Kate Burkholder crime series set in both the worlds of the Amish and the English in Ohio. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder, a former member of an Amish congregation, learns that an Amish grandmother has been murdered and her 7-year-old granddaughter is missing. The family is a pillar of the Amish community. But Kate soon realizes they’re keeping secrets—and the sins of their past may be coming back to haunt them. What are they hiding and why?

Linda Castillo “captures the land, the people who live there, the differences in Amish religions or “orders,’ and the moral complexities that can arise in difficult cases. This one also has a ticking-clock page-turning pace, because of the issues at hand with a missing child.”

Some other books in the series include A Gathering of Secrets, Down a Dark Road, Among the Wicked, After the Storm, and Sworn to Silence. Linda was raised in Arcanum, Ohio and lives now in Texas.

Linda will be joined "In Conversation" with Sharon Short who has recently published her historical novel, THE WIDOWS, under her pen name of Jess Montgomery.

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July 15, 2019

ALLISON DICKSON INTRODUCES HER FIRST NOVEL

MONDAY, JULY 15; 7 PM

Local author ALLISON DICKSON will present her debut novel, THE OTHER MRS. MILLER. This suspenseful story introduces us to a bored, lonely suburban housewife who finds her life entangled with the family who moves in across the street and at the same time she becomes convinced someone is watching her. Her dark thoughts and fertile imagination often lead her to believe the worse about everything she spies going on in her exclusive suburban neighborhood. This original thriller is a testament to the idea that the greatest mysteries and dangers often lie close to home.

Allison Dickson
is the author of several independently written horror and dystopian novels, along with nearly two dozen short stories published both independently and as part of anthologies. She lives in Dayton, Ohio with her family.


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June 12, 2019

SARAH DESSEN INTRODUCES NEW YA NOVEL

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12; 6:30 PM

(Autograph line numbers will be given out beginning at 5:30 pm. Please show your
books&co receipt for The Rest of the Story to get a line number.)

New York Times bestselling author SARAH DESSEN will introduce her newest young adult novel, The Rest of the Story. It is a big-hearted, sweeping story about a girl who reconnects with a part of her family she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl—and falls in love, all over the course of a magical summer.

Sarah will personalize The Rest of the Story and sign up to 2 of her older titles. She will be happy to pose for photos.

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May 19, 2019

FREE MINI-SEMINAR FOR WRITERS

SUNDAY, MAY 19; 2-3:30 PM

FREE WRITING MINI-SEMINAR!
REBECCA MOREAN will conduct the seminar onFinding 3-D Characters.” She will employ a series of exercises that will help writers turn two-dimensional characters into characters readers will remember.

Are you encountering a plot problem, a wrong setting, a theme derailed? Often it’s because characters are not fully realized on the page. Whether you write character or plot driven fiction, narrative nonfiction or memoir, creating characters people care about keeps everyone engaged: you and your readers.

Rebecca Morean is an award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer. She teaches English Composition and Creative Writing at Sinclair College.

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May 10, 2019

TJ TURNER TO INTRODUCE NEW NOVEL

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 7 PM

TJ TURNER will introduce Angel in the Fog. His novel introduces us to Molly Ferguson who has been enslaved in a Baltimore brothel. Amidst the threat of the Civil War, Molly learns of secessionist plans to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln as he makes his way to Washington for his inauguration. She manages to pass this information on to a Pinkerton agent posing as a client.

Impressed with her fortitude and intelligence, the Pinkerton Agency secures her freedom and brings her under the tutelage of America's first female detective. It is in this capacity that she unravels a sinister plan that would have doomed the Union and allowed the Confederacy to win the Civil War.

TJ Turner is an award-winning novelist, an historian, a research scientist, and a Federal Agent. He served three tours in Afghanistan and was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal (2013 and 2017). He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science from Cornell University. His previous novels are Lincoln's Bodyguard and Land of Wolves.

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April 14, 2019

FREE POETRY WRITING MINI-SEMINAR

SUNDAY, APRIL 14; 2-3:30 PM

Antioch Writers Workshop invites you to attend their free mini-seminar in celebration of National Poetry Month. Poems from Robert Browning to Ai to Natasha Tretheway will be read. The session’s focus will be FROM ANOTHER VOICE: Reading and Writing the Persona Poem, using images, ads, and our own histories to create poems that speak from voices that aren’t our own.

The presenter will be LORI ANNE GRAVLEY. Many of her poems have been published online and in print in a number of journals, in Slipstream, SOFTBLOW, and Shooter Literary. She has been nominated for Pushcart and Best New Poets and has taught poetry and writing throughout the United States. She is the Community Voices radio producer on WYSO.org where you can hear her interviews with poets and her recordings of poems.

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April 12, 2019

KATE KAUFMANN DISCUSSES LIFE SANS CHILDRENN

FRIDAY, APRIL 12; 7 PM

KATE KAUFMANN will discuss her book, Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer is No. As a non-mom, Kaufmann has talked about the topic with hundreds of women and men. In her book she hopes to dispel stubborn stereotypes and stigmas about the childfree and childless. It is not a guide for finding solace in the midst of infertility or for consciously choosing not to have children. Rather it serves as a roadmap for what the childless and childfree can expect as they go about leading fulfilling lives without children.

Kaufmann defines “childless” as women who wanted children but found circumstances precluded parenthood. She defines “childfree” as women who consciously chose not to have kids. She includes herself in the “childless” category. Some people from the Dayton community were interviewed for the book.

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April 7, 2019

MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX TO VISIT

SUNDAY, APRIL 7; 2 PM

MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX will introduce her new children’s book, Greystone Secrets: The Strangers. This is Book 1 in her new thrilling adventure series that is filled with mysteries and plot twists and centers around family and friendships. In it, we meet the Greystone kids: Chess, Emma, and Finn, and their mom. They are a happy family, or so they think, until they hear about 3 kidnapped children and are shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers. They share their same first and middle names; are the same ages and even have identical birthdays. When their mother takes off on a sudden work trip and leaves them in the care of Ms. Morales and her daughter, Natalie, they discover puzzling clues left behind that lead to complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down.

Ms. Haddix has also written The Missing Series, The Shadow Children Series, The Under Their Skin Series and The Palace Chronicles.

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April 6, 2019

COMIC STRIP "CATHY" CREATOR TO VISIT

>SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2 PM

Line numbers will be given out beginning at 1 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault to get a line number.

CATHY GUISEWITE, creator of the iconic “Cathy” comic strip, will discuss her book, Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault: Essays from the Grown-Up Years. Through this collection of essays, Cathy invites readers into her experiences of caring for an aging parent and parenting a teenage daughter at the same time. We see how she is navigating the mother-daughter relationship from both vantage points. Humor is the bond that cements these relationships and Cathy, in her delightful “girlfriendish” manner, shows us the way

As part of the program, Sharon Short, literary columnist for the Dayton Daily News and author of The Widows, which is written under her pen name of Jess Montgomery, will engage in a Conversation with Cathy followed by a Q&A with the audience and then the booksigning.


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April 5, 2019

APRIL POETRY READING

FRIDAY, APRIL 5; 7 PM

We are pleased to host a POETRY READING in recognition of April being National Poetry Month. The three poets, who will read their original works, are JULIE L. MOORE, MYRNA STONE and SHANNA POWLUS WHEELER.

Julie’s poems can be found in Full Worm Moon and In Particular Scandals. Myrna’s poems are published in The Casanova Chronicles and Luz Bones. Shanna’s are published in Evensong for Shadows. The books can be ordered at the event.

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March 29, 2019

KAMERON HURLEY DEBUTS HER SCI-FI NOVEL

FRIDAY, MARCH 29; 7 PM

KAMERON HURLEY will introduce her new book, The Light Brigade, a science fiction thriller about a futuristic war during which soldiers are broken down into light in order to get them to the front lines on Mars. This fast-paced, thought-provoking novel reads like The Terminator meets Looper and is a gripping take on the future of war.

Kameron Hurley is the author of God’s War, Infidel, and Rapture, a science-fantasy noir series. She has won the Hugo Award twice and been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Nebula Award, the Locus Award and the BSFA Award for Best Novel.

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March 21, 2019

TA-NEHISI COATES TO RECEIVE DLPP AWARD

THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 7 PM At Kettering Fairmont High School Auditorium

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE TA-NEHISI COATES INJURED HIS FOOT AND CANNOT TRAVEL.

TA-NEHISI COATES, winner of the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction for We Were Eight Years in Power, was unable to attend the award ceremony in October, but will accept that award on Thursday, March 21 at 7 pm at the Kettering Fairmont High School Auditorium, 3301 Shroyer Road, Kettering. Seating is free but ticketed. To attend, please visit the Dayton Literary Peace Prize website and order your ticket through Eventbrite. A booksigning will follow the presentation. Books & Co. will have books for sale at the event, Doors will open at 6:15 pm.


The emcee will be Gilbert King, author of Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, which was the 2013 DLPP nonfiction runner-up. David Wood, the 2017 DLPP nonfiction winner for What Have We Done will introduce Mr. Coates. Devon Berry and Shannon Isom will also be on stage to participate in a conversation about We Were Eight Years in Power.

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March 10, 2019

FREE MINI-SEMINAR FOR WRITERS

SUNDAY, MARCH 10; 2-3:30 PM

Antioch Writers Workshop will provide a free mini-seminar for writers. The presenter will be CHRISTINA CONSOLINO and the title is "Tension: What It Is and How to Create It."

Tension is crucial for any good story. It helps the reader invest emotionally in the story, and it keeps the reader tethered to the narrative, turning each page and moving chapter to chapter. Christina will discuss effective strategies to ramp up the tension in your writing. Bring your laptop or journal, as there will be opportunities to write.

Christina Consolino writes women's fiction, YA, and personal essay, and has been published in Brevity Blog, HuffPost, Tribe Magazine, Flights, and Literary Mama. She teaches writing classes at Word's Worth Writing Center and is Marketing and Communications Manager for the Brunner Literacy Center in Dayton.

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February 10, 2019

FREE WRITERS MINI-SEMINAR

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10; 2-3:30 PM
Antioch Writers Workshop will provide a mini-seminar entitled "From Idea to Publication: An Author's Journey." The presenter will be JESSICA LEMMON, a bestselling romance author of over two dozen books. She will be discussing how she went from deciding to write a book to becoming a published author with Harlequin, Grand Central, Random House, and Little Brown & Co. publishing houses. An active Q&A portion of the program is expected.

Her work has appeared in Women's World magazine and many of her books are currently being adapted into interactive games.

February 6, 2019

JESSICA STRAWSER INTRODUCES NEW NOVEL


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6; 7 PM

JESSICA STRAWSER
will introduce her new book, FORGET YOU KNOW ME. In it, we meet Molly and Liza, extremely close friends. When Molly married Daniel and moved away, the women’s friendship faltered. Molly and Liza plan to reconnect with a nice long video chat when Daniel is away on business. While they are chatting, Molly needs to leave the room to check on a crying baby and suddenly a man in a mask enters the room, throwing Liza into a panic—then her screen goes black. Who is the man and what is he doing at her friend’s home?

FORGET YOU KNOW ME
exposes the wounds of people who’ve grown apart, against their will. Best friends separated by miles. Spouses hardened by neglect. A mother isolated by pain. The man in the mask will change things for them all. But who is he? And will he be back?

Jessica Strawser
has also written Not That I Could Tell and Almost Missed You and is editor-at-large for Writer’s Digest. During the program, she will be "in conversation" with local author Sharon Short. Sharon has just published a new book, The Widows, under the pen name Jess Montgomery.

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January 13, 2019

FREE MINI-SEMINAR FOR WRITERS

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13; 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP
will present a free mini-seminar on “New Year, New Writing Mindset.” Join JUDE WALSH for a focused session to establish a writing mindset to anchor your writing practice and keep your writing resolutions moving forward throughout 2019. We suggest you bring a journal or laptop, as there will be opportunities to write.

Jude Walsh writes personal essay, memoir, self-help, and fiction and is published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She teaches classes on personal essay and writing mindset, and is a life and creativity coach, helping people to reinvent themselves and find new paths.

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January 12, 2019

JESS MONTGOMERY DEBUTS FIRST BOOK IN HER NEW SERIES

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12; 2 PM

JESS MONTGOMERY will discuss THE WIDOWS, the first book in her new series inspired by the real lives of Maude Collins, the first female sheriff in Ohio and Mary Harris 'Mother" Jones .This engaging historical novel quickly draws the reader into the lives of two powerful women, Lily Ross and Marvena Whitcomb, who are both mourning the murder of Lily’s husband, the town’s sheriff. We assume we know the relationship of Lily with her husband, but what is the connection of Marvena with the sheriff? That, along with the mystery of who killed Sheriff Ross and why, is the crux of the story. Much is learned about resistance to unionization of the coal mines in Appalachia Ohio in the early 1900 era, the hardships of the families working in that industry, corruption on many levels, and the influence of prohibition.

JESS MONTGOMERY is the pen name of Sharon Short, Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News.


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November 29, 2018

JAN BRETT INTRODUCES NEW PICTURE BOOK

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29; 5 PM
(Line numbers beginning at 4 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The Snowy Nap to get a line number.)

A favorite author and illustrator, JAN BRETT will introduce her beautiful new picture book, The Snowy Nap. We expect Hedgie to be with her! She will give a presentation and a drawing demonstration followed by the book signing portion of the day.

In The Snowy Nap,
we find that as winter approaches, our favorite hedgehog, Hedgie, tries to stay awake and not go into his burrow so he won’t miss out on all the fun his friends will be having in the winter-time snow. But when a snowstorm starts, Lisa luckily finds him and brings him inside so he gets to see the wonders of winter from inside the cozy house. PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

Jan will sign any new books purchased at the event. If time permits, she will personalize books, and sign a favorite book from home.

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November 17, 2018

HELEN KLEIN ROSS DEBUTS THE LATECOMERS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17; 2 PM

HELEN KLEIN ROSS will introduce her novel, The Latecomers. The novel is based on historical research and begins in 1908 where we meet 16-year old Bridey who runs away from her small town in Ireland with her same-age sweetheart Thom to begin their future in America. But when Thom dies suddenly of ship fever on their ocean crossing, Bridey finds herself alone and pregnant in a strange new world. It is then that her strength of will, determination, and the kindness of others are needed to survive.

Told in interweaving timelines and rich with detailed history, romance and dark secrets, the story spans a century of American life and reminds us that we can never truly leave the past behind.

Ms. Ross will give a slide presentation highlighting the customs and artifacts that were part of everyday life at the turn of the previous century. She has also written another novel, What Was Mine. LITTLE, BROWN & COMPANY

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November 11, 2018

FREE MINI-SEMINAR FOR WRITERS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP will present a mini-seminar given by FREDRICK MARION on "7 Secrets to Unlocking Your Writing Potential." He is a graduate of Wright State University where he majored in creative writing. He recently founded the art and literary events listing site, DaytonLit.com. He is currently working on a middle grade adventure book and is represented by The Bent Agency in New York. Learn more at FredrickMarion.com.

October 26, 2018

WIL HAYGOOD INTRODUCES TIGERLAND

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26; 7 PM

WIL HAYGOOD will introduce his new book, TIGERLAND: 1968-1969: A CITY DIVIDED, A NATION TORN APART, AND A MAGICAL SEASON OF HEALING. It looks at the poor, black segregated East High School in Columbus, Ohio, who, against all odds, defeated bigger, richer, whiter teams in their state and won both the basketball and baseball state championships in the same year, making history. Even more remarkable, it happened as the nation was dealing with the sorrow and unrest caused by the assassination of Martin Luther King,Jr. and Robert Kennedy. It's a powerful, true story of perseverance, amazing talent, dedication, courage, goal-setting, determination, and, ultimately, triumph.

The athletic success is just one aspect of the book. Much of it deals with the racial unrest that gripped the country in the 1960s and 1970s and shows how everyone, including athletes from high schools through major league sports, was impacted by it.

Wil Haygood is the author of The Butler: A Witness to History, Showdown, Sweet Thunder, In Black and White, King of the Cats, Two on the River, and The Haygoods of Columbus. He has written for The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is currently a Visiting Distinguished Professor in the department of media, journalism, and film at Miami University, Ohio.

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October 20, 2018

STEVE & KATHY DOOCY INTRODUCE THEIR COOKBOOK

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20; 2 PM
(Autograph line numbers given out beginning at 1 pm.. Please show your books&co or
Eventbrite receipt for The Happy Cookbook to enter the autograph line.)

STEVE DOOCY AND HIS WIFE KATHY will introduce The Happy Cookbook: A Celebration of the Food That Makes America Smile. The Doocys share favorite recipes, stories, and photos from their family life. In addition to beloved family dishes, this full-color cookbook includes recipes from friends like musician Kid Rock, professional golfer Greg Norman, and many more. The book will not only appeal to Steve's legions of Fox & Friends fans, but to anyone looking for accessible, fun, and delicious food that will inspire great meals for every day and for special occasions.

Advance tickets may be purchased at: http://doocybam.eventbrite.com or at our store.

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October 19, 2018

WOWA BEATNIK CAFE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19; 7 PM

The Western Ohio Writers Association (WOWA) presents their semi-annual Beatnik Cafe, a public reading of selected members' original stories centering around the theme of All Hallow's Eve. Come join us and be entertained by (often costumed) performances by some of our talented amateur and professional writers.

October 14, 2018

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP PRESENTS MINI-SEMINAR

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14; 2-3:30 PM

Get ready for NaNoWriMo ! Since November is National Novel Writing Month, Antioch Writers Workshop has invited ROCHELLE BRADLEY (Romance) and AMBER MORANT (Dungeonpunk and Fantasy) to give a presentation on how to join and fully participate in the writing fun. They both published books they worked on during NaNoWriMo. If you have long nurtured a desire (or just got the urge) to write a novel, this month-long challenge is a fantastic way to join thousands of other writers across the country in getting that first draft done.

September 27, 2018

MARSHALL WEISS TO DISCUSS NEW BOOK ON THE LOCAL JEWISH COMMUNITY

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27; 7 PM

MARSHALL WEISS will discuss his book, Jewish Community of Dayton. In the Introduction he states, " From 1850 onward, Dayton's Jews not only provided for the spiritual and material needs of their own, they also involved themselves faithfully in the needs of Dayton's general community. These pages offer a family photo album of the Jews of Dayton, from those early days through the close of the 20th century."

Those abundant photos vividly tell the story of the many Jewish people who enhanced the Dayton community over the years, and continue to do so today. ARCADIA PUBLISHING.

Marshall Weiss is founding editor and publisher of the Dayton Jewish Observer and a past president of the American Jewish Press Association.

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August 17, 2018

AUTHOR DRAWS ATTENTION TO "FLY GIRLS"

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17; 7 PM

KEITH O’BRIEN will discuss his book, Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History. It is the true story of women willing to risk everything, even their lives, to do the thing they loved. It’s the hidden history of women striving to change the world, despite defeat after defeat. These female fliers – sometimes called “fly girls” - shattered the original glass ceiling and battled injustices (which feels all too timely today), fought the men trying to stop them, and ultimately prevailed.

KEITH O’BRIEN is a former reporter for The Boston Globe and a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, Politico, and Slate.

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August 12, 2018

AUTHOR DISCUSSES OHIO DAY TRIPS

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12; 2 PM

CATHY HESTER SECKMAN will discuss her book, Ohio Day Trips by Theme. With it in hand, you can take a simple day trip, or string together a longer vacation of activities that catch your interest. Destinations in the book are organized by theme, such as lighthouses, orchards and vineyards, festivals, and outdoor adventures, so you can decide what to do and figure out where to do it. She will inspire you to "get on the road." PUBLICATIONS ADVENTURE

Cathy Hester Seckman is a lifelong resident of East Liverpool, Ohio, She has been writing travel articles for newspapers and magazines since 1985.

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August 1, 2018

ANDREW WALSH DEBUTS LOST DAYTON, OHIO

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1; 7 PM

ANDREW WALSH will discuss his new book, Lost Dayton, Ohio. Filled with an abundance of photographs, this book will take you down memory lane as you see many of the places that helped make Dayton a center of innovations but were lost to history. Others, however, survived and adapted, representing the city’s spirit of revitalization that continues today. Some of the city’s distinctive and significant structures, such as Steele High School and the Callahan Building, were demolished, while others, including the Arcade and Centre City Building, saw hard times but now await redevelopment.

From the Wright Brothers Factory to the park that hosted the first NFL game, the book explores (in photos and in text) the diverse selection of retail, industrial, entertainment and residential sites from Dayton’s disappearing legacy.

Entire neighborhoods, such as the Haymarket and the commercial districts, such as West Fifth Street, vanished and show no traces of their past. Others, including the popular Oregon District, narrowly escaped the wrecking ball, but thrive today. ARCADIA PUBLISHING and THE HISTORY PRESS

Andrew J. Walsh is a writer and a research librarian at Sinclair Community College in Dayton.

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July 11, 2018

LINDA CASTILLO INTRODUCES AMISH MYSTERY

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11; 7 PM

LINDA CASTILLO will introduce A GATHERING OF SECRETS, her newest novel set in Amish country. Chief of Police Kate Buckholder is called to investigate when a well-liked 18-year old Amish man is found dead in an historic barn that burned to the ground. Her investigation is going nowhere as she finds herself stonewalled by the Amish community to which she once belonged. What secrets are they hiding? Kate doubles down and discovers a plethora of secrets and a chilling series of crimes that shatters everything she thought she knew about her Amish roots—and herself. MINOTAUR

Other books in her Kate Buckholder series include Her Last Breath, Among the Wicked, After the Storm, The Dead Will Tell, Down a Dark Road, and Only the Lucky.

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July 10, 2018

CHARLES ROSENBERG DEBUTS GEORGE WASHINGTON ALTERNATIVE HISTORY

TUESDAY, JULY 10; 7 PM

CHARLES ROSENBERG will discuss his book, The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington: A Novel. If you like alternative history, you’ll enjoy this book. The title tells us the book is speculative fiction – and what a tale it is!
There have always been theories that the British plotted to kidnap George Washington during the height of the Revolutionary War, imprison him in London, try him for treason and use his release as a bargaining tool. In this novel, they were successful in kidnapping him, but Washington would have none of their plan to use him as a bargaining tool. He said he would rather die a martyr to the cause than give them a means to end the Revolutionary War.
Rosenberg explores the “importance of force of personality in leadership and victory.” The book combines “spy thriller elements, political skullduggery, and courtroom drama.” HANOVER SQUARE PRESS

Charles Rosenberg is the author of four legal thrillers, including Death on High Floor. He graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and practices law in Los Angeles.

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June 27, 2018

SILAS HOUSE INTRODUCES SOUTHERNMOST

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27; 7 PM

SILAS HOUSE will introduce Southernmost, a thoughtful and compassionate novel that initially sprang from the seeds of his own life. After a fundamentalist upbringing that caused him to come out later in life, House was faced with both blatant rejection and fierce acceptance. The insight he gained from those often painful circumstances spurred him to craft this intensely candid story, one that explores our ability to escape the confines of intolerance and hate and move toward dignity, understanding, and grace.

The main character in the story is Asher Sharp, an evangelical preacher in Tennessee who offers shelter to two gay men after a devastating flood. This action comes with a huge personal cost, creating chaos in his congregation and marriage. Ousted from his church, he flees to the southernmost part of the US where he discovers a new way of thinking about love, faith, parenthood, and life. ALGONQUIN

According to Charles Frazier, author of Varina, “This beautifully crafted novel brims with a spirit of hopeful humanity as one man’s effort to make himself a better person casts ripples in the world around him

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June 21, 2018

SUSAN CRANDALL DEBUTS NEW NOVEL

THURSDAY, JUNE 21; 7 PM

SUSAN CRANDALL, author of the award-winning Whistling Past the Graveyard, will introduce her newest novel, The Myth of Perpetual Summer. When Tallulah James returns to her Mississippi hometown in 1972 after a seven-year absence, determined to help her brother escape a murder conviction, she hopes to avoid the small-town gossip mill and return to California as quickly as possible. But as she reconnects with her dysfunctional family, she becomes entangled in a web of long-held secrets about their history of mental illness, her tumultuous upbringing and a terrible tragedy that nearly tore the family apart. Ultimately, the truth forces Tallulah to reckon with her past—and find a way forward. GALLERY BOOKS

Susan Crandall is a critically acclaimed author of women’s fiction, romance, and suspense. She lives in Noblesville, Indiana with her family.

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June 3, 2018

LEE MARTIN DEBUTS SHORT STORY COLLECTION

SUNDAY, JUNE 3; 2 PM

LEE MARTIN, Pulitzer Prize finalist, will debut The Mutual UFO Network, a masterful short story collection. With his signature insight, each story peers into the nooks and crannies of seemingly normal homes, communities, and families. The footprints of a midnight prowler peel back the veneer of a marriage soured by a long-ago affair. A con man selling faked UFO footage loses his wife to the promise of life outside the ordinary, and a troubled man, tormented by his own mind, lies in the street to look at the stars, and in doing so unravels the carefully constructed boundaries between his quiet neighbors.
From friendship and family to all forms of love, the book explores the intricacies of relationships and the possibility for redemption in even the most complex misfits and loners. For short-story devotees, this is a must-read! DZANC BOOKS

Lee Martin has also written The Bright Forever, River of Heaven, Quakertown, Break the Skin. From Our House, Turning Bones, Such a Life, and The Least You Need to Know. The winner of many literary awards, he teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University.

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May 30, 2018

SPECIAL OPS NAVY SEAL DEBUTS HIS BOOK

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.

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May 23, 2018

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER GILBERT KING TO VISIT

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.

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May 18, 2018

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

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.

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May 17, 2018

MINDEE ARNETT INTRODUCES YA NOVEL

THURSDAY, MAY 17; 7 PM

MINDEE ARNETT
will introduce her new young adult novel, ONYX & 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.

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May 10, 2018

DAVID NOLIN DISCUSSES HUFFMAN PRAIRIE

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.

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April 28, 2018

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.

April 21, 2018

TRUDY KRISHER INTRODUCES KIDS PICTURE BOOK

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.

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April 12, 2018

BIG READ FINALE AT DAYTON MAIN LIBRARY

THURSDAY, APRIL 12; 6 PM

At the Dayton Main Library; 215 E. Third Street in downtown Dayton

Join us for the Finale of the 2018 community Big Read project. MELISSA FAY GREENE author of this year’s title, The Underdogs, will be there along with the subject of the book, KAREN SHIRK, founder of 4 Paws for Ability. It’s sure to be a fascinating discussion…with a book signing of The Underdogs to follow.

April 8, 2018

AWW PRESENTS FREE POETRY WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, APRIL 8; 2-3:30 PM

Join Antioch Writers Workshop representatives as we celebrate National Poetry Month and attend this free mini-workshop by poet DAVID GARRISON. Whether you’ve never written a poem, haven’t written one in a while, or are an accomplished poet, you’ll find plenty of inspiration and tips in this session to help you create poetry unique to your voice and vision.

David is an accomplished poet and professor emeritus who taught Spanish and Portuguese at Wright State University for 30 years and chaired their Department of Modern languages from 1999 to 2007.

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April 3, 2018

DISCUSSION OF THE UNDERDOGS

TUESDAY, APRIL 3; 7 PM

Come for a discussion of THE UNDERDOGS: CHILDREN, DOGS, AND THE POWER OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, the 2018 community BIG READ title. The book, by the award-winning author Melissa Fay Greene, is about 4 Paws for Ability, an organization that is based in Xenia Ohio. (It is not necessary to have read the book before the discussion.)
The book tells the story of KAREN SHIRK, a woman who, as a child, was told she was “too disabled” to be given a service dog. Because of that rejection she became inspired to train dogs herself for children, and later for veterans. After two decades and a thousand service dogs (and children), 4 Paws for Ability is the largest organization whose primary mission is to place service dogs with children.

Each story in the book proves that the unconditional love of a dog can change lives!
Service dogs and their people companions are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion of The Underdogs.

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March 28, 2018

JESSICA STRAWSER INTRODUCES HER NOVEL

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28; 7 PM

JESSICA STRAWSER, author of Almost Missed You, will introduce her new novel, Not That I Could Tell. Set in nearby Yellow Springs, Ohio, the novel asks: How well do we really know our neighbors and what goes on behind their closed doors? A group of neighboring women gather around a fire pit in one of their backyards one Saturday night for wine and socialization. The next morning, they become aware that one of them, Kristin, is no longer in her house. She and her young twins have disappeared. Her estranged husband has no idea where they could be. A police investigation is started and leads are slim, but all the neighbors and Kristin’s husband are suspects in the disappearance. How can they unravel this mystery? Did Kristin and her kids just disappear or did something awful happen to them? ST. MARTIN'S PRESS

“The characters are unique, engaging, and relatable and the ending is both surprising and poignant. Fans of Liane Moriarty will adore Jessica Strawser; she’s a huge talent.” ---Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Blackbird Season and The Vanishing Year.

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March 22, 2018

MICHAEL NYE DEBUTS HIS NOVEL

THURSDAY, MARCH 22; 7 PM

MICHAEL NYE will introduce his debut novel, All the Castles Burned. Set in the Cincinnati of Nye’s youth and at times autobiographical (including Nye’s own father’s true crimes), the novel is a rich and tragic coming of age story that tackles the intricacies of male friendship and obsessive first loves, but also the powerful grip of class struggle, the backlash of a distressed home life, and family secrets tightly held. Kirkus Reviews says, “It is both an appealing read and an introspective examination of the turbulence of male adolescence. Just as Nye’s characters are glued to the O.J. Simpson trial, readers won’t want to look away.” TURNER PUBLISHING

Michael Nye was born and raised in Cincinnati and now lives in Columbus, Ohio. He has a B.A. in English from the Ohio State University and a M.F.A. in creative writing from University of Missouri-St. Louis. His work has appeared in Literary Review, Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, Crab Orchard Review, Epoch and New South, among many others.

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March 10, 2018

LORIE LANGDON DEBUTS NEW YA NOVEL

SATURDAY, MARCH 10; 1 PM

LORIE LANGDON will introduce her newest YA novel, Olivia Twist, a reimagining of Charles Dicken’s original Oliver Twist. In Lorie’s version, the main character is now Olivia and while she’s a headstrong, brave, intelligent female, she is being raised as a boy to protect her from the thieving London street gangs. However, once she is rescued from the streets by Mr. Brownlow, her life takes a far different turn as she goes from slum-life to high-life. It is here she meets Jack MacCarron who bears a striking resemblance to the Artful Dodger, she knew form her slum days. Could he be that same person , and how will that affect her now?

Fans of the classic Dickens novel will find Olivia Twist a hard book to pass up as the old masterpiece has been expertly reimagined, giving an entirely new dynamic to the celebrated tale. BLINK


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March 8, 2018

BRIAN KILMEADE TO VISIT WITH NEW BOOK

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8; 7 PM

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Show your books&co receipt for Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans to get a line number.)

BRIAN KILMEADE will discuss his book, Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny. The War of 1812 saw America threatened on every side. Encouraged by the British, Indian tribes attacked settlers in the West, while the Royal Navy terrorized the coasts. By mid-1814, President James Madison’s generals had lost control of the war in the North, losing battles in Canada. Then British troops set the White House ablaze, and a feeling of hopelessness spread across the country. Into this dire situation stepped Major General Andrew Jackson, who had witnessed the horrors of the Revolutionary War and Indian attacks and knew that America had to control the mouth of the Mississippi River, New Orleans, to stop the British aggression. And that is what he miraculously did! SENTINEL

Brian Kilmeade has also written George Washington’s Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson and The Tripoli Pirates. His nationally syndicated radio show is heard locally weekdays on WHIO-AM1290 and WHIO-FM 95.7 FM from 9 am to noon.

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January 30, 2018

GORDON KORMAN DEBUTS KIDS' NOVEL

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30; 7 PM

Popular children’s author GORDON KORMAN will introduce SUPERGIFTED, the funny, heartwarming sequel to his very successful Ungifted. We meet Donovan Curtis who has never been what anyone would call “gifted.” But his genius friend Noah Youkilis is actually supergifted, with one of the highest IQs around. After years at the Academy for Scholastic Distinction, all Noah dreams of is the opportunity to fail if he wants to. And he’s landed in the perfect place to do it—Donovan’s school.

Almost immediately, Noah finds himself on the wrong side of cheerleading captain Megan Mercury and alpha jock Hash “Hashtag” Taggart. Sticking up for Noah lands Donovan in the middle of a huge feud with Hashtag. He’s told to stay away from the sports star—or else. That should be the end of it, but when a freak incident suddenly makes Donovan a hero, he can’t tell anyone about it since Hashtag is involved. So Noah steps in and becomes “Superkid.” Now he’s gone from nerd to titan at school. And it may have gone more than a little bit to his head. HARPER COLLINS CHILDREN’S BOOKS

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January 17, 2018

KIDS' FANTASY AUTHOR TO VISIT

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17; 7 PM

MICHAEL DANTE DIMARTINO,
author of the kids' fantasy novel, Rebel Genius, will introduce the second book in the series, WARRIOR GENIUS. He describes the work as "having plenty of action and adventure along the way, along with an abundance of magic and wonder! It's an immersive world that a child can get lost in and one that I hope will inspire them to dream, create, connect, and overcome."

The reader discovers that the boundaries and beliefs that appear to separate us as individuals and groups are an illusion and that when we look deeper, we will see the commonalities we all share. In his books, the heroes sacrifice their self-interest for the good of all.

Mr. DiMartino is the co-creator of the award-winning animated Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel, The Legend of Korra.

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January 14, 2018

FREE MINI-SEMINAR FOR WRITERS

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018; 2-3:30 PM

MEGAN HART representing The Antioch Writers Workshop will present a free mini-seminar entitled NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FOR WRITERS. Resolve to make 2018 YOUR year for making--and achieving--writing goals! Get practical hands-on tools from Megan so that you have a manageable list of to-dos to turn inspiration into achievement! She writes in the genres of romance, mainstream and speculative fiction. Learn more about her at www.meganhart.com

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November 19, 2017

BETH MACY INTRODUCES TRUEVINE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19; 2 PM

BETH MACY will discuss the softcover edition of TRUEVINE: TWO BROTHERS, A KIDNAPPING, AND A MOTHER’S QUEST: A TRUE STORY OF THE JIM CROW SOUTH. Set in 1899 on a sweltering tobacco farm in the town of Truevine, Virginia, we meet George and Willie Muse, two little African-American boys born to a sharecropper family. They caught the eye of a circus man because they were albinos and he thought they would make a great circus attraction for his freak show. Luring the 6 and 9 year old boys away with the promise of candy, the boys became star attractions, though cruelly exploited. It wasn’t until over 25 years later that their mother finally found them working for the Ringling Brothers circus and their family was reunited.

Beth Macy is also the author of Factory Man. Her articles have appeared in national magazines and the Roanoke Times, where her reporting has won more than a dozen national awards.

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November 13, 2017

MAGGIE STIEFVATER TO VISIT DAYTON METRO LIBRARY

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13; 6 PM…. At the Dayton Metro Library; 215 E. Third Street, in downtown Dayton

MAGGIE STIEFVATER, bestselling author of teen fiction, will visit the downtown library to talk about her latest book, All the Crooked Saints. It is set in 1960s Colorado and explores the idea of inner darkness through three members of the Soria family who perform miracles for pilgrims to their small town of Bicho Raro.

Maggie Stiefvater has also written other teen novels including Shiver, Linger, Forever, Blue Lilly, Lilly Blue, Raven Boys and Dream Thieves, as well as books for younger readers including Pip Bartlett’S Guide to Magical Creatures and Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Unicorn Training.

Books&Co will have books for purchase at this speaking and autographing event.

November 12, 2017

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP PRESENTS MINI-SEMINAR

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12; 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP presents "Personal Essays with KATE GEISELMAN." Do you want to share experiences, opinions, personal stories through personal essays? Join Kate Geiselman, published essayist and Sinclair Community College creative writing professor, for tips on how to write compelling personal essays--and find the editors and readers who want to read them!

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November 6, 2017

YA AUTHORS SARA SHEPARD & LIVIA BLACKBURNE TO VISIT

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6; 7 PM

We are pleased to host two New York Times bestselling YA authors: SARA SHEPARD and LIVIA BLACKBURNE in a program entitled: “Let’s Talk YA.” It will be an open discussion about YA books and publishing from their unique perspectives.

Sara will be introducing Follow Me, which trails the Amateurs girls as they stalk down a twisted path – one crafted by a brilliant killer. With a flawless mix of mystery, suspense, and romance, we follow Seneca, Maddox, Aerin, and Madison to the beach to solve a twisty kidnapping.

This book is part of the series, but it can be read as a standalone. Sara has also written the Pretty Little Liars’ books.

LIVIA BLACKBURNE
will introduce Rosemarked, the first in a duology. We follow a healer who cannot be healed and a soldier shattered by war on a high-stakes mission to spy on the Empire in a quest to uncover a deadly secret. The nuanced characters have a sizzling chemistry and find themselves faced with a heartrending ethical dilemma. Livia has also written Midnight Thief.

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November 1, 2017

STUART WOODS TO VISIT WITH NEW THRILLER

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 7 PM

C A N C E L L A T I O N .......STUART WOODS HAS HAD TO CANCEL THIS EVENT. HE HOPES TO VISIT SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE. HE HAS SENT SIGNED BOOKPLATES FOR HIS NEW BOOK, QUICK & DIRTY. ASK FOR ONE WHEN YOU COME TO GET YOUR COPY OF THAT BOOK.

Thriller writer STUART WOODS will introduce Quick & Dirty. In it, Stone Barrington gets entangled in the intricate and rarefied art business. When a slam-bang of a crime brings beautiful new client into Stone’s office, little does he know his association with her will pull him into a far more serpentine mystery in the exclusive world of art. It will take a man of his careful discernment and well-honed instincts to get to the truth without ruffling the wrong feathers….because when it comes to priceless and irreplaceable works of art, the money and reputations at stake are worth killing for….. in some people’s minds

Stuart has written more than sixty novels and 50 hardcover bestsellers. Quick & Dirty is this 43rd Stone Barrington thriller. When he isn’t writing he is usually piloting his plane, his power boat, or his yacht.

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October 19, 2017

APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER TALKS ABOUT THE JOURNEY

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19; 7 PM

Long time hiker JEFF ALT will discuss his book A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail (20th Anniversary Edition). Follow him along the iconic trail and learn of his humorous and sometimes frightening adventures with bears, bugs, blisters, captivating characters, skink bed mates, and his most unusual food cravings. He plunged forward through freezing temperatures, driving rain, blinding snow, but often sunny skies, constantly buoyed by the knowledge that his walk was dedicated to his brother who has cerebral palsy and lives in a Sunshine Community. Through his hiking ventures, he has raised over $500,000 for people with disabilities. BEAUFORT BOOKS

Come meet this experienced hiker, especially if you have been hankering to walk the Appalachian Trail, or at least part of it. He can give you lots of tips.

Jeff Alt has been featured on radio, television, and in print, including USA Today, US News & World Report, Fitness RX for Men, Backpacker Magazine, Shape, Women’s Health, ESPN, CNN-Radio, Hallmark Channel, Discovery Channel.com, and many more.

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October 11, 2017

ASTRONAUT TERRY VIRTS SHARES HIS PHOTOS FROM SPACE

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11; 7 PM

Celebrated NASA ASTRONAUT TERRY VIRTS will introduce his book, View From Above: An Astronaut Photographs the World. He has spent more than 200 days in space and taken more photographs of Earth from above than anyone else. In this gorgeous and inspiring new book filled with stories of his time in space, he shares his photographs of our planet and makes us aware of the vastness that surrounds it. Including a Foreword by Buzz Aldrin, it combines Virts’ stunning photographs with glimpses of everyday life in orbit. Amid this amazing show of Earth spectacles, he reflects on how the astronaut’s point of view has shaped his life and spirit. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Colonel Terry Virts (USAF Retired) was the pilot of STS-130 aboard the space shuttle Endeavor in 2010. He assumed command of the International Space Station in March 2015, and has spent over 7 months there. He has a unique perspective about the earth because of the many photographs he has taken showing its splendor. You can learn more about him at Terryvirts.com.

October 10, 2017

TOM WATSON VISITS WITH STICK DOG & STICK CAT

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10: 7 PM

TOM WATSON, popular children’s author and illustrator, will introduce his two new books, Stick Dog Craves Candy and Stick Cat: Two Catch a Thief. In Stick Dog Craves Candy, it’s Halloween and Stick Dog and his friends are on the hunt for some delicious candy in the seventh installment of the hilarious Stick Dog series.

In Stick Cat: Two Catch a Thief, Stick Cat and her incomparable sidekick Edith try to catch a thief in the third hilarious book in this series. HARPER COLLINS

You are welcome to bring your own Stick Dog and Stick Cat drawings to show Tom!

Before turning his talents to writing and illustrating children’s books, Tom worked in politics, including a stint as the chief speechwriter for the governor of Ohio.


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October 3, 2017

SOMAN CHAININI DEBUTS BOOK 4 IN THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL SERIES

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3; 7 PM

SOMAN CHAINANI will introduce The School for Good and Evil #4: Quests for Glory. In it, we meet Sophie, Agatha, Tedros, and the other students as they begin a new era in the Endless Woods — The Camelot Years — where Evers and Nevers alike must move beyond the bounds of school and into the biggest, boldest adventures of their lives.
The students at the School for Good and Evil thought they had found their final Ever After when they vanquished the malevolent School Master. Now on their required fourth year quests, the students face obstacles both dangerous and unpredictable, and the stakes are high: success brings eternal adoration, and failure means obscurity forever.

For their quests, Agatha and Tedros are trying to return Camelot to its former splendor as queen and king. For her quest, Dean Sophie seeks to mold Evil in her own image. But soon they all feel themselves growing more isolated and alone. When their classmates' quests plunge into chaos, however, someone must lead the charge to save them. If Good and Evil can't find a way to work together, neither side will survive. HARPER COLLINS

Since going on-sale in 2013, The School for Good and Evil series has sold more than 1.5 million copies, and been translated into 24 languages across 6 continents. Soman Chainani is also a screenwriter and his films have been played at more than 150 film festivals around the world.

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September 19, 2017

RICHARD PAUL EVANS DEBUTS THE CONCLUSION TO HIS MICHAEL VEY SERIES

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 7 PM
(Line numbers at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The Final Spark
to get an autograph line number.)

RICHARD PAUL EVANS will present Michael Vey 7: The Final Spark, which is the electrifying seventh and final installment of the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling young adult Michael Vey series. In it we find that Michael is missing and it’s up to the Electroclan to find him. Has Michael made the ultimate sacrifice to save his friends and now he’s gone? What is next for them and the revolution?

Hatch survived the devastating explosion on the island of Hades, and he’s more determined than ever to bring the world’s governments under his control. But first, he needs to wipe out the Resistance and capture the remaining members of the Electroclan. Michael’s mother is being used as bait to lure the leader of the Resistance out of hiding. Can anything –or anyone—stop the Elgen? Or is this the end?

Richard Paul Evans the author of the phenomenally bestselling book, The Christmas Box, and more than 30 New York Times bestselling novels. There are more than 30 million copies of his books in print worldwide translated into more than 24 languages. You can visit his website at RichardPaulEvans.com. SIMON & SCHUSTER

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September 17, 2017

MIKE LUPICA VISITS WITH NEW KIDS BOOKS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17; 2 PM (Line numbers beginning at 1 pm.
Please show your books&co receipt for LONE STARS to get an autograph line number. The
author will sign any new books you purchase at the event and one book from home.)

MIKE LUPICA, often called “the greatest sports writer for middle school readers,” will introduce his newest novel, Lone Stars. In it we meet Clay, an outstanding quarterback for his school team and his coach, a former star player for the Dallas Cowboys, who is just like a second father to him. When Coach Walker begins to show side effects of the many concussion he sustained during his playing days, Clay knows that the real victory that year will be to help his coach walk onto the Cowboys Field during a Thanksgiving Day ceremony honoring him and his former Super Bowl-winning teammates.

MIKE LUPICA
is the author of multiple bestselling books, including Heat, Travel Team, Million-Dollar-Throw, The Underdogs, QV1, Fantasy League, and Fast Break. As a sports columnist for New York’s Daily News and a weekly member of ESPN’s The Sports Reporters, which is televised nationally, he has proven he can write for and speak to sports fans of all ages.

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September 10, 2017

FREE WRITERS MINI-SEMINAR

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10; 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP presents a mini-seminar on Fiction Prep with ERIN FLANAGAN. Do you want to write novels and/or short fiction, but you're not sure how to get started? Join Erin Flanagan, published fiction writer and Wright State University creative writing professor, for tips on how to brainstorm and "pre-write" characters, plot points and setting---paving the way for a smoother writing process.

August 30, 2017

BIOGRAPHER OF VIRGINIA HAMILTON VISITS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30; 7 PM

JULIE RUBINI will discuss her book, Virginia Hamilton: America’s Storyteller. In it, Julie brings us the biography of one of the most honored authors of children’s literature in the twentieth century. Virginia Hamilton wrote forty-one books, which were driven by her focus on “the known, the remembered, and the imagined”---often featuring African American characters and their stories.

She received every major award for children’s literature and called nearby Yellow Springs, Ohio her home until her death in 2002. Her work and legacy live on!

This most expansive biography of Virginia Hamilton has been written for middle grade readers, but will be enjoyed by adults also. They will delight in the mix of historical detail, childhood recollections, photos, and quotes that Rubini draws on to bring Hamilton’s story to life. The biography was vetted for accuracy by Hamilton’s husband, poet Arnold Adoff. OHIO UNIVERSITY PRESS

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July 17, 2017

DAVID BELL INTRODUCES HIS NEW NOVEL

MONDAY, JULY 17; 7 PM

Award winning author DAVID BELL will introduce his latest thriller, BRING HER HOME. Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life. Bill holds vigil over Summer’s bandaged body and he wants answers NOW.

But when troubling new questions about Summer’s life surface, he is not prepared for the aftershocks. He’ll soon discover that everyone, including the dead, has secrets, and that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family.

David Bell has also written Since She Went Away, Somebody I Used to Know, The Forgotten Girl, Never Come Back, The Hiding Place, and Cemetery Girl. He is an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University. He holds an MA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in American Literature and Creative Writing.

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July 15, 2017

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR HIGHLIGHTS PREMIER HEALTH'S CANCER SYMPOSIUM

SATURDAY, JULY 15; 7:30 AM-2:15 PM
At The Dayton Convention Center; Main & Fifth Street, Dayton

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR, NBA’s all-time leading scorer and six-time basketball champion, will be the featured speaker at Premier Health’s Collaborating Against Cancer Symposium. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required and closes July 6. Register at premierhealth.com/CancerEvent or by calling (866)608-3463.

Learn the latest advancements in cancer screening, treatment and research from local and national experts. Community and clinical sessions will run concurrently during the morning.

Check-in and continental breakfast: 7:30-8:30 am. Event, lunch and booksigning: 8:30 am to 2:15 pm.

Books & Co. will have Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s latest book, COACH WOODEN AND ME: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court, for sale at the event. Only books purchased at the event can be signed; no memorabilia please.


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June 28, 2017

KIMBERLA LAWSON ROBY INTRODUCES NEW BOOK

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28; 7 PM

Best-selling author >KIMBERLA LAWSON ROBY will visit with Sin of a Woman, the latest book in her highly acclaimed Reverend Curtis Black Series. We see that Raven Black is bouncing back after her very public divorce from Dillon Black and she has her own growing congregation to prove it. Her ex-husband has done all he could to discredit her, but she’s learned from her mistakes and from him. She has become her ex-husband in more ways than one, and , like him, she hasn’t been called by God to preach, she called herself. Worse, she begins running her ministry more like a cult, which ultimately gains a huge national following.

Her evil deception is slowly but surely leading those connected to her down a terrible road of destruction, but playing with God and the lives of innocent people has dire consequences, the kind that Raven won’t see coming. GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING

Kimberla has sold more than 2.7 million copies of her novels and has frequented numerous bestseller lists. Eric Jerome Dickey refers to her as “a storyteller at the top of her game.” Her books deal with very real issues, including corruption within the church, sexual abused, mental illness, and sexual harassment.


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June 27, 2017

LISA BOUCHER INTRODUCES PERSONAL GROWTH BOOK

TUESDAY, JUNE 27; 7 PM

LISA BOUCHER will discuss her book, Raising the Bottom: Making Mindful Choices in a Drinking Culture. Dr. Leslie Dye, President, Medical Toxicology Foundation, says “Raising the Bottom is an excellent resource for anyone who suspects they or a loved one has a problem with alcohol. It doesn’t just focus on the problem of alcoholism, it emphasizes the solution and demonstrates that alcoholics can live wonderful, productive lives through sobriety. This is a book of hope.”

Boucher aims to dispel the presumption that you have to lose it all before you can accurately take stock of your life and make healthy choices. She aims to help people recognize the warning signs of alcoholism. She is a recovering alcoholic who made the choice to quit drinking in her late twenties, before giving birth to her twin sons. Now a registered nurse for over 24 years. She has witnessed the negative effects of alcohol and hopes she can help others to recognize the signs and to change course. SHE WRITES PRESS

Raising the Bottom received a starred review in the May 1 edition of Library Journal .

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June 5, 2017

THRILLER WRITER TACKLES POWER GRID TAKEDOWN

MONDAY, JUNE 5, 7 PM

MARK ELSBERG will introduce his debut novel, Blackout, a million-copy bestseller and international sensation in Europe. When the lights go out across Europe, a former hacker and activist must find his way to safety in the darkness, and, in tandem with a U.S. reporter, halt the attack before the entire continent falls apart. First the lights go out in Italy, then Sweden, then Germany, France, Austria, Belgium and Holland. Everywhere in Europe the electrical grid is collapsing. Who is behind it? How can it be stopped? When the crisis moves to America and beyond, the lives of millions are threatened and there’s only a certain amount of time before the situation is irreversible. Thriller writer Lee Child says the book is ..”Fast, tense, thrilling – and timely: Highly recommended.” We agree! SOURCEBOOKS

The novel illustrates modern society’s interdependencies and vulnerability, dramatizing the consequences of a week-long blackout caused by a hacker attack against European and U.S. power grids. Mark Elsberg is a sought-after dialog partner for industry and politics and a renowned speaker on these topics.

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June 4, 2017

LISA JEWELL IS COMING FROM THE UK TO MEET YOU

SUNDAY, JUNE 4; 2 PM

LISA JEWELL is coming from the UK on her first US tour and we are thrilled to host her. She will be introducing her 13th novel, I Found You, a domestic thriller. If you have enjoyed reading Paula Hawkins and Carla Buckley, you’ll find plenty to like about Lisa’s work. In I Found You, we meet Alice Lake who discovers a disoriented man on the beach who has no idea who he is or where he is or what he is doing on this British seaside beach. Despite a warning siren in the back of her mind, Alice invites him into her home to warm up anyway. And thus begins a mystifying journey filled with gripping characters and dark truths. ATRIA

As a long-time UK bestselling author, Lisa is finding a steady following of ravenous readers in the United States. We encourage you to come see what all the excitement is about!

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June 1, 2017

ROB BELL IS COMING TO VISIT

THURSDAY, JUNE 1; 7 PM

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for
What is the Bible? to get a line number.)

ROB BELL will introduce his newest book, What is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything. He encourages readers to take a deep dive into Christianity’s ancient book and see how it is much more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined – and explains why we need to encounter it afresh. He views the Bible not as a singular text stemming from one point of view. Instead, he considers it a library –a complex and multifaceted collection of poems, letters, and stories compiled over 1500 years by over 40 contributors. He looks at it as a compilation written, assembled, and edited by people living in different times, functioning under different circumstances, and possessing differing opinions and agendas. HARPER ONE

Rob Bell is the New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, The Zimzum of Love, and How to Be Here. Time magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

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May 25, 2017

MOLLY CAMPBELL INTRODUCES HER NEW NOVEL

THURSDAY, MAY 25; 7 PM

MOLLY CAMPBELL will introduce her novel, Crossing the Street. In it, we meet Beck Throckmorton who finds herself living unexpectedly in a small suburban Ohio town with an 83 year old neighbor who has turned out to be her best friend, writing erotica and stewing over the fact that her ex has taken up with her sister. Enter a needy but wise little girl who finds a place in her heart and Beck finds herself “at an emotional intersection she never anticipated. And now it’s time to cross the street.” STORY PLANT

Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, says “Hilarious and full of heartwarming, familiar honesty, Molly’s latest was a joy to read.” Molly’s previous novel is Keeping the Ends Loose.

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May 23, 2017

MEGAN WHALEN TURNER DEBUTS NEW BOOK

TUESDAY, MAY 23; 7 PM

MEGAN WHALEN TURNER, author of the entrancing and award-winning Queen’s Thief novels, will introduce her newest work, Thick as Thieves. It features Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, who has the ambition and the means to become one of the most powerful people in the empire. But with a whispered warning, the future Kamet envisioned is wrenched away, and he is forced onto a very different path. This epic adventure sees an ordinary hero take on an extraordinary mission.

Before Kamet’s adventure begins, readers can satiate their thirst by discovering and rediscovering the stand-alone companion stories, The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings, all epic novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief. HARPER COLLINS

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May 16, 2017

CARRIE JONES DEBUTS KIDS MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL

TUESDAY, MAY 16; 6:30 PM

CARRIE JONES, author of the kids’ middle grade novel Time Stoppers is coming to visit with its sequel, Quest for the Golden Arrow. We find that Annie is no longer a Nobody – she’s a time stopper, one of the last humans who can control time. Now she’s found a home in the enchanted town of Aurora alongside all sorts of mystical creatures, and she’s made three best friends in Eva the dwarf, Bloom the last elf, and Jamie, who might be a troll. When Annie discovers that the wicked Raiff has kidnapped her beloved new guardian, Annie must win the trust of a riddle-loving dragon and search for a magical bow and arrow to save her guardian. (Fans of Percy Jackson and The Five Kingdoms will especially enjoy this story) BLOOMSBURY KIDS

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May 15, 2017

DAN YACCARINO DEBUTS NEW PICTURE BOOK

MONDAY, MAY 15; 6:30 PM

DAN YACCARINO will introduce his new children’s book, Morris Mole, which he wrote and illustrated. Morris Mole has always been a little different. That difference is a big help when the moles are running low on food. It’s up to clever Morris to save the day. With a little help from an unexpected friend and a lot of digging, Morris learns that even the smallest creatures can do big things.

School Library Journal gave the book a starred review, saying “This engaging read-aloud…encourages children to be open to accepting and exploring different points of view. It also demonstrates how teamwork can benefit everyone…a must-have for all shelves.”

His other works include Five Little Pumpkins, Trash Town, Unlovable, and The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau. Visit him at www.yaccarinostudio.com. HARPER COLLINS

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May 13, 2017

TIMOTHY SNYDER DISCUSSES "ON TYRANNY"

SATURDAY, MAY 13; 3 PM

TIMOTHY SNYDER, noted historian, will discuss his book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. He offers citizens practical advice from our past, adapted for the world of today. He posted his 20 Lessons in a Facebook post in November 2016. It has since received more than one million views, having been reposted, republished, and retweeted countless times. His lessons have resonated with a world-wide audience. He writes that “history does not repeat, but it does instruct”—and we must heed its warnings. “The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century.” SOURCEBOOKS

Timothy Snyder is the Housum Professor and Levin Chair of History at Yale University. He is the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

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May 10, 2017

RICHARD PAUL EVANS DEBUTS NEW NOVEL

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10; 7 PM

RICHARD PAUL EVANS will introduce, The Broken Road, the first book in his new trilogy, a contemplative story of redemption and grace. It explores the question: What if you could start over? Coming from a childhood of poverty and pain, Charles James has now achieved everything he thought he wanted: fame, fortune, and a lavish lifestyle. Why isn’t that making him happy and contented? He starts to wonder if he’s wanted the wrong things all this time. Then a twist of fate changes everything. Charles is granted something very remarkable: a second chance. What will he do with it? SIMON & SCHUSTER

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than 30 novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 30 million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than 24 languages.

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May 9, 2017

CHILDREN'S AUTHOR DOREEN CRONIN TO VISIT

TUESDAY, MAY 9; 6:30 PM

DOREEN CRONIN will introduce her new middle grade novel, Cyclone. Cyclone is the name of a roller coaster in the world famous Coney Island amusement park. Riding it was supposed to be the highlight of Nora’s summer. And it was……..until she and her cousin Riley disembarked and Riley fell to the ground…and didn’t get up. Unbeknownst to everyone, Riley had a heart condition and even though the doctors said her heart condition didn’t have anything to do with her ride on the roller coaster, Nora can’t forgive herself for talking Riley into going on the ride with her. Now Nora is determined to help Riley recover 100%. But what Nora doesn’t realize is that the guilt will only get worse as that percentage rises. SIMON & SCHUSTER

Doreen Cronin has written several picture books for young readers: Click, Clack, Moo; Diary of a Worm; Giggle, Giggle, Quick; and others. She’s also written The Chicken Squad chapter books.

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April 29, 2017

GOVERNOR JOHN KASICH TO VISIT

SATURDAY, APRIL 29; 1:30 PM

(Line numbers beginning at 12:30 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for Two
Paths
to get a line number.)

OHIO GOVERNOR JOHN KASICH
will introduce his book, Two Paths: America Divided or United. He posits that “one path exploits anger, encourages resentment, turns fear into hatred and divides people. The other path is the one America has been down before. It is well-trod. It is at times steep, but it is solid. It is the same path our forebears took together.”

John Kasich is in his second term as Ohio governor. Before that, he served nine terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1982 to 2001. He has also worked for Fox News, hosting Heartland with John Kasich from 2001-2007, and was a fill-in host for The O’Reilly Factor. THOMAS DUNNE BOOKS

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April 25, 2017

DAVID SEDARIS AT THE VICTORIA THEATRE

TUESDAY, APRIL 25; 7:30 PM

DAVID SEDARIS at The Victoria Theatre, Main & Second Street, downtown Dayton

Don’t miss out on An Evening with DAVID SEDARIS at The Victoria Theatre! David will be performing on stage at the theatre with his signature storytelling program, as only he can do! You’ll be laughing all through it, that’s for sure.

He will be autographing books after the show. Books&Co will have a display in the lobby so you can buy his books there.

Get your tickets at TicketCenterStage.com or call 937-228-3630.

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April 12, 2017

GREG ILES INTRODUCES MISSISSIPPI BLOOD

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12; 7 PM

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GREG ISLES, author of the epic Natchez Burning trilogy, will introduce the concluding book in the series, Mississippi Blood. With piercing insight, narrative prowess, and a masterful ability to blend imagination and history, Iles illuminates the brutal story of the American South in a highly atmospheric and suspenseful novel that delivers the shocking resolution his fans have eagerly awaited.

Publishers Weekly gave Mississippi Blood a starred review and went on to say, “The terrific conclusion to his Natchez Burning trilogy is a sweeping story that remains intimate…Relentless pacing keeps the story churning…The trial scenes are among the most exciting ever written in the genre.”

The other two books in the bestselling series are Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree. The series illuminates a brutally searing period in our Southern civil rights history that resonates even today.

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April 9, 2017

FREE POETRY MINI-SEMINAR

SUNDAY, APRIL 9; 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP will present a free mini-seminar on POETRY. April is National Poetry Month. Come celebrate with us and create a poem! Great for poets and writers of all types--challenge your creativity and learn some techniques to enhance your writing craft! It will be led by poet JAMEY DUNHAM. You can learn more about Jamey at www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/jamey-dunham


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April 5, 2017

BIG READ DISCUSSION OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5; 7 PM

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough is the book chosen as the community Big Read book for 2017. Hundreds of people (maybe thousands) in our community are gathering in schools, libraries, and places of business to discuss this book in March and April and learn more about Dayton’s famous citizens, Wilbur and Orville Wright, and their journey to inventing the airplane.

To share their insights on the famous brothers, we have invited TIM GAFFNEY, aviation author, and DAWNE DEWEY, Wright Brothers archivist at Wright State University Library, to join us. So their input along with your input will make this a very valuable discussion. Please join us. The more---the better!

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April 4, 2017

CAMMIE McGOVERN DEBUTS CHILDREN'S BOOK

TUESDAY, APRIL 4; 6:30 PM

CAMMIE McGOVERN will introduce her children’s novel, Chester and Gus. Chester is a lovable dog who did not pass the service dog test, but he still longs to be a service dog. Fortunately he’s adopted by a family who thinks he’ll be perfect as a companion for Gus, their autistic son. The story is told from Chester’s perspective as he tries to adjust to Gus’s needs, but he’s not sure how to help Gus since this isn’t exactly the job he trained for, but he’s determined to figure it out because Gus is his person now.

Reminiscent of Because of Winn-Dixie, Shiloh, and Old Yeller, Chester and Gus explores the extraordinary friendship between a child and a dog but with a poignant and modern twist.

Cammie McGovern is one of the founders of Whole Children, a resource center that runs after-school classes and programs for children with special needs.

4 Paws for Ability will be here to talk about their program to train dogs for autistic children.

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April 3, 2017

JOHN SCALZI INTRODUCES NEW BOOK

MONDAY, APRIL 3; 7 PM

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JOHN SCALZI will introduce The Collapsing Empire, the first novel of his new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe. This universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible—until the discovery of The Flow. That is an extra-dimensional field that can be accessed at certain points in space-time that transport humans to other worlds around other stars.

The Flow is eternal—but it is not static. It changes, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals – a scientist, a starship captain, and the Empress of the Interdependency---are in a race against time to discover what, if anything can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse. TOR

John Scalzi is the author of several SF novels, including Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, Zoe’s Tale, The End of All Things, Lock In, Fuzzy Nation and Redshirts.

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March 30, 2017

BIG READ EVENT AT WRIGHT MEMORIAL LIBRARY


THURSDAY, MARCH 30; 7 PM at Wright Memorial Library,
1776 Far Hills Ave; Oakwood; Books & Co will have copies of Maiden Flight and The Wright Brothers for sale at this BIG READ EVENT

HARRY HASKELL will discuss Maiden Flight, his book celebrating Katharine Wright, sister of world renowned brothers, Wilbur and Orville Wright, and the wife of his grandfather, Henry J. Haskell. It is the fictional telling of Katharine and Henry’s love story, based on personal letters, newspaper reports, and other documents of the period – in particular, Katharine’s lively and extraordinarily revealing love letters to Henry. At age 52, torn between duty and love, she agonized for months before deciding to leave Dayton and her brother Orville (Wilbur had already died) and move to Kansas City to marry Henry Haskell. This decision caused a huge rift between Orville and Katharine. They didn‘t reconcile until three years later when she was on her deathbed.

Wright Memorial Library is hosting HARRY HASKELL as part of the activities surrounding the area BIG READ, which is featuring the book, The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. While Katharine is given much attention in that book, her story is further enhanced in Haskell’s Maiden Flight. Please join us for an interesting discussion at Wright Memorial Library. (And if you can’t make this March 30 event, Wright Memorial Library is having an earlier discussion of Maiden Flight on Saturday, March 25 at 2 pm.)

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March 28, 2017

MARSHA THERESE DANZIG DEBUTS HER MEMOIR

TUESDAY, MARCH 28; 7 PM

MARSHA THERESE DANZIG will introduce her memoir, From the Roots: The True Story of How I Beat Death and Learned to Live. Hers is quite a story…actually a triumph! As a result of surviving childhood bone cancer twice, Marsha endured long-term side effects, including the amputation of her lower left leg, the loss of her bladder and kidneys, congestive heart failure, a kidney transplant, and scars galore. A rebel to the core, her defiance in the face of disease, doctors, establishment, and anyone who would steal her joy or life force, offers moments of profound depth and humor. There is no pity in her words, but rather they are an encouragement to people to live with an abundantly hopeful spirit that infuses life with purpose, appreciation, and contentment. SKYHORSE PUBLISHING

Marsha Therese Danzig, MEd Harvard, is an author, speaker, healer, yoga therapist, and founder of Yoga for Amputees. She lives in Dayton, Ohio.

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March 25, 2017

KIDS STORYTIME WITH MISS MARY

SATURDAY, MARCH 25; 2 PM

KIDS STORYTIME will feature MISS MARY reading The SheepOver. Songs and crafts will be part of the fun!

March 22, 2017

MICHELE BORBA SPEAKING AT CENTERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22; 7 PM at Centerville High School; 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville. The program will be in the Performing Arts Center behind the school. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Books&Co will have Dr. Borba’s book for sale at the event. The event is free. Seats are first-come, first-serve.

MICHELE BORBA, Ed.D will discuss her book, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. Why do studies show that kids are less happy and more stressed than in past generations despite our love? Why is peer cruelty increasing and bullying starting at younger ages? And what can parents and educators do about it? As an internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development, Dr. Borba addresses these issues head-on and provides tools parents need to teach their children empathy – and explains why caring for others is actually an essential life skill.

Dr. Borba aims to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, build strong families, create compassionate school cultures, and reduce peer cruelty. She has discussed these topic on the TODAY Show, the Early Show, CNN and Fox News, and scores of other media outlets. She served as a consultant to hundreds of schools, parent organizations, and corporations on bullying prevention. TOUCHSTONE

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March 19, 2017

FREE WRITERS MINI-SEMINAR

SUNDAY, MARCH 19; 2-3 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP will present a mini-seminar on Dialogue. It is one of the most important craft tools for fiction and nonfiction writers. Learn how to use it effectively to create compelling fiction and engage readers! The program will be led by novelist MARTHA MOODY. Learn more about Martha at www.marthamoody.net.

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March 18, 2017

KIDS STORYTIME WITH MISS MARY

SATURDAY, MARCH 18; 2 PM

KIDS STORYTIME
will feature MISS MARY
reading Petite Rough : A Cajun Red Riding Hood. Songs and a craft will be part of the fun.

March 11, 2017

KIDS STORYTIME WITH MISS MARY

SATURDAY, MARCH 11; 2 PM

KIDS STORYTIME for young children. Miss Mary will read The Day the CrayonsQuit. Songs and a craft will be part of the fun!

March 4, 2017

THE CAT IN THE HAT IS COMING!

SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2 PM

We’re celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday! Come for an interactive storytime, songs, and crafts with our own Miss Mary. And as a special treat…..bring your camera and have your photo taken with THE CAT IN THE HAT. Yes, really, the lovable cat himself will be here!

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March 3, 2017

BEATNIK CAFE

FRIDAY, MARCH 3; 7 PM

Western Ohio Writers Association (WOWA) will present their BEATNIK CAFÉ, a presentation that pays homage to the hole-in-the wall poetry clubs of the 1960’s, but with a more modern style. The theme for this event is Beyond the Reach of Sleep. Performing original work, each writer will present poetry, short stories, or who knows what. Here is your chance to hear some talented regional writers as they showcase their work, in person, to entertain and enlighten.

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March 2, 2017

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY!

THURSDAY, MARCH 2: 11 AM

Bring the young ones and help us celebrate READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY! We are having a special Kids Storytime featuring our own Miss Mary reading favorite picture books, singing songs, and helping the kids make crafts. We'll have a surprise for them also! All across America today schools, libraries, bookstores, and families everywhere are celebrating the love of reading. Let’s join them!

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February 27, 2017

JUDD WINICK INTRODUCES KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27; 6:30 PM

Award-winning cartoonist JUDD WINICK, creator of HILO, a funny, action-packed full color new middle grade graphic novel series, will introduce its third book, HILO: The Great Big Boom. Hilo may look like an ordinary kid, but he’s definitely not! When we last saw Hilo, DJ, and Gina in book 2, Gina had been sucked into a mysterious portal to who knows where! But friends don’t let friends disappear into Nowhere! It’s up to D.J. and Hilo to follow her. Will there be danger? Yes! Will there be amazing surprises? Of course! Will Gina end up being the one to save them? Definitely! Will they make it back to Earth before the portal closes again? Who knows?

As a special treat, STEVE HAMAKER, the colorist for HILO: The Great Big Boom will join JUDD at this event. You can get your HILO books signed by both of them!

This series will appeal to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate fans. It has lots of slapstick humor with an appealing dose of friendship, acceptance, and adventure. You don’t necessarily need to start with Book 1 to enjoy the series. RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

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February 16, 2017

JESSICA GARRETT MAKES SCIENCE FUN!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16; 6:30 PM

EVENT CANCELLED.........., BUT SIGNED COPIES OF OH, ICK! WILL BE AVAILABLE!


Former science teacher JESSICA GARRETT will discuss her book, Oh, Ick: 114 Science Experiments Guaranteed to Gross You Out! She helps young people discover there is science behind absolutely everything – including burps, earwax, and boogers. The book is an especially great tool to intrigue the kids who perhaps are not too keen on science yet. With it, budding scientists will perform real science with ick-speriments (think Ooze Olympics and Stinky Burp Factory), build or craft something with ick-tivities, and investigate nature and the wilds of their home with ick-splorations.

Whether in a kitchen, a classroom, or in the backyard, Oh,Ick! will introduce future Marie Curies and Albert Einsteins to the ooey, gooey, amazing world of science that surrounds them. WORKMAN

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February 15, 2017

LARA ELENA DONNELLY DEBUTS SPY NOVEL

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15; 7 PM

LARA ELENA DONNELLY will introduce her novel, Amberlough. It’s as if LeCarre meets Cabaret in this debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup. Covert agent Cyril DePaul and Aristide Makricosta suit each other. Aristide turns a blind eye to Cyril’s clandestine affairs, and Cyril keeps his lover’s moonlighting job as a smuggler under wraps. Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, a top dancer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, and you have three people who will struggle to survive the fascist revolution using whatever means and people necessary, including each other. Lesson learned: Trust no one with anything – especially in Amberlough City. TOR

Lara Elena Donnelly's work has been published in Icarus, Strange Horizons, Grim Corps, and Mythic Delirium..She has been a professional fire performer, belly dancer, and has knowledge of aerial acrobatics and burlesque, which helped her create the decadent night life of Amberlough.

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January 20, 2017

CHRIS BOHJALIAN INTRODUCES HIS NEW NOVEL

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20; 7 PM

Bestselling author CHRIS BOHJALIAN will introduce his new novel, The Sleepwalker……..and what a spine-tingling novel it is! He plunges the reader into a frightening and fascinating world that lies somewhere between dreams and reality. This mesmerizing story tells us of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night, and the mysteries that linger in her wake. Her children are left to agonize over what happened to her. She has a history of sleepwalking, often out into the night alone, and on one occasion she was found on the Gale River bridge and thankfully pulled back before she did herself harm. Did she actually complete a jump this time? But if so, why haven’t the authorities found her body? And strangely, the detective investigating the case, seems to know too much about their mother. How do they get to the truth? DOUBLEDAY

CHRIS BOHJALIAN has written 19 books, including Midwives, which was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah’ Book Club. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and three of his books have become movies. You can visit him at www.chrisbohjalian.com or on Facebook or Twitter.

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January 18, 2017

KRISTIN BAILEY INTRODUCES NEW KIDS BOOK

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18; 6:30 PM

KRISTIN BAILEY, author of Legacy of the Clockwork Key, will introduce her new children’s novel, The Silver Gate, which is set in the medieval era of lords and serfs. We meet 13-year old Elric, who is a shepherd, and his 11-year old sister, Wynn. Wynn had been born with developmental delays, and so the village folk determined she must be a changling left by the evil fairies to cause havoc in their village. According to them, she must be abandoned in the woods. However the mother and baby secretly leave the village and live alone for eleven years in a hut that was filled with their laughter and song. However when the mother dies, Elric takes it upon himself to be Wynn’s protector and seek a suitable home for them far away from the village. As they go on this quest they encounter many difficulties and dangers, but Wynn always sees good in their circumstances, maybe because she is guided by a mysterious song taught to her by her mother that promises to lead her to a place beyond a silver gate where she will find acceptance, safety, and happiness. KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS

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January 15, 2017

ANTIOCH WRITERS' WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15; 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP will conduct a seminar on “Point of View.” Add to your writing craft tool-box! Learn tips and best practices for using Point of View to enhance your stories, novels, essays, memoirs and other works and connect with your readers! It will be led by novelist, essayist and short story writer REBECCA MOREAN. Learn more about her at www.ramorean.com

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November 28, 2016

RICHARD PAUL EVANS DEBUTS HOLIDAY NOVEL

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28; 7 PM

RICHARD PAUL EVANS, popularly known as “The King of Christmas fiction,” according to The New York Times, will introduce his newest novel The Mistletoe Secret, the final book in his bestselling Mistletoe trilogy. Thinking no one is reading it, a blogger who calls herself LBH writes about her most personal feelings, especially her overwhelming loneliness. Little does she know that Alex Bartlett is reading her blog and is determined to find her, hoping to find healing for his broken heart. He determines through clues on her blog that she lives in a small town in Utah. He makes it his mission to find her. Can he do it? What will the outcome be? SIMON & SCHUSTER

Richard Paul Evans began his novel writing career with the extraordinarily successful The Christmas Box. That, and every book since then , has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 17 million copies of his books in print worldwide.

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November 20, 2016

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP OFFERS FREE SEMINAR

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20; 2-3:30 PM

Antioch Writers' Workshop's November free mini-seminar, "Platform/Brand Building," will be led by local author RYAN IRELAND. The session is designed to help writers--whether already published or not-yet-published--figure out the best way to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter, blogs, readings, and other tools to build readership and an audience. Ryan is the author of "Beyond the Horizon" and "Ghosts of the Desert." Learn more about Ryan at ryangireland.com. Learn more about Antioch Writers' Workshop at www.antiochwritersworkshop.com

November 18, 2016

BRIAN KILMEADE of KILMEADE & FRIENDS TO VISIT

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18;4:30 PM

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BRIAN KILMEADE
of Kilmeade & Friends will introduce the softcover edition of Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History. He has a talent for making the reading of history appealing and exciting. You’ll be caught up in the flow from the first page. When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. We needed to grow our economy quickly, but our merchant ships were continually under attack from pirates along North Africa’s Barbary Coast. They would confiscate any goods that were being transported and either demand ransom for the American sailors or force them into slavery. Jefferson took a stand, and sent the U.S. Navy’s warships and a detachment of Marines to blockade Tripoli, launching the Barbary Wars, thus starting America on the journey toward future superpower status. SENTINEL

Kilmeade has also co-authored George Washington's Secret Six:The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution. His nationally syndicated radio show is heard week nights locally on WHIO-AM 1290 and 95.7 FM at 9 pm.

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November 17, 2016

ED TARKINGTON INTRODUCES HIS NOVEL

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17; 7 PM

ED TARKINGTON, a distant cousin of the renowned American novelist Booth Tarkington, will introduce the softcover edition of his successful first novel, Only Love Can Break Your Heart. According to the author, “It’s a coming-of-age novel, but it is also a Gothic tale with macabre undertones, a murder mystery in which the damsel-in-distress is also a suspect, and a time-capsule view of the imperiled American middle class at a point in history which in some ways foreshadows our current cultural moment.” It explores the troubled bond between two half-brothers, set against a backdrop of the hazards of love, jealousy, and madness. NPR Books refers to the book as “A lush mystery within-a-coming-of-age-tale-within-a-Southern Gothic…interesting, readable and beautifully written. ALGONQUIN

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November 12, 2016

COMEDIAN JOEL McHALE TO VISIT

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12; 7 PM

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JOEL McHALE, comedian, actor, writer, television producer, and television host, will introduce his memoir-self-help guide book, Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be. It features stories from McHale’s childhood and anecdotes about his professional “trials and tribulations.” McHale goes on to say that it includes “every exciting, fascinating, troubling, and never-before-revealed detail” of his professional life,” including “unbelievably juicy celebrity anecdotes.” PUTNAM

McHale is known as the star of “Community” and host of “The Soup”. He has appeared in such films as Spider-Man 2, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, Ted, What’s Your Number? and Blended.

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November 10, 2016

TIFFANY McDANIEL DEBUTS HER FIRST NOVEL

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10; 7 PM

TIFFANY McDANIEL will debut her first novel,The Summer That Melted Everything. It harkens back to the scorching hot summer of 1984 in Breathed, Ohio, when young Fielding Bliss makes the acquaintance of a bruised and tattered 13-year-old boy, Sal, who claims to be the devil himself. Fielding brings him home where he is welcomed into the Bliss family. When word spreads that the “devil” has come to Breathed, and strange accidents start to occur, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater town forever. Booklist says it is "an ambitious novel that will invite thought and surely spark discussion." ST. MARTIN’S PRESS

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October 28, 2016

STUART WOODS INTRODUCES THRILLER

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 7 PM

CANCELLED.....We got word October 27 that Stuart Woods has the flu and has to cancel his tour. He hopes to reschedule in spring 2017. He and books&co are sorry for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause you.

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New York Times bestselling author STUART WOODS will introduce his new novel, Sex, Lies & Serious Money, his latest heart stopping thriller. Fresh off the runway at Teterboro, Stone Barrington arrives home to find an unexpected new client on his doorstep, anxiously soliciting Stone’s help. But everything is not as it seems, when the client reveals the true nature—and value—of his recent turn of fortune. From luxury New York high-rises to the sprawling New Mexico desert, his client is pursued from all angles…and Stone quickly learns that easy money isn’t always so easy.

Stuart Woods is the author of more than sixty books. He began his novel writing career with Chiefs, his debut in 1981, which won the Edgar Award. He’s been winning awards ever since. He is also an avid sailor and pilot.

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October 27, 2016

NICK BRUEL INTRODUCES NEW BAD KITTY BOOK

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27; 4 PM

Kids, hurry home from school, put on your Halloween costume and come to meet NICK BRUEL as he introduces his new children’s alphabet picture book, Bad Kitty Scaredy Cat. Bad Kitty wasn’t a scared kitty until terrifying monsters starting showing up on her doorstep. She had never seen an angry alien, a bizarre bigfoot, or a creepy clown……………..until Trick or Treat night. Told with clever, colorful illustrations, we learn about her transformation into Bad Kitty. WE JUST LEARNED THAT BAD KITTY WILL BE HERE ALSO! Bring your camera if you'd like a photo with her!

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of the phenomenally successful Bad Kitty series, including the 2012 and 2013 CBC Children’s Choice Book Award for Bad Kitty Meets the Baby and Bad Kitty for President.

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October 24, 2016

AUTHOR DEBUTS BOOK ABOUT KATHARINE WRIGHT

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24; 7 PM

HARRY HASKELL will discuss Maiden Flight, his book celebrating Katharine Wright, sister of world renowned brothers, Wilbur and Orville Wright, and the wife of his grandfather Henry J. Haskell. It is the fictional telling of Katharine Wright and Henry J. Haskell’s love story, based on personal letters, newspapers reports, and other documents of the period – in particular, Katharine’s lively and extraordinarily revealing love letters to Henry. We are made aware of her vibrant, outgoing personality that made her indispensable to her renowned yet socially shy brothers.

At age 52, torn between duty and love, she agonized for months before deciding to leave Dayton and her brother Orville (Wilbur had already died) and move to Kansas City to marry Henry Haskell. She and Orville didn’t reconcile until three years later when she was on her deathbed. She is buried between her brothers’ graves in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton. CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS

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October 16, 2016

AWW OFFERS NANOWRIMO SEMINAR

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16; 2-3:30 PM

Representatives from ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP will conduct a free seminar on “Preparing for NaNoWriMo.” This is a national program that encourages people to write a complete novel in the month of November.

Writers all across the country take up the National Novel Writing Month project every November. It's fun, it's challenging, and it's rewarding. Come join in and get encouragement from other writers.

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October 13, 2016

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN DEBUTS CHILDREN'S BOOK

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13; 6:30 PM

Award-winning children’s author CHRIS GRABENSTEIN will introduce Home Sweet Motel, Book 1 in his new Welcome to Wonderland middle grade series. Eleven year old P. T. Wilkie has grown up at a wacky motel known as the Wonderland, a downtrodden Florida beach motel his granddad Walt Disney opened the year before that other Walt Disney opened his famous resort just a half hour away. It’s having money problems, so P. T. and his friend Gloria launch into one wild venture after another in hopes of making enough money to save the Wonderland --all while trying to uncover the identities of a pair of strange new guests. Could they really be the infamous jewel thieves P.T. saw on TV?

Fast-paced, laugh-out-loud funny, this new illustrated series is a romping adventure sure to delight young readers. RANDOM HOUSE

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October 8, 2016

DAVID SIBLEY DEBUTS 2 NEW BIRD BOOKS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8; 2 PM

Renowned birding expert DAVID SIBLEY will discuss his two newly updated and revised bird guides: Sibley Birds East and Sibley Birds West.

Preceding David's talk, at 1:30 pm, TOM HISSONG, Education Coordinator for Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, will give a Power Point presentation featuring birds you are likely to see in the Miami Valley Area. Between the two speakers, we will learn much about our flying friends.

David Sibley is the author and illustrator of the series of successful nature guides that bear his name. He is the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the America Birding Association and the Linnaean Society of New York’s Eisenmann Medal. KNOPF

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October 7, 2016

LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON DEBUTS NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7; 7 PM

LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON will introduce her new middle grade novel, ASHES, the conclusion to her award-winning Seeds of America trilogy. The other books in the series are Chain and Forge. As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Force – but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down.

With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on fiercely determined to find Isabel’s little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state – where bounty hunters are thick as flies. Heroism and heartbreak pave their path, but they won’t stop until they reach Ruth and their freedom. ATHENEUM BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

Ms. Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards.

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October 4, 2016

KRISTEN SIMMONS DEBUTS YA NOVEL

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4; 7 PM

KRISTEN SIMMONS, author of young adult novels which include Article 5, Breaking Point, Three, and The Glass Arrow, will introduce her new gripping YA novel, Metaltown. It is a tale of young people working under miserable conditions who take a stand – and press back – towards a better life. Best friends Colin and Ty live one day at a time working long, grueling hours for pennies at the Small Parts factory, attaching fuses to bombs and manufacturing weapons. When they are worked to the bone, they seek shelter where they can find it, and do it all over again the next day. Something dramatic happens and they see a chance to transform their lives. TOR BOOKS

The author presents a fascinating and frightening vision of a near-future with a thought-provoking take on political issues. She has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband in Cincinnati.

Two other young adult author friends of Kristen Simmons will also be at the event; Mindee Arnett and Natalie Richards. Mindee has written The Midnight Affair series, Polaris and Avalon. Natalie has written One Was Lost, My Secret to Tell, and Six Months Later. They will be happy to discuss and sign their books also.

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October 1, 2016

LORIE LANGDON & CAREY CORP DEBUT DOON NOVEL

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1; 2 PM

CAREY CORP AND LORIE LANGDON will introduce Forever Doon, Book 4 in their popular young adult Doon series, which is a reimagining of the beloved Brigadoon. In it, we find that Veronica has been removed and the witch of Doon is now on the throne; Jamie is believed dead; and Duncan and Mackenna are trapped in Alloway. Veronica now has no choice but to put her grief aside and prepare her remaining followers for the impending battle against the false queen and her forces. But while on an undercover mission to steal a powerful elixir from the castle, Veronica discovers Prince Duncan, her true love, may actually be alive. With his help, along with Jamie, Mackenna and Veronica, will they have what it will take to save the Kingdom of Doon? BLINK BOOKS

Other books in the series include: Doon, Shades of Doon, and Destined for Doon. Lorie Langdon will also debut her stand-along young adult novel, Gilt Hollow

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September 28, 2016

NORWEGIAN KIDS AUTHOR TO VISIT

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28; 7 PM

Children’s author TONE ALMHJELL is coming from Norway to introduce her new middle grade novel, Thornghost. Something strange is happening to the woods and water around Niklas Summerhill’s home: Animals are dying, Niklas’s grandmother doesn’t seem like herself, and his uncle is suddenly lost in grief over his sister, Niklas’s mother, who died seven years ago. Hoping for answers, Niklas takes an ancient key, left by his mother, and he and his talking lynx travel to a different realm that is populated by animals who are in danger as well. A tribe of evil trolls is wreaking havoc; a mysterious enemy called the Sparrow King is bringing his wrath down upon them; and the root that connects this realm to Niklas’s own has developed a dark twist that is infecting the land.. What can Niklas and his lynx do to save the animal realm—and their own? DIAL BOOKS

Tome Almhjell has also written The Twistrose Key, a companion to Thornghost. It was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year and is an international bestseller. She has a master’s degree in English literature and a Master of Science Fiction and she lives in Oslo, Norway with her husband and children.

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September 26, 2016

RICHARD PAUL EVANS DEBUTS NEW MICHAEL VEY BOOK

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26; 7 PM

RICHARD PAUL EVANS returns to introduce Michael Vey #6: Fall of Hades, the next-to-last book in the Michael Vey series. Excitement builds as Michael Vey and his electric friends realize they have to eliminate the source of money that Elgen is using to finance their dastardly plans. That means capturing the boat that serves as their floating treasury. To do this, Michael and his friends need a lot of “inside” help. They also know it’s a deadly mission and not all of them may make it back, for they are being tested in ways they never imagined. MERCURY INK/S&S

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than 25 novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 20 million copies of his book in print worldwide; translated into more than 24 languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards for both his children and his adult books.

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September 25, 2016

EXPLAINING OHIO...THE BELLWETHER STATE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25; 2 PM

As they say, Ohio is the heart of it all! That is never more evident than in the presidential election cycle. KYLE KONDIK confirms that idea as he discusses his book, The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President. The book is “for the moment” for it looks to the past and attempts to forecast the future role of Ohio as a swing state. Political junkies and other informed citizens alike will find much to glean from the research presented in the book. “Since 1896, Ohio voters have maintained a remarkable streak of voting for the winner in the general presidential election, with their choice continuing to the White House more than 90 percent of the time.” OHIO UNIVERSITY PRESS

Kyle Kondik, a widely cited expert on American campaigns and elections, is managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a nonpartisan political tipsheet. He is from greater Cleveland and lives in Washington, DC.

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September 22, 2016

TWO CHILDREN'S AUTHORS TO VISIT

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22; 7 PM

Two authors are coming to visit! KEVIN SANDS will introduce Mark of the Plague, a sequel to the beloved The Blackthorn Key and JAMES PONTI will introduce Framed, the first in a new middle grade series. Both of these books are seriously engaging, involving puzzles and mysteries. In Mark of the Plague, London is threatened with a rapidly spreading deadly disease. Only one apothecary, Christopher Blackthorn, can formulate a remedy, but an assassin threatens his life. Christopher and his friend Tom risk their lives to untangle the heart of a dark conspiracy involving the rapidly moving plague before it’s too late. ALADDIN BOOKS

In Framed, we meet Florian Bates, who is 12 years old, and besides going to middle school, he also works for the FBI. Why? Because he’s good at noticing small things. He refers to this skill as TOAST: Theory of All Small Things. He figures that “if you add up a bunch of little details, it reveals the larger truth.” Using TOAST, he and his friend Margaret aim to crack a case involving the National Gallery, the FBI, and a notorious crime syndicate. Ponti has written and produced television shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, Spike, History Channel, and Golf Channel.

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September 21, 2016

RIDLEY PEARSON DEBUTS CHILDREN'S BOOK

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21; 7 PM

RIDLEY PEARSON will introduce Lock and Key: The Initiation, the first book in his middle grade trilogy. It radically reimagines the origins of the rivalry between Sherlock Holmes and his arch-nemesis James Moriarty – as told from the point of view of James’s own sister Moira. We first meet James and Moira when they are sent off to boarding school. Neither one wants to be there, but it’s a family tradition. It is there that James is paired with a rather unexpected roommate—Sherlock Holmes. At first they don’t get along, but when an heirloom book goes missing and they discover clues as to its mysterious disappearance, they decide to band together to solve the mystery, little realizing that the venture is fraught with peril, and will change their lives forever. HARPER

Besides writing books for young readers, including the popular Peter and the Starcatcher series and The Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson also writes successful adult crime novels.

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September 13, 2016

MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX TO VISIT

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13; 7 PM

Award-winning children’s author MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX will introduce Children of Exile, the first book in her new middle grade trilogy. For the past twelve years, adults called “Freds” have raised Rosi, her younger brother Robo, and the other children of their town, saying it is too dangerous for them to stay with their parents. But now they are all being sent back. Why? Since Rosi is the oldest, all the younger kids are looking to her for answers to questions she can’t answer. She’d always trusted the “Freds” completely, but now she’s not so sure. And now that she’s home with her real parents, she’s even more confused. Home is nothing like she expected. Something is terribly wrong. But what is it? SIMON & SCHUSTER

Ms. Haddix has also written The Missing series and The Shadow Children series. You can visit her at HaddixBooks.com.

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August 23, 2016

SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS TO VISIT

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23; 7 PM

Bestselling author SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS will introduce her newest novel, First Star I See Tonight, as she returns to her fan-favorite Chicago Stars football series. Young Piper Dove wants to become the best female detective in Chicago. Starting out, she is hired by former Chicago Stars quarterback Cooper Graham to keep an eye on the employees at his exclusive new nightclub. (But she’d rather keep an eye on him!) Piper discovers that Cooper’s life might be in danger, and she is determined to prove her worth and to protect him, whether he wants it or not. Things get complicated though because she’s also dealing with a bevy of Middle Eastern princesses, a Pakistani servant girl yearning for freedom, a teenager who just wants to fit in, and an elderly neighbor demanding that Piper find her very dead husband. As you would expect, the chemistry between Cooper and Piper is hot, providing zip to a good love story and a lot of laughs. WM. MORROW

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August 10, 2016

STEPHANIE KNIPPER DEBUTS HER NOVEL

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10; 7 PM

STEPHANIE KNIPPER
will introduce The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin. This incredibly imaginative and charming debut novel is about ten-year-old Antoinette, who suffers from a severe form of autism that prevents her from speaking. She and her mother Rose live in rural Kentucky on a flower farm. Rose, after witnessing a number of unexplainable events involving her daughter, discovers that Antoinette can heal anything and anyone with her touch and change the course of nature. However, with each healing Antoinette grows weaker and Rose worries about her health, so she is determined to keep Antoinette’s gift a secret. That proves to be very difficult. ALGONQUIN

Stephanie Knipper and her husband adopted their daughter Grace, the first of five children with special needs they adopted from China in 2005. The character in her book was modeled after Grace because the author wanted to examine the impact of a disabled child on a family and highlight how we separate ourselves from one another by race, gender, physical ability and a myriad of other categories that mask that we are more alike than different.

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August 4, 2016

KRISTINA MCBRIDE DEBUTS NEW YA NOVEL!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4; 7 PM

KRISTINA MCBRIDE, author of One Moment and The Tension of Opposites, will debut her new Young Adult novel, A Million Times Goodnight. On the night of the big spring break party, 17-year-old Hadley “borrows” her boyfriend Ben’s car without telling him. As payback, he posts a revealing photo of her online for the entire senior class to see. Now Hadley has a choice to go back to the party and force Ben to delete the photo or raise the stakes and take his beloved car on a road trip as far away from their hometown of Oak Grove, Ohio, as she can get. Little does she realize how much trouble that will cause! SKY PONY PRESS

The fast paced romantic thriller draws on real-life events straight from the news and takes on difficult issues of sexting, teen prescription drug abuse, and cyberbullying.

The author lives in Centerville, Ohio with her husband and two young children.

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August 2, 2016

NATIONAL COLORING BOOK DAY!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2; 2 PM

Have you been wondering what the coloring book craze is all about? Then this program is for you. As part of National Coloring Book Day, we'll be giving away free coloring books (while supplies last) during this "how to" session. We'll also have coloring pencils for you to use during this program and refreshments will be served. We think teens and adults will enjoy it.

CARA MANGINI DEBUTS VEGETABLE COOKBOOK

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2; 7 PM

CARA MANGINI, owner and executive chef of Little Eater, a produce-inspired restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, will introduce her beautiful cookbook, The Vegetable Butcher. Subtitled How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini, it gives the reader a glorious introduction to the beauty and delicious nature of vegetables. You’ll be intrigued to try vegetables you may have never considered before; perhaps kohlrabi, jicama, eggplant, rutabaga, artichokes, celery root, fennel, ginger, parsnips, and sunchokes. Of course, you’ll find favorites like corn, kale, asparagus, beans, squash, carrots, and potatoes, but whatever you choose, you’ll sure to enjoy eating these wonderfully prepared vegetables.

We’ll have a vegetable butchery demo and “tastes” from the book during the event.
You’ll learn tips on how to “butcher” vegetables efficiently, sharpen knives, choose fresh vegetables, pair vegetables that go well together, and so much more. WORKMAN

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July 14, 2016

DONALD RAY POLLOCK TO VISIT

THURSDAY, JULY 14; 7 PM

DONALD RAY POLLOCK, author of the highly acclaimed The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff, will introduce his newest work, The Heavenly Table, a dark, gritty, electrifying (and disturbingly, weirdly funny) new novel that will solidify his place among the best contemporary American authors.

Set in 1917, on land that divides Georgia from Alabama, farmer Pearl Jewett ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons: Cane, Cob, and Chimney. Several hundred miles away in southern Ohio, a farmer by the name of Ellsworth Fiddler lives with his son, Eddie, and his wife, Eula. After Ellsworth is swindled out of his family's entire fortune, his life is put on a surprising, unforgettable, and violent trajectory that will directly lead him to cross paths with the Jewetts. No good can come of it. Or can it?

Donald Ray Pollock holds a MFA from the Ohio State University. His work has appeared in, among other publications, Epoch, Granta, and The New York Times. He worked as a laborer at the Mead Paper Mill in Chillicothe, Ohio from 1973 to 2005.

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June 16, 2016

RYAN IRELAND DEBUTS NEW NOVEL

THURSDAY, JUNE 16; 7 PM

RYAN IRELAND, author of Beyond the Horizon, will introduce his newest novel, Ghosts of the Desert. In it, we meet Norman, an anthropologist who heads to the Utah desert to study the ghost towns and abandoned mines that litter the brutal landscape. What starts out as a serious educational study turns out to be something extremely different. Norman comes across a group of desert-dwelling outcasts who take him captive and introduce him to a way of life both repulsive and mesmerizing.

“In the tradition of the acid Westerns of the 1960s and 1970s, Ghosts of the Desert transports readers into a visceral and chilling world where the lines between the civilized and the primitive, and the living and the dead, are inextricably tangled.” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler refers to it as, “An intensely compelling read full of muscular prose and characters who are, at once, cinematically vivid and entirely, scarily authentic.” ONEWORLD PUBLICATIONS

Ryan Ireland is the Publicity and Marketing Officer ta Greene Country Public Library in Xenia, Ohio.

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June 14, 2016

LEE MARTIN INTRODUCES LITERARY NOVEL

TUESDAY, JUNE 14; 7 PM

Award winning author LEE MARTIN will introduce his newest literary thriller, Late One Night, in which he examines the devastating effect of rumors and the resilience of one family in the face of the ultimate tragedy. One night Della Black and three of her seven children are killed in a horrific fire in their trailer. As the surviving children are caught in the middle of a custody battle between their well-intentioned neighbor and their father and his pregnant mistress, new truths about what really happened the night of the fire, which was declared arson, come to light. As the rumors fly, Ronnie Black the husband of Della and he father of the children must decide whether he should allow gossipmongers to seal his fate, or should he fight to prove that he’s not the supposed monster people paint him to be? DZANC BOOKS

Lee Martin is the author of three novels, The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; River of Heaven, Quakertown, and Break the Skin. He teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University where he is Distinguished Professor of English and past winner of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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June 13, 2016

MARY KAY ANDREWS DEBUTS NEW NOVEL

MONDAY, JUNE 13; 7 PM

MARY KAY ANDREWS will introduce her newest escapist novel, The Weekenders, which revolves around a small island vacation home community in North Carolina, and its deep rooted secrets. Unexpectedly, Riley Griggs is informed that her island home is being foreclosed and, curiously, her husband is nowhere to be found. Her island friends are no help because they have secrets of their own they want to keep hidden. So Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything. ST. MARTIN’S PRESS

Mary Kay Andrews’ bestselling novels have been called “humorous and witty” (Kirkus Reviews), “engaging and satisfying” (Booklist) and “perfect-for-summer” (Publishers Weekly). Her previous novels include Beach Town, Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Spring Fever Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, Savanah Blues, and The Fixer Upper.

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June 9, 2016

AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN KING

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT

Books & Co. Presents an Evening with Stephen King
Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 6:30PM
Doors open at 5:30PM
Venue: Victoria Theatre
138 N. Main. St., Dayton, OH 45402
937-228-7591

Please join us for an evening with Stephen King on stage at the historic Victoria Theatre as he talks about his new book, End of Watch.

Each ticket guarantees entry to the event, as well as one hardcover edition of End of Watch. As a special bonus, 400 lucky attendees will randomly receive a pre-signed copy, so we wish you luck!

Seating will be assigned based on the order that the tickets are purchased.

Mr. King will not be signing books during the appearance. EVERY ticketholder will receive one copy of the book (signed or unsigned) at the end of the event. Additional copies of the unsigned new book, along with the two previous books in the series, Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers will also be available for purchase at the event.

Tickets are limited and available for purchase beginning April 13th at the Victoria Theatre at 10AM. Tickets will cost $30 (plus taxes and fees).
www.victoriatheatre.com.
http://my.ticketcenterstage.com/
Tickets sales are final and are nonrefundable.
Due to capacity limits, each person is allowed to purchase up to 4 tickets.

For more information about Books & Co. and the event, see the links below.
www.Stephenking.com
www.Booksamillion.com/storefinder
(937) 429-2169

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May 23, 2016

Author discusses man's best friend & children

TUESDAY, MAY 23; 7 PM

MELISSA FAY GREENE will discuss her fascinating new book, The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love. In it, she shares stories of dogs bringing children with disabilities and their families new levels of engagement with the world, independence, and self-worth. In doing this, Greene highlights the remarkable work being done by 4 Paws for Ability, a service-dog-training school headquartered in Xenia, Ohio. It has grown into the nation’s largest organization whose primary mission is to place service dogs with children affected by autism, attachment disorders, seizure disorders, Down Syndrome, dwarfism, and other challenges. The dogs offer love, friendship, health, and happiness to children often isolated by their disabilities.

The 4 Paws for Ability founder and CEO KAREN SHIRK will be here along with some of her staff and service dogs. Through the poignant, inspiring case studies in the book, Greene weaves the latest scientific discoveries about our co-evolution with dogs and about the cognitive and emotional capacities of our four-legged friends.

Melissa Fay Greene is the author of five books of nonfiction: Praying for Sheetrock, The Temple Bombing, Last Man Out, There Is No Me Without You, and No Biking in the House Without a Helmet.

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May 20, 2016

TRAVEL TO WONDERLAND BEFORE THE LOOKING GLASS WARS!

FRIDAY, MAY 20; 7 PM

FRANK BEDDOR will be visiting Books&Co to introduce his new book HATTER MADIGAN: GHOST IN THE H.A.T.B.O.X. an exciting new adventure featuring a teenaged Hatter Madigan, one of the most popular characters from the New York Times best-selling The Looking Glass Wars trilogy.

Combat training. Secret society initiations. Self-serving rivals. Welcome to Wonderland's prestigious Millinery Academy: where those born to protect the Queendom train to become spies, assassins, and bodyguards. With all that to contend with, not to mention following in his popular older brother's footsteps, for Hatter Madigan getting through Imagination Class seems impossible already.

And that's before he starts seeing ghosts lurking in the corridors.

When students begin behaving strangely throughout the academy, Hatter and his fellow cadets must unlock the mysteries behind the ghosts, and the headmaster's suspicious behavior, before the entire student body finds itself possessed.

Join Hatter and his fellow cadets on their first adventures in Wonderland. Let's just hope it isn't their last!

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May 18, 2016

HOLLY MADISON VISITS BOOKS&CO

WEDNESDAY; May 18; 7PM

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The Vegas Diaries to get a line number.)

HOLLY MADISON, author of the bestselling book, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, will introduce The Vegas Diaries: Romance, Rolling the Dice and the Road to Reinvention. Leaving the Mansion and moving to Las Vegas where she snags the coveted lead role in the Strip’s hottest new burlesque spectacular, she explores the decadent, exclusive inner-world of Sin City, navigating its social and dating scene with humor and heart. She is met with an eclectic cast of characters from fame hounds to long distance loves to the occasional celebrity and more than one tabloid mishap. You’ll find it all in this reflective, revealing, heartwarming memoir.

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May 7, 2016

KATARINA BIVALD TAKES US TO THE TOWN OF BROKEN WHEEL

SATURDAY, MAY 7; 2 PM

KATARINA BIVALD will be at Books&Co to introduce the paperback edition of her book The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen...

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy's funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor-there's not much else to do in a dying small town that's almost beyond repair.

You certainly wouldn't open a bookstore. And definitely not with the tourist in charge. You'd need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy's house is full of them), and...customers.

The bookstore might be a little quirky. Then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel's own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.

A heartwarming reminder of why we are booklovers, this is a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us.

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May 2, 2016

DAVID BALDACCI INTRODUCES A NEW BOOK!

MONDAY, MAY 2; 7 PM

Line numbers for this event will be handed out beginning at 6:00PM. Please show your Books&Co receipt for The Last Mile to receive a line number.

DAVID BALDACCI will introduce THE LAST MILE. This is a new book with the return of a great character. From Memory Man, Amos Decker the Police Detective who cannot forget anything returns in this exciting new thriller!

Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution--for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier--when he's granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime.

Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars's case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life: Both men were talented football players with promising careers cut short by tragedy. Both men's families were brutally murdered. And in both cases, another suspect came forward, years after the killing, to confess to the crime. A suspect who may or may not have been telling the truth.

The confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars--guilty or not--a free man. Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now?

But when a member of Decker's team disappears, it becomes clear that something much larger--and more sinister--than just one convicted criminal's life hangs in the balance. Decker will need all of his extraordinary brainpower to stop an innocent man from being executed.

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April 22, 2016

BEATNIK CAFÉ "NO FEAR OF SCARS"

FRIDAY, APRIL 22; 7 PM

The Western Ohio Writers Association (WOWA) presents, Beatnik Café "No Fear of Scars," a live reading event. Author members of the WOWA will perform original pieces of prose and poetry to the theme "No Fear of Scars." The event is free and open to the public for all ages. For more information visit www.westernohiowriters.org.

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March 5, 2016

HATS OFF TO READING!!

SATURDAY, MARCH 5; 2 PM

Come celebrate DR. SEUSS' HATS OFF TO READING with us with story time and activities!! This event is also in celebration of Dr. Seuss' Birthday which is on March 2nd. In honor of The Good Dr.'s birthday, we will be reading his classic storybook HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Come join us for some Seuss-tastic fun!

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February 24, 2016

Dayton Big Read author visits Books&Co

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24; 7 PM

Line numbers for this event will be handed out beginning at 6:00PM.

CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE, author of ORPHAN TRAIN this year's selection for the Dayton Big Read, will be visiting Books&Co to speak about this striking bestselling title.

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.

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February 21, 2016

ANTIOCH WRITERS' WORKSHOP FREE MINI SEMINAR: TECH TOOLS FOR WRITERS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21; 2:00-3:30PM

Computers have made the life of a writer much easier while at the same time making things more frustrating in return. When computers and writing software works properly its great, but when they start to act up it can be TERRIBLE. Antioch Writers' Workshop wants to help you with the techno-problems.

Cyndi Pauwels, published author and AWW Assistant Director, and Michael Simko, author and AWW alumna, will be leading February Free Mini Seminar: Tech Tools for Writers! They are going to share their skills with different "tech tools" highlighting Scrivener writing software, and pass on how other bits of tech can make the writing process more efficient AND productive.

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February 17, 2016

Lincoln Peirce "Blasts Off" with Big Nate

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17; 7 PM

LINCOLN PEIRCE, will introduce the newest title in the Big Nate series, BIG NATE BLASTS OFF.

Nate has a crush on Ruby. But after his scrap with Randy Betancourt makes headlines in the Weekly Bugle, he's got a problem WAY worse than detention Can Nate bounce back? And will the annual Mud Bowl be a blast . . . or a bust?

Meet BIG NATE, P.S. 38's coolest doodler and definitely NOT the teacher's pet.

Lincoln Peirce is the author and creator of the Big Nate character and comic strip which served as the inspiration for many collections, a musical, and this children's book series.

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January 31, 2016

KIERA CASS INTRODUCES NEW YA NOVEL

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31; 2 PM
(Line numbers beginning at 1 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The Siren to get a line number.)

Young Adult sensation KIERA CASS will introduce The Siren, her new standalone novel. Throughout the ages, the Ocean has occasionally rescued young women from drowning. To repay their debt, these young women must serve for 100 years as Sirens, remaining young and beautiful and using their deadly voices to lure strangers into watery graves. To keep her true nature secret, Sirens must never speak to humans.

She can’t help watching ordinary people on the beach and longing for the day, after her 100 year sentence is over, to return to them. It’s become immensely harder now that she has seen handsome, kind, and caring Akinli. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny. This attempt at a relationship puts her in danger of the wrath of the Ocean. HARPER COLLINS

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January 24, 2016

HELEN KLEIN ROSS INTRODUCES HER NEWEST TITLE

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24; 2 PM

HELEN KLEIN ROSS will introduce her new book What was Mine, an urgent novel that unravels a heartrending yet unsentimental tale.

Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: she takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It’s a secret she manages to keep for over two decades from her daughter, the babysitter who helped raise her, family, coworkers, and friends. When Lucy’s now-grown daughter Mia discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her. She reaches out to her birth mother for a tearful reunion, and Lucy is forced to flee to China to avoid prosecution. What follows is a ripple effect that alters the lives of many and challenges our understanding of the very meaning of motherhood.

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November 19, 2015

RICHARD PAUL EVANS INTRODUCES NEW LOVE STORY

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19; 7 PM
(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The Mistletoe Inn to get a line number.)

RICHARD PAUL EVANS will introduce his holiday love story, The Mistletoe Inn. In it we meet Kimberly Rossetti, who has had her heart broken more times than she wants to remember, and is dreading the holidays alone, signs up for a 9-day writing conference at The Mistletoe Inn. Another reason is because a famed romance writer will be a guest speaker, and Kimberly has long had a dream to be a published romance author. Zeke, one of the conference attendees shows interest in her and her work. During the course of the conference, their relationship blossoms and she realizes she doesn’t have to wait to write her romance novel, she can live it! SIMON & SCHUSTER

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than twenty novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 17 million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than 24 languages. His newest young adult novel is Michael Vey: Storm of Lightning. Mr. Evans will sign any of his backlist books at this event.

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November 18, 2015

ROBERT CRAIS INTRODUCES NEWEST THRILLER

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18; 7 PM

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The Promise to get a line number.)

ROBERT CRAIS, known as “a master of crime fiction” by the Associated Press, will introduce his 20th novel, The Promise. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are working a case involving a missing mother. They follow her trail to an ordinary house in Echo Park, only to be surprised to find LAPD K-9 Officer Scott James and his patrol dog Maggie also there, but on a case tracking a dangerous fugitive. The two cases intertwine in surprising ways as they come face-to-face with a man with ties to dangerous arms dealers who leave behind a savagely murdered body and enough explosives to blow up the whole neighborhood, with them in it. PUTNAM

Philadelphia Inquirer said Crais is “one of those rare, treasured writers who combine genuine humanity with tales of crime and detection.”

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November 12, 2015

BRIAN FORSCHNER INTRODUCES TRUE CRIME NOVEL

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12; 7 PM

BRIAN FORSCHNER will introduce his true crime novel, Cold Serial; The Jack the Strangler Murders. Between 1900 and 1909, five girls were raped and strangled in the Dayton, Ohio area. These crimes were never solved. Forschner became intrigued with the case after discovering that a relative of his had been one of the victims. Now he takes us into the past, using information he has found through careful research to reconstruct the five crime scenes and theorizes who the murderer was in all the cases. In the era in which these crimes occurred, there were not the tools of investigation we have today, so the crimes were never solved, but Forschner gives us strong clues as to whom the murderer was. It’s a fascinating, revealing story. MORGAN JAMES

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November 3, 2015

AWARD WINNING AUTHOR MARLON JAMES TO VISIT

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3; 7 PM

Acclaimed author MARLON JAMES will introduce the softcover edition of his stunning book, A Brief History of Seven Killings. It explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s. On December 3, 1976, two days before he was to play the free Smile Jamaica Concert, Bob Marley’s house was stormed by gunmen. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Two days later, after the concert, Marley left Jamaica not to return for 2 years. The book goes much deeper than this one incident but engages the reader in complex intertwined political and criminal conspiracies stretching from the Caribbean to Manhattan and implicating CIA and drug trafficking operations. It won the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, the 2015 Minnesota Book Award, and the Man Booker Prize 2015. RIVERHEAD

Marlon James has also written John Crow’s Devil and The Book of Night Women, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in 2010.

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November 2, 2015

FOX NEWS CHANNEL'S GREG GUTFELD TO VISIT

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2; 7:30 PM

Fox News Channel’s GREG GUTFELD will discuss his new book, How to Be Right: The Art of Being Persuasively Correct. He claims that to survive and flourish on the Right, you must learn how to express non-liberal principles as effectively as possible. It’s an art that demands patience, research, humor, understanding, creative thinking, learning from your opponents and even mimicking their tactics. He reveals strategies that encourage Rights to discard outrage and out-compassion Lefts so they can argue, influence, and convince their friends, family and foes throughout the 2016 election cycle. CROWN BOOKS

Greg Gutfeld is the irreverent co-host of Fox News Channel’s The Five. Look for The Greg Gutfled Show this fall on Fox.

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November 1, 2015

CONVERSATION WITH DLPP AWARD WINNERS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1; 9:30 AM REGISTRATION;
10 AM PROGRAM

At Sinclair Community College; Building 12; First Floor Auditorium
Parking in the basement of Building 12.
Tickets: $15 payable by check or cash at the Registration Table
Reservations are required because seating is limited. Make a Reservation by sending an email to Linda Harrison at peaceliterature@att.net.

The Conversation with the Winners of the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize will be moderated by Christopher Cerf. The Fiction Winner is JOSH WEIL for The Great Glass Sea. The Nonfiction Winner is BRYAN STEVENSON for Just Mercy. GLORIA STEINEM will receive the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. Other participants in the Conversation will be Karima Bennoune, 2014 Nonfiction Winner for Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here; Gilbert King, 2013 Nonfiction Runner-Up for Devil in the Grove; Bob Shacochis, 2014 Fiction Winner for The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, and Margaret Wrinkle, 2014 Fiction Runner-Up for Wash.

A booksigning with the authors will follow the program. Books will be available for purchase before and after the program.

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October 27, 2015

CHERYL HOLLON INTRODUCES NEW MYSTERY

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27; 7 PM

CHERYL HOLLON will introduce her new paperback novel, PANE AND SUFFERING, a quirky new mystery series that takes place in a glassmaker’s shop. When Savannah Webb’s father, who owns a glass shop, dies unexpectedly of a heart attack and then his assistant also dies of an apparent heart attack, her suspicions are aroused. She finds a note her father had left for her in his shop warning that she is in danger, perhaps because she is heir apparent to the glass shop. Has her father’s apprentice been responsible for the odd deaths and is he planning more? KENSINGTON

Cheryl Hollon and her husband have a small studio behind their home in St. Petersburg, Florida, where they design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks.

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October 23, 2015

BLOGGER JENNY LAWSON TO VISIT

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23; 7 PM
Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for Furiously
Happy
to get a line number.) After the autograph line is finished, Jenny will be happy to greet anyone else who has come to meet her.

Blogger and bestselling author JENNY LAWSON will introduce her new book, Furiously Happy, in which she explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. Her publisher says that it is “a hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety. That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.” One thing is for sure, Jenny will get you laughing and recognizing that yes, we may have idiosyncrasies, but they make us who we are and it’s time to celebrate them.

Jenny was here for her previous book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, and we’re still laughing along with her. FLATIRON BOOKS

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October 20, 2015

MAN TRAVELED A MILLION MILES TO SAVE DOGS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20; 7 PM

PETER ZHEUTLIN will discuss his book, Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway. With him will be GREG MAHLE, the man who drove those million miles to save the lives of sick, abused and abandoned dogs. Twice a month, Greg leaves his home in Ohio in a specially outfitted 12-wheel rig bound for the Gulf Coast to rescue dogs and bring them to the Northeast to be adopted. He finds them everywhere; wandering city streets, in remote woodlands and even in dumpsters. On each journey north he has a full load: ninety dogs bound for “forever” homes. SOURCEBOOKS

Peter became interested in the venture when he adopted one of Greg’s dogs, so he hit the road with Greg to see for himself just how it was done. He weaves heartwarming stories of the rescued dogs and the “Angels” who help to feed, clean, and care for the dogs during their long ride to new homes.

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October 18, 2015

AWW FREE MINI WRITING SEMINAR

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18; 2-3:30 PM

It's time to get ready for NaNoWriMo! That's the program that encourages people to write a complete novel in the month of November. CYNDI PAUWELS, assistant director of the Antioch Writers' Workshop, will share insider tips and tricks for getting prepared, staying motivated, and keep writing from November 1-30. Cyndi has been a frequent NaNoWriMo participant and published author of the mystery Forty and Out. She's also written Historic Warren County and teaches English at Clark State University.

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October 16, 2015

A HALLOWEEN BEATNIK CAFE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16; 7 PM

WESTERN OHIO WRITERS ASSOCIATION will present a Beatnik Café. Their members will read original pieces centered around the theme of Halloween.

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October 9, 2015

GREER MACALLISTER INTRODUCES THE MAGICIAN'S LIE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9; 7 PM


GREER MACALLISTER will introduce the softcover edition of her popular debut novel, The Magician’s Lie. If you enjoyed Water for Elephants and The Night Circus, you’re going to enjoy this spellbinding novel. The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, and renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage and having him emerge from the box unharmed. But at one performance, something goes terribly wrong and Arden has only one night to convince a small town policeman that she did not murder the man. Or did she? While you’re trying to figure that out, the author will make sure you appreciate the whimsy and wonder, techniques and trickery involved in entertaining with illusions. SOURCEBOOKS

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October 7, 2015

BRUCE COVILLE INTRODUCES HIS NEW KIDS BOOK

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7; 7 PM

Children’s author BRUCE COVILLE will introduce Diary of a Mad Brownie, Book One in his new Enchanted Files Series. Angus is not the kind of brownie you eat. Far from it! He’s a tiny magical creature with a short temper and a love of order and cleanliness. Imagine his surprise when a curse sends him from Scotland to the home of Alex and her family in America. Alex is not a tidy girl, so that’s a challenge for fastidious Angus, but that’s the least of his challenges. Laughter and misunderstanding abound as he adjusts to his new surroundings! RANDOM HOUSE

Bruce Coville is the author of 101 books for children and young adults, including My Teacher Is an Alien, a run-away hit. His work has been translated in over a dozen languages and he has won children’s choice awards in over a dozen states.

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September 23, 2015

LISA MCMANN INTRODUCES ISLAND OF GRAVES

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23; 7 PM

LISA MCMANN will introduce Island of Graves: Book 6 of The Unwanteds Series, her middle grade dystopian fantasy series. Every year in Quill 13-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university and the artistic, creative Unwanteds are sent to their graves. Aaron and Alex Stowe are identical twins. Aaron is hopeful of becoming a Wanted, but Alex knows his chances are slim, since he has been caught drawing with a stick in the sand, and therefore considered artistic. As the story progresses, the twins are separated. Aaron’s work in Quill has crumbled and he has fallen from power and influence, while Alex, now in Artime, abandons his search for Aaron and focuses on the terrifying power of a new enemy who has taken control of Quill.

Kirkus Reviews refers to this exciting series as “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”

Lisa McMann is the author of the Wake trilogy, Cryer’s Cross, Dead to You and the Visions series. You can read more about her at LisaMcMann.com.

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September 12, 2015

LOCAL AUTHORS DEBUT NEW YA NOVEL

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12; 1 PM

CAREY CORP & LORIE LANGDON will introduce, Shades of Doon, Book 3 in their young adult Doon series. After thinking everything was perfect as they settled into life in the Kingdom of Doon, best friends Veronica and Mackenna are unexpectedly thrown out of Doon. They are now confronted with tormentors from their past and they have no way to return to their adopted land. But even if they could return, their happiness may be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all. BLINK

Other books in the series are Doon and Destined for Doon. There will be one more book in the series.

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September 9, 2015

POLITICAL CARTOONIST TED RALL TO VISIT

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9; 7 PM

TED RALL, award-winning political cartoonist, will introduce his graphic novel, Snowden. As many as ¼ million U.S citizens with security clearance saw some or all of the same documents revealed by Edward Snowden. Why did he, and no one else, decide to step forward and take on the risk associated with becoming a whistleblower and then a fugitive? In Snowden, Rall delves into Snowden’s early life and work experience, his personality, and the larger issues of privacy, new surveillance technologies, and the recent history of government intrusion. Rall describes Snowden’s political vision and hopes for the future. In a way, the book tells two stories: Snowden’s and a larger one that describes all of us on the threshold of tremendous technological upheaval and political change. SEVEN STORIES

Rall is a nationally syndicated political cartoonist, opinion columnist, graphic novelist and occasional war correspondent. He is twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His political cartoons can be seen regularly in the Dayton City Paper.

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September 1, 2015

JOHN SCALZI INTRODUCES NEW SCI FI NOVEL

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1; 7 PM
(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The End of All Things to get a line number.)

JOHN SCALZI, acclaimed science fiction writer, will introduce The End of All Things. It takes over where The Human Division left off – returning the reader to Scalzi’s thrilling universe in which humans have expanded into space…only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Who is behind these attacks and how can humanity’s union remain intact so they don’t risk oblivion, and extinction—and the end of all things? TOR

Scalzi is one of the most popular SF authors to emerge in the last decade. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, Lock In and Redshirts, which won 2013’s Hugo Award for Best Novel. He and his family live in Ohio.

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August 26, 2015

SANDRA BROWN TO VISIT

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26; 7 PM

Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for Friction to get a line number.


SANDRA BROWN, New York Times bestselling author, will introduce her newest romantic suspense novel, Friction. The novel gets its inspiration from the legendary Texas Rangers, the elite law enforcement agency – with state-wide jurisdiction, who can begin or join any investigation whether they are invited or not. In this story, one of the Rangers, Crawford Hunt, finds himself in court over a custody matter involving his daughter when a gunman erupts into the courtroom and Crawford reacts instinctually to that danger………causing more trouble for himself, his daughter, and Judge Holly Spencer, for whom he is experiencing a growing attraction. This is surely another of Brown’s classic fast-paced suspense novels, telling a gripping story of family ties and forbidden attraction. GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING

Sandra will be able to sign any new books you purchase at the event and 2 books you bring from home. Pictures will be permitted.

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August 12, 2015

TWO YOUNG ADULT AUTHORS TO VISIT

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12; 7 PM

Two authors of Young Adult fiction will visit tonight: MINDEE ARNETT AND ERICA O’ROURKE.

MINDEE ARNETT will introduce The Nightmare Charade, the stunning final installment in the Arkwell Academy series. Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams. Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough, not to mention the crazy events of the past year. Dusty may have saved the day, but there are many days left in the year, and with an old foe back to seek revenge, she’ll need all her strength to defeat him and save her friends. TOR

ERICA O’ROURKE will introduce Resonance, the thrilling follow-up to Dissonance. Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world, with no way for Del to find him. She’s back at the Consort training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the consort kill millions of people. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice! SIMON & SCHUSTER

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August 7, 2015

MYSTERY WRITER RHYS BOWEN TO VISIT

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2015; 7 PM

New York Times bestselling author RHYS BOWEN will introduce her newest mystery, Malice at the Palace, a Royal Spyness Mystery featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line to the English throne and crack amateur sleuth. Lady Georgiana has been asked to come stay at Kensington Palace to calm the pre-wedding jitters of Princess Marina, who is set to marry Prince George, youngest son of George V. Georgie is a bit skeptical about the whole thing since she knows that George has a history of frequent love affairs, not a desirable trait in a soon-to-be-husband. When society beauty Kiki Anstruther, reputed latest mistress of Prince George, is found dead in the palace, everything is thrown into disarray, including Lady Georgiana’s own romantic attachment to Darcy O’Mara. Is it possible that everything Georgie believed about her own love life is a pack of lies? As Georgie is uncovering facts about Kiki's murder, she's also discovering unsavory things about Darcy.

Rhys Bowen has been nominated for every major mystery award including the Edgar, and has won many, including the Agatha and Anthony Awards. She was born in England and now splits her time between southern California and Arizona.

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July 24, 2015

CARRIE BEBRIS INTRODUCES NEW MYSTERY

FRIDAY, JULY 24; 7 PM

CARRIE BEBRIS will introduce The Suspicion at Sanditon, the seventh novel in her award-winning Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery series. Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy have moved to Sanditon and accepted an unexpected dinner invitation from Lady Dunham, one of Sanditon’s most prominent residents. She is a childless, twice-widowed dowager with a fortune to bequeath and a gaggle of distant relatives circling for a place in her will. When the 13 guests assemble for the dinner party, the hostess never appears. One by one the guests disappear and Mr. and Mrs. Darcy lead a desperate search for Lady Denham and the missing guests before they too disappear. TOR

Fans of Jane Austen and Agatha Christie are sure to delight in this Regency era detective novel featuring some of the most well-known characters in literature.

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July 21, 2015

LEANNE BROWN GIVES TIPS ON CHEAP MEALS

TUESDAY, JULY 21; 7 PM


LEANNE BROWN will introduce Good & Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day, which shows people on a limited budget how to eat well without processed foods. She discovered that Americans on food stamps or on a strict budget are eating a frightening amount of such food. She wants to provide an alternative. Her book includes recipes, lessons, shopping advice, and the basics of how to substitute available produce for people on a restricted budget. The food is delicious, fresh, simple, and is conscious of both health benefits and your wallet. The first version of the book was self-published and was a huge hit, going viral in no time. It won the IACP Judge’s Choice Award in March. WORKMAN

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July 20, 2015

TIM LINK SHOWS HOW TO TALK TO YOUR PETS

MONDAY, JULY 20; 7 PM

TIM LINK, host of the nationally syndicated radio show Animal Writes, will discuss his book, Talking with Dogs and Cats: Joining the Conversation to Improve Behavior and Bond with Your Animals. He teaches how to talk and listen to your pets in order to connect and solve behavioral issues. Have you ever wondered what your pet’s meow, bark, tweet, or stare means? Why the incessant meowing after Kitty has been fed, petted, and played with? Why is Fido barking up a storm of digging as if his life depended on it? Tim Link, an expert animal communicator is adept at helping people hone their communication skills, using the spoken and the visual and also learning to “listen” to their pets. He will show a back-and-forth communication method that will enhance the lives of both pets and their owners. NEW WORLD LIBRARY

Tim Link, nationally syndicated radio host, animal communicator, and Reiki practitioner, created his Wagging Tales consulting practice upon discovering his “talk to the animals” abilities. His website is www.TalkingWithDogsandCats.com.

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July 17, 2015

LINDA CASTILLO INTRODUCES AMISH MYSTERY

FRIDAY, JULY 17; 7 PM

LINDA CASTILLO will introduce After the Storm. When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty-year-old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged. Meanwhile Kate’s budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti has become strained, and she’s also dealing with a plethora of family secrets that muddy the waters. MINOTAUR BOOKS

People magazine refers to Linda Castillo as “ the master of the (Amish mystery) genre.”

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July 11, 2015

DICK WALL TELLS HIS WIFE'S STORY

SATURDAY, JULY 11; 2 PM

DICK WALL, husband of CAROL WALL, will discuss her book, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart. Carol wrote the book while she was dealing with breast cancer and lived to see it published, but was not well enough to go on tour with it. After she died last year, her family felt strongly that her message of hope, joy and acceptance should be heard near and far, so Dick is carrying that message to as many people as he can.

The book is a first-person, nonfiction account of Carol’s friendship with Giles Owita, a Kenyan-born landscape designer who took on the arduous task of rehabilitating Wall’s neglected yard in Roanoke, Virginia. More importantly, though, he tended to Carol’s wounded spirit. Before she met Owita, Wall had begun to lose faith in her religion, humanity, and herself. This poignant story of two unlikely friends affirms life even within the eventuality of death. BERKLEY

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July 10, 2015

ANN B. ROSS INTRODUCES NEW NOVEL

FRIDAY, JULY 10; 7 PM

ANN B. ROSS, author of 16 popular novels featuring Miss Julia, will introduce the softcover edition of Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day. While Miss Julia pens a letter that serves as the introduction to the story, the protagonist is Etta Mae, a hardscrabble, heart-of-gold woman, who is having a hard time trying to convince people that she is not like her low-down kin. When she becomes the home nurse for Mr. Howard Connard, an aged and frail man who is also wealthy and highly respected, Etta Mae sees an opportunity to leave her “wrong side of the tracks” days behind and become Mrs. Howard Connard. She reasons that that will give her the dignity she seeks. But, oh my, there are obstacles (and laughs) galore standing in her way! PENGUIN

Her newest hardcover title is Miss Julia Lays Down the Law.

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July 9, 2015

MOLLY JEBBER TO VISIT

THURSDAY, JULY 9; 7 PM

MOLLY JEBBER will introduce Change of Heart, an Amish historical romance. Set in Ohio in 1899, Becca Yost lived by her Amish faith’s strict rules – until her fiancé jilted her. She then traveled to the bustling Englischer town of Massillon and goes to work for Dr. Matt Carrington, who shares her passion for healing. His outgoing spirit and gentle strength show Becca a surprising new world of choices—and irresistible love. But it is not without difficult challenges!

Publisher’s Weekly magazine listed Change of Heart as number three on their best ten romance review list for 2015.

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June 19, 2015

WOWA BEATNIK CAFE

FRIDAY, JUNE 19; 7 PM

WESTERN OHIO WRITERS ACCOCIATION presents the Summer 2015 “Beatnik Café” live reading event. Author members will read original short stories and poetry composed around the theme, “Leave No Trace.” All are invited to attend. For more information, please visit westernohiowriters.org.

June 12, 2015

LAURELL K. HAMILTON TO VISIT BOOKS & CO.

FRIDAY, JUNE 12; 7 PM

Line numbers will be given out beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for a Laurell K. Hamilton book to get a line number for the Meet and Greet line. Copies of Dead Ice will already be pre-signed before the event. No backlist books brought from home will be able to be signed. Photos with Laurell may be taken when you come through the Meet and Greet line.

Bestselling author LAURELL K. HAMILTON will introduce Dead Ice, the 23rd book in her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. In this one, her expertise in zombie issues is called into play when she discovers that someone is producing zombie porn and the zombies they’re raising aren’t your standard variety mindless, rotting corpses. These zombies are terrified and their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling a voodoo of the blackest kind. This may be Anita’s most disturbing case yet.

June 10, 2015

PBS KIDS CONTEST WINNERS CEREMONY

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10; 6 PM

We will host the program to honor the winners of the PBS KIDS WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS CONTEST. The entrants are from grades K-3. The first place winners in 4 different categories are: Savannah Groff, Rachel Hartings, Jordyn Winston, and Alexandria Gaerke. The Second Place winners in the categories are: Nathan Puthenpurackal, Allyson Mays, Phoebe Matthew, and Sasha Liette. Congratulations, one and all!

June 9, 2015

SHARY HAUER INTRODUCES HER MEMOIR

TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 7 PM

Former Daytonian SHARY HAUER is coming back to town to introduce Insatiable, her memoir of love addiction. That addiction is now recognized by the mental health profession as a legitimate disorder. It is a cycle of endlessly craving, searching, scheming, obsessing, and agonizing for love. It causes people to become needy, clingy, and desperate and they often secretly believe they are worthless without a partner. In candid detail, Shary relates how she struggled with the disorder until she found a way to break free. By sharing her story, she hopes to relieve the suffering of men and women like herself, and encourage them to move from addictive love to healthy love. SHE WRITES PRESS

June 8, 2015

RENOWNED HISTORIAN DAVID MCCULLOUGH TO VISIT

MONDAY, JUNE 8; 7 PM at KETTERING MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM,
3000 Glengarry Dr., Kettering. Tickets are available at Books&Co. Ticket holders will receive an autographed copy of The Wright Brothers at the event.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner DAVID MCCULLOUGH will introduce The Wright Brothers, his newest historical work. He says, “What we ought to know about are the courage and the brilliant ingenuity of those two Americans, the Wright Brothers, and how they changed the world, how they changed history.” These two self-taught geniuses from Dayton, Ohio were of truly exceptional capability of mind, pioneering scientific explorers, and extraordinary exemplars of the American character. This is their inspiring and triumph story as told by a master historian. SIMON & SCHUSTER

McCullough has written many bestselling books, including Truman, John Adams, 1776, and The Path Between the Seas.

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June 5, 2015

EPIC READS TOUR COMES TO BOOKS & CO.

FRIDAY, JUNE 5; 7 PM

Three authors of young adult fiction will visit. MARGO RABB will introduce Kissing in America. ROBYN SCHNEIDER will introduce Extraordinary Means. MAGGIE LEHRMAN will introduce The Cost of All Things.

Kissing in America grapples with grief, first love, the allure of poetry, the unraveling of a mother-daughter relationship, friendship and betrayal, and a meandering cross-country road trip through small-town America.

Extraordinary Means is a novel about the adventures of teens who find fun, humor and friendship despite their tragic situation. There is a positive message: to seize the day, embrace life and cherish the wonderful moments you have with loved ones.

The Cost of All Things is a totally original contemporary debut novel about three teens who must deal with the consequences of spells cast on them in the wake of their classmate’s sudden death.

Gather your teen friends and come meet these YA authors! HARPERCOLLINS

June 4, 2015

JUDITH FERTIG INTRODUCES NEW NOVEL

THURSDAY, JUNE 4; 7 PM

JUDITH FERTIG, well known as an award-winning cookbook author, will debut her first novel, The Cake Therapist. It combines her expertise in baking with her passion for storytelling. This results in a tale that shows just where food and healing intersect. We meet Claire "Neely" O'Neill, an extraordinarily talented pastry chef, but her life outside her kitchen is falling apart. She moves from New York City to her small Midwestern hometown and opens a bakery. She soon discovers that she not only has a talent for recognizing elusive flavors, but now she can "taste" feelings. She knows what her customers are feeling and is able to bake confections that truly help them deal with their problems. And in doing so, heals herself. BERKLEY TRADE PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

Ashley's Bake Shop will provide luscious treats for our guests!

Judith Fertig's newest cookbooks are Bake Happy and BBQ Bistro.

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May 29, 2015

CRAIG JOHNSON INTRODUCES NEW LONGMIRE MYSTERY

FRIDAY, MAY 29; 7 PM
CRAIG JOHNSON
will introduce Dry Bones, the newest book in his Sheriff Walt Longmire mystery series. Longmire and Undersheriff Victoria Morretti get caught up in a 66 million- year-old cold case when they discover that the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex has been found on land belonging to Danny Lone Elk, a Cheyenne rancher and Danny has just been found dead on his property. Besides trying to solve the murder, the two find themselves in the middle of an ownership dispute. Who owns the skeleton… the deceased man’s family, a natural history museum, the Cheyenne tribe, or the federal government? While he’s dealing with all that, Walt is blindsided by a shocking tragedy that leaves his daughter heartbroken. VIKING

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May 22, 2015

ANDREW KNAPP & HIS DOG MOMO TO VISIT

FRIDAY, MAY 22; 7 PM
ANDREW KNAPP & MOMO
will visit while Andrew talks about his book, Find Momo: Coast to Coast. Andrew is a roving photographer and Momo is his traveling Border Collie companion. Together they have traveled 1500 miles all over America and Canada in a 1977 Volkswagen Westfalia van. Their mission was to find clever hiding places for Momo in the shots that Andrew chose to photograph. It’s up to you to find Momo in each of the over 100 striking photographs in the book. So pick up the challenge and see if you can find Momo in the photo of the White House, the Golden Gate Bridge, White Sands National Monument, on a ferry to Long Island, Grand Central Station in NYC, and on and on.

During the event, we may ask Momo to hide in books&co and see if you can find him! If you have a photo of your Border Collie, bring it along to show Momo! It will make him feel at home. QUIRK BOOKS

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May 19, 2015

DEMETRIUS MINOR INTRODUCES NEW BOOK

TUESDAY, MAY 19; 7 PM
DEMETRIUS MINOR
will discuss his book, Preservation and Purpose: The Making of a Young Millennial. He is a former White House intern and television and radio personality and is “a bold fresh voice on the political scene,” states Michelle Malkin. He is positioned to become the voice of a rising tide of demographic influence: a dynamic generation of independent, internet-savvy trailblazers who have enormous sway on the future of America and the world. His message is timely, punctuated by the recent outcome of important mid-term swings by an empowered and frustrated electorate. BALCONY 7

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May 17, 2015

FREE WRITERS WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, MAY 17; 2-3:30 PM
FREE WRITERS WORKSHOP!
The Antioch Writers Workshop will present a program on “Great Beginnings.” You’ll learn how to write beginnings that hook readers of stories, columns, essays, and longer works. The instructor will be MARY MCCARTY, acclaimed Dayton Daily News columnist.

May 13, 2015

MOLLY CAMPBELL DEBUTS HER NOVEL

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13; 7 PM
Local author MOLLY CAMPBELL will introduce her book, Keep the Ends Loose, a charming novel in which we meet Miranda Heath, a quirky 15-year-old with cinematic dreams and a safe, predictable family. That is until she decides to pull at the loose end that is the estranged husband her aunt never divorced. What seemed like the best way to allow her aunt to get on with her life sets off a series of events that threaten to turn Miranda’s world upside down. Sometimes it’s best to leave the loose ends alone!

Beth Hoffman, author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and Looking For Me, calls Keep the Ends Loose, “Quirky, hopeful, and wonderfully original.” THE STORY PLANT

Molly Campbell has received two Erma Bombeck Awards for her humorous writing. She lives in the Dayton area.

May 12, 2015

TRUDY KRISHER DEBUTS NEW KIDS' BOOK

TUESDAY, MAY 12; 7 PM
TRUDY KRISHER
will introduce her new children’s picture book, An Affectionate Farewell: The Story of Old Bob and Old Abe. It is a wonderful introduction for young readers to the life of President Abraham “Old Abe” Lincoln and his faithful horse, Old Bob. They journeyed together across the wide open prairies, sharing good times and bad, hardships and rest. Throughout the book, we learn of President Lincoln’s love for animals and his dislike of cruelty to them as well as to humans. Observing slavery first hand as a young man, he was finally able to do something about it once he became president. Old Bob was with him from the beginning of this young lawyer’s memorable career to the very end “escorting his master on his final ride.” The book is illustrated by Bert Dodson. BUNKER HILL PUBLISHING

April 28, 2015

PAUL DAUGHERTY DISCUSSES HIS BOOK

TUESDAY, APRIL 28; 7 PM

PAUL DAUGHERTY will discuss An Uncomplicated Life: A Father’s Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter. Paul and his wife had not expected that their newborn daughter would have Down Syndrome. But when they left the hospital they were determined to not let their daughter’s condition change the way they treated her. They would address her special needs, but not to the point that she became needy. “Expect, don’t accept” became their mantra all through her childhood, taking delight in her achievements, whether learning to ride a bike in her early years or later graduating from college. In An Uncomplicated Life, the parent learns as much about life from the child as the child does from the parent. The author lovingly writes: “Jillian is a soul map of our best intentions” – a model of grace, boundless joy, and love for all of us.

Paul Daugherty is a Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist.

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April 27, 2015

MONDAY, APRIL 27; 7 PM

LIESL SHURTLIFF will introduce her children's book, JACK: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk. She cleverly takes the much loved Jack and the Beanstalk story and gives it a new interpretation. Jack’s father has disappeared and Jack and his troublesome little sister Annabella set off to find him. By trading the family cow for some magic beans they get to the land above the clouds where they assume giants live. They hope the giants know something about their father’s whereabouts. They have no idea of the wild adventure they are about to begin! KNOPF BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

Liesl Shurtliff has also written RUMP: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin and she is working on a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Visit her online at lieslshurtliff.com

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April 25, 2015

BIG READ FINALE AT SINCLAIR COLLEGE

SATURDAY, APRIL 25; 1 PM AT SINCLAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Come join us at Sinclair Community College , Building 12; Rooms 120 & 127 where we’ll have a SKYPE BROADCAST with GRAEME SIMSION, author of The Rosie Project, the Big Read Selection for 2015.

Plan to arrive by 12:45 pm so you have time to be seated and write down any questions you’d like the author to answer. At 1 pm people will be invited to share stories of how they met their special someone….. in one minute or less! Stories will be judged by applause for the most romantic, most humorous, most unusual and most disastrous. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each category.

Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project, will be speaking to us from New Zealand at 1:30 pm. This promises to be great fun! By the way, you don’t need to have read the book already to attend.

April 24, 2015

JON ACUFF... BUSINESS AUTHOR TO VISIT

FRIDAY, APRIL 24; 7 PM,
JON ACUFF will discuss his latest business book, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck. He encourages people to continually build a career using four elements: skills, relationships, character and hustle. He touts “that work is not the enemy. In fact, work can be awesome.” Publishers Weekly calls Do Over "A lively business manual…Brimming over with sound, practical advice, this book will benefit individuals looking to take charge of their careers at any stage.” Come meet Jon and get motivated! He also invites you to visit his website at www.acuff.me. PORTFOLIO

Jon has written Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job and Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters.

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April 23, 2015

TJ TURNER DEBUTS HIS BOOK

THURSDAY, APRIL 23; 7 PM

TJ TURNER will introduce his debut novel, Lincoln’s Bodyguard. This engrossing novel transports the reader back to the era of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. President Lincoln is saved from assassination through the heroics of his bodyguard. The book then goes on to theorize how life in American would have been different. Steve Berry, author of The Lincoln Myth says, “This is a delightful romp through an alternate history with an ending that catches you by surprise.”

TJ TURNER is a novelist, historian, research scientist, and a Federal Agent. He graduated from Cornell University. He served three tours in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in 2013. Turner lives in central Ohio with his wife, Nancy, and three children.

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April 16, 2015

RYAN IRELAND DEBUTS HIS NOVEL

THURSDAY, APRIL 16; 7 PM

RYAN IRELAND will introduce his debut novel, Beyond the Horizon. The story transports us to frontier America where a man lives with a pregnant woman who is not his wife. One day a stranger appears and advises the man to formally register the baby as his own at Fort James, a fabled military outpost. Setting out on a lonely journey across an arid and hostile terrain, the man leaves the woman in the care of the stranger. Soon after he departs, the stranger kills the woman and her unborn child, and then sets off in pursuit of the man. It’s a sojourn into the darkest parts of Western lore and an allegory about the origins of modern America. ONEWORLD

Ryan Ireland lives in the village of Alpha, Ohio. He is the Publicity and Marketing Officer at Greene County Public Library.

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April 15, 2015

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15; 7 PM

Bestselling author ELIZABETH BERG will introduce her newest historical fiction, The Dream Lover. In it, we meet Aurore Dupin as she is leaving her loveless marriage and her family’s estate in the French countryside to start a new life as a writer in Paris. There, she renames herself George Sand and pursues her dream of becoming a writer, embracing an unconventional and even scandalous lifestyle. You’ll meet her friends and lovers, including Frederic Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugene Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Marie Dorval, Alfred de Musset, and more. It is a novel not only about George Sand, but also about Paris, fashion, desire, love, art, the power of family to define us, and the strength it takes to break free. RANDOM HOUSE

Elizabeth Berg has written many novels, including Open House, Talk Before Sleep, The Pull of the Moon, Tapestry of Fortunes, The Year of Pleasures, Joy School and many more. There are over 4 million copies of her books in print. Her work has been translated into 27 languages.

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April 11, 2015

INTERNATIONAL TABLETOP GAMES

SATURDAY, APRIL11; 10 am-5 pm
INTERNATIONAL TABLETOP DAY

We will be demonstrating and playing these games with customers. Drop in anytime! Here's the schedule: 10-11:30 am…..Munchkin Zombies; 12-2 pm…. Marvel Legendary; 2:30-3:30 pm… Batman Love Letter; 3:30-5 pm…Geek Out.

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April 9, 2015

CASSETT & DEGAS RELATIONSHIP REVEALED

THURSDAY, APRIL 9; 7 PM
ROBIN OLIVEIRA,
author of the bestselling novel My Name is Mary Sutter, will introduce her new historical novel, I Always Loved You, the story of the tumultuous and passionate relationship between Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas, two celebrated artists of the Impressionism movement. Oliveira brilliantly recreates the irresistible world of Belle Epoque Paris, capturing the golden age of Impressionism and peopled with many prominent figures of the movement, including Edouard Manet and Berthe Morisot (the only other prominent female artist working in Paris at that time) whose own romantic relationship is also the subject of gossip and scandal. Oliveira writes with grace and uncommon insight into the lives of artists and the passions and foibles of the human heart. VIKING

The Dayton Art Institute has a marvelous American Impressionism Exhibition on display until May 31. You’ll find works by Mary Cassett among the other wonderful American painters. You won’t want to miss it. Call 937-223-4278 or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org for more information about the special exhibition.

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April 8, 2015

RIDLEY PEARSON TO VISIT

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8; 7 PM
Bestselling author of the popular Kingdom Keepers series, RIDLEY PEARSON will introduce Book 1 in his new series: The Return: Disney Lands. With the defeat of the Overtakers behind them, the five teenagers known as the Kingdom Keepers should be celebrating. By all accounts they saved Disneyland from certain destruction. Why then did their mentor leave one last puzzle for them to decipher? The Keepers must solve a puzzle of the past, or be crushed under an evil that makes the Overtakers seem like gentle souls. DISNEY

Ridley Pearson has also written the hugely popular Peter and the Starcatchers series, as well as many adult mysteries.

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April 7, 2015

COZY MYSTERY AUTHOR TO VISIT


TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 7 PM
USA Today bestseller TONYA KAPPES will introduce two of her hilarious paranormal books featuring Emma Lee Raines, director of Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, who can suddenly see dead people! In A Ghostly Undertaking, recently deceased Ruthie Sue Payne lets Emma Lee know that she didn’t fall down stairs on her own. She was pushed. And now she can’t cross over until the matter of the identity of her “pusher” is laid to eternal rest. In A Ghostly Grave we find Chicken Teater pestering Emma Lee Raines to find out who killed him. She hesitates because digging him back up is bad for business. But the customer is always right….dead or alive.

Tonya has one of the freshest new voices in the cozy mystery genre. Her books are witty, sassy, and humorous. Both books are in mass market format. WITNESS IMPULSE

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April 4, 2015

EDUCATOR WEEK AT BOOKS & CO


SATURDAY, APRIL 4-FRIDAY, APRIL 10
EDUCATOR DAYS AT BOOKS&CO AT THE GREENE!
All week, teachers get a 25% discount on their purchases for use in their classrooms. While they are here, they are welcome to sign up to win valuable prizes. Thank you to our teachers who do so much for our community!

SPECIAL SATURDAY STORYTIME

SATURDAY, APRIL 4; 2 PM
Bring your young ones for a Special Storytime. We’ll have a large plush LITTLE NUTBROWN HARE here to greet you when we read Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. It’s a favorite of everyone! People in attendance will be entered into a drawing to win a wonderful Guess How Much I Love You gift package.

Bring you camera if you’d like a photo with Little Nutbrown Hare. It’ll be a great keepsake!

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April 2, 2015

BIG READ DISCUSSION

THURSDAY, APRIL 2; 7 PM

BIG READ DISCUSSION! Come share your thoughts with others as we discuss this year’s Big Read title, The Rosie Project. There is much to discuss in this book and we’d love to have your input. As a culmination of the 2015 Big Read, we have an interactive Skype program planned for Saturday, April 25 at 1:30 pm at Sinclair Community College, Building 12 with GRAEME SIMSION, author of The Rosie Project. He’ll be speaking to us from either New Zealand or Australia. It promises to be a fun experience.

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March 31, 2015

HAL MCCOY INTRODUCES HIS MEMOIR

TUESDAY, MARCH 31; 7 PM
(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your receipt for The Real McCoy to
get a line number.)

Dayton’s own legendary sportswriter HAL MCCOY will discuss his memoir The Real McCoy, My Half-Century with the Cincinnati Reds. He gives the fans an inside-the-dugout look at what never made the daily press: the politics, the personalities, the hi-jinks, the x-rated scenes –all the classic ballpark happenings known only to those on the field. In short, it’s the complete scoop from a sportswriter who led a charmed life and, even when faced with his own failing eyesight, managed to keep his life intact and still see more than the rest of us. The Real McCoy is one of the most readable –and revealing—books about baseball ever written. ORANGE FRAZER

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March 28, 2015

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN INTRODUCES NEW KIDS NOVEL

SATURDAY, MARCH 28; 1 PM
CHRIS GRABENSTEIN
, author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library will introduce his new book for young readers, The Island of Dr. Libris. Twelve-year-old Billy Gillfoyle is stuck spending the entire summer in an old lakeside cabin owned by the enigmatic Dr. Libris. There’s something odd about this place, maybe even a little spooky. Strangest of all is Dr. Libris’s dusty study, full of the wildest stories Billy’s ever read. And whenever Billy opens the books in the study, he’s sure he can hear strange sounds coming from the mysterious island in the middle of the lake. Are the characters in the stories calling him? Are they coming to life? RANDOM HOUSE

Chris Grabenstein is co-author with James Patterson of the #1 best-selling series Funny and Treasure Hunters. He’s a playwright, screen writer and improvisational comedian and he has also written for Jim Henson’s Muppets.

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP PREVIEW

SUNDAY, MARCH 28; 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP INFORMATION SESSION. This year marks the 30th annual Summer Program presented by the Antioch Writers Workshop in Yellow Spring, Ohio. It promises a stellar faculty, inspiring programming, and exciting opportunities. Learn more about the program from board and staff members at this casual Q&A session today. For more information, please visit www.antiochwritersworkshop.com

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March 25, 2015

AUTHOR OF BAM PRESIDENT'S PICK TO VISIT

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25; 7 PM

GEORGE HODGMAN, veteran magazine and book editor, will discuss his memoir, Bettyville, in which he tells of his leaving a busy career in Manhattan to return home to Paris, Missouri to care for his aging mother who is suffering from dementia. While he feels unprepared to care for her at home, he can’t bring himself to put her in an institution. So begins their journey together; Betty, at once courageous, headstrong, and vulnerable, and George, trying to be the good prodigal son. Underpinning their relationship is the fact that Betty has not fully accepted the fact that George is gay and the difficulties he had growing up gay in rural America years earlier. It’s a “beautifully crafted story of secrets, silences and enduring love that is simultaneously hilarious and heartwarming. “

Bettyville has been chosen as Books-A-Million President’s Pick for March. Alison Bechdel raves, “As George and his mother come to terms with one another at the end of her days, the book begins to shimmer with something much more rare than love: a boundless, transcendent, and simple kindness.” VIKING

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March 18, 2015

PETER LERANGIS TO VISIT

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18; 7 PM
PETER LERANGIS,
New York Times bestselling author of the Seven Wonders Series, will introduce Book 4, The Curse of the King . This fast-paced tween series about friends on a quest to unlock the secrets of the ancient world comes to life like a movie and is perfect for fans of Indiana Jones and Percy Jackson. Outnumbered and underequipped, Jack, Cass, and Aly have managed to defeat the Colossus of Rhodes, hunted through Ancient Babylon, and outfoxed legions of undead, but now they must figure out how to save themselves from a power that threatens to overwhelm them and destroy the world.

Peter Lerangis has written more than 165 books, which have sold over 5 ½ million copies and been translated into 35 languages. Among his books are four in the 39 Clues Series (The Sword Thief, The Viper’s Nest, Vespers Rising, and The Dead of Night). The other books in the Seven Wonders Series are: The Colossus Rises, Lost in Babylon, and The Tomb of Shadows. HARPER COLLINS

March 10, 2015

TED SANDERS INTRODUCES KIDS FANTASY NOVEL

TUESDAY, MARCH 10; 7 PM
TED SANDERS
will introduce The Keepers: The Box and The Dragonfly, the first book in his action-packed science fiction/fantasy middle-grade series. In it, he creates a world where everything is more than it seems and where friendship and loyalty have the greatest power of all. The book has numerous ties to time travel and the physics of objects: a lot of the magical type things in the book – like a dragonfly that moves so quickly that it allows one object to move through another (i.e. a person passing through a tree or the ground) – are theoretically possible. Of course, all of this is wrapped up in a fun, epic adventure. People are comparing it to the excitement they felt when they first read Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone. HARPER COLLINS

March 5, 2015

KIDS AUTHOR/ ILLUSTRATOR TO VISIT

THURSDAY, MARCH 5; 6:30 PM

Children’s author and illustrator BARNEY SALTZBERG will present his new books for young children, Redbird: Color, Colors Everywhere! and Redbird: Friends Come in Different Sizes. These board books introduce us to Redbird. With his long orange beak, red body, and friendly expression, he calls to mind Dr. Seuss’s offbeat heroes and Boynton’s zany barnyard creatures, while embodying the author’s signature playful style. Saltzberg has written many books for young readers, including Beautiful Oops!, Arlo Needs Glasses, and A Little Bit of Oomph!, which combine his distinctive art, lively spirit and paper engineering that bring great joy to kids and grown-ups, alike. WORKMAN


February 21, 2015

MARY PAT KELLY TO VISIT

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21; 2 PM
MARY PAT KELLY,
author of Galway Bay, will introduce Of Irish Blood, a vivid and compelling tale woven with authentic detail and historical characters, and based on the author's own great aunt's life. Irish Nora Kelly is thriving in the new land and early twentieth century Chicago, rising in the fashion industry until she gets involved with the wrong sort of man and flees to Paris to escape trouble. There she finds friends in such luminaries as Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Beach. But she also meets a group of Irish revolutionaries who challenge her to honor her heritage and join the fight to free Ireland. Nora faces betrayal and violence, but her greatest heartache is wondering if she will ever find her way home again.

Mary Higgins Clark says this about the book: "Fascinating story. Engrossing with an endearing central character and a wonderful rich historical background."

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January 11, 2015

FREE WRITERS WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, JANUARY 11; 2-2:30 PM
FREE WRITERS WORKSHOP
sponsored by the Antioch Writers Workshop.
The theme will be Metaphor and Imagery. Acclaimed Dayton poetry slam group “Metaphorically Speaking,” comprised of slam poets Jay Martinez, Tripp Fontane and Tony “Ace Metaphor” Nails, will lead writers in generating metaphors and imagery to use in their writing—whether poetry, fiction, or essays—in this high energy, fun program to kick off the new year. Learn more about the group on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/metaphoricallyspeakingdayton.

November 22, 2014

SANTA CLAUS ARRIVES AT THE GREENE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22; AT DUSK
SANTA CLAUS
arrives at The Greene for the lighting of the outdoor Holiday Tree in The Greene Town Center. Bring the kids!

November 19, 2014

ANN HAGEDORN

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19; 7 PM
ANN HAGEDORN
will introduce her newest nonfiction book, The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security. She shows the reader that private security is a bona fide industry that has become indispensable to American foreign and military policy. The pivotal moment in this story came when the United States found itself in a prolonged war with Iraq and the government relied on private security contractors to supplement the military. They eventually exceeded traditional troops in what some now regard as America’s first contractor war.

She profiles members of Congress who recognize the risks of our dependence on private contractors but have been unable even to determine the true scope of our dependence. Ann hopes the book will inspire a long-overdue national dialogue about the poorly understood international industry on which much of our security now rests. S&S

Ann Hagedorn is the award-winning author of four previous books: Wild Ride, Ransom, Beyond the River, and Savage Peace.

November 18, 2014

MELISSA DE LA CRUZ & MICHAEL JOHNSTON

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18; 7 PM
MELISSA DE LA CRUZ
and MICHAEL JOHNSTON will debut their new novel, Stolen. It is the second installment in the Heart of Dread series and is full of all the mythology, mystery, suspense, and romance that brought readers to the Blue Bloods series. Nat and her drakon are the last of their kind—sworn to protect what their enemies seek to control—and she’s risked her life for the reunion. But fighting for the majestic Blue meant saying goodbye to Wes, breaking both their hearts. And although he promised to return to her after finding his sister, Nat and Wes are now being pulled farther apart.

Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston are married. He is co-creator of the Blue Bloods and Witches of East End series. They live with their daughter in California.

Today is the on-sale date for Stolen. Be one of the first to get a signed copy!

November 16, 2014

FREE WRITERS WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16; 2-3:30 pm
Antioch Writers Workshop will hold a session on How to Handle Rejection. As a writer, what are the tips and techniques for dealing with the inevitable, but dreaded, rejection slip? How can writers develop the thick skin the publishing world demands...and learn to see that 'no' isn't personal? What are some steps to keep going, even when feeling a bit of despair wondering who wants to read one's work?

TIM WAGGONER, author of nearly thirty published novels and three short story collections and numerous articles in literary publications, will share his tips with you. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and Seton Hill University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program.

November 15, 2014

CREEK STEWART

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15; 2 PM
CREEK STEWART,
survivalist expert and host of The Weather Channel's new hit survival show: Fat Guys in the Woods, will give a talk entitled: How to Assemble Your Own Every Day Carry (EDC) Survival Kit. In the TV series, he takes three average men into the wilderness to survive for a week. He claims that if a person can survive that, he can do anything he puts his mind to when he gets back home.

His books include Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag, Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle, and The Unofficial Hunger Games Survival Guide. He is a guest expert on Fox & Friends, Men's Fitness Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Outdoor Life Magazine, American Survival Guide, Huggington Post and other radio and online outlets. He is the owner and founder of Willow Haven Outjdoor Suvival Training School located in Central Indiana.

ONE-DAY HOLIDAY SALE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15; ALL DAY!
ONE-DAY SALE FOR OUR DISCOUNT CLUB MEMBERS.
Everything in the store (except select items) will be at least 20% off for our card members. If you are not already a member, we invite you to join at any register area. It’s a great time to do your holiday shopping!

November 10, 2014

DIANE MULDROW

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10; 7 PM
DIANE MULDROW,
author of the bestselling book, Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book, will introduce her newest book, Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned from a Little Golden Book. It is a collection of holiday themed Little Golden Book art on the ups (being with family, all the yummy food) and the downs (crowded malls, endless hours in the kitchen) of the holiday season. This nostalgia-filled book was lovingly curated and written by Diane and will delight adults and children alike. RANDOM HOUSE

Diane Muldrow is the editorial director of Golden Books and the absolute expert on all things concerning Little Golden Books. Since 1941 these books have revolutionized children’s books by publishing high-quality picture books available at affordable prices.

November 9, 2014

CONVERSATION WITH THE 2014 WINNERS OF THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9; 9:30 AM REGISTRATION; 10 AM PROGRAM
CONVERSATION WITH THE 2014 WINNERS OF THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE
at Sinclair Community College; Building 12; First Floor

BOB SHACOCHIS, Fiction Winner for The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
KARIMA BENNOUNE,
Nonfiction Winner for Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here
MARGARET WRINKLE,
Fiction Runner-Up for Wash
JO ROBERTS,
Nonfiction Runner-up for Contested Land, Contested Memory: Israel’s Jews and Arabs and the Ghost of Catastrophe
LOUISE ERDRICH,
Winner of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award

Reservations are required; space is limited to 300 guests. Please make your reservation via email to peaceliterature@att.net . A $10 donation will be taken at the door (no credit cards, please).

November 6, 2014

ANTIOCH MIDWEST INFORMATION SESSION

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6; 6-7:30 PM
OSCAR ROBINSON
from Antioch Midwest will be available to answer questions about the university. For more information, please contact him at 937-769-1823.

November 5, 2014

JOANNE HUIST SMITH

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5; 7 PM
Local author JOANNE HUIST SMITH will introduce her memoir, The 13th Gift, a heartwarming Christmas story about how a random act of kindness transformed one of the bleakest moments in a family’s history into a time of strength and love.

After the unexpected death of her husband, Joanne had no idea how she would keep herself together and be strong for her three children—especially with the holiday season approaching. But 12 days before Christmas, presents begin appearing on her doorstep with notes from their “True Friends.” As the Smiths came together to solve the mystery of who the gifts were from, they began to thaw out from their grief and come together again as a family. RANDOM HOUSE

Joanne is a native Daytonian and former reporter for the Dayton Daily News .

November 1, 2014

ADOPTION-THEMED KIDS STORYTIME

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1; 11 AM
ADOPTION-THEMED KIDS STORYTIME.
Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley will conduct a special adoption Storytime. The books will feature international and domestic adoption themes. The children will be invited to participate in a craft activity.

October 30, 2014

WOWA HALLOWEEN BEATNIK CAFE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 7 PM
The WESTERN OHIO WRITERS ASSOCIATION
will present the Halloween 2014 Edition of Beatnik Café featuring the theme, “Masks!” Member of the WOWA will read their original short stories and poetry. To learn more about the organization, visit westernohiowriters.org.

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October 26, 2014

JUDY SCHACHNER

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26; 2 PM
JUDY SCHACHNER
will introduce her new picture book, Skippyjon Jones Snow What, which is sure to please the young crowd. While Skippyjon’s sisters listen to Snow White, Skippyjon bounces on his big boy bed and heads off to a real adventure—this time into a magical snowy forest of make-believe! There, the seven Chimichangoes challenge him with his most dangerous task yet: to wake up Nieve Que, the frozen princess, by kissing her! Yuck, he thinks! Will this hero to all agree to don a prince’s pantelones and save his poochitos? With El Skippito to the rescue, this fuzzy tale is sure to end happily ever after. PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

There is a bonus CD of the author reading Skippyjon Jones Show What included with the book. We’ll have supplies and directions for the kids to make a Skippyjon mask to take home.

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October 25, 2014

SARA RAASCH

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25; 1 PM
SARA RAASCH
will introduce her debut young adult novel, Snow Like Ashes, a striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self. As it opens, the Kingdom of Winter has been conquered and its citizens enslaved. Eight Winterians managed to escape, and they are searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom. One of them, Meira, discovers that an ancient locket can restore their magic and she goes on a quest for it that thrusts her into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics. BALZER & BRAY

Sara Raasch is a graduate of Wright State University. Her debut novel is a fast-paced tale of loyalty, love, and finding one’s destiny.


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October 24, 2014

JAN KARON..CONVERSATION, Q&A, MEET&GREET

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24; 7 PM
JAN KARON,
author of Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, will be here for a Conversation, Q&A, and Meet & Greet Session. In this new book, set in Mitford, fans will delight in once again spending time with the often comic and utterly human Father Tim Kavanagh, his wife Cynthia, their son Dooley, and their many beloved characters. PUTNAM

Please note that Jan karon will greet fans after this event, but will not sign copies of her books. Presigned copies of Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good will be available for purchase at the event. People purchasing a copy of Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good at the event will secure a priority ticket for the Meet & Greet line.

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October 21, 2014

CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21; 7 PM
CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA
will introduce The Sorcerer Heir, the final book in her Heir Chronicles series. The delicate peace between Wizards and the Underguilds still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Brought together by their shared history as survivors of a magical catastrophe, Emma and Jonah now stand to be torn apart by new wounds and old betrayals. DISNEY

Other books in the series are: The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, and The Enchanter Heir.

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October 16, 2014

JENNIFER HOLLAND

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16; 6:30 PM

UPDATE: Ms. Holland has cancelled her appearances for the time being due to illness. She hopes to reschedule in the Spring.

JENNIFER HOLLAND, using a Power Point presentation, will introduce her charming new book, Unlikely Heroes, which tells stories of lives saved by an animal’s quick action or made better by an animal as a companion or assistant. She talks about how all of the stories in her book help to show what complex beings our animal friends are. They can teach us a lot about ourselves and how important it is to treat them with respect. WORKMAN

Holland has also written Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Dog and the Piglet , Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Monkey and the Dove and Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Leopard & the Cow.

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October 14, 2014

KIKI THORPE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14; 7 PM
KIKI THORPE
will introduce her Never Girls series. This early reader series will delight beginning chapter readers In the newest book, A Pinch of Magic, young Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby magically travel between their hometown of Pixie Hollow to the enchanted Never Land, home of Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. There they find wonderful adventures. RANDOM HOUSE

Books in the series include A Pinch of Magic, In a Blink, The Woods Beyond, The Never Girls: Pixie, Puzzles, Games and More; Wedding Wings, From the Mist, Space Between, and A Dandelion Wish

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October 12, 2014

FREE WRITERS WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12; 2-3:30 PM
FREE WRITERS WORKSHOP!
The Antioch Writers Workshop will conduct a free workshop on preparing for NaNoWriMo, in recognition of National Novel Writing Month (November). The challenge is to write a decent 50,000 word draft in just one month. Later, revise, refine, and edit your work into a polished novel. Popular author KATRINA KITTLE will give you the steps and tools to prepare for getting the most out of NaNoWriMo.


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October 9, 2014

JAMES FREY

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9; 7 PM
Bestselling author JAMES FREY will introduce his new teen/adult crossover novel, Endgame. The story follows twelve teens as catastrophic events lead them on a global quest in search of three ancient keys that will save not only their bloodlines, but the world. Each book in the trilogy will feature an interactive puzzle comprised of clues and riddles that will lead to the location of a hidden key. The first eligible reader to solve the puzzle for the first book and find the key will win $500,000 worth of gold! Amazing!

The first 48 people at the event who purchase the book here and tweet a photo with the hashtag#endgameishere, will receive a bloodline disk that mimics the look of the stone “EarthKey” in the novel. After the Q&A session, James will draw a single silver bloodline disk from a special box, revealing the winning bloodline. The 4 lucky people holding that correlating disk will receive an Amex gift card worth $100. HARPER COLLINS

James Frey has also written: A Million Little Pieces, Bright Shiny Morning and My Friend Leonard. Nils Johnson-Shelton.has co-authored Endgame.

October 8, 2014

PAMELA DRUCKERMAN

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8; 7 PM
PAMELA DRUCKERMAN
will discuss her book, Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. When Druckerman, an American journalist, had a baby in Paris, she didn’t aspire to become a ‘French parent.” But she noticed that French children slept through the night by two or three months old, were good and varied eaters, well-behaved, and independent. She found that French parents are extremely strict about some things and strikingly permissive about others. The result is children who are just as boisterous, curious, and creative as Americans but far better behaved and more in command of themselves. This book strikes a happy medium between the French way and her own parenting preferences, offering 100 French parenting tips and recipes for the whole family. It is deeply wise and charmingly told. PENGUIN

October 7, 2014

DEBORAH CROMBIE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7; 7 PM
DEBORAH CROMBIE
will introduce, To Dwell in Darkness, her newest mystery with London detectives Duncan Kincaid and his wife Detective Inspector Gemma James. Superintendent Duncan has recently been transferred to the London borough of Camden from Scotland Yard headquarters. His first case involves a death caused by an explosion at a peaceful protest. Is it a terrorist attack, an accident, or murder? The answer is not obvious and that thrusts Duncan into a dangerous investigation. WILLIAM MORROW

Deborah Crombie is a New York Times Notable Author and has been nominated for and won many awards. Her novel, Dreaming of the Bones, was chosen by the Independent Mystery Brooksellers of America as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the Century.

October 2, 2014

TED RALL

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2; 7 PM

Political cartoonist and graphic journalist TED RALL will introduce his new book, After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back As Honored Guests. Ted has been to Afghanistan twice, first in the wake of 9/11 and then ten years later. Neither time was he “safely” embedded with the U.S. forces, but instead went as an independent journalist seeking to uncover the truth of what was happening in Afghanistan. He was often in dangerous, life-threatening situations as he filed daily reports via satellite. The book is a mix of travelogue, photography, and comics as he portrays the realities of what really happened when America went to war. HILL AND WANG

Ted Rall is the author and illustrator of many graphic novels and books of political criticism and travel writing, including The Year of Loving Dangerously, Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?, and The Book of Obama: How We Went from Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt. His political cartoons are nationally syndicated and are seen locally in the Dayton City Paper. He is originally from Kettering.

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October 1, 2014

TAMMY YORK

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1; 7 PM

It’s time for a brisk Autumn hike! Come hear TAMMY YORK discuss her book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles; Cincinnati. She’ll get you in the mood to get outdoors as she talks about the wonderful sights right here in our own area, including Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, Sugarcreek Metro Park, Sharon Woods, Spring Valley Wildlife Area, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, and much more. Oh, there’s so much to see and you don’t have to go far to see it! MENASHA RIDGE PRESS

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September 29, 2014

CARL HIAASEN

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29; 7 PM

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Bestselling author CARL HIAASEN will debut his first book for teens, Skink No Surrender. To avoid being shipped off to boarding school, Classic Malley takes off with some guy she met online. Her cousin Richard knows she’s in trouble before she does. Enter Wild Skink, the one-eyed ex-governor of Florida and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. So with Richard riding shotgun, this unlikely pair scours the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, and giant gators on their search for Malley. With Skink at the wheel, the search for the missing girl is both nail-bitingly tense and laugh-out-loud funny. Teens and adults will enjoy this book! RANDOM HOUSE

Carl Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Star Island and Bad Monkey. Hoot, Hiaasen’s first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor.

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September 23, 2014

RICHARD PAUL EVANS

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23; 7 PM

RICHARD PAUL EVANS will introduce his latest exciting young adult novel. Michael Vey 4: Hunt for Jade Dragon. Michael Vey, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the electroclan head to China in search of a girl who may have discovered why Michael and his friends became electric. Her name is Lin Julung, or Jade Dragon, and she’s a child prodigy with an IQ higher than Einstein’s – and Ostin’s. But Hatch gets to her first, and Jade Dragon is being held prisoner in the Taiwan Starxource plant. Can Michael and the Electroclan free her before Hatch can realize his dreams of an army of electric children? SIMON & SCHUSTER

Richard Paul Evans has also written The Christmas Box, The Walk series, and many other New York Times Bestselling Books.

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September 13, 2014

LORIE LANGDON AND CAREY CORP

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13; 2 PM

LORIE LANGDON and CAREY CORP will introduce Destined for Doon, the sequel to Doon, a young adult novel that is reminiscent of the theme of the classic story, Brigadoon, but with a modern-day twist. In Destined for Doon, Kenna Reid realizes that she made a dreadful mistake choosing to follow her dream to Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon with Duncan. When she has a second chance to return to Doon, she jumps at it, knowing that it may be up to her to save the kingdom, but her dream of living there happily ever after may be in peril. BLINK

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September 6, 2014

FALL IN LOVE ATRIA 2014 TOUR

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6; 2 PM

FALL IN LOVE ATRIA 2014 TOUR

(Line numbers beginning at 1 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for at least one of the authors’ new books to get a line number.)

JAMIE MCGUIRE will introduce Beautiful Oblivion. Following Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster, Beautiful Oblivion is the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.

ABBI GLINES will introduce One More Chance. The memorable story of Grant and Harlow from Take a Chance continues in this new novel in the Rosemary Beach series.

COLLEEN HOOVER will introduce Ugly Love. Undeniable mutual attraction brings Miles and Tate together. Now what will keep them together?

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet these three popular romance writers!

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September 4, 2014

PHILIP GULLEY

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4; 7 PM

PHILIP GULLEY will introduce his new novel, A Place Called Hope. When Quaker Pastor Sam Gardner is asked by the ill Unitarian minister to oversee a wedding in his place, Sam naturally agrees. It’s not until the couple stands before him that he realizes they’re two women. In the tempest of strong opinions and misunderstandings that follow the incident, Sam faces potential unemployment. Unexpectedly, he receives an invitation to pastor a Friends Community in Hope, Indiana. But can he really leave his beloved hometown of Harmony?

Philip Gulley, a Quaker pastor, has become the voice of small-town American life. Along with writing Front Porch Tales, Hometown Tales, and For Everything a Season, he is the author of the Harmony Series of novels. He lives in Indiana with his wife and their sons. HACHETTE

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August 28, 2014

SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28; 7 PM

SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS will introduce her new novel Heroes Are My Weakness. Set in deepest winter, on an isolated island off the coast of Maine, a man, a woman, and puppets (yes, puppets!) meet in a mysterious house (Harp House) looming over the Atlantic Ocean. How did they happen to be there? Well, the woman (Annie Hewitt) is an unsuccessful actress who is making her living as a ventriloquist and has come to the house, after her mother died, to claim the legacy her mother told her was in a small family cottage on the grounds of Harp House. The man, Theo Harp, a horror writer, is a recent widower, and there are whispers that he is responsible for his wife’s death.

But is Theo really the villain he is made out to be? Why is Annie so attracted to this seeming menace of a menace of a man? Time and experience will tell! WM. MORROW

Susan Elizabeth Phillips soars onto the New York Times bestseller list with every new publication. She is the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America prestigious Favorite Book of the Year award.

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August 27, 2014

ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27; 7 PM

ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS will introduce his mystery novel, Fourth Down and Out. It features Andy Hayes, a former Ohio State quarterback, whose football career had been tarnished and who is now a private investigator. A client has asked him to retrieve a laptop and erase a troublesome video from its hard drive. It seems simple enough. But that was before someone breaks into Andy’s apartment in Columbus, armed with a shotgun, and takes the laptop. Then the FBI shows up asking questions and Andy learns that there is a growing list of people with a claim on the computer, all of them with secrets they don’t want uncovered. When one of those people ends up dead, Andy has his hands full convincing authorities he’s not responsible. SWALLOW PRESS

Andrew Welsh-Huggins is legal affairs reporter with the Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio. He has written extensively on capital punishment, the drug trade, and politics.

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August 13, 2014

TARASHEA NESBIT

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13; 7 Pm

TARASHEA NESBIT will discuss her book, The Wives of Los Alamos. Told as a novel, it depicts the lives of the wives of the scientists working under top secrecy to develop the atomic bomb. Their average age was twenty-five. Their contact with the outside world was all but severed. Their lives were shrouded in a secrecy even they could not be privy to. They arrived in Los Alamos, New Mexico during World War II and made do in half-built homes on a military base surrounded by barbed wire, abundant sand, and armed guards. In the face of this upheaval and uncertainty, they banded together and carved out a life for themselves and their families, in spite of the chaos of the war and intense secrecy.

Told in the collective voice of the women, The Wives of Los Alamos sheds light on one of the strangest and most monumental research projects in modern history. BLOOMSBURY

TaraShea Nesbit was born in Dayton, Ohio, one of the important, but lesser-known, Manhattan Project locations. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Denver and is working on her Ph.D.

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August 12, 2014

BETH MACY

TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 7 PM

BETH MACY will discuss her book Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local—and Helped Save an American Town. In it, she explores the effects of globalization on America’s furniture manufacturing industry with the story of the Bassetts, a family from Virginia, whose Bassett Furniture Company was once the world’s largest manufacturer of wooden furniture. The whole town depended on that business for their livelihood. That was all put in jeopardy when cheap Chinese imports began to flood the U.S. market. But John Bassett III fought back, and with legal help he filed a petition against China for unfair trade practices, ultimately saving his company, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, and hundreds of jobs in Galax, Virginia.

The book reads like a spy novel as you follow an informer secretly making his way into the interior recesses of the Chinese furniture industry and providing documentation for legal recourse. LITTLE BROWN

The author is from Urbana, Ohio and now resides in Virginia where she is a reporter for Roanoke Times.

July 2, 2014

TIM GAFFNEY

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2; 7 PM

TIM GAFFNEY will introduce his new book, The Dayton Flight Factory: The Wright Brothers & the Birth of Aviation. Timothy Gaffney uses historical research and today’s aviation heritage sites to retell the story of the Wright Brothers from a hometown perspective. Wilbur and Orville Wright lived in Dayton and invented the airplane here. Years ago, it was a common sight to see them flying over Huffman Prairie, which is now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This new book continues their story of bringing the airplane to the world by building the world’s first airplane factory in Dayton, Ohio.

June 29, 2014

NATHAN W. PYLE

NATHAN W. PYLE, a proud Ohio native now living in New York City, will introduce his humorous, insightful, and helpful guide to the unwritten rules and secrets of living successfully in a city like NYC. In NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, he offers useful answers to questions like: Which cab do I hail? What’s the difference between the West and East Village? What is a bodega? What is the proper walking formation for groups of three or four? What are classic street scams, and countless other tips and tricks. Each tip is a little story illustrated in simple black and white drawings. Visitors and newcomers to New York will appreciate it because the advice is smart, funny, and useful.

June 27, 2014

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

FRIDAY, JUNE 27; 7 PM

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON will be signing her memoir, Hard Choices. In it she discusses the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.

Tickets will be distributed at Books&Co beginning at 9 am on Monday, June 23rd with the purchase of Hard Choices. There is a limited number of tickets; one book per person. Come into the store and pre-purchase your book to receive a ticket for the signing event. You will receive the actual book at the signing table on the day of the event. (If you have already purchased the book from books&co., Books-A-Million, or booksamillion.com, you must present your receipt to get a line number and bring your book to the event.)

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June 23, 2014

KAREN WHITE

MONDAY, JUNE 23; 7 PM

KAREN WHITE will introduce A Long Time Gone set in the Mississippi Delta, the most southern place on earth, filled with sweet gums and pines, swamps, cotton fields and swaying cypress tress. In the new book, we find that Vivien Walker has left her home in the Delta and she has sworn never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she’d left, that’s exactly what happens. Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children. But things change in ways she cannot imagine when a violent storm reveals the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home. Vivien knows it is time to rediscover herself – by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted them all for generations. NAL

Karen White is the bestselling author of seventeen previous books, including The Time Between, Return to Tradd Street, The House on Tradd Street, The Girl on Montagu Street, On Folly Beach, and The Color of Light. She grew up in London and now lives with her family near Atlanta, Georgia.

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June 13, 2014

Western Ohio Writers Association

FRIDAY, JUNE 13; 7 PM

BEATNIK CAFÉ! Back again by popular demand, the Western Ohio Writers Association (WOWA) presents a live reading of original short stories and poetry. WOWA authors will be performing great, new work on the theme, “Friday the 13th!” The pieces will run the gamut of funny to heart-stopping!

Western Ohio Writers Association

FRIDAY, JUNE 13; 7 PM

BEATNIK CAFÉ! Back again by popular demand, the Western Ohio Writers Association (WOWA) presents a live reading of original short stories and poetry. WOWA authors will be performing great, new work on the theme, “Friday the 13th!” The pieces will run the gamut of funny to heart-stopping!

June 12, 2014

THINK TV

THURSDAY, JUNE 12; 6 PM

THINK TV will present their Young Author Awards to students in grades K-3 who won their writing contest. The winners will read their stories for the audience.

June 10, 2014

ANTON DISCLAFANI

TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 7 PM

ANTON DISCLAFANI will introduce the softcover edition of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls.

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ANTON DI SCLAFONI

TUESDAY, JUNE 10; 7 PM

ANTON DI SCLAFONI will introduce the softcover edition of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, which is part love story, part coming of age, and part family drama. For her role in a family scandal, a passionate, willful, complicated girl named Thea is exiled from her isolated Florida home and sent off to the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls. It is an experience that permanently alters Thea’s sense of herself, the country as it enters the Great Depression, and the possibilities open to a young woman at this time. RIVERHEAD

Anton DiSclafani was raised in northern Florida where she rode horses, competing nationally. She has appeared on This American Life. She graduated from Emory University and received her MFA from Washington University. She lives in St. Louis and teaches creative writing at Washington University

June 7, 2014

KHALED HOSSEINI

SATURDAY, JUNE 7; 2 PM

KHALED HOSSEINI will introduce the softcover edition of And the Mountains Echoed.

Line numbers will be given out at 1 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for the softcover edition of And the Mountains Echoed to get a line number.

This multigenerational novel, spanning 60 years, revolves around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers. Hosseini explores “the many ways in which families love, wound, honor, betray, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.” Set in Kabul, Paris, San Francisco, and the Greek island of Tinos, the book expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each page. It explores how our lives are intertwined with so many others and how our losses and kindnesses echo around the world.

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States with his family in 1980. He became a doctor with a specialty in internal medicine before he published his first novel, The Kite Runner, followed by his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns. Over 40 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. Since 2006 he has worked with the United Nations Refugee Agency and he has established The Khaled Hosseini Foundation which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

VICK MICKUNAS, guest columnist for the Dayton Daily News and host of WYSO’s Book Nook radio program, will interview KHALED HOSSEINI during the event.

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June 5, 2014

JEAN REAGAN

THURSDAY, JUNE 5; 7 PM

JEAN REAGAN will introduce her charming picture book, How to Babysit a Grandma. It’s a lucky kid who gets to babysit her grandma! But you need to know a lot of things....like showing her how to use the swing and slide at the park. She’ll need to know how to feed the ducks, how to play dress-up, how to make yummy snacks, especially with sparkles on them, how to make shadow puppets on the wall. Oh, there is so much to keep your grandma busy and entertained when you babysit her! KNOPF

The book is a funny and heartwarming celebration of grandmas and grandchildren.

June 4, 2014

JOSEPH FINDER

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4; 7 PM

JOSEPH FINDER will introduce his new standalone thriller in over three years, Suspicion. We meet Danny, a single father and regular guy, whose ex-wife has succumbed to cancer and their teenage daughter, who is devastated and has only found solace in the comfort of her private school. When Danny finds that he is unable to afford the tuition, he is loath to take away the one thing that still makes her happy. In what seems to be a stroke of good luck, the father of his daughter’s new best friend offers him a $50,000 loan to cover the tuition. Danny takes the money and promises to pay it back. But the moment the money is wired into Danny’s account, the DEA comes knocking. Has he just received drug money? Is the DEA going to ask him to accept a treacherous undercover assignment helping the government to get to the bottom of illegal activity? Before he knows it, he is at risk of losing everything—and everyone—that matters to him.

Joseph Finder has also written The Quiet Game, Vanished, High Crimes, Moscow Club, The Zero Hour and Buried Secrets

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June 2, 2014

CHARLIE LOVETT

MONDAY, JUNE 2; 7 PM

CHARLIE LOVETT, playwright and former antiquarian bookseller, will introduce the softcover edition of his debut literary mystery, The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession. It combines the excitement of a centuries-old literary conspiracy with the touching love story of a shy bookseller named Peter Byerly. We meet him in his dusty bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, Wales when he stumbles across a miniature portrait of his dead wife—but his wife died in 1994 and the portrait is clearly Victorian. When he tries to learn more about the watercolor, Peter is swept up in a web of mystery and intrigue and uncovers what could be the most important and valuable artifact in the history of English literature—a book that appears to have marginalia written by William Shakespeare-- positively proving the identity of the great playwright.

May 31, 2014

TERRY HAYES

SATURDAY, MAY 31; 2 PM

TERRY HAYES will introduce his gripping thriller, I Am Pilgrim. Pilgrim is the code name for Scott Murdock. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a highly secret espionage unit for U.S. intelligence. Always reclusive and now wanting to retire to a life of quiet anonymity, he is reluctant to respond to NYPD detective Ben Bradley who has asked for his help with the investigation of a gruesome murder of a woman in a low-rent Manhattan hotel. But his “duty and faith in the human spirit call him back into service.” In doing so, he is drawn into not only that murder case but an investigation into a biologic threat against the U.S., which ties into the murder.

He soon finds himself in the middle of an international manhunt moving through the United Kingdom, France, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan looking for a Middle Eastern native whom the Pilgrim codenames “the Saracen.” Saracen is planning to spread a fast-acting form of the deadly smallpox virus across the U.S. It’s a race against time before this Muslim jihadist commits an appalling act of mass murder. Can he be stopped?

Terry Hayes has co-authored the screenplay for Road Warrior/Mad Max 2, Dead Calm, and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and a number of TV movies and mini-series – including Bodyline and Bangkok Hilton. He has won over 25 film or television awards.

He will be interviewed at the event by DON THRASHER, entertainment and music writer for the Dayton Daily News and ActiveDayton.com.

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May 28, 2014

NAOMI WOOD

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28; 7 PM

NAOMI WOOD will introduce her debut novel, Mrs. Hemingway, which is narrated by Ernest Hemingway’s four wives: Hadley, Pauline, Martha, and Mary. Told in four parts, and based on love letters, diaries and telegrams, it explores the explosive love triangles that wrecked each of his marriages and is peopled with members of the fabled “Lost Generation” Hemingway’s friends, including Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. As each wife struggles with his mistress for Ernest’s heart, each marriage slips from tenderness to treachery. Every Mrs. Hemingway thought it would last forever and every one was wrong.

Naomi Wood is traveling from London for a five-city U.S. tour to introduce this Penguin original paperback novel.

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May 20, 2014

GREG ILES

TUESDAY, MAY 20; 7 PM

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for Natchez Burning to get a line number.)

GREG ILES will introduce his new thriller Natchez Burning. The book has been five years in the making, and readers will find that it has been worth the wait. In it, we follow Penn Cage, a former prosecutor and now mayor of Natchez, who realizes that it is up to him to save his father, who has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked as a physician years ago. In trying to prove that his father is not guilty of the crime, he uncovers historical secrets that could reveal racial crimes that have been long buried. Is it possible that his father, during the dark days of racial tension in the 1960s, was involved in a conspiracy of greed and murder with the Double Beagles, a vicious sect of the KKK? Penn is faced with a chilling dilemma, “does a man of honor choose his father or justice?”

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May 15, 2014

JUNIE B. JONES

THURSDAY, MAY 15; 5 PM

The JUNIE B. JONES STUPID SMELLY BUS TOUR is coming to Books & Co!
This will be a live, theatrical performance by Junie B. Jones and Mr. Woo, during which Junie B, live and in person, will share some of her most favorite things which are stored in her “Truck of Junk.” Afterwards, she and Mr. Wood will “meet & greet” everyone and stamp their Junie B. Jones books. She will stamp any new books you buy at the event and one book from home. Come along for the fun and be sure to look for the Junie B Jones Stupid Smelly Bus parked outside Books & Co.

May 14, 2014

RICHARD PAUL EVANS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14; 7 PM

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt forWalking on Water to get a line number.)

RICHARD PAUL EVANS will introduce Walking on Water, the conclusion to his popular Walk Series. In it, we find that Alan Christofferson returns west to face yet another crisis, one that threatens to upend his world just as he had begun to heal from so much loss, leaving him unsure of whether he can reach the end of his journey. It will take the love of a new friend, and the wisdom of an old friend, to help him finally leave the past behind and find the strength and hope to live again.

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box and more than 20 other New York Times bestsellers. There are more than 17 million copies of his books in print worldwide.

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May 8, 2014

LYNN CULLEN

THURSDAY, MAY 8; 7 PM

LYNN CULLEN, author of The Creation of Eve and Reign of Madness, will introduce her newest book, Mrs. Poe, rich with historical details of New York society and its mores in 1845. Edgar Allen Poe is at the height of his poetic genius and greatly revered by his readers. A budding poet, Frances Osgood, makes his acquaintance, thinking it will help her literary career. Little does she suspect that it will lead to a flirtation, then a seduction, and then an illicit affair which will pit her against Edgar’s frail wife Virginia. The three of them become involved in a macabre relationship that is as dark and twisted as one of Poe’s tales. It makes for fascinating reading! GALLERY BOOKS

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May 7, 2014

GARRISON KEILLOR

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7; 7 PM

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The Keillor Reader to get a line number.)

GARRISON KEILLOR, bestselling author and American radio personality, will introduce The Keillor Reader. The book brings together the full range of Garrison’s work, including monologues from A Prairie Home Companion, stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, excerpts from novels, and newspaper columns. The Keillor Reader also presents pieces never before published, including the essays “Cheerfulness” and “What We Have Learned So Far,” and features familiar characters such as Guy Noir, cowboys Dusty and Lefty, and many more favorites from Lake Wobegon.

Garrison Keillor is the founder and host of the popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. VIKING

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May 4, 2014

Star Wars Day

SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2-4 PM

Star Wars Day

"May the Fourth Be with You!"

Come join fellow Star Wars fans for some fun from that "galaxy far far away" that we all love! We will have fun Star Wars games and activities and a story time. Some characters from the movies will be stopping by for a visit for the event. Dress as your favorite Star Wars character and take part in the costume contest! Sit back and enjoy a reading from William Shakespeare's Star Wars and The Empire Striketh Back.

It will be more fun than the celebration on Endor!

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May 3, 2014

YOUNG ADULT AUTHORS EXTRAVAGANZA!

SATURDAY, MAY 3; 1 PM

YOUNG ADULT AUTHORS EXTRAVAGANZA!
We’ve invited nine authors of young adult fiction to share their newest books with you. It’s a rare opportunity to meet so many in one location at the same time! MINDY ARNETT, author of Avalon, The Nightmare Affair, and The Nightmare Dilemma, JODY CASELLA,author of Thin Space; LIZ COLEY, author of Pretty Girl-13; CAREY CORP & LORIE LANGDON, authors of Doon; MELISSA LANDERS, author of Alienated; KRISTINA MCBRIDE, author of One Moment and The Tension of Opposites; MINDY MCGINNIS, author of Not a Drop to Drink, and JENNIFER MCGOWAN, author of Maid of Secrets

YOUNG ADULT AUTHORS EXTRAVAGANZA!

SATURDAY, MAY 3; 1 PM

YOUNG ADULT AUTHORS EXTRAVAGANZA!
We’ve invited nine authors of young adult fiction to share their newest books with you. It’s a rare opportunity to meet so many in one location at the same time! MINDY ARNETT, author of Avalon, The Nightmare Affair, and The Nightmare Dilemma, JODY CASELLA,author of Thin Space; LIZ COLEY, author of Pretty Girl-13; CAREY CORP & LORIE LANGDON, authors of Doon; MELISSA LANDERS, author of Alienated; KRISTINA MCBRIDE, author of One Moment and The Tension of Opposites; MINDY MCGINNIS, author of Not a Drop to Drink, and JENNIFER MCGOWAN, author of Maid of Secrets

April 30, 2014

DAVID LUBAR

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30; 7 PM

DAVID LUBAR with introduce his newest children’s book, Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales, the latest book in his hilarious and creepy series. This collection of short stories will scare you, make you laugh, or enable you to see the world in a whole new way. For instance, a boy and his family narrowly escape a zombie apocalypse—or do they? A girl neglects her cat’s litter box and finds herself in a heap of trouble. And a group of clicking, scrolling, tapping wireless weenies find themselves on the edge of disaster. Delightfully dark and horridly humorous, young readers will have an excuse to put down the remote or video game controller and delve into David Lubar’s clever and cool world.

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April 29, 2014

NATHANIEL PHILBRICK

TUESDAY, APRIL 29; 7 PM

Bestselling author NATHANIEL PHILBRICK will introduce the paperback version of Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution. Moving from the famous December 1773 Boston Tea Party to the June 1775 battle at Bunker Hill, Philbrick reconstructs the events that ignited the American Revolution. “With passion and insight, he describes the revolutionary landscape –geographic and ideological—in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, and blisteringly real origins of America.” According to the Miami Herald, “This is popular history at its best: a taut narrative with a novelist’s touch, grounded in careful research.”

Nathaniel Philbrick has also written Mayflower, In the Heart of the Sea, Sea of Glory, The Last Stand, Why Read Moby-Dick? and Away Off Shore. He lives on Nantucket

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April 25, 2014

SOMAN CHAINANI

FRIDAY, APRIL 25; 7 PM

SOMAN CHAINANI, author of The School for Good and Evil, Book 1, will introduce the next book in the children’s trilogy, The School for Good and Evil #2, A World Without Princes. Chainani turns all pre-conceived notions of fairy tales upside down with his whimsical, captivating and even subversive tale of two archetypal heroines who are not what they appear to be. Sophie and Agatha return to the School for Good and Evil, where ordinary teenagers train to become legendary fairy tale heroes like Snow White and Prince Charming, and villains like Captain Hook and Rumpelstiltskin. To their dismay, everything at their beloved school has changed. Is it possible that heroes are villains and villains are heroes?

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April 21, 2014

LINDA GREENLAW

MONDAY, APRIL 21; 7 PM

Famed swordfisherman and bestselling author LINDA GREENLAW will introduce her memoir, Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother. While she has always wanted to be a mother, Linda never dreamed she’d gain that title as mother of a teenager. When the residents of Isle Au Haut, Maine realized that a member of their community, fifteen-year-old Mariah, fled her uncle’s house for refuge, it became apparent that he was a sexual and emotional predator who had been taking advantage of her for many years. Linda stepped in and brought Mariah into her home and they began the slow journey of getting to know and trust each other. It was not easy! Eventually, they overcame their own stubborn independence in order to forge the unlikely family that they both so desperately wanted and needed.

Linda’s many books include The Hungry Ocean, The Maine Summer’s Cookbook, The Lobster Chronicles, All Fisherman Are Liars, and Seaworthy.

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April 14, 2014

ANN WEISGARBER

MONDAY, APRIL 14; 7 PM

ANN WEISGARBER, author of the critically acclaimed The Personal History of Rachel DuPree will introduce THE PROMISE, a riveting story set primarily on Galveston Island, Texas in 1900. Dayton, Ohio, however, figures prominently in the story. It is the home of concert pianist Catherine Wainwright. The subject of a scandal, unmarried and without a steady income, she accepts a marriage proposal from a former schoolmate, who is now a dairy farmer living in Texas. He tells her in a letter that he has been recently widowed and “in need of a wife and a mother for his 4-year old son.” And thus begins a journey into the unknown for the cosmopolitan Catherine who had grown accustomed to a genteel life, and now finds herself in a remote locale learning to be the wife of a farmer and the mother of a small child. And then the hurricane of the century hits Galveston and no one could foresee the devastation it would bring. The residents are tested as never before.

The book is rich in historical detail and strong character development. The hurricane of 1900 was the worst natural disaster in the U.S. in the 20th century.

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April 13, 2014

FREE WRITERS’ MINI-WORKSHOP!

SUNDAY, APRIL 13; 2-3:30 PM

FREE WRITERS’ MINI-WORKSHOP! Representatives from the Antioch Writers Workshop will conduct a poetry workshop with the theme: Celebrate National Poetry Month with a Poem in Your Pocket. Come with an idea for a poem...or no ideas at all...and by the end of the session you’ll have created a poem (or the start of one) for finishing or polishing later with the guidance of our mini-workshop leader, GRACE CURTIS. Her work has been nominated for a Push Cart award and has appeared in journals such as Baltimore Review, Waccamaw Literary Journal, Scythe, Reprint Poetry, and Phoebe Journal

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April 12, 2014

BIG READ WRAP-UP EVENT

SATURDAY, APRIL 12; 11 AM - 2 PM at Paw-Paw Shelter

The BIG READ WRAP-UP EVENT takes place at the Paw Paw Shelter in Hills & Dales MetroPark in Kettering. It will feature outdoor hiking instructions, giveaways and more. Walk on the beautiful boardwalk trail. It’s easy and accessible for all.

April 11, 2014

ANN B. ROSS

FRIDAY, APRIL 11; 7 PM

ANN B. ROSS will introduce her new novel, Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover, the latest installment in her New York Times bestselling Miss Julia series. It seems that Miss Julia has been looking forward to a relaxing summer, sipping iced tea on her porch and helping Sam with his campaign for state senate. However, when she gets a letter from her long-lost cousin Elsie saying that she is sending her ill-mannered granddaughter, Trixie, on a bus to Abbotsville to learn how to become a lady, that puts a real crimp in Miss Julia’s summer. Now, besides helping Sam with his campaign, she is going to be running a one-woman charm school for Trixie.

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April 10, 2014

LISA SCOTTOLINE

THURSDAY, APRIL 10; 7 PM

LISA SCOTTOLINE, New York Times bestselling author, will introduce Keep Quiet, her newest emotionally charged novel that tells the story of one father who makes a split-second decision to save his son—and the consequences that follow. We meet Jake Whitmore who is trying to mend an ongoing rift with his 16-year-old son, Ryan. In a rare bonding moment when they are together in the car, they become involved in a tragic accident with Ryan at the wheel. Knowing that that accident will derail not only Ryan’s chances at college, but his entire future, Jake makes a split second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy.

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April 8, 2014

BIG READ DISCUSSION!

TUESDAY, APRIL 8; 7 PM

BIG READ DISCUSSION! Come participate in the discussion of WILD: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. This is the book that the community has chosen for The Big Read, and this is how it is described: “Twenty-two year old Cheryl Strayed, an inexperienced hiker, decides to hike the eleven hundred mile Pacific Crest Trail. Her adventure evolves into this strong wilderness survival story full of surprises laced with good humor. The drama in her life that led her to the decision to hike the trail is a satisfying backstory artfully woven into her memoir. Hiker or not, readers will relate to her quest, the people she meets, and her love of the beautiful trail.”

April 5, 2014

EDUCATOR WEEK APRIL 5-11

Educators from K-12 receive a 25% discount on their purchases for their classrooms during this week. If you don’t already have an Educator Card from us, just bring your school ID with you to our register area and we’ll give you a card. Teachers usually get a 20% discount on their school purchases, but twice a year we have an Educator Week and we raise the discount to 25%. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity!

EDUCATOR WEEK APRIL 5-11

Educators from K-12 receive a 25% discount on their purchases for their classrooms during this week. If you don’t already have an Educator Card from us, just bring your school ID with you to our register area and we’ll give you a card. Teachers usually get a 20% discount on their school purchases, but twice a year we have an Educator Week and we raise the discount to 25%. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity!

April 1, 2014

BEVERLY DONOFRIO

TUESDAY, APRIL 1; 7 PM

BEVERLY DONOFRIO, author of Riding in Cars with Boys, will introduce the softcover edition of her remarkable and inspiring memoir Astonished. To enliven her sluggish spiritual life, she embarked on a quest for a monastery to join. One night while she was on that quest, she was awakened by a rapist in her bed. Turning to prayer to try to understand why that experience happened to her, she discovered an astonishing pathway to accepting God’s presence in her life. She has lived for four years as a lay Carmelite at Hada Hermitage in Colorado, where she began this book.

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March 26, 2014

BIG READ DISCUSSION!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26; 7 PM

BIG READ DISCUSSION! Come participate in the discussion of WILD: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. This is the book that the Dayton community has chosen for The Big Read, and this is how it is described. “Twenty-two year old Cheryl Strayed, an inexperienced hiker, decides to hike the eleven hundred mile Pacific Crest Trail. Her adventure evolves into this strong wilderness survival story full of surprises laced with good humor. The drama in her life that led her to the decision to hike the trail is a satisfying backstory artfully woven into her memoir. Hiker or not, readers will relate to her quest, the people she meets, and her love of the beautiful trail.”

March 19, 2014

BRANDON SANDERSON

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19; 7 PM

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BRANDON SANDERSON will introduce Words of Radiance, the second book in The Stormlight Archive, which began with The Way of Kings, and took readers into the remarkable world of Roshar. It is shared by humans and humanoid Parshendi, who are engaged in a deadly war. Among those caught up in the conflict are Brightlord Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his sister Jasnah, a renowed scholar; her student Shallan, and Kaladin, a military slave, who becomes the first magically endowed Knight Radiant in centuries. With Words of Radiance, The Stormlight Archive grows even more richly immersive and compelling.

Brandon Sanderson had the honor of completing Robert Jordan’s classic The Wheel of Time series and is the author of the bestselling Mistborn series.

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March 13, 2014

TOR TEEN TOUR

THURSDAY, MARCH 13; 7 PM

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TOR TEEN TOUR comes to visit!

MINDEE ARNETT will introduce The Nightmare Dilemma where the reader is taken into the world of Nightmares, Sirens, Wizards and Demons at Arkwell Academy—a place very wondrous and strange, but where teens still struggle with some of the same problems as in the real world..

KRISTEN SIMMONS will introduce Three, the thrilling conclusion to her post apocalyptic young adult trilogy set in a future America in which the Bill-of-Rights has been replaced by the Moral Statutes.

JENNA BLACK will introduce Resistance, the second installment in her new science fiction romance series, which started with Replica. We find a murder-mystery in a near-future world where the rich have technology to return to life as synthetic replicas of themselves.

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March 11, 2014

LINCOLN PEIRCE

TUESDAY, MARCH 11; 6:30 PM

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LINCOLN PEIRCE will introduce Big Nate in the Zone, his latest Big Nate book, which contains more than 500 black-and-white illustrations. Young Nate Wright is the “one and only cartooning genius, king of detention, and Cheez Doodle connoisseur” who doesn’t seem to be having any luck. Now, thanks to Chad’s lucky foot, Nate is suddenly experiencing good luck everywhere. Nate’s in the zone! But how long will it last?

According to Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series says, “Big Nate is funny, big time.” Peirce’s Big Nate comic appears in 300 newspapers and is featured on the website Poptropica.com. There are 6 books in the Big Nate chapter book series.

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March 10, 2014

SUSAN CRANDALL

MONDAY, MARCH 10; 7 PM

SUSAN CRANDALL will introduce the softcover edition of Whistling Past the Graveyard, a coming of age story narrated by 9-year-old Starla Claudelle, whose story is an “poignant and indelible as that of Scout Finch or Huckleberry Finn.” Set in the summer of 1963 in Mississippi, Starla is living with her grandmother because she has essentially been abandoned by her parents. Afraid she is going to be sent to reform school, Starla simply walks to the outskirts of town and keeps walking. She accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. The trio embarks on a road trip that will change Starla’s life forever... in a good way.

Fans of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help or Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird will especially enjoy Whistling Past the Graveyard.

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March 9, 2014

FREE WRITERS MINI-WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, MARCH 9; 2-3:30 PM

Representatives of the Antioch Writers Workshop will discuss "The Who, What, When of the 29th Annual Antioch Writers Summer Program (including Scholarship information)." If you plan to attend, please leave your name and phone number at 937-429-6302.

March 7, 2014

KATHY AND BRANDAN REICHS

FRIDAY, MARCH 7; 7 PM

KATHY AND BRENDAN REICHS will introduce Exposure, the fourth book in their Virals Series for young readers. When twin classmates are abducted from Bolton Prep, Tory and the Virals decide there’s no better team to put on the case. But the gang has their own problems – their animal powers are growing wilder and becoming harder to control. The stakes are high: the Virals must decipher the clues and track down a ruthless criminal before he strikes again.

Kathy Reichs, like her character Temperance Brennan, is a forensic anthropologist. She is one of only 79 forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She is the author of the bestselling Bones series and the creator of Bones, the hit FOX TV show based on her novels. Brandan Reichs is the son of Kathy Reichs. He has been a lawyer before joining his mother to co-write the Virals series.

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March 1, 2014

KENAN TREVINCEVIC

SATURDAY, MARCH 1; 1 PM

KENAN TREVINCEVIC will introduce The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile and Return. This memoir tells Kenan’s incredible story of surviving the Bosnian war as an eleven-year-old child, eventually escaping to America, and later returning to his homeland to confront the past. It is an on-the-ground document of what life was like during one of the worst genocidal conflicts in recent history, and a deeply personal and intimate exploration of what it means to face, forgive, and move on from the unspeakable brutality of war. Further, it is an important and wrenching account of how an historical event continues to haunt its victims and how one young man might be the inspiration for change and healing for generations to come.

The Dayton Peace Accords ending the Balkan wars were signed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on November 21, 1995. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation continues to honor that agreement each year awarding the Dayton Literary Peace Prize to one work of fiction and one work of nonfiction that speak to the issue of fostering peace in individuals, in groups, or among nations.

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February 27, 2014

DAVID CATROW

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27; 6:30 PM

DAVID CATROW, illustrator of Dream Dog by Lou Berger, will introduce this charming picture book that will be enjoyed by every dog-loving child around. We meet Harry, who really, really, really wants a dog, but instead of getting one, his parents try to placate him with a pet that was never on his Wish List---a lizard. So Harry takes matters into his own hands and places his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet on his head and soon something with paws, a tail, and a wet nose pops into the world. A dog! Sure nobody else can see the dog named Waffle, but that doesn’t matter to Harry. Catrow’s signature loose drawings and Berger’s humorous text bring the bond between a boy and his dog exuberantly to life.

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February 26, 2014

KRISTOPHER JANSMA

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26; 7 PM

KRISTOPHER JANSMA will introduce the softcover edition of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, a witty, inventive, and philosophically rich debut novel. It reads like an upside-down Candide, whose hero searches not for truth, but for the ultimate lie in the best of all impossible worlds. The main character can be whomever he wants to be; to some he is the Princeton-bound Walter Hartright; to another group he is the “one, the only Pinkerton.” To another, the hip, unorthodox Professor Timothy Wallace. To the callow, rich boy whose homework he does for cash, he is the inscrutable Outis. He is the narrator of the story and he is both every man and no man.

Stewart O’Nan, author of Last Night at the Lobster says, “Light and airy, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards is a funhouse of a novel about the outsized ambitions of authors and the sneaky power of storytelling.....a whimsical round-the-world tour that recalls Calvino, Millhauser, and The Confidence Man.”

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February 14, 2014

VALENTINE BEATNIK CAFÉ

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14; 7 PM

VALENTINE BEATNIK CAFÉ. Members of the Western Ohio Writers Association will read their original stories featuring the theme of love---an appropriate topic for Valentine’s Day!

February 9, 2014

FREE WRITERS WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9; 2-3:30 PM

FREE WRITERS WORKSHOP! Antioch Writers Workshop will sponsor a writers mini-workshop on the topic of “Writing Flash Fiction” presented by SCOTT GEISEL, JR., Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Wright State University. Flash Fiction is very brief stories of a thousand or so words or less, that still have character and a plot arc. If you plan to attend, please leave your name and phone number at 937-429-6302.

February 8, 2014

RACHEL CAINE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8; 1 PM

RACHEL CAINE will introduce Prince of Shadows, which gives the reader a new slant on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In the House of Montague, Romeo is the darling heir apparent, but there’s also his cousin, Benvolio...and Ben is the quiet, stable, responsible one who’s always trying to keep his relatives out of trouble. But Ben has secrets. He’s been refining his skills as the legendary Prince of Shadows, the most notorious thief in Verona. He steals only from the very rich and only from those who threaten or insult the House of Montague.

When Romeo writes unwise poetry to the Lady Rosaline – a Capulet – Ben’s family tasks him to retrieve the potentially damaging letters. But when the Prince of Shadows meets the Lady Rosaline, something happens that will change life in Shakespeare’s Verona forever. BERKLEY

Rachel Caine is the author of more than thirty novels, including the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series.

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February 2, 2014

JEANIENE FROST AND PAMELA PALMER

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2; 2 PM

Two New York Times bestselling authors are coming to visit.

JEANIENE FROST will introduce Up from the Grave and PAMELA PALMER will introduce Wulfe Untamed, the final novels in their respective beloved paranormal series. Readers have been rabidly following the two series for years and the authors have become two of the most widely read in the paranormal romance genre.

Up from the Grave concludes the Night Huntress series in which Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones must save their friends...or risk unleashing the world of the undead upon the world of the living.

In Wulfe Untamed, Wulfe knows the only chance he has to defeat the Mage is to use Natalie to harness the dark forces and risk becoming evil in the process. The future of the world hangs in the balance, but can Wulfe endanger the woman he loves to save her?

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January 23, 2014

NATE BALL

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23; 7 PM

NATE BALL will introduce his two children’s books: Alien In My Pocket: Blast Off, Book 1 and Alien In My Pocket: The Science Unfair: Book 2. The chapter books include the zany adventures of Zack and his 3 inch tall Alien friend, Amp, who had curiously crash-landed through Zack’s bedroom window. In Blast Off, Zack and Amp create a soda bottle rocket to try to get Amp back to his planet. When that doesn’t work, we get to Book 2, The Science Unfair, where Zack and Arp are trying to create a science project that will be so good that Zack will get an A during the school science fair. But when it turns out to be too good, it brings Zack a whole different kind of trouble!

Nate Ball is the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award Winning PBS reality shows Design Squad and Design Squad Nation. He has a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering and is co-founder of Atlas Devices.

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January 15, 2014

LARRY SCHWEIKART

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15; 7 PM

Historian and University of Dayton professor LARRY SCHWEIKART will introduce A Patriot’s History of the Modern World, Volume 2 that he coauthored with Doug Dougherty. It is an expansive and dynamic portrait of the era that built the American we know today. Further, it shows how the four interdependent pillars of American exceptionalism paved the way for America to become the global leader it is today: Ownership and protection of private property; The Christian basis of American morals, as prescribed by the Founding Fathers; Free enterprise and the ability to pursue personal wealth; and Common law, which bubbles up from the people, rather than from behind closed doors.

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January 12, 2014

FREE WRITERS MINI WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12: 4:30-6 PM

FREE WRITERS MINI WORKSHOP sponsored by Antioch Writers Workshop. The topic will be Setting Writing Goals/The Business of Writing.

If you plan to attend, please call 937-429-6302.

NICK BRUEL

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12; 2 PM

NICK BRUEL, author and illustrator of the popular Bad Kitty picture and chapter books, will introduce Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble. In it, Kitty encounters the man who created her: Nick Bruel himself! Will he be able to keep her in check? Will she be able to escape puppy’s slobbery kisses? Only one of them will come out on top. In this seventh hilarious installment of the bestselling series, Kitty learns that feline manipulation works both ways—especially when you’re at the wrong end of your author’s pencil.

Children are welcome to bring their own drawings of Bad Kitty to show Nick Bruel.

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January 8, 2014

JOELLE CHARBONNEAU

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8; 7 PM

JOELLE CHARBONNEAU, author of The Testing, will introduce the next book in the dystopian series, Independent Study. Cia Vale has survived the Testing but her memories of it have been wiped out. Now she is facing the next part of her re-education which involves the rebuilding of a future America. She struggles to do the right thing when she uncovers a conspiracy against the government and a rebellion in the making.

Joelle has also written these mysteries: Skating on the Edge, Murder for Choir, Skating Around the Law, End Me a Tenor and A Chorus Lineup.

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December 20, 2013

HOLIDAY BEATNIK CAFE

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20; 7 PM

Members of the Western Ohio Writers Association will present a HOLIDAY BEATNIK CAFE during which they will read their original holiday-themed works. For more details, please visit www.westernohiowriters.org.

December 10, 2013

BILL RABINOWITZ

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10; 7 PM

BILL RABINOWITZ, sportswriter for The Columbus Dispatch, will discuss his book, Buckeye Rebirth: Urban Meyer, An Inspired Team, and a New Era at Ohio State. This book takes you inside Ohio State’s Undefeated 2012 season. When Urban Meyer was hired, following the forced resignation of former head coach Jim Tressel, he was looking forward to taking the team into postseason play. However when the final ruling came from NCAA regarding rules violations, it stated that Ohio State would be banned from postseason play in 2012. With that disappointment as a backdrop, Meyer and his team set out to make their 2012 season the best ever.......and they did just that, becoming the nation’s only undefeated team.

Buckeye Rebirth is the exciting story that tells it all. It will make a perfect gift for your Buckeye friends and family!

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December 2, 2013

JOSHILYN JACKSON

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2; 7 PM

JOSHILYN JACKSON, author of many popular novels including Gods in Alabama, will introduce her new novel, Someone Else’s Love Story. It’s a "funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness, a sacrifice, and a resurrection; about falling in love, and learning that things aren’t always as they seem—or what we hope they will be."

It starts with this intriguing sentence: "I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint, in a Circle K." We then learn that the narrator, Shandi Pierce, a 21-year-old single mother who claims she has experienced a virgin birth, is caught, with her three-year-old son Nathan in a convenience store during a robbery and she, along with Nathan and another customer, William, a brilliant geneticist with Asperger’s syndrome, are put at risk. When William bravely steps in front of Shandi and Nathan to shield them from the gunman, a life-time of change happens to everyone involved.

November 16, 2013

ONE-DAY SALE

ONE-DAY SALE for our Discount Club Members!

Everything (except gift cards) will be discounted at least 20% for our discount club members. This is a great time to join the Club and take advantage of sale prices as you start your Holiday shopping.

You can join the Club at any of our registers.

November 15, 2013

RICHARD PAUL EVANS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15; 7 PM

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RICHARD PAUL EVANS will discuss his newest work, The Four Doors: A Guide to Joy, Freedom, and a Meaningful Life. This is his most inspirational book yet. In this nonfiction book, he recounts the lessons he wishes someone had taught him about realizing his dreams and living a life that matters. It is based on his most popular presentation, a speech he has given over 200 times to audiences across the country. He will give the speech at this event.

Richard Paul Evans has written bestselling books for adults, young adults, and children. His writing career began with the phenomenally popular The Christmas Box, and it has been flourishing ever since.

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November 10, 2013

FREE WRITERS MINI SEMINAR

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10; 2-3:30 PM

FREE WRITERS MINI SEMINAR presented by members of the Antioch Writers Workshop. The theme will be “Writing a Personal Essay/Memoir.” If you plan to attend, please call and leave your name and phone number at 937-429-6302.

November 7, 2013

JOHN FLANAGAN

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7; 7 PM

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Coming from his home in Australia, JOHN FLANAGAN will introduce Ranger’s Apprentice Book 12: The Royal Ranger, which concludes the worldwide phenomenal series, Ranger’s Apprentice. It is the story that brings the arc of the series full-circle. Will, now a grown man, has lost a person very close to him and the once mischievous and spirited young man has grown grim and humorless. The Rangers still exist, but are desperate for leadership and new energy—and that new energy arrives in a most unexpected way. Yet there is something about this new person that re-awakens the Ranger in Will. Finally the Ranger’s Apprentice has an apprentice of his own! The conclusion of the series will satisfy fans both young and old. (There are 5.4 million copies of the series in print in the U.S. alone and many more worldwide.)

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November 5, 2013

TIM GREEN

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5; 7 PM

TIM GREEN, former NFL player, will introduce Perfect Season, his new football book for children. (He will be bringing his signed football cards to put in the book.) Tim was with the Atlanta Falcons as a top defensive player for eight years. After his football career, he became a lawyer, a writer, and television broadcaster. His books for young readers are set in a world of sports taken from his own experiences as an athlete and a coach.

Some of his other titles include: Best of the Best: A Baseball Great Novel, Unstoppable: A Football Novel, and Deep Zone: A Football Novel.

November 3, 2013

A CONVERSATION WITH THE WINNERS OF THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3; 11 AM at Sinclair Community College, Building 12
First Floor Auditorium.

A CONVERSATION WITH THE WINNERS OF THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE.
(Registration at 10:30 am)

Participants will be: WENDELL BERRY, winner of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award for his body of work; ADAM JOHNSON, Fiction Winner for The Orphan Master’s Son; ANDREW SOLOMON, Nonfiction Winner for Far from the Tree; and GILBERT KING, Nonfiction Runner-up for Devil in the Grove.

They will be joined by former winners: TIM O’BRIEN, recipient of the 2012 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award; ANDREW KRIVAK, 2012 Fiction Award winner for The Sojourn, and MAAZA MENGISTE, 2011 Fiction Runner-up for Beneath the Lion’s Gaze.

There will be a $10 donation to benefit Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation taken at the event; check or cash, please. Please email your RSVP to Linda Harrison at peaceliterature@att.net or 937-859-9106.

A Gala Ceremony to award the 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prizes will be held at The Schuster Center in downtown Dayton at 5 pm on November 3. The event has been Sold-Out. For more information about the winning books and authors, please visit www.daytonliterarypeaceprize.org.
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The Dayton Literary Peace Prize celebrates the power of literature to promote peace, social justice, and global understanding. Inspired by the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States. Books & Co. is pleased to be a Sponsor of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize since the award was first presented in 2006.

November 2, 2013

ADOPTION STORYTIME

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2; 11 AM

A special ADOPTION STORYTIME! This program will be presented by Catholic Social Services and will feature children’s books that have an adoption theme.

October 26, 2013

HALLOWEEN BEATNIK CAFE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26; 7 PM

WESTERN OHIO WRITERS ASSOCIATION invites you to their "Halloween Beatnik Café" when members of the organization will read original works with a Halloween theme.

October 21, 2013

THREE ROMANCE AUTHORS

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21; 7 PM

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ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR! We have three bestselling romance authors coming to meet you!

JAMIE MCGUIRE, author of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster, will introduce Red Hill. When reports of a widespread deadly “Outbreak” begin to surface, three ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined.

COLLEEN HOOVER, author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, and Hopeless, will introduce Losing Hope. In Hopeless, we learned about Sky’s encounter with Dean Holder, a long-lost childhood friend. Now we learn about Dean in Losing Hope.

ABBI GLINES, author of Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, and several young adult novels, will introduce Twisted Perfection. In it we meet Woods Kerrington who is more than willing to help Della Sloane, who yearns to break free of her dark and sheltered past.

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October 20, 2013

FREE WRITING MINI-SEMINAR

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20; 2-3:30 PM

FREE WRITING MINI-SEMINAR sponsored by Antioch Writers Workshop. The topic will be “Writing Your Life: Journaling." If you plan to attend, please call 429-6302.

October 14, 2013

K. B. LAUGHEED

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14; 7 PM

K. B. LAUGHEED will introduce her debut novel The Spirit Keeper. Set in 1747, during the early days of U.S. settlement, we meet seventeen-year-old Katie O’Toole, the thirteenth child of an impoverished Irish immigrant family. When her home is raided, she is taken captive by two Native-American Indians who claim they have been searching for her. Syawa, a gifted Holyman, and his bodyguard, Hector, believe Katie is the subject of Syawa’s vision: the Creature of Fire and Ice destined to bring a great gift to his people. Despite her flaming red hair and ice-blue eyes, Katie is certain he is mistaken, but she becomes his Spirit Keeper and embarks on an epic journey that will change her life—and heart—forever.

K. B. Laugheed is a former Dayton resident who received her master’s degree from the University of Dayton.

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October 12, 2013

EDUCATOR WEEK

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 TO FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

EDUCATOR WEEK at BOOKS & CO.

Educators, grades preschool through 12th grade, homeschoolers, and media specialists, save 25% off everything for their classrooms this week using our Educators Discount Card. The card is free to educators, and can be issued at our registers.

October 11, 2013

PAUL FRENCH

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11; 7 PM

PAUL FRENCH will discuss the paperback edition of his true-crime book, Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China. French, an historian and China expert, has opened the books on a 75-year old unsolved murder of Pamela Werner, a British schoolgirl, and offers a glimpse into the last days of Colonial Peking, delving into Peking’s seedy underworld of crime, drugs, and prostitution.

In the tradition of the true crime classics White Mischief and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Midnight in Peking transforms a front page murder into an absorbing and emotional expose, bringing the last days of old Peking to life.

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October 8, 2013

THE DARK DAYS TOUR

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8; 7 PM

THE DARK DAYS TOUR with three Young Adult Authors!

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RAE CARSON will introduce The Bitter Kingdom, the conclusion to the beloved award-winning The Girl of Fire and Thorns fantasy trilogy.

MINDY MCGINNIS will introduce Not a Drop to Drink, a story of a not-so-hard-to-imagine future in which water is more sacred than gold and the one girl who would do anything to defend her pond.

AMELIA KAHANEY will introduce The Brokenhearted, a gritty, action-packed tale about Anthem Fleet and her transformation from a typical teenager to crime-fighting avenger.

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October 7, 2013

JEFFERSON BASS

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7; 7 PM

JEFFERSON BASS will introduce Cut to the Bone. Young Dr. Brockton, head of the Anthropology Department at the University of Tennessee launches a macabre research facility to quietly conduct forensic research. Things don’t stay quiet, however, when more and more bodies start turning up that bear remarkable resemblances to cases from Brockton’s past. Unless Brockton can find the key to his past that will unlock the killer’s identity, the death toll could be staggering. He must come face-to-face with pure evil, or everyone he holds dear could be in harm’s way.

Jefferson Bass is the pen name for Dr. Bill Bass, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist who founded the University of Tennessee’s Body Farm and Jon Jefferson, a journalist, science writer, and documentary filmmaker. Together they have written many books in the Body Farm Novel Series, including Carved in Bone, The Bone Yard, The Bone Thief, and Flesh and Bone.

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October 6, 2013

CLASS ACTS TOUR

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6; 2 PM

Three children’s authors are coming to visit!

(Line numbers beginning at 1 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for at least one of the authors’ books to get a line number.)

JON SCIESZKA will introduce Guys Read: Other Worlds. Some of his best known and funniest books for children include The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, the Time Warp Trio chapter book series, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Trucktown, Robot Zot, and Spaceheadz. He was named the first National Ambassador for Children’s Literature by the Library of Congress.

CHRISTOPHER KROVATIN will introduce Gravediggers: Terror Cove. He is the also the author of Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones. His two teen novels are Heavy Metal and You and Venomous.

TOM WATSON, author of Stick Dog, will introduce Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog. He has a dog that is a Labrador-Newfoundland mix named Shadow, but Tom wanted to name him “Put Your Shirt On” (please don’t ask why).

October 3, 2013

BRANDON SANDERSON

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3; 7 PM


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BRANDON SANDERSON will introduce Steelheart, his second young adult novel. We find our world ruled by Epics, men and women who received superhuman powers in the Calamity. They could be heroes, but they choose to terrorize as crushing tyrants. Unbroken and willing to risk all, secretive Reckoners shadow the Epics to bring them down, one by one. David watched one of the Epics, Steelheart, coldly kill his father – and he alone knows this seemingly invincible Epic’s weakness. But how can he get the Reckoners to trust and accept him, so he can avenge his father’s murder?

Sanderson is the author of the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy and the final three books in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series. His work has been published in over 25 languages and has sold millions of copies worldwide. Christopher Paolini says Brandon Sanderson is “one of the best fantasy, sci-fi writers working today.”

October 2, 2013

JENNIFER CHIAVERINI

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2; 7 PM

JENNIFER CHIAVERINI , author of the popular Elm Creek Quilts series and Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, will introduce her new historical novel, The Spymistress.

Set during the Civil War, we learn about Elizabeth “Lizzie” Van Lew who lived in secessionist Virginia while secretly maintaining her allegiance to the Union. Becoming a Union spy, she risked her life to gather military intelligence for Mr. Lincoln’s army. Her spy ring’s reach was astonishingly vast—from clerks in the Navy to the very home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Her work was instrumental in the Union’s preservation. This book puts a human face on the suffering and courage of both the North and South during the Civil War.

September 27, 2013

FIERCE READS TOUR

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27; 4 PM

The Fierce Reads Tour with four Young Adult novelists is coming to visit!

MARISSA MEYER, author of Cinder, will be discussing Scarlet, the second book in The Lunar Chronicles Quartet. Scarlet and Wolf are working together to find Scarlet’s missing grandmother, who has mysterious disappeared, while trying to ignore their growing attraction to each other.

LEILA SALES, author of Past Perfect, will introduce This Song Will Save Your Life. Elsie, a previously uncool high school sophomore, becomes the hottest new DJ sensation at an underground dance club.

S. A. BODEEN, author of The Compound, will introduce its sequel, The Fallout. Eli and his family have lived in an underground shelter called the Compound for six years, thinking they were being kept safe from a nuclear attack. They have now learned there was no attack and their father had been keeping them there only as an experiment. Now they have escaped, but fear they are still being watched by unknown powers.

ALEXANDRA COUTTS, will introduce Tumble & Fall. An asteroid will strike the earth in one week. Nothing can be done to stop it; catastrophe is unavoidable. This story of courage and love shows how three regular teenagers deal with this extraordinary circumstance.

This is your opportunity to meet and hear these four popular young adult authors discuss their work.

September 20, 2013

RICHARD PAUL EVANS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20; 7 PM

RICHARD PAUL EVANS will introduce Michael Vey 3: Battle of the Ampere, the third installment of his popular young adult series. Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan continue on their quest to free Michael’s mother from the evil Dr. Hatch.

All of them, except Michael, have been captured by The Elgen in the Amazon jungle and have been charged with terrorism. Michael, against all odds, must find a way to rescue them before they stand trial, a trial that would surely bring them the death penalty.

Richard Paul Evans is a New York Times Bestselling author of both adult and children’s books. His writing career started with the publication of The Christmas Box, which is an international favorite. The other books in the exciting Michael Vey series are: Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cells and Michael Vey, Rise of the Elgen.

September 19, 2013

HOLLY ROBINSON

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19; 7 PM

HOLLY ROBINSON will introduce her new novel, The Wishing Hill, “a story about love, loss, secrets, and finding out where you’re really supposed to be.” Juliet Clark thought she had it all worked out. She was going to be a great artist and enjoy the love of her husband forever, but one day her marriage is over and her dreams of a happy marriage and a great art career have both evaporated. When she is called back to her homestead to care for her ailing mother, she goes rather reluctantly, since she and her mother have never really gotten along. She is carrying a secret with her... she is pregnant and her ex-husband is not the father --- but she discovers that she may not be the only one with a secret.

September 12, 2013

MICHAEL BUSH

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12; 7 PM

MICHAEL BUSH, fashion designer, will discuss his book, King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson. He served as Michael Jackson’s longtime personal designer for 25 years. This is the first art-driven book about the costumes, apparel, shoes and accessories created and worn by Michael Jackson. It includes hundreds of lavish photographs and a behind-the-scenes look into the process of collaborating with the world’s most legendary and powerful entertainer of our time. It’s a fascinating look into the world of music and fashion that only Jackson could have created. Mr. Bush will bring some of the clothing items he designed for Michael Jackson.

September 8, 2013

TIM WAGGONER

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8; 2-3:30 PM

FREE MINI WRITING SEMINAR sponsored by Antioch Writers Workshop. This “Writing Dynamite Dialogue” program will be presented by TIM WAGGONER, who has nearly thirty published novels and three short story collections to his credit. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among other publications. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program.

September 4, 2013

SHERRILYN KENYON VIDEO CHAT

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4; 7 PM via on-line streaming

VIDEO CHAT with SHERRILYN KENYON, a huge star on the paranormal scene! Coming to us electronically, Sherrilyn will discuss Styxx, the next thrilling installment in her acclaimed Dark-Hunter series. Styxx is the intriguing story of Acheron’s twin brother, and speaks to the depth of human perseverance and survival. It’s a tale of one man’s strength against the cruelest odds and his determination to overcome whatever adversity the gods throw at him.

Gather your Dark-Hunter friends and come to books&co to join the discussion with Sherrilyn. The first 50 people who bring us their books&co receipt for Styxx will get a Sherrilyn Kenyon signed bookplate to put in it!

Sherrilyn Kenyon is a New York Times bestselling author who continues to top every genre in which she writes. She has more than 35 million copies of her books in print in more than one hundred countries.

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August 24, 2013

LORIE LANGDON & CAREY CORP

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24; 1 PM

LORIE LANGDON & CAREY CORP will present their new young adult novel, Doon. In a creative spin on the classic Brigadoon, the authors introduce us to Veronica and her best friend Mackenna who travel to Scotland for the summer. They discover that the Scottish countryside holds a host of secrets—including a passageway to a mysterious land that appears to be a real-life fairy tale. In the land of Doon, two handsome princes vie for the girls’ hearts. The girls could have everything they’ve ever longed for... or end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that may soon become a nightmare.

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August 22, 2013

P. L. GAUS

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22; 7 PM

P. L. GAUS will introduce The Names of Our Tears, his newest novel set in a Holmes County, Ohio Amish Community. Ruth Zook has been coerced into becoming a drug mule. She retaliates by destroying her illicit cache—and ends up paying for it with her life. When another local Amish woman confesses that she was similarly coerced, Sheriff Bruce Robertson uncovers a drug dealers’ operation that reaches all the way to Florida’s Pinecraft Amish community. He moves his investigation south where more innocent lives are in jeopardy.

Gaus’s Amish-Country Mysteries examine the ethical, moral, and scriptural nuances of the Amish, and the challenges their community faces co-existing with technology and temptations of the modern world. His books include Harmless as Doves, Separate from the World, Broken English, A Prayer for the Night, and Blood of the Prodigal.

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August 15, 2013

CLARK HOWARD

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15; 12 NOON

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CLARK HOWARD, consumer advocate, will discuss his newest book, Clark Howard’s Living Large for the Long Haul. The subtitle is Consumer-Tested Ways to Overhaul Your Finances, Increase Your Savings, and Get Your Life Back on Track. He offers practical and innovative strategies for taking charge of your finances both for your present and your future.

Clark is a successful life-long entrepreneur, media star, and best-selling author. His nationally syndicated radio show, The Clark Howard Show, is heard weekdays locally from 6 pm-9 pm on 95.7FM and AM1290 News Talk Radio WHIO and from 8 pm to midnight Saturdays and 7 pm to midnight on Sundays.

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KAREN ROBARDS

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15; 7 PM

KAREN ROBARDS, New York Times bestselling author, will introduce her newest romantic suspense novel, The Last Kiss Goodbye. Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone has dedicated her career as a psychiatrist to exploring the darkest territory of the hearts and minds of serial killers. It’s a job she’s uniquely suited for since she can see dead people, whose tormented spirits cry out to her for the justice only she can provide. When she helps a young woman flee a homicidal maniac, she places herself squarely in the cross-hairs of a sadistic predator. It’s a good thing her favorite Fed, Tony Bartoli, is keeping an eye on her!

The exciting story is a blend of hot passion and chilling suspense and is the second book in Karen’s paranormal romance suspense series. The first book was The Last Victim.

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August 13, 2013

RESHONDRA TATE BILLINGSLEY

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13; 7 PM

RESHONDRA TATE BILLINGSLEY will introduce A Family Affair. When Olivia Dawson turns down the opportunity to study dance at Juilliard to stay in Houston and take care of her ailing mother, her mother objects to her sacrificing college for her sake. A series of events is set in place when the mother, Lorraine, reveals to Olivia that her father had not died years ago as she had been told, but is alive and well---and is now the powerful CEO of one of the country’s most successful corporations. Olivia vows to find her father and find out why he abandoned the two of them when she was 3 years old and left them to suffer in poverty, while he gave his “real” wife and son a life of luxury.

They all realize that the pain of yesterday’s decisions must be confronted before true healing and a bright tomorrow can begin.

ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s #1 bestselling novels include the NAACP Image Award winner Say Amen, Again, and Let the Church Say Amen, soon to be a BET original movie.

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August 9, 2013

LARRY CORREIA

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9; 7 PM

LARRY CORREIA will introduce Warbound, Book Three in the Grimnoir Chronicles. It’s the 1930’s. Jake Sullivan is a private eye at war with evil magical powers in a dark and gritty urban fantasy that’s a cross between the Maltese Falcon and Twilight. Using a rag-tag team of airship pirates and Grimnoir knights, he sets out to stop Earth’s predator before it’s too late. The reader is taken on a high thrill ride with contemporary military action cloaked in paranormal noir.

Correia is the author of the bestselling Monster Hunter International series: Monster Hunter International, Monster Hunter Vendetta, Monster Hunter Alpha, and Monster Hunter Legion. He is considered an expert in the field of firearms where his roles vary as a firearms instructor, and freelance writer for several gun magazines. He lives in the mountains of Utah with his wife and children.

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July 27, 2013

JULY FREE FAMILY FUN CAMP!

Kids and parents are invited to stop in sometime between 2 and 4 pm and participate in these fun-filled activities.

July 27 : Scrumdiddlyumptious Saturday!
Enjoy a Tea Rex and Alice in Wonderland Storytime and the Mad Hatter tea party with Tea Rex!

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July 25, 2013

ROBIN DAVIS

THURSDAY, JULY 25; 7 PM

ROBIN DAVIS will introduce her memoir Recipe for Joy. If you are a stepmother or about to become one, or if you simply enjoy a tender story about creating a loving family, this book is for you. Robin Davis has been a successful food writer for almost 20 years. She was contented with her life and could never see herself marrying and having children. But, since life often takes unexpected turns, she found herself in love with a young widower who was raising his 3 children, and voila, she married him and became an instant stepmom.

Easing into the role of stepmom, she used her cooking skills and love of food to engage the children. Food became the early bridge to connect to them; their growing love became the ingredient that binds them. The book also contains delicious recipes that the family enjoys.

Robin Davis is currently the food editor at the Columbus Dispatch and she hosts a weekly cooking segment on the local CBS affiliate. She is married to Ken Heigel and is stepmother to Ben, Molly, and Sarah.

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July 20, 2013

JULY FREE FAMILY FUN CAMP!

Kids and parents are invited to stop in sometime between 2 and 4 pm and participate in these fun-filled activities.

July 20 : Summertime Adventure Saturday!
Grab your thinking cap for our scavenger hunt contest and make your own travel journal.

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July 13, 2013

JULY FREE FAMILY FUN CAMP!

Kids and parents are invited to stop in sometime between 2 and 4 pm and participate in these fun-filled activities.

July 13 : Wild Animal Safari Saturday!
A salute to the wild animals who inhabit the earth with us. Test your animal facts and take home your own animal puppet!

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July 9, 2013

MATTHEW GOODMAN

TUESDAY, JULY 9; 7 PM

MATTHEW GOODMAN will discuss his book Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World. In 1889, these two women, Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, set off to circle the globe in less than 80 days; one boards a steamship heading across the Atlantic Ocean, and the other departs from New York by train heading west. They are racing against each other and also against Jules Verne’s fictional hero, Phileas Fogg, who circled the globe in 80 days.

The dramatic race by these two women journalists spanned twenty-eight thousand miles, and captivated all of America, who were kept aware of the progress by means of the telegraph and newspapers. Amazingly, they each carried only one small bag of personal items for the entire trip! You find that this true story, set in the Victorian era, reads like an exciting adventure novel.

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July 6, 2013

JULY FREE FAMILY FUN CAMP!

Kids and parents are invited to stop in sometime between 2 and 4 pm and participate in these fun-filled activities.

July 6 : Superhero Saturday!
Come dressed as your favorite Superhero, if you like, and join us for storytime. You’ll be able to create your own top-secret superhero identity!

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June 21, 2013

LINDA CASTILLO

FRIDAY, JUNE 21; 7 PM

LINDA CASTILLO will introduce Her Last Breath, the newest book in her Amish mystery series. On a rainy night, an Amish father and his three children are hit by a speeding car and the driver races away. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder thinks it is probably a case of a drunken driver, but as she investigates she becomes suspicious that it was not an accident at all. Her search takes her on a chilling journey into the darkest recesses of the human heart and makes her question everything she has ever believed about the Amish culture into which she was born.

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June 17, 2013

AWARD CEREMONY FOR THE WINNERS OF THINK TV'S PBS KIDS GO! WRITERS CONTEST

MONDAY, JUNE 17; 6 PM

AWARD CEREMONY FOR THE WINNERS OF THINK TV'S PBS KIDS GO! WRITERS CONTEST

Winners of Think TV's PBS Kids Writing Contest will be recognized at this award reception. The children are from Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, and Third Grade and will have the opportunity to read their stories at this event.

June 15, 2013

LAURA MORIARTY

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 1 PM

SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 1 PM
LAURA MORIARTY will introduce the softcover edition of the captivating New York Times Bestseller, The Chaperone. It is inspired by the real-life relationship between the 15-year-old future movie star Louise Brooks—cantankerous, irreverent, blossoming with sensuality and sporting her black bob with bangs—and the older, conservative, Midwestern woman who chaperoned Louise to New York City for a summer in the bustling 1920s. It’s the story of an unlikely friendship between two women who couldn’t be more different, and how the summer spent together in New York City forever changes both their lives.

Washington Post says the book is "Captivating and wise...A historically detailed and nuanced portrayal of the social upheaval that spilled into every corner of American life."

The book is in the vein of such blockbusters as Loving Frank and The Paris Wife.

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June 13, 2013

JOHN SCALZI

THURSDAY, JUNE 13; 7 PM

JOHN SCALZI returns to the world he created in the Old Man’s War for his newest science fiction novel, The Human Division. Though it can stand alone and will serve as a great starting point for those new to Scalzi’s series, The Human Division follows the events of The Last Colony. The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance – an alliance against the Colonial Union. They’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. The choice isn’t obvious or easy as they struggle to preserve the unity of the human race. According to RT Book Reviews Top Pick, "Scalzi’s talent and humor really come through in this story, which will be enjoyed by fans of the series as well as new readers."

Scalzi has also written Fuzzy Nation and Redshirts. He lives in Ohio with his family.

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June 11, 2013

P. L. GAUS

TUESDAY, JUNE 11; 7 PM

P. L. GAUS will introduce The Names of Our Tears, his newest novel set in a Holmes County, Ohio Amish Community. Ruth Zook has been coerced into becoming a drug mule. She retaliates by destroying her illicit cache—and ends up paying for it with her life. When another local Amish woman confesses that she was similarly coerced, Sheriff Bruce Robertson uncovers a drug dealers’ operation that reaches all the way to Florida’s Pinecraft Amish community. He moves his investigation south where more innocent lives are in jeopardy.

Gaus’s Amish-Country Mysteries examine the ethical, moral, and scriptural nuances of the Amish, and the challenges their community faces co-existing with technology and temptations of the modern world. His books include Harmless as Doves, Separate from the World, Broken English, A Prayer for the Night, and Blood of the Prodigal.

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June 7, 2013

TWO ROMANCE AUTHORS VISIT: GAYLE CALLEN AND TESSA DARE

FRIDAY, JUNE 7; 7 PM

TWO ROMANCE AUTHORS VISIT: GAYLE CALLEN and TESSA DARE.

GAYLE CALLEN will introduce Surrender to the Earl, the second novel in the Brides of Redemption trilogy. Audrey Blake, blind since childhood, persuades Robert Henslow, Earl of Knightsbridge, to help her escape her family, who has kept her hidden from the outside world because of her blindness. In order to do that, Robert proposes marriage, intending it to be a counterfeit union that would solely benefit Audrey’s desire for freedom. Yet, it’s Robert who realizes he too has a desire--to win her heart and truly make her his lady.

TESSA DARE will introduce her latest romance, Any Duchess Will Do. Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to get married, but his diabolical mother insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence at "Spinster Cove." The Duke decides to teach his mother a lesson about interfering in his life and end the marriage debate, so he chooses to romance Pauline Simms, the serving girl. It doesn’t turn out the way he plans!

Both books are in mass market by AVON BOOKS.

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June 4, 2013

JEFF SHAARA

TUESDAY, JUNE 4; 7 PM

JEFF SHAARA will discuss his new historical Civil War novel, A CHAIN OF THUNDER, which covers Ulysses Grant’s campaign against Confederate General John Pemberton that led to the South’s crushing loss at Vicksburg. It is told primarily through the voices of Union General William Sherman and Fritz Bauer, a young private from Wisconsin. On the southern side, the story is seen through the eyes of Pemberton himself as well as a young civilian woman in the town, Lucy Spence, who volunteers for nursing duties in the makeshift hospitals.

Shaara has also written other books about the American Civil War and WWII: A Blaze of Glory; The Final Storm; No Less Than Victory; The Steel Wave; The Rising Tide; and Gods and Generals.

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May 23, 2013

JEFFREY ARNETT

THURSDAY, MAY 23; 7 PM

JEFFREY ARNETT will discuss his book, When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up? : Loving and Understanding Your Emerging Adult. This is the first and only parenting guide for parents of 18-29 year olds. It demonstrates why the time spent in emerging adulthood—which may look like flailing to parents---actually helps kids become happier, healthier grown-ups. It gives parents the tools to deal with the challenges of this period in life. One of his bits of advice is to step back while staying connected and take care of yourself. It’s important not to get too involved in your child’s life. Don’t make his or her life YOUR life.

Dr. Jeffrey Arnett is the world’s leading authority on emerging adults and is a psychology professor at Clark University.

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May 21, 2013

PAUL FRENCH

*** EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ***

TUESDAY, MAY 21; 7 PM

PAUL FRENCH will discuss the paperback edition of his true-crime book, Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China. French, a historian and China expert, has opened the books on a 75-year old unsolved murder of Pamela Werner, a British schoolgirl, and offers a glimpse into the last days of Colonial Peking, delving into Peking’s seedy underworld of crime, drugs, and prostitution.

In the tradition of the true crime classics White Mischief and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Midnight in Peking transforms a front page murder into an absorbing and emotional expose, bringing the last days of old Peking to life.

*** EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ***

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May 19, 2013

FREE MINI-WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS

SUNDAY, MAY 19; 2 PM

FREE MINI-WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS, sponsored by Antioch Writers Workshop. The topic is “Improv for Introverts!” Writers are, often, introverts. But writers are also a creative lot. And sometimes the best way to share that creativity is with a reading of their work at bookstores or coffee shops, in a pitch to agents/editors, or in speaking to groups. What’s an introverted writer to do? Apply the techniques of Improv! This program will be led by members of Dayton’s own The Black Box Improv Theatre.

May 15, 2013

LIVESTREAM OF DAN BROWN EVENT

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15; 7:30 PM

Here’s a first for Books & Co! We’ll have a livestream of DAN BROWN’s only author event from New York City, as he introduces his new book, Inferno. Dan will not be here in person, but we will be able to see and hear him via a computer/projector feed on our large screen. We hope you come enjoy the show with us.

May 14, 2013

RICHARD PAUL EVANS

TUESDAY, MAY 14; 7 PM

RICHARD PAUL EVANS will introduce A Step of Faith, the next book in his Walk series. In it, hero Alan
Christoffersen faces a life-changing crisis on his journey to grace.

Readers of the series know that Alan is a broken man after the death of his beloved wife, the loss of his advertising business to his once-trusted partner, and bankruptcy taking what little he has left. With only a pack on his back, he is on a walk across the country from Seattle to Key West, hoping to find meaning and solace. In this book, we find him in St. Louis, and he faces another life-changing crisis, and now the journey is in jeopardy.

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May 5, 2013

JOE HILL

SUNDAY, MAY 5; 2 PM

JOE HILL will introduce his book, NOS4A2.

(Line numbers will be given out beginning at 1 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for NOS4A2 to get a line number.)

Charlie Manx is a very evil man who takes kids for a ride in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith—with the vanity license place NOS4A2—and the children never return. Only one child has ever escaped his grip, and that is Victoria McQueen. She’s grown up now and has a son. When her son is abducted by Charlie Manx, she will do everything she can to get him back and destroy Manx once and for all. Or she’ll die trying. This book may very well be “Hill’s magnum opus, a tour-d-force of heart-stopping horror and nightmarish terror that is also powerful, wrenching, and redemptive.”

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May 2, 2013

DAVID BURSTEIN

THURSDAY, MAY 2; 7 PM

DAVID BURSTEIN will discuss his book Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation Is Shaping Our World. This is the first book by a Millennial about the impact of the Millennial Generation on politics, business, technology, and culture. He explains how the “Pragmatic Idealism” of today’s young adults will lead them to become the most powerful change agents in modern history and assist them to help break through decades of gridlock on key American and global challenges.

David has appeared with his message on CNN, FOX News, NPR, ABC Evening News, and C-SPAN. He has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe. His film, Up to Us, focused on the optimism and resilience of this generation.

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April 27, 2013

ERIC JEROME DICKEY

SATURDAY, APRIL 27; 2 PM

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ERIC JEROME DICKEY will introduce Decadence, which begins with Nia Simone Bijou, alone in Atlanta, while her lover, Prada, is jet-setting around the world. Her discontent and the desire for something more lead Nia to a descent into a world of secrecy and pleasure. She finds herself the newest member of Decadence, a club for only the most beautiful, wealthy, and adventurous, entirely off-limits to most, and for good reason. The scorching romances, heated moments, and opulent settings that make up Decadence are classic Dickey.

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April 25, 2013

AN EVENING OF ORIGINAL POETRY

THURSDAY, APRIL 25; 7 PM

AN EVENING OF ORIGINAL POETRY in celebration of National Poetry Month.

It will be presented by Wright State University Faculty and Friends. The presenters will be Albino Carrillo, Erica DeWeese, Ken Haponek, Dennis Loranger, Cynthia Marshall, and Drew Strombeck.

April 19, 2013

KRISTIN BAILEY

FRIDAY, APRIL 19; 7 PM

KRISTIN BAILEY introduces her young adult novel, Legacy of the Clockwork Key. In it, a teen girl unravels the mysteries of a secret society and their most dangerous invention in this adventure-swept romance set in Victorian London. It all starts when Meg’s home is consumed by fire, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future. All she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But that’s enough! It’s a special key that unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg has no choice but to follow. And when she does, she is swept into a hidden world of deception, betrayal, and revenge.

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April 15, 2013

LISA SCOTTOLINE

MONDAY, APRIL 15; 7 PM

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LISA SCOTTOLINE will introduce Don’t Go, a riveting story of a soldier, Dr. Mike Scanlon, who returns home from Afghanistan to find his life bears little resemblance to the one he left. His wife has died in a freak household accident. After her funeral, he returns to the war zone and makes decision that will change his life forever. When he does come home for good, he grasps the gravity of his actions, and realizes he must fight the most important battle of his life, to reclaim his life and his young daughter’s life. She was just a newborn baby when he first went to Afghanistan and he hardly knows her. In time, he learns ugly truths about those he loves the most, as well as the true meaning of heroism. This is the first book that Lisa has written from the male perspective (and she has mastered it!).

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April 14, 2013

FREE MINI-WORKSHOP WITH JAMEY DUNHAM

SUNDAY, APRIL 14; 2 PM

FREE MINI-WORKSHOP.

Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing your own Prose Poem. It’s not a new genre, but it is rising in popularity. Prose poetry expert JAMEY DUNHAM will lead participants through the whys and hows of creating prose poems. He is a published poet and currently an Associate Professor of English at Sinclair Community College.

It would be helpful if you let us know at 937-429-6302 that you are going to attend.

April 13, 2013

EDUCATOR WEEK!

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 to FRIDAY, APRIL 19

EDUCATOR WEEK!

From noon- 4 pm on Saturday, April 13, we’ll have a display of free materials for teachers to use in their classrooms. All week long, teachers in Pre-K through High School will receive a 25% discount on books for their classroom. During this week, teachers can sign up for a raffle to win a $20 gift card from Books & Co. and a raffle to win a $1000 Shopping Spree from Books-A-Million to use for classroom books. If teachers don’t have a special Educator Discount Card from us yet, this is a good time to get one. There is no charge for Educator Cards and they entitle teachers to a 20% discount on books for their classroom. During Educator week, teachers receive a 25% discount.

This is a good opportunity to sign up for a School Book Fair at Books & Co. This is a simple and effective fundraiser for schools. We’ll have flyers about Book Fairs available all week and will be happy to answer any questions you have about them.

Thank you to all our area teachers for the wonderful service they provide for our children and the community.

April 11, 2013

JAMIE MCGUIRE

THURSDAY, APRIL 11; 7 PM

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JAMIE MCGUIRE, author of the bestselling Beautiful Disaster, will introduce her new novel, Walking Disaster. The first book was told from the point of view of Abby Abernathy, the epitome of the co-ed goody two shoes, and her unexpected love affair with Travis Maddox, a lean, cut, and tattooed bad boy. Theirs is a love that is intense and explosive. In Walking Disaster, we see their relationship through new eyes – intense, gorgeous, tortured – the eyes of Travis Maddox himself. We discover how the seemingly invincible college tough guy transitions from heartless to heroic when Abby brings him to his knees.

Jamie’s fans say her work is “unputdownable, utterly captivating, and irresistible.”

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April 10, 2013

ANNE BYRN

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10; 7 PM

ANNE BYRN will discuss her newest book, Unbelievably Gluten-Free!: 125 Delicious Recipes: Dinner Dishes You Never Thought You’d Be Able to Eat Again. Over 30 million Americans have gluten allergies or sensitivities and countless others choose gluten-free diets for health reasons. This book is great for those who are gluten-free or for those who want to make something that everyone at the table will be able to eat and enjoy. She’ll be serving samples!

Anne Byrn, well known as The Dinner Doctor and The Cake Mix Doctor, has published numerous books whose recipes embellish cake mixes for surprisingly easy cakes, cookies, and all manner of treats. She has also written The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free.

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April 8, 2013

ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH

MONDAY, APRIL 8, 7 PM

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds to get a line number. He can also sign any of his other books you buy today and one from home).

ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH will introduce the 9th addition to his ever-delightful Isabel Dalhousie series, The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds. In it, Isabel, the Edinburgh philosopher and amateur sleuth, answers an unexpected appeal from a wealthy Scottish collector who has been robbed of a valuable painting. As she is dealing with that situation Isabel copes with other life’s issues large and small. In doing that, she manages to test herself as a parent, a philosopher, and a friend, always using the right combination of good sense, quick wits, and a kind heart to come to the right solution. Isabel is one of Alexander McCall Smith’s most beloved characters.

His other series include: the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series, the Corduroy Mansions Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs Series, and the 44 Scotland Street Series. He lives in Scotland.

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April 7, 2013

CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA, VICTORIA SCHWAB, AND RAE CARSON

SUNDAY, APRIL 7; 2 PM

Three Young Adult Authors will visit.

CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA, author of Seven Realms series and The Hein Chronicles, will introduce The Crimson Crown. A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.

VICTORIA SCHWAB, author of The Near Witch, will introduce The Archived, in which she reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

RAE CARSON, author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, will introduce The Crown of Embers, in which Elisa has led her people to victory against a terrifying enemy, and now she is their queen. Her rivals may have simply retreated, choosing stealth over battle, or are they just waiting for the right time to strike again?

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April 5, 2013

LIZ COLEY

FRIDAY, APRIL 5; 7 PM

LIZ COLEY will introduce her new young adult novel, Pretty Girl-13, a psychological mystery about a girl trying to piece together the story of her kidnapping and captivity. In it, we meet Angie Chapman, a girl with multiple personalities, who was 13 when she ventured alone into a wooded area while on a Girl Scout camping trip and disappeared. She returns home when she is sixteen, thinking she is still 13 years old because she remembers nothing that happened to her during those three missing years. Can the answers be found hidden in the unseen people locked in her mind? The story emphasizes the healing power of courage, hope, and love.

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April 3, 2013

MARIANNE CUSATO

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3; 7 PM

Are you looking to change your address, either by buying a home or renting?

MARIANNE CUSATO is just the person to advise you. She will be discussing her book, The Just Right Home; subtitled Buying, Renting, Moving—or Just Dreaming—Find Your Perfect Match! She is aware that many things are to be considered when you are anticipating a move to a different residence: city vs. suburb; buy vs. rent; live-in value vs. resale value; children moving out and a parent moving in; location vs. proximity to work, to mention a few. Filled with sidebars, boxes, examples, anecdotes and cheat sheets, it’s the book that helps readers answer all their questions about where to live and what to live in. WORKMAN

Marianne Cusato is an award-winning designer and dubbed one of the most influential people in home building by Builder magazine. She writes for the Huffington Post and has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and dozens of other publications.

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April 2, 2013

KEVIN ANDERSON

TUESDAY, APRIL 2; 7 PM

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for Hellhole Awakening to get a line number.)

KEVIN ANDERSON, sci fi fantasy author, will introduce Hellhole: Awakening, an epic panoramic story on a galactic scale packed with non-stop adventure, fascinating characters, and wondrous concepts. After declaring his independence from the corrupt Constellation, rebel General Adolphus knows the crackdown is coming. Now he needs to pull together the struggling Hellhole colony, the ever-expanding shadow-Xayan settlement, and his connections with the other deep Zone worlds. Even then, will his desperate measures be enough?

Among his many books, Kevin has co-authored a number in the Dune series with Brian Herbert and many Star Wars novels.

Some members of the 501st Legion will be here!

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March 24, 2013

OPERA OVERTURE!

SUNDAY, MARCH 24; 5 PM

OPERA OVERTURE! DR. SAMUEL DORF will give an Opera Overture for The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. The Opera will be performed at The Schuster Center on April 5 and 7. For opera ticket information, please call 937-228-3630.

March 19, 2013

JENNY LAWSON

TUESDAY, MARCH 19; 7 PM

JENNY LAWSON, one of the most popular humor bloggers in America with 200,000+ followers, will introduce the softcover edition of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. This darkly comic memoir is not to be missed! In it, we are introduced to Jenny’s bizarre, loveable family as she recounts the mortifying weird moments of her life.

Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, says this about it: “This book is hysterical...It’s one of my favorite books in the past five years.” Ladies Home Journal says the book is “The funniest memoir ever...Lawson is hilarious.” Come find out for yourself! You’ll be glad you did!

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March 10, 2013

AAW WRITERS' WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, MARCH 10; 2 PM

AAW WRITERS’ WORKSHOP. Need help polishing your manuscript (fiction or nonfiction) for submission to a publication, agent, or contest? This “Self-editing/Grammar Boot Camp” will give you the tips you need to simplify the process...and maybe even make it fun! It will be led by Kate Geiselman, Sinclair Community College Instructor of English and Rebecca Kuder, Antioch University Midwest Instructor of Creative Writing.

March 7, 2013

MICHAEL BUCKLEY

THURSDAY, MARCH 7; 7 PM

Popular children’s author MICHAEL BUCKLEY will introduce his three new books: NERDS: Book Four: The Villain Virus; The Sisters Grimm: Book Nine: The Council of Mirror; and his picture book, Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show. Fans of the NERDS series (National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society) will enjoy The Villain Virus as they follow the exploits of the fifth graders who run a spy network from inside their school. With the help of cutting-edge science, they transform their nerdy qualities into incredible abilities and the results are “awesome, inspiring—and hilarious.”

Fans of The Sisters Grimm will be anxious to read the last book in the series, The Council of Mirrors, which is a satisfying conclusion of this popular series. Pre-school and kindergarten students will have fun with Michael new picture book, Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show, which encourages kids to laugh at their fears and try new things. ABRAMS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

Michael Buckley has also written and developed shows for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Discovery Channel. He lives in Brooklyn.

March 5, 2013

MINDEE ARNETT

TUESDAY, MARCH 5; 7 PM

MINDEE ARNETT will introduce The Nightmare Affair, her debut young adult novel about a teen Nightmare. Only in The Nightmare Affair, this 16-year-old is an actual Nightmare. Dusty Everhart enters into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Nightmares are magickind who must eat the stuff dreams are made of—called fictus. Dusty has to dream-feed to live. She’s the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind. When Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house and invades his dreams, she gets into a lot more trouble than she imagined. TOR

February 23, 2013

THE ANNUAL CROWNS HAT SHOW

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23; 3 PM

THE ANNUAL CROWNS HAT SHOW! Once again, SHARON HOWARD of the Dayton Development Coalition, will emcee our annual Crowns Hat Show highlighting extraordinary hats worn by area women. The program began in 2001 when we introduced the book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, and it’s been a hit ever since. You won’t want to miss it!

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February 22, 2013

DR. GARY SMALL

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22; 7 PM

DR. GARY SMALL will introduce the paperback edition of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life. Boldly challenging the widely accepted theory that Alzheimer’s disease is an unavoidable consequence of aging, Dr. Small has developed a breakthrough program for delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s so that people may remain symptom-free for life. He offers the most recent information on Alzheimer’s research and drugs; answers frequently asked questions, such as the link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s, the potential benefits of over-the-counter herbal supplements, and the effect of sleep on brain health; and provides additional strategies for incorporating the program into your daily routine. WORKMAN

Gary Small, M.D. is director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the University’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior and professor of psychiatry at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television shows.

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February 17, 2013

OPERA OVERTURE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17; 5 PM

OPERA OVERTURE! DR. SAMUEL DORF will present an opera overture for The Glory of Wagner Concert. The Concert will be presented at The Schuster Center February 24 and 26. For opera ticket information, please call 937-228-3630.

February 10, 2013

PETER LERANGIS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10; 2 PM

Children’s author PETER LERANGIS will present his newest novel, Seven Wonders: Book 1: The Colossus Rises. According to the author, it’s a “combustible mix of ordinary kids thrown into an extraordinary world of mystical settings, history, humor, science, odd characters, and a barefoot burping giant named Torquin.” This fast-paced tween series about four friends on an epic quest to unlock the secrets of an ancient world has already received high praise from bestselling author Rick Riordan, who calls it “a high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets. Young readers will love this story.” HARPER COLLINS

Peter Lerangis has written more than 160 books and has sold more than 4.5 million copies. His books have been translated into 28 languages, including two books in The 39 Clues series (The Sword Thief and The Viper’s Nest) and one in The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers series (The Dead of Night). You can visit him at www.sevenwondersbooks.com.

February 8, 2013

JULIE CROSS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 7 PM

JULIE CROSS, author of Tempest, will introduce Vortex, her new young adult novel which combines time travel, romance, and an abundance of action. We met Jackson Meyer in Tempest and he’s back again in Vortex as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak of losing the love of his life, he has proved himself to be an excellent agent. One day, Jackson accidentally runs into Holly, the girl he altered history to save, and that leads to a lot of trouble. Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA emerges and Jackson and his fellow agents not only find themselves under attack, but Jackson discovers the world around him has changed and someone knows about his erased relationship with Holly, putting both their lives at risk. ST. MARTIN’S PRESS

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February 5, 2013

DANIEL STASHOWER

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5; 7 PM

DANIEL STASHOWER will introduce The Hour of Peril, a nonfiction account of a true plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln in 1861 as he was on his way through Baltimore to Washington for his inauguration. The plot was thwarted by Allan Pinkerton and his team of detectives, including America’s first female Private Eye, Kate Warne. MINOTAUR

Harlan Coben has this to say about The Hour of Peril: “The world’s most famous private eye saves Abraham Lincoln’s life—and perhaps the Union itself? Sounds like fiction, but in Daniel Stashower’s riveting new book, it’s all true. It’s history that reads like a race-against-the clock thriller.” Gary Krist adds: “The Hour of Peril is a brilliant feat of narrative history. In a tense hour-by-hour account, Stashower manages to combine the careful historian’s rigor with the novelist’s sense of vivid drama to recreate one of the most fascinating and controversial episodes in the history of the Civil War. A totally absorbing read.” Lincoln and Civil War historians won’t want to miss it!

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February 1, 2013

SHARON SHORT

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1; 7 PM

SHARON SHORT will introduce her new novel, My One Square Inch of Alaska. Inspired with the immensely successful promotion in the 1950s of giving away one square inch of the untamed Yukon Territory with the purchase of a cereal, Sharon took that concept and fashioned this unique novel about two siblings, Donna and Will. In it, Will wants to earn a deed to one square inch of the Alaskan Territory through a cereal company and TV show promotion. At first Donna thinks that is silly, but when Will becomes ill, she decides to help him fulfill his dream to actually visit his land. Thus begins their adventure of driving to Alaska with their dog. In so doing, she learns to reconnect with her own dreams and to understand how the unfulfilled dreams of those around her impacted her family’s life and tragic past.

Sharon Short, who lives in the Dayton area, is a columnist for the Dayton Daily News, the author of several mystery novels, and the Director of Antioch Writers Workshop.

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January 31, 2013

MARJORIE CELONA

MARJORIE CELONA will introduce her new novel, simply titled Y. It’s about a baby girl who is abandoned at the door of a YMCA when she is just hours old. After an unfortunate experience with the foster care system, she is eventually adopted by a single mother, who has a daughter of her own. “Many stories take us to a fork in the road, where a decision is made and everything starts to shift. In Y, readers get taken down both paths—that of the abandoned Shannon and her mother, Yula—which begin at the same starting point, like the letter Y itself.” Ultimately the story is about what constitutes family. Is it the group into which we’re born, or those we’ve gathered around us? Or both?

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January 24, 2013

CANCELLED -- WILLIAM SIRLS

CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24; 7 PM

WILLIAM SIRLS will introduce his Christian fiction title, The Reason. Those who have experienced the novel are comparing it to The Shack and The Traveler’s Gift, with its wide cast of characters experiencing God in an entirely new way.

According to Chris Sonksen, author of In Search of Higher Ground, “The Reason will serve to fortify your faith and reassure you of God’s constant love and incredible power. If you are not yet a believer, this book will open your eyes to the possibilities of God that can manifest in any and every part of our lives.”

Once a senior vice present of a major investment firm, he was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering. The life lessons he learned from that experience-- faith, grace, patience, and forgiveness-- are evident in his writing.

CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS.

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January 10, 2013

BRANDON SANDERSON

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10; 7 PM

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for A Memory of Light to get a line number.)

BRANDON SANDERSON will introduce A Memory of Light, the final book in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time epic fantasy series. Brandon was chosen by Robert Jordan’s widow and editor, Harriet MacDougal, to complete the series. She will be a featured guest at the event also. Following the hundreds of pages of notes devoted to the concluding volumes that Robert had left in his will, Brandon and Harriet worked feverishly to make sure that this last book lives up to the very high standard Jordan set, and gives the series and the fans a worthy and deserving conclusion.

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January 9, 2013

ERIC KAHN GALE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9; 7 PM

Children’s author ERIC KAHN GALE will introduce his new novel, The Bully Book. His own experiences as a victim of bullying play a large part in the narrative. Having been severely bullied in school, Eric writes in a letter to his readers: “The Bully Book is an account of my life in elementary school through the lens of a mystery novel.”

His main character is also named Eric and this Eric doesn’t take his bullying situation lying down, but rather he searches for answers to the bullying phenomenon, making for a compelling and realistic look into bullying and its short term and long term effects on the lives of the victims. The novel is darkly humorous and offers insight and help for kids who are being bullied.

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December 11, 2012

MIKE MULLIN

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11; 7 PM

MIKE MULLIN, author of Ashfall, will introduce his second book, Ashen Winter. In this new book, it’s been six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone National Park’s supervolcano and Alex and Darla are trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world that was so vividly portrayed in Ashfall. They head for Iowa to find their parents, but the landscape they cross is perilous, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities, and horrifying acts of desperation.

School Library Journal says “Teens who enjoyed Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Michael Grant’s Gone will find Mullin’s story equally engaging.”

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December 3, 2012

EILEEN BECKER

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3; 7 PM

EILEEN BECKER, our Random House Representative, will review adult fiction and nonfiction titles as well as children’s books and coffee-table books. It’s a great opportunity to get gift ideas and well as selections for your winter reading.

November 30, 2012

BILL ROORBACH

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30; 7 PM

BILL ROORBACH will introduce Life Among Giants, a novel about 17 year-old David “Lizard” Hochmeyer, who is nearly seven feet tall, a star quarterback, and Princeton-bound. His future seems all but assured until his parents are mysteriously murdered, leaving Lizard and his older sister, Kate, adrift and alone. Over the years they are obsessed with piecing together the motives behind their parents’ deaths, returning time and again to their father’s missing briefcase, his shady business dealings, and shaky finances. And then, there is confusion over why the world’s greatest ballerina, Sylphide, has threaded her way into Lizard’s and Kate’s lives.

According to Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted, “Life Among Giants is a wild ride of a novel, deliciously visceral, psychologically twisted, furiously engaging.”

November 23, 2012

OLIVER NORTH

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23; 12 NOON

OLIVER NORTH will introduce his novel, Heroes Proved, which is set in 2032 when the U.S. President has claimed that America is now safe from terror. The citizens have told that Iranian nuclear weapons no longer menace us and the United Nations treaties and innovative technologies can protect us and assure peace in our time. Then, unexpectedly, Houston is targeted by suicide bombers and Dr. Martin Cohen, America’s foremost physicist, is kidnapped. And for what nefarious purpose? Peter Newman, a U.S. Marine war hero and veteran of multiple high-risk covert operations, and former roommate of Dr. Cohen at the Naval Academy is determined to find and rescue his friend. In so doing, he exposes the most ominous threat to the United States in our nation’s history.

Oliver North is a combat-decorated U.S. Marine, counter-terrorism expert, and author of many best-selling books.

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November 18, 2012

ANTHONY BOURDAIN AT THE SCHUSTER CENTER

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18; 7 PM at The Schuster Center

ANTHONY BOURDAIN, “the bad boy of cuisine” will bring his blunt observations about the world of restaurants, chefs and cooking to The Schuster Center this evening. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to spend the evening with him as he shares candid, and often hysterical, insights about his life’s work and travels, including an open question and answer session with the audience. For ticket information, please contact Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630.


Books & Co. will have books signed by Anthony Bourdain at The Schuster Center that evening.

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FREE WRITERS MINI-WORKSHOP!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18; 2-3:30 PM

FREE WRITERS’ MINI-WORKSHOP sponsored by The Antioch Writers Workshop. The guest speakers will be DAVID BRAUGLER, publishing Advisor, and TONYA KAPPES, published author. They will discuss “Alternate Paths to Publishing.”

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JEFF KINNEY

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18; 10-11 AM

Line numbers will be given out beginning at 9 am. Please show your books&co receipt for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7: The Third Wheel, to get a line number.

JEFF KINNEY, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7: The Third Wheel, will visit, but for only one hour. Because of the time constraint, the line will need to be limited to approximately 100 fans. Jeff will only be signing The Third Wheel and any other Wimpy Kid book purchased at Books & Co. this day.

November 17, 2012

TREE LIGHTING AT THE GREENE!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17; 5:30 PM

TREE LIGHTING AT THE GREENE! Start off your Holiday Season with the lighting of the beautiful tree in the town center of The Greene.

November 11, 2012

CONVERSATION WITH THE 2012 DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE WINNERS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
10:30 AM Registration; 11 AM Program

TIM O’BRIEN, Recipient of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award

ANDREW KRIVAK, winner in Fiction for The Sojourn

ADAM HOCHSCHILD, winner in Nonfiction for To End All Wars

ANNIA CIEZADLO, Nonfiction Runner-up for Day of Honey (pending her travel arrangements)

Special guests will be CHRISTOPHER CERF and two previous winners: WILBERT RIDEAU and MARLON JAMES

The authors will sign their books after The Conversation.

SHANNON SIMS from Fox 45/ABC-22 TV will emcee the program. There is a $10 donation to the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation to be taken at the event (either cash or check). Reservations are required; email peaceliterature12@att.net by Wednesday, November 7. Seating is limited.

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November 9, 2012

RICHARD PAUL EVANS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9; 7 PM

RICHARD PAUL EVANS will introduce A Winter Dream, an ingenious modern retelling of the Old Testament story of Joseph and the coat of many colors. We meet Joseph Jacobson, the twelfth of thirteen siblings, all of whom are employed by their father’s successful advertising company. We soon learn that Joseph’s brothers envy Joseph to the point of hatred. They force him from the company and ultimately drive him from town. He then pursues a life in Chicago where he meets a kind woman with a secret and soon finds his world turned upside down again. It is ultimately a story of family and forgiveness; a lovely story for the holiday season.

Richard Paul Evans is the author of many bestselling novels. It all started with the phenomenally successful The Christmas Box.

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November 3, 2012

JOCELYNN DRAKE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3; 1 PM

JOCELYNN DRAKE is introducing Angel’s Ink, her debut trade paperback, which introduces readers to the magical world of Low Town and The Asylum Tattoo Parlor, where everyone is something more than they seem. Gage, the owner of the tattoo parlor, is the best artist in town, but he’s hiding dangerous secrets from his co-workers and the rest of Low Town. He is a warlock-in-hiding, a refugee from the magical ivory towers where those who show aptitude are held and viciously educated in the mystical arts. Once trained, no one leaves alive… until Gage, and that puts him in great danger.

Kim Harrison, J. R. Ward, and Simon R. Greene give Jocelynn Drake’s urban fantasy high praise.

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ADOPTION STORYTIME

ADOPTION STORYTIME presented by Catholic Social Services. The books read at this special Storytime will feature adoption themes followed by a craft.

November 1, 2012

MING TSAI

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1; 7 PM

(line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for Simply Ming in Your Kitchen to get a line number.)

MING TSAI, celebrity chef and award-winning television personality, will introduce his newest cookbook, Simply Ming In Your Kitchen: 80 Recipes to Watch, Learn, Cook & Enjoy. Each of the 80 recipes – which can be prepared in 30 minutes or less – comes with a 10-minute video of Ming cooking the dish from start to finish as he shares time-saving tips, techniques, chef’s secrets, ingredient information, and his plating artistry. A QR code embedded with each recipe unlocks the video along with a free interactive shopping list.

Chef Ming’s “Simply Ming” is shown on public television (Think TV in the Dayton area). He lives in the Boston area with his family and owns the Blue Ginger restaurant there.

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October 24, 2012

DENNIS LEHANE

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24; 5:30 PM

DENNIS LEHANE will make his first appearance at Books & Co and will be introducing Live By Night, a prohibition-era tale that catapults readers between 1920s Boston and Florida where we meet a cast of hard-living gangsters, petty criminals and two memorable women. It begins in 1926 in Boston where readers are thrust into the black market’s maze of underground distilleries and speakeasies that are home to gangsters and corrupt cops and takes us to Tampa’s Latin Quarter where similar activity is thriving. It’s a tale of swindling and strong-arming that pits one gangster against another in a fight for respect, superiority, and firm control of the Atlantic coast’s rum business, told by a master of his craft.

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MARTHA MOODY

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24; 7 PM

MARTHA MOODY will introduce her new novel, Sharp and Dangerous Virtues, which is set in Dayton, Ohio in 2047. It’s a much different Dayton than today. In response to food and water shortages, we find the U.S. government has developed a successful agricultural area—known as “the Heartland Grid” – just north of the city. The Grid and its valuable human and agricultural resources are now being threatened—or possibly seduced—by a multinational enemy force and all of America feels threatened, too.

The book portrays ordinary individuals caught in situations they had never planned for or even imagined. What will they do? What choices are left for them, and what choices have been taken away? Whom and what can they trust?

Martha Moody has written other novels, including Best Friends and Sometimes Mine. She lives in the Dayton area.

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October 23, 2012

BAXTER BLACK

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23; 7 PM

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Come ready to laugh! BAXTER BLACK will introduce his newest hilarious novel, Ride Cowboy Ride: 8 Seconds Ain’t That Long. Cowboy poet Black makes classic use of western humor and peppers it with outright silliness, guaranteeing you’ll laugh all the way through the book. Tucked in with the outrageous situations, you’ll find an engaging story of two modern-day rodeo cowboys and the cronies, both male and female, they encounter as they deal with an angry mob of animal rights activists, romances gone awry, competition for the biggest belt buckles, and on and on.

Wear your cowboy hat and get your photo taken with Baxter Black!

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October 21, 2012

TASHA ALEXANDRA

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21; 2 PM

TASHA ALEXANDRA, author of the Lady Emily novels, a series of historical suspense, will introduce her newest work, Death in the Floating City. Emily and her husband have been called to Venice by her childhood nemesis, Emma Callum, because Emma’s father-in-law has been murdered and her husband, who has fled, is considered the prime suspect. Trying to sort out who the real killer is, Emily and Colin learn that a 15th century ring had been found in the hand of the slain man. Because of that, the mysteries of the past and present become entwined, and the secrets are not given up easily. When Emily’s investigation takes her through the canals and streets of the city, she finds herself stalked by an “ominous masked figure determined to keep her from solving the crime at any cost.”

Tasha’s previous books include Tears of Pearl, Dangerous to Know, and A Crimson Warning. She lives in Chicago and the UK with her husband.

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OPERA OVERTURE!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21; 5 PM

OPERA OVERTURE! DR. SAMEUL DORF from the University of Dayton will present an Opera Overture of Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti. It’s a wonderful preparation for those attending the Opera the following weekend.

The Opera will be performed at The Schuster Center on October 26 and 28. Please call 937-228-3630 for Opera ticket information.

October 19, 2012

DAVID BELL

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19; 7 PM

DAVID BELL, author of Cemetery Girl, will introduce The Hiding Place, the story of Justin Manning, a boy who was murdered twenty-five years ago. Now that Dante Rogers, his convicted killer, has just been released from prison in the small Ohio town of Dove Point, local detective Frank Stynes can’t lay to rest some unsettling thoughts about putting the wrong man in prison. He begins scrutinizing the case anew reigniting emotions in the close-knit community. If it is decided that the wrong man was sent to prison, then who did kill Justin Manning? It is a chilling story of the worst that can happen to a family.

David Bell is an assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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October 18, 2012

BARNEY SALTZBERG

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18; 6 PM

Popular kids author and illustrator BARNEY SALTZBERG will introduce two delightful new picture books, Andrew Drew and Drew and Arlo Needs Glasses.

Andrew loves to draw and he can turn a line into anything he chooses. Staircases become dinosaurs, kites become rockets, and a squiggle morphs into a giant chicken. It’s fun to watch Andrew’s imagination soar. Arlo is a shaggy free-spirited dog who loves to play catch, until he realizes he can’t see the ball anymore. With a pair of glasses the world opens up for him. The book lets kids read an eye chart, look through a fold-out phoropter (that big machine optometrists use), and even try on different pairs of glasses---movie star glasses, superhero glasses, mad scientist glasses.

Barney Saltzberg is the author-illustrator of over 30 books, including Beautiful Oops!, Peekaboo, Crazy Hair Day, and Good Egg. He is also a singer-songwriter and has written tunes for the PBS show “Arthur” and continues to perform music for children.

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October 17, 2012

LARRY SCHWEIKART

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 7 PM
Historian LARRY SCHWEIKART will discuss the newest book, A Patriot’s History of the Modern World: From America’s Exceptional Ascent to the Atomic Bomb: 1898-1945, which he co-authored with Dave Dougherty. The book provides a new perspective on our extraordinary past—and offers lessons we can apply to preserve American exceptionalism today and tomorrow. The authors correct many of the biases that cloud the way people view major events in world history and assert the many times when America proved its dominance by upholding the principles on which it was founded – and struggled on the rare occasions when it strayed from those principles. The book emphasizes how a free, capitalist nation can thrive when put face-to-face with tyrannical and socialist powers.

Larry Schweikart is a professor of history at the University of Dayton. His previous books include A Patriot’s History of the United States, Seven Events That Made America America, and 48 Liberal Lies About American History.

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October 16, 2012

STEWART O'NAN

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16; 7 PM

STEWART O’NAN will introduce the softcover edition of The Odds: A Love Story, an honest, beautiful, heartbreaking story of a man and woman standing at the precipice of divorce and bankruptcy, trying to determine whether the difficulty of the unknown outweighs the pain of the familiar. Taking their life-savings of $40,000 they go to Niagara Falls as a sort-of second honeymoon. During the day they do touristy things, but at night they gamble with the last of their money, hoping to rekindle their love and to start anew.

Stewart O’Nan is the author of twelve novels, including Snow Angels: A Prayer for the Dying, and Emily Alone.

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October 15, 2012

BILL EVANS

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15; 7 PM

Weatherman BILL EVANS will introduce his kids book, It’s Raining Fish and Spiders, an educational and entertaining look at all sorts of weather systems. It explains such things as hurricanes and tornadoes and the weather conditions that create them. Adults as well as children will learn something from this book, and enjoy the experience.

Weatherman Bill Evans has won an Emmy Award for his broadcasts on Channel 7 WABC in New York.

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October 14, 2012

FREE WRITERS' MINI-WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14; 2-3:30 PM

FREE WRITERS’ MINI-WORKSHOP led by GREG BELLIVEAU, published novelist and short story writer. The theme will be “Fiction Writing Basics: Prepping for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)." The workshop is sponsored by Antioch Writers Workshop.

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October 6, 2012

CHUCK HEATH SR & CHUCK HEATH JR

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6; 3 PM

CHUCK HEATH SR. and CHUCK HEATH, JR, father and brother of Sarah Palin, will introduce their book, Our Sarah: Made in Alaska. It’s the survival story of Sarah’s family braving the harsh terrain and climate of Alaska, rolling up their sleeves and building a better life. That struggle created the first female governor of Alaska and the political force she is today. They claim it is a much different portrait of Sarah from the one the media portrayed of her in the political campaign of 2008.

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October 2, 2012

THE DEADLY DIVAS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2; 7 PM

Four mystery authors, known as the DEADLY DIVAS will come to visit.... DENISE SWANSON (Murder of the Cat’s Meow), SARA ROSETT (Mistletoe, Merriment, and Murder), MARCIA TALLEY (Through the Darkness), and HEATHER BLAKE (A Witch Before Dying).

Shine those tiaras and fluff the boas... and come meet the Deadly Divas. These perpetrators of hard-drive homicide are taking their crime spree on the road meeting with mystery fans to chat about the how’s and why’s of whodunits. They will be passing out goodies and even raffle off a specially designed Deadly Divas Tote bag filled with loot.

September 21, 2012

JOHN EDWARD

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21; 7 PM

JOHN EDWARD, internationally renowned psychic who has helped millions of people connect with loved ones on the Other Side, will introduce his new novel, Fallen Masters.

Seating will be available at 6 pm, but may be limited depending on the size of the crowd. However, we expect everyone will be able to see and hear John. Please show our books&co receipt for Fallen Masters to enter the seating area.

All our copies of Fallen Masters will have been signed in advance by John. There will be no autograph line.

John will be discussing his new novel, Fallen Masters, having a Question & Answer session and random spot readings for guests. However, readings are not guaranteed.

There is to be no photography, audio, or video.

John's novel takes us to the near future when signs and portents have begun to appear that point to a rushing cataclysm. Both political and religious world leaders see the patterns, and the scientific community confirms evidence of what they call "dark matter" that is expanding into our universe, threatening the very fabric of our world. But it will not be governments or religions upon whose actions the fate of the world rests. Rather it will be up to a small diverse group of men and women who will have to decide to use their free will to aid in the last great cosmic battle between good and evil as these apocalyptic forces clash—both here on Earth and on the Other Side.

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September 18, 2012

PATRICIA HARMAN

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18; 7 PM

PATRICIA HARMAN will introduce The Midwife of Hope River. It centers on Patience Murphy a lay midwife in Appalachia during the Great Depression. She has a “gift” to escort mothers through the challenges of childbirth. Patience takes the jobs that no one else wants, helping those most in need—and least likely to pay. She knows a successful midwife practice must be built on a foundation of openness and trust, but the secrets Patience is keeping are far too intimate and fragile for her to ever let anyone in.

Patricia Harman writes with exquisite detail and authenticity because of her own experience as a midwife in the rural communes where she lived during the ’60 and ‘70s. She continues to work as a nurse-midwife on the faculty of Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and West Virginia University.

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September 16, 2012

MICHAEL HINGSON

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16; 2 PM

MICHAEL HINGSON, accompanied by his current guide dog Africa, will introduce his book, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero. This incredible story tells of what it was like inside the North Twin Tower when the hi-jacked plane crashed into it on September 11, 2001. From his senses, totally blind Michael Hingson could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle, who sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. He followed Roselle into the fume-filled chamber of Stairwell B, down 78 floors in a harrowing escape. It’s a remarkable and inspiring story.

Mr. Hingson will be in the Dayton-area as part of an Ohio Association of Goodwill Industries conference sponsored by Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley.

September 11, 2012

WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11; 7 PM

WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, visits with Trickster’s Point, his newest suspenseful story and the twelfth book in his NYT bestselling Cork O’Connor mysteries. We find Cork sitting beside his Native American friend, Jubal Little, deep in the Minnesota wilderness. What is disturbing about this is the fact that Jubal is slowing dying with an arrow through his heart. While he and Cork have been bow hunting, this is no accident. The arrow in Jubal’s heart belongs to Cork. Cork knows full well that he has been set up and he’s determined to clear his name and track the real killer.

Some of his other books include Northwest Angle, Vermilion Drift, Heaven’s Keep, Red Knife, Thunder Bay, Copper River, and Mercy Falls.

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September 9, 2012

FREE WRITERS' MINI-WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9; 2-3:30 PM

FREE WRITERS’ MINI-WORKSHOP! ASHLEY BETHARD, editor of Funcoast Magazine and Funcoast.com, will lead a workshop on “Getting Past the ‘No’ and moving forward. She will address the topics of what to avoid when submitting your work for publication, including formatting guidelines, common grammar errors, and cover letters.

September 6, 2012

S. M. STERLING

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6; 7 PM @ The Greene

S. M. STIRLING will make his first visit to Books & Co. to introduce Lord of Mountains, Book 9 in the Change Series. The series begins in 1998 when a sudden worldwide event known as the “Change” alters physical laws so that electricity, gunpowder, and most forms of high-energy-density technology no longer work.
In this new book, we find remnants of humanity struggling to survive in a post-technological environment.

The world has been thrust into a neo-medieval world and Aratos the First, High King of Montival, must be accepted as the leader, if peace is to be achieved. He must succeed in taking the Heart of the Mountains before that can be accomplished, but many challenges stand in his way.

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August 28, 2012

ELLEN SCHREIBER

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28; 7 PM @ The Greene
ELLEN SCHREIBER
will introduce her new young adult novel, Immortal Hearts, the final volume in the Vampire Kisses series. Raven’s younger sister, Stormy Sterling, is coming to Dullsville, and Raven is both thrilled and panicked. She is forced to take a good look at what it would really mean to be a vampire in the Sterling family, aside from some of the things she already loves, like shunning the sun and sleeping in a coffin with Alexander. When Raven compares her life with Stormy’s, she can see that it’s not all starry skies and black roses. But Raven knows she’s always wanted to be a vampire. Will she be able to convince Alexander that it’s the right thing to turn her? KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS

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August 23, 2012

TERRY BROOKS

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23; 7 PM @ the Greene
(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for
Wards of Faerie to get a line number.)
TERRY BROOKS will introduce his newest fantasy novel, Wards of Faerie. When the world was young, and its name was Faerie, the power of magic ruled---and the Elfstones warded the race of Elves and their lands, keeping evil at bay. Thousands of years later, tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. Elves have distanced their society from the other races. The dwindling Druid order and its teachings are threatened with extinction. The mighty Federation is rising and the situation is ripe for a devastating clash. RANDOM HOUSE

Terry Brooks has written more than 25 books, including the Genesis of Shannara novels, the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word, and his nonfiction book, Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing life.

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August 22, 2012

JULIE KRAMER

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22; 7 PM @ The Greene
JULIE KRAMER
will introduce her new novel, Shunning Sarah. It centers on a clash of cultures: flashy TV news versus a reclusive Amish community. The story involves a homicide victim who can’t be identified without the help of a forensic artist. When she is finally recognized as Sarah Yoder, a young Amish woman, her family objects to the police sketch of her face being publicized by the media because of the biblical ban on graven images. But when TV reporter Riley Spartz finds a clue the cops miss, she uncovers a dark web of fraud and deception—driven by motives as old as the Bible: sex and money.
James Patterson has this to say about the book: “Remember Witness – that truly thrilling movie with Harrison Ford in his heyday? Shunning Sarah is an even better suspense story.”

Julie Kramer has also written Stalking Susan, Missing Mark, Silencing Sam, and Killing Kate.

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August 21, 2012

RICHARD PAUL EVANS

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21; 7 PM @ The Greene
RICHARD PAUL EVANS
will introduce Michael Vey 2: The Rise of the Elgen, the second book in his young adult series. Michael Vey was born with special electrical powers. He and his friend Ostin, a techno-genius , form the Electroclan, an alliance meant to protect them from a powerful group, the growing Order of Elgen, who are out to destroy them. The leader of Elgen, Dr. Hatch, has kidnapped Michael’s mother, and time is running out to rescue her. Their rescue attempt takes them to Peru where Michel learns the extent of the Elgen’s rise in power and their plan to “restructure” the world. SIMON & SCHUSTER

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box and many other bestselling books. There are more than 15 million copies of them in print in 24 languages.

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August 9, 2012

TOM ANGLEBERGER

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9; 7 PM @ The Greene
TOM ANGLEBERGER
will introduce The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, the third book in his popular children’s Origami Yoda series. Dwight is now attending Tippett Academy and the kids of McQuarrie Middle School are missing his Origami Yoda advice. But have no fear, Dwight sends a paper fortune-teller in the form of Chewbacca to deliver advice that’s just as good as Yoda’s..........maybe. Tom will read from the book, give a drawing and origami demonstration, and teach kids how to fold a cootie catcher that looks like Chewbacca. What fun! AMULET BOOKS

Other books in his series are The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back. He is also the author of Horton Halfpott and Fake Mustache.

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August 1, 2012

KAREN WHITE

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1; 7 PM @ The Greene
KAREN WHITE
, author of The Beach Trees, will present her new novel, Sea Change. In it we are introduced to midwife Ava Whalen who meets psychologist Matthew Frazier at a conference. Shortly after a whirlwind romance, they elope and Ava leaves her family to move to St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia, despite her deep-seated fear of the water. Feeling adrift, Ava throws herself into uncovering Matthew’s family history and that of the island, not realizing that she has a connection of her own to this place—or that her obsession with the past could very well destroy her future. NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY

Karen has written fifteen books, including The Strangers on Montagu Street, Learning to Breathe, On Folly Beach, and In the Shadow of the Moon. She refers to her books as ‘grit lit’—southern women’s fiction, and they are favorites with bookclubs.

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July 29, 2012

CHRIS COLFER

SUNDAY, JULY 29; 11 AM
(Line numbers beginning at 10 am. Please show your books&co receipt for The
Land of Stories
to get a line number. Chris will only be able to sign his book. No personalization. No memorabilia. No posed photos. Number of books per person may be limited depending on the size of the crowd.)
Glee star CHRIS COLFER will introduce his children’s book, The Land of Stories, “a fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales. In the book, twins Alex and Conner Bailey leave their world behind through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the characters they grew up reading about.” LITTLE BROWN

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July 20, 2012

ORSON SCOTT CARD and AARON JOHNSTON

FRIDAY, JULY 20; 7 PM @ The Greene
(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for Earth Unaware to get a line number.)
ORSON SCOTT CARD and AARON JOHNSTON will introduce their new book, Earth Unaware, the next book in the Ender series universe. It recounts mankind’s first encounter with the ruthless alien species known as the Formics. The mining ship El Cavador is as far from Earth as any ship dares to go, deep in the Kuiper Belt, beyond Neptune. Out here, mining ships, and the families who live on them, are few and far between. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, they have no easy way to get word to Earth. The alien ship has tech and firepower unlike anything humans have ever seen. Nothing can stop it, and Earth has no idea what’s coming. The first Formic War is about to begin!
Card’s beloved science fiction classic Ender’s Game is being made into a movie. The expected release date for the film is March 14, 2013.

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July 17, 2012

ANTIOCH INFORMATION SESSION

TUESDAY, JULY 17; 6-7 PM @ The Greene
ANTIOCH INFORMATION SESSION.
This session is for anyone interested in learning more about Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Please call Oscar Robinson at 937-769-1823 if you will be attending.

July 13, 2012

MEG CABOT

FRIDAY, JULY 13; 7 PM @ The Greene
MEG CABOT
will introduce her new Heather Wells mystery, Size 12 and Ready to Rock. Heather is working in Fischer Hall at New York College and it’s rather quiet there now that it’s summer, but that all changes when someone approved filming a reality program for teens featuring country star Tania Trace on the campus. When the producer of the program turns up dead, it’s soon clear that Tania was the intended victim. Heather and her private-eye fiancé are determined to solve the crime.

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July 12, 2012

SHEILA KOHLER

THURSDAY, JULY 12; 7 PM @ The Greene
SHEILA KOHLER
, author of Becoming Jane Eyre, will introduce her new novel, The Bay of Foxes. Opening in a chic Parisian café in 1978, Dawit, a young, attractive Ethiopian refugee, spots the famous French author M. At sixty, she is at the height of her fame, elegant and striking. Dawit, who has fled his country in the wake of civil and military unrest, is now living in squalor. While the educated son of wealthy parents, he is
unable to support himself and is living in squalor. M. invites Dawit into her home. Soon he is accompanying M. to her Sardinian villa beside the Bay of Foxes where he finds love and temptation and he perfects the art of deception. PENGUIN
Sheila Kohler’s writing has been heralded by Amy Tan as, “elegant, smooth, and gorgeously sensual, belying the tension that crackles beneath.” She is the author of ten books and teaches at Princeton University and Bennington College.

July 11, 2012

ALEXANDRA FULLER

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11; 7 PM @ The Greene
ALEXANDRA FULLER
will introduce the softcover edition of her memoir, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness. Her earlier memoir, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight., told of her growing up in war-torn Rhodesia in the 1970s. This new memoir is written from a different perspective—that of someone a decade older who is now a parent herself. It focuses on her intrepid parents, Tim and Nicola Fuller, who made a life for themselves and their daughters on their African farm in Rhodesia despite personal heartbreak and political upheaval. When Alexandra and her sister moved away as adults, the parents procured a fish and banana farm in Zambia, where they remain to this day. It is here that Fuller returns at the end of the book “to sit under the legendary Tree of Forgetfulness, where, according to local lore, ancestors reside and villagers meet to resolve disputes.” PENGUIN

July 10, 2012

ROBERT GOOLRICK

TUESDAY, JULY 10; 7 PM @ The Greene
ROBERT GOOLRICK
, author of the popular novel A Reliable Wife, will introduce his newest novel, Heading Out to Wonderful. In it, we meet Charlie Beal, an attractive and enigmatic stranger who wanders into a sleepy town in Virginia in the 1940s. He is carrying two suitcases: one contains all his worldly possessions, including a set of butcher knives. The other is full of money. He quickly finds a job in a butcher shop. And life is “wonderful” for awhile until it takes an unexpected turn. It is ultimately a story of love gone terribly wrong, and is based on a true story told to Goolrick 30 years ago. ALGONQUIN

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July 9, 2012

JAMES ROLLINS

MONDAY, JULY 9; 7 PM @ The Greene JAMES ROLLINS, New York Times bestselling author, will introduce his newest intriguing work, Bloodlines. Do we have people living among us who are immortal? That notion undergirds this novel. Tracing bloodlines back to Galilee, 1025, it was discovered by a Templar knight that the staff of Jesus Christ contained a mysterious power that could change mankind forever. Coming into present day, we learn that that mysterious power has been maintained through the ages and resides within the members of a particular bloodline. Combining science, superstition, and tradition, Rollins gives us this thrilling novel filled with his trademark adventure. MORROW

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June 29, 2012

KRISTINA MCBRIDE

FRIDAY, JUNE 29; 7 PM @ The Greene
KRISTINA MCBRIDE
, author of The Tension of Opposites, will introduce her absorbing new young adult novel, One Moment. It asks many questions: What happens when you discover a friendship is built on secrets and lies? How do you know whom to trust? Can you erase memories? Kirkus Reviews says One Moment is “Good, solid drama about the power of secrets to test the bounds of friendships, with just enough tension to satisfy teen readers.” EGMONT USA
KRISTINA MCBRIDE is a former Springboro High School English teacher. She lives in the Dayton area with her husband and two young children.

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June 28, 2012

SAPPHIRE

THURSDAY, JUNE 28; 7 PM @ The Greene
SAPPHIRE, author of Push (which was adapted for the award winning film, Precious) will introduce the softcover edition of The Kid. It takes us into the interior life of Abdul Jones, the son of Precious, the heroine in Push. He has not had an easy life. It’s a story of his survival after his mother’s death when he is just nine years old, and the trauma he experiences at the hands of people he meets in his life. We follow him from a dirt farm in Mississippi to Harlem as he struggles toward adulthood. PENGUIN

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June 23, 2012

ONE DAY SALE FOR CLUB MEMBERS

SATURDAY, JUNE 23; 9 AM TO 11 PM @ The Greene
One Day Sale for our Discount Club Members!
Everything (except gift cards) is reduced at least 20% today. It’s a good time to join the Club, if you’re not already a member.

June 22, 2012

LINDA CASTILLO

FRIDAY, JUNE 22; 7 PM @ The Greene
LINDA CASTILLO
will bring us Gone Missing, her latest mystery set in Amish country. It opens with Rumspringa, the time when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the community rules. It’s a time of personal discovery and growth before committing to the church. But when a young teen disappears without a trace, the carefree fun comes to an abrupt and sinister end and fear spreads through the community.

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder knows that to solve the case, she will have to call upon everything she has to give, not only as a cop, but as a woman whose own Amish roots run deep. MINOTAUR

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June 18, 2012

FRANCINE DU PLESSIX GRAY

MONDAY, JUNE 18; 7 PM @ The Greene
FRANCINE DU PLESSIX GRAY
will discuss her new book, The Queen’s Lover. Few figures intrigue the public’s imagination as much as Marie Antoinette, even centuries after her death. This book gives us a new perspective by revealing in lustrous detail the life-long friendship and romance between Marie Antoinette and the dashing Swedish aristocrat Axel von Fersen. Even as Fersen is forced to be away from her by either duty or propriety, their affection for each other remained a constant throughout their lives. Du Plessix Gray presents an astonishing and deeply moving revisionist portrait of Marie Antoinette and places the reader squarely in the midst of the turbulent times of the French Revolution. PENGUIN PRESS

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June 14, 2012

LAUREN KATE

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 7 PM @ The Greene

Young adult author LAUREN KATE will introduce, Rapture, the astonishing conclusion to her Fallen series. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past, Luce and Daniel must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Together they face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies...and angel dust. But now Luce knows that she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now is the only one that truly matters. DELACORTE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

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June 13, 2012

REBECCA MAKKAI

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13; 7 PM @ The Greene

REBECCA MAKKAI will introduce the softcover edition of her popular novel, The Borrower. It centers around a 26-year-old librarian, Lucy, and one of her favorite patrons, Ian, a ten-year-old boy who often takes refuge from his overbearing parents at the library. When his parents sign him up for “anti-gay” classes, Ian decides to run away. Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by him and they go on a wild cross-country adventure. The farther they get, the more Lucy must decide whether she’s doing Ian more harm than good by taking him away from his family. Ultimately, she devises an ingenious (and literary) plan. The book has allusions to children’s literature classics sprinkled throughout. It is basically a novel about acceptance and a serious love of reading. PENGUIN

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June 9, 2012

JUNIE B. JONES STUPID SMELLY BUS

SATURDAY, JUNE 9; 11 AM @ The Greene
JUNIE B. JONES IS COMING!
Please show your books&co receipt for any Junie B. Jones books to get a line number.
Line numbers will be given out beginning at 10 am.

We will host the “JUNIE B. JONES STUPID SMELLY BUS TOUR” --a national tour, sponsored by Random House Children’s Books, that is bringing JUNIE B live and in-person, across the country to meet her fans. She will ride in the Stupid Smelly Bus to 15 cities for fun-filled events. Fans will enjoy Junie B.’s hilarious antics through live, theatrical performances based on the bestselling June B. Jones series. The event will also include cool Junie B. giveaways and an official “book stamping.” She will stamp any new books you buy at books&co that day and one brought from home.

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June 7, 2012

JOHN SCALZI

THURSDAY, JUNE 7; 7 PM @ The Greene

JOHN SCALZI will introduce his new novel, Red Shirts, which may very well be the science fiction comedy of the year. It features Ensign Andrew Dahl, who is a redshirt, but he doesn’t know it. He reports to his post on the Universal Union’s flagship Intrepid and is confused and concerned when his coworkers disappear every time a senior officer shows up looking for ensigns for an away team. Often those ensigns end up dead. Dahl and a few of his fellow ensigns decide that it’s about time they figure out what exactly is happening on board the Intrepid.

With the laws of space travel, time, and physics thrown out the window, Scalzi gives readers a thoroughly laugh-out-loud novel. With roots going back to Douglas Adams and beyond, this subgenre is on the rise again, and John Scalzi is leading the charge. TOR

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May 23, 2012

ANTIOCH INFORMATION SESSION

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23; 6 PM @ The Greene

ANTIOCH INFORMATION SESSION! Anyone interested in information about Antioch University is welcome to attend this session. Please RSVP to Oscar Robinson at 937-769-1823.

May 21, 2012

PBS KIDS GO!

MONDAY, MAY 21; 6 PM @ The Greene

PBS KIDS GO! Think TV and Books & Co. will host the Children’s Writers Contest Reception and Award Ceremony. The winners will receive their awards and have the opportunity to read their stories.

May 20, 2012

SUNDAY SEMINAR WRITERS SESSION

SUNDAY, MAY 20; 2-3:30 PM @ The Greene

SUNDAY SEMINAR, a free Writers Session sponsored by Antioch Writers Workshop.

RON ROLLINS, associate editor of the Dayton Daily News, will address How to Free-Lance for Newspapers and Magazines .

Please call 429-6302 if you plan to attend so the organizers can prepare properly.

May 18, 2012

RICHARD PAUL EVANS

FRIDAY, MAY 18; 7 PM @ The Greene

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The Road to Grace to get a line number.)

RICHARD PAUL EVANS will introduce The Road to Grace, the third book in his Walk Series. Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, has left behind everything he knew and set off for the furthest place on his map. He started from Seattle and is planning to walk to Key West. His journey is now taking him from South Dakota to St. Louis, Missouri. He is discovering that it’s the people he meets along the way who are giving his walk its true meaning: a mysterious woman who follows Alan’s walk for close to a hundred miles, the ghost hunter searching graveyards for his wife, and the elderly Polish man who gives Alan a ride and shares a story that Alan will never forget. The Road to Grace is a compelling and inspiring novel about hope, healing, grace, and the meaning of life.

May 16, 2012

CATHY MAXWELL

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16; 7 PM @ The Greene

CATHY MAXWELL will introduce her new suspenseful, heart warming romance, Lyon’s Bride. Set in the seventeenth century, yet modern in so many ways, it proves that true love isn’t always convenient, but it is always worth fighting for. Lord Lyon is proud, determined---and cursed. He is in need of a bride, but if he falls in love, he dies. Thus, he embarks on a quest to find a woman he can like but cannot love. His fervent hope is that by marrying—and having a son—perhaps he can break the curse’s chains forever. Enter Thea Martin, the duke’s headstrong and brilliant matchmaker. Lord Lyon’s life then becomes bewitchingly complicated!

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May 15, 2012

CHRIS SPIELMAN

TUESDAY, MAY 15; 7 PM @ The Greene

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for That’s Why I’m Here to get a line number.)

CHRIS SPIELMAN will discuss his book, That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris & Stefanie Spielman Story. Although known to many of you as an Ohio State Football legend and a four-time Pro Bowl NFL linebacker, this book not only talks about his remarkable life on the gridiron, but it will also give you a look into his personal life and that of his beloved wife, Stefanie. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 and for the next 11 years she met life head-on and continued living her storied life with her husband and four children, all the while undergoing treatment for cancer. She and Chris also used their time to raise money for cancer research, knowing that it may not help her, but it would help those who come after her. She died on November 19, 2009, but her spirit lives on. This book is a testament to a family going through a most difficult time, but who met its challenges with an unwavering faith.

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May 14, 2012

MITCHELL ZUCKOFF

MONDAY, MAY 14; 7 PM @ The Greene

MITCHELL ZUCKOFF will discuss Lost in Shangri-La, his remarkable account of the extraordinary mission to rescue three survivors of a U.S. military plane that crashed in an isolated corner of the South Pacific during World War II. The plane made a flyover of a remote valley located high in the island’s central mountains that was populated by ancient indigenous tribe members. It was thought they might be headhunters or cannibals. The pilot miscalculated the plane’s altitude and flew it into the side of a mountain. Only three of the 24 military personnel survived: Lieutenant John McCollom, Tech Sergeant Kenneth Decker and Corporal Margaret Hastings. To write their story, Zuckoff visited the valley to interview tribes people who were children when the strange trio first hobbled into their midst. It’s a fascinating story. The wife of one of the survivors, Mrs. John McCollom, will be at the event.

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May 11, 2012

W. BRUCE CAMERON

W. BRUCE CAMERON, author of A Dog’s Purpose, will introduce its sequel, A Dog’s Journey. This heartwarming story of hope, love, and unending devotion asks the question: Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us? Even more than an endearing dog tale, A Dog’s Journey is a moving story of unwavering loyalty and a love that crosses all barriers—especially during the more difficult times in life. Anyone who has loved a dog will relate to this story that shows us life from a dog’s point of view. Buddy, the dog in the story, will stop at nothing to be at his human’s side, supporting her when she needs it most and sharing in her darkest moments and greatest joys.

Representatives of SICSA (Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals), will be at the event to share information about their dog rescue service, and perhaps bring a dog eligible for adoption.

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May 10, 2012

BRIAN FREEMAN

THURSDAY, MAY 10; 7 PM @ The Greene

BRIAN FREEMAN will introduce Spilled Blood, his taut thriller about two rural Minnesota towns locked in a deadly feud—and a teenage girl caught in the crossfire. Mondamin Corporation, a secretive scientific research corporation in Barron, Minnesota, is sending waste material, which is believed to be carcinogenic, downriver and impacting the residents of St. Croix. When Ashlynn, the daughter of Mondamin Corporation’s president, is found shot dead, a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime. Her lawyer father uncovers some ugly truths that endanger the residents of both towns. And looming over the investigation is a murderous psychopath known only as “Aquarius.” If you like psychological suspense novels, this book is for you!

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May 9, 2012

CHRISTOPHER HEALY

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9; 7 PM @ The Greene

CHRISTOPHER HEALY will introduce his new children’s book, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. You’ve probably never heard of Prince Liam, Prince Frederick, Prince Duncan or Prince Gustav. And do you know why? Revisionist history. These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet they were completely glossed over in the versions of their tales that became popular. Thus, you likely know them only as ‘Prince Charming.” With this new book, all that is about to change! It reads like Shrek meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Not only will tween readers enjoy it, their parents will too.

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May 6, 2012

OPERA OVERTURE

SUNDAY, MAY 6; 5 PM @ The Greene

DR. SAM DORF of the University of Dayton will present an OPERA OVERTURE for The Tragedy of Carmen. This opera by Georges Bizet has been adapted by Peter Brook, Marius Constant, and Jean Claude Carriere. It will be presented at Victoria Theatre on May 17, 18,19, & 20. For opera ticket information, please call 937-228-3630.

May 1, 2012

BIG READ FINALE

TUESDAY, MAY 1; 5:30 pm @ The Ponitz Center
at Sinclair Community College;
Building 12 (free parking in the basement)

This year’s BIG READ selection has been Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Discussions of the book have been held over the last 6 weeks.

The Finale of the program will begin with refreshments and a display of photos from Dayton’s historic 1913 flood.

At 6 pm, the Big Read Humanitarian Awards will be presented, and at 7 pm, there will be a Skype broadcast with Dave Eggers who will be speaking to us from his home in California.

The Big Read is sponsored by the Dayton Daily News, Dayton Metro Libraries, Friends of the Library and Books & Co.

April 26, 2012

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH READING

THURSDAY, APRIL 26; 7 PM @ The Greene

In honor of National Poetry Month, we are hosting a POETRY NIGHT with Wright State University poets. Come hear these four outstanding poets, who are either currently teaching at the University or recently retired: DAVID LEE GARRISON, GARY PACERNICK, HERBERT WOODWARD MARTIN and DAVID PETREMAN. All of them have had their work published in books and national literary journals.

April 22, 2012

SUNDAY SEMINAR WITH DAVID LEE GARRISON

SUNDAY, APRIL 22; 2-3:30 PM @ The Greene

SUNDAY SEMINAR, a free Writers’ Workshop, will feature DAVID LEE GARRISON presenting the topic “Using Poetry Techniques to Create Compelling Images -- for Writers of Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction.”

Please call 429-6302 if you plan to attend.

David Lee Garrison’s poetry has appeared in Connecticut Review, Denver Quarterly, Poem, and Rattle. Two poems from his book, Sweeping the Cemetery, were read by Garrison Keillor on his nationally-syndicated radio program, The Writer’s Almanac, and one appeared in Keillor’s anthology, Good Poems, American Places.

April 19, 2012

ADRIANA TRIGIANI

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 7 PM @ The Greene

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The Shoemaker’s Wife to get a line number.)

ADRIANA TRIGIANI will introduce her newest novel, The Shoemaker’s Wife, a sprawling epic of love and family, war and loss, risk, and destiny. Adriana spent more than 25 years researching the details of her grandparents’ relationship in order to bring them to life through the characters of Ciro Lazzari and Enza Ravanelli. They meet and fall in love as teenagers among the beauty of the Italian Alps. Through circumstances beyond their control, Ciro leaves for America without explanation and eventually Enzo, too, comes to America with her father. How their lives eventually intertwine on the page is a joy to experience. This is Adriana at her finest!

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April 18, 2012

DARK DAYS YOUNG ADULT TOUR

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18; 7 PM @ The Greene

The Dark Days Young Adult Tour is coming with three authors!

Meet KIMBERLY DERTING with The Last Echo, a Body Finder novel. Her protagonist, Violet, has a morbid ability to uncover long-buried secrets and track down murderers. She and her team are determined to find the murderer known as “the girlfriend collector,” but romance keeps getting in the way and complicating the matter.

JILL HATHAWAY will introduce Slide, a psychological thriller that is part mystery and part romance. Vee Bell has the ability to slide into another person’s mind. She does this frequently, but nothing could prepare her when she slides into the mind of someone who is holding a bloody knife, standing over her sister’s friend Sophie’s slashed body. Then a cheerleader turns up dead, and Vee realizes that she must find a way to stop the killer before another murder occurs.

DAN WELLS will introduce Partials, his new teen series set in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by war where humans are on the brink of extinction and the key to survival rests in the hands of one 16-year-old girl. “Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar Galactica, Partials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival.”

His adult books include I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don’t Want to Kill.

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April 17, 2012

ERIN HUNTER

TUESDAY, APRIL 17; 7 PM @ The Greene

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show a books&co receipt for at least one Erin Hunter book to get a line number.)

ERIN HUNTER will introduce Warriors: Omen of the Stars #6 – The Last Hope. After countless moons of treachery, Tigerstar’s Dark Forest apprentices are ready to lay siege upon the Warrior Clans. As Jayfeather, Dovewing and Lionblaze prepare to lead their Clanmates into battle, they await the arrival of the mysterious fourth warrior who is prophesied to help lead the Clans to glory.

Erin Hunter will sign any of her books purchased at the event and one book from home.

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April 15, 2012

THE ATRIA GREAT MYSTERY BUS TOUR

SUNDAY, APRIL 15; 3 pm @ The Greene

(Line numbers beginning at 2 pm. Please show a books&co receipt for at least one of the author’s new books.)

The Atria Great Mystery Bus Tour will bring us 4 outstanding mystery authors:

JOHN CONNOLLY with The Burning Soul, a chilling new thriller starring crime detective Charlie Parker;

WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER with Northwest Angle, featuring private detective Cork O’Connor in a race against time to protect his family from a powerful killing organization (now in paperback);

LIZA MARKLUND with Last Will, the latest nail-biting installment in the internationally bestselling series starring investigative reporter Annika Bengtzon.

M. J. ROSE with The Book of Lost Fragrances, a sweeping tale of lovers, separated by time, who are reunited through the mystical qualities of a perfume created in the days of Cleopatra—and lost for 2000 years.

That’s a remarkable line-up of talent!

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April 13, 2012

CARRIE FISHER

FRIDAY, APRIL 13; 1 PM @ The Greene

CARRIE FISHER will discuss her two books, Wishful Drinking and Shockaholic.

(Line numbers beginning at noon, starting with #21. Please show your books&co receipt for either Wishful Drinking or Shockaholic to get a line number. No memorabilia, please.)

The first 20 line numbers have been reserved for promotional purposes. Books & Co. will have an entry box in the store beginning April 1. On April 9, we will draw 5 entries. The winners will receive 2 tickets each to the Carrie Fisher Wishful Drinking show at The Victoria Theatre and a reserved line number for the autographing at Books & Co on April 13.

Carrie Fisher’s books focus on her addiction and mental illness, all the while showing the reader that she has a gift for words and an irrepressible sense of humor as she relates her unusual upbringing and her celebrity experiences. She is the daughter of entertainers Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher and became an icon when she starred as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.

She will be performing her one-woman show, Wishful Drinking, at The Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton April 10-22. For information about that show, please contact Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630.

Photo: Michael Lamont

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April 11, 2012

ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY INFORMATION SESSION

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11; 6-7 PM @ The Greene

ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY INFORMATION SESSION. People interested in information about Antioch University are welcome to attend this session.

Please let Oscar Robinson know you will be coming. His number is 937-769-1823.

April 5, 2012

PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE! A MAGIC TREE HOUSE LIVE READING TOUR

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THURSDAY, APRIL 5; 6 PM @ The Greene

(Line numbers beginning at 5 pm. Please show a books&co receipt for any Magic Tree House book to get a line number.)

We will host the Passport to Adventure! A Magic Tree House Live Reading Tour. A special bus will bring Jack and Annie—characters from Mary Pope Osborne’s beloved Magic Tree House series—live and in person to meet their readers. Fans will enjoy Jack and Annie’s magical traveling adventures through a live, theatrical performance with songs based on the bestselling Magic Tree House series. The event will also include giveaways, and an official Jack and Annie “book stamping” of Magic Tree House books that are purchased that day and one favorite Magic Tree House book a child brings from home.

The new Magic Tree House books are #47: Abe Lincoln at Last and Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #25: Abraham Lincoln.

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You’re welcome to bring your camera if you’d like a photo with Annie and Jack.

ROBERT OLMSTEAD

THURSDAY, APRIL 5; 8 PM @ The Greene

ROBERT OLMSTEAD, author of the award-winning Cold Black Horse and Far Bright Star, will introduce his newest novel, The Coldest Night, a moving tale of a love affair –as destructive as it is irresistible—that sets a boy’s course toward an epic and life-changing battle. Seventeen-year old Henry Childs flees town when his paramour’s disapproving father threatens his life. He enlists in the Marines and is thrust into the scarring experience of the Korean War. But the challenges he meets upon his return home are greater by far. Though Henry is haunted by what he has done in war, he is not apologetic, nor is he ashamed. Instead he has found his calling.

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April 4, 2012

NATE and MARY KATE TATE

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4; 7 PM @ The Greene

NATE and MARY KATE TATE will discuss their book, Feeding the Dragon: A Culinary Travelogue Through China with Recipes. The brother and sister duo traveled through nine Chinese regions observing the lives and customs of the people and experiencing their ethnic foods. Feeding the Dragon’s 100 recipes are presented alongside alternating first-person narratives and beautiful travel photos.

Feeding the Dragon is not an Americanized adulteration of classic Chinese cuisine, rather it is a journey through Chinese history, culture and food, sure to satisfy anyone craving authentic Chinese food and hungry for knowledge of one of the world’s largest empires.

The Tates will give a PowerPoint presentation of their journey through China.

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April 3, 2012

BIG READ DISCUSSION : ZEITOUN BY DAVE EGGERS

TUESDAY, APRIL 3; 7 PM @ The Greene

BIG READ DISCUSSION. Come for a discussion of Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers, the Big Read selection for 2012. The book tells the story of the Zeitoun family and their unthinkable experience during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The discussion will be facilitated by a representative of Dayton Metro Library.

The Big Read Finale will be Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 pm at The Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College. The program will include a Skype broadcast with Dave Eggers. There is more information in the Dear Booklovers letter on our Home Page.

March 29, 2012

KERRELYN SPARKS

THURSDAY, MARCH 29; 7 PM @ The Greene

KERRELYN SPARKS, bestselling paranormal romance author, will introduce her newest book, Wanted: Undead or Alive. Brynley Jones, daughter of a powerful werewolf pack leader, and Phineas McKinney, a young vampire, are on a mission to hunt down the new leader of their immortal enemies, the Malcontents. While Brynley is a bit annoyed about having to team up with a vampire, even if he is unbelievably attractive, she can’t ignore the romantic sparks they both emit.

Kerrelyn Sparks is one of the most humorous and romantic writers in the genre. Wanted: Undead Or Alive is the 10th installment in her “Love at Stake” series.

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March 28, 2012

SUZANNE BROCKMANN

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28; 7 PM @ The Greene

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SUZANNE BROCKMANN, “superstar of romantic suspense” (USA Today) will introduce her newest sizzling novel, Born to Darkness. In the not-too-distance future, we meet Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie who is a member of the Obermeyer Institute’s crack research team who is discovering ways to access untapped regions of the brain with extraordinary results—including telekinesis, super strength, and reversal of the aging process. When she meets former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin, who has just been recruited as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, she discovers he definitely has powers of his own........ones that she likes very much! Together they race to stop the Organization, who is seeking to use the research of the Obermeyer Institute for nefarious purposes.

Suzanne Brockman has also written over 40 books, including Breaking the Rules, Unstoppable, Hot Pursuit, and Infamous.

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March 27, 2012

SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

TUESDAY, MARCH 27; 7 PM @ The Greene

Christian fiction writer SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY will introduce her newest novel, Missing. Set in the quiet Amish community of Crittenden, Kentucky, we find that Perry Borntrager has been missing for months. When his body is eventually discovered at the bottom of an abandoned well, the community is stunned. It is the first death from mysterious circumstances in more than two decades. This brings the scrutiny of the outside world into the Amish community and along with it a police detective who arrives to help the local sheriff with the investigation. His questioning begins with Perry’s former girlfriend, Lydia Plank, and his best friend, the Englisher Walker Anderson. While Lydia and Walker know they had nothing to do with the crime, they do know more about Perry Borntrager than they want to reveal.

Missing is the first book in the Secrets of Crittenden series. It is a “story about forgiveness, truth, and love with a good element of mystery.” Shelley Shepard Gray has written several Christian Fiction series, including Heart of a Hero, Families of Honor, Seasons of Sugarcreek and Sisters of the Heart.

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March 26, 2012

LAURA VIKMANIS

MONDAY, MARCH 26; 7 PM @ The Greene

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for It’s Not About the Pom-Poms to get a line number.)

Local author LAURA VIKMANIS will discuss her book, It’s Not About the Pom-Poms: How a 40-Year-Old Mom Became the NFL’s Oldest Cheerleader—and Found Hope, Joy, and Inspiration Along the Way. This single mother of two from Dayton, Ohio became the first-time National Football League cheerleader at the age of 40, the oldest cheerleader in the NFL. It’s a story of determination, persistence, passion, and taking a chance on a mid-life career change. She gives us a look into the fascinating world of NFL cheerleaders—the grueling workouts, low pay, twice-weekly weigh-ins, and the lifelong bond between the women who share the experience. She also offers encouragement for people seeking to make a career change in their own mid-life years.

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March 22, 2012

RACHEL HAWKINS

THURSDAY, MARCH 22; 7 PM @ The Greene

RACHEL HAWKINS will introduce, Spell Bound, the third book in her popular young adult Hex Hall Series. Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now she is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, she isn’t as confident. This third volume will leave readers enchanted with a winning combination of romance, action, magic, and humor. HYPERION

Rachel’s other books are Demonglass and Hex Hall. She was a high school English teacher before becoming a full-time writer.

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March 20, 2012

ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY INFORMATION SESSION

TUESDAY, MARCH 20; 6 PM @ The Greene

ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY INFORMATION SESSION. People interested in information about Antioch University are welcome to come to this session.

Please let Oscar Robinson know you will be coming. His number is 936-769-1823.

March 11, 2012

SECOND SUNDAY FREE WRITERS’ WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, MARCH 11; 2-3 PM @ The Greene

SECOND SUNDAY... A Free Writers' Workshop led by Michael London, who has a BA and MA in creative writing. He will give an overview of playwriting, including tips and techniques. His plays have been produced in the U.S. and overseas. He will also present information on a new initiative in Ohio that will provide educational opportunities for aspiring playwrights.

Please call 429-6302 to let us know if you’ll be attending the workshop.

March 8, 2012

TOBIAS BUCKELL

THURSDAY, MARCH 8; 7 PM @ The Greene

TOBIAS BUCKELL will introduce his newest sci fi novel, Arctic Rising. As the book opens, we find the Arctic ice cap has all but melted and the international community is racing to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean. Gaia Corporation has a plan to roll back global warming. Thousands of tiny mirrors floating in the air can create a giant sunshade, capable of redirecting heat and cooling the earth’s surface. The plan is to save Earth from itself, but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.

Tobias has also written The New York Times bestseller Halo: The Cole Protocol. His website is www.tobiasbuckell.com.

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February 27, 2012

ELEANOR BROWN

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27; 7 PM @ The Greene

ELEANOR BROWN will introduce the softcover edition of her New York Times bestseller, The Weird Sisters, which is set in Ohio. In this endearing story, we meet the dynamic and eccentric Andreas family. The patriarch of the family is a zealous Shakespeare professor who communicates primarily in verse and named all three girls for great Shakespearean women--Rose (Rosalind), Bean (Bianca), and Cordy (Cordelia). As a result the girls find that they have a lot to live up to.

A love of books and knowledge of Shakespearean couplets might be the only thing these sisters have in common and when they each return to their childhood home--supposedly to care for their sick mother, but in truth to escape their own personal disasters. They are a family who is warring, loving, messy, and unmistakably human. As the New York Times says, The Weird Sisters is “Genuinely funny...buoyant.” Further, it is a story of the pull of family and a touching story of sisterly affection.

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February 25, 2012

SHARON HOWARD

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25; 3 PM @ The Greene

CROWNS HAT SHOW! SHARON HOWARD will again emcee the Hat Show. The program began years ago when we were promoting the book, Crowns: Black Women and Their Church Hats. At that time, we had invited women to come to the bookstore wearing their special church hats... and they have been doing it ever since. It’s a grand program. You won’t want to miss it!

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February 21, 2012

TIM DORSEY

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21; 7 PM @ The Greene

Bestselling author TIM DORSEY will introduce his new book, Pineapple Grenade. In the latest laugh-riot thriller, Serge Storms has finagled his way into becoming a secret agent in Miami, spying for the president of a banana republic. Will he still have time for a cocktail before Homeland Security brings him down? Serge A. Storms, Dorsey’s beloved lead character, has become a classic. As one reviewer noted, “Dorsey’s wacky humor and hilarious hit man (Serge) combine to create some of the funniest crime novels being written today.”

Pineapple Grenade is the 14th book in this series. Before writing this very popular series, Tim Dorsey was a reporter for The Alabama Journal and The Tampa Tribune.

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February 15, 2012

ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY INFORMATION SESSION

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15; 6 -7 PM @ The Greene

ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY INFORMATION SESSION. People wanting to learn more about Antioch University are invited to this information session. Please call Oscar Robinson at 937-769-1823 to let him know you’ll be coming.

February 12, 2012

OPERA OVERTURE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12; 5 PM @ The Greene

An OPERA OVERTURE of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet will be presented by Dr. Sam Dorf.

Dayton Opera will perform the opera at The Schuster Center on February 24 and 26. For more information, please call 937-228-3630.

SECOND SUNDAY FREE WRITERS’ WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12; 2 PM @ The Greene
SECOND SUNDAY FREE WRITERS’ WORKSHOP

Some of the staff and AWW faculty/trustees of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop will give a review of their Spring One-Day Workshop and their Summer Full-Week Workshop.

They will include information about how to apply for a wide variety of scholarships that cover anywhere from a portion to ALL of the cost of attending. Your questions are welcome. Also you can learn about the new B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing at Antioch University Midwest (partner in presenting AWW events).

Please call 937-429-6302 if you plan to attend, so we can prepare properly.

February 4, 2012

JOSHUA M. BERNSTEIN

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4; 1 PM @ The Greene

Beer writer JOSHUA M. BERNSTEIN will discuss his book, Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World’s Craft Brewing Revolution. He chronicles the current American craft brewing craze, following every trend in cutting-edge craft brewing today---beers that are super-bitter, cask-conditioned, organic, gluten-free, and extreme (extra flavor, extra alcohol, extra everything). Peppered throughout the book are more than 150 craft beer reviews and a list of craft beers he suggests you try.

This is the ultimate beer geek’s companion, covering everything from the homebrew renaissance to nanobreweries to many of America’s preeminent beer events and festivals. Much more than a beer guide, he incorporates stories of brewers, bar owners, and the dedicated beer drinkers out there.

Joshua Bernstein is a beer features writer for Imbibe magazine and has written a weekly column for the New York Press since 2004.

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January 18, 2012

ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY INFORMATION NIGHT

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18; 6-7 PM

ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY INFORMATION NIGHT. People wanting to learn more about Antioch University are invited to this information session.

Please call Oscar Robinson at 937-769-1823 to let him know you’ll be coming.

January 17, 2012

THRITY UMRIGAR

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17; 7 PM @ The Greene

THRITY UMRIGAR, author of the Weight of Heaven, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, and Bombay Time, will introduce her newest novel, The World We Found. In it, we meet four women students at a university in Bombay in the late1970s. They are a spirited group: optimistic, driven, and eager to better their world. We follow them through three decades, each having gone her separate way. Things didn’t always work out the way they envisioned their lives. When they reunite years later, they confront the truth of their lives as they try to “reconcile their idealistic past and their compromised present.” It’s a story of enduring friendship, forgiveness, acceptance, and the power of love.

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January 12, 2012

SEAN GEEHAN

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12; 7 PM @ the Greene

SEAN GEEHAN will discuss his new book, B2B Executive Playbook: The Ultimate Weapon for Achieving Sustainable, Predictable and Profitable Growth. Business-to-Business (B2B) companies are fundamentally different from business-to-consumer (B2C) companies. But far too often B2B leaders try to apply B2C strategies and tactics in their companies with disappointing, even disastrous results. B2B success requires a completely different playbook. This is just such a book, and the first one exclusively focused on successfully running B2B companies.

Sean Geehan’s 25 years of experience in helping B2B companies have made him a recognized expert in the field. The Geehan Group client list includes Oracle, Symantec, Harris Publishing, Springer, LexisNexis, EDS, Microsoft, Interwoven, Intel, Cintas, Xerox, NCR, and many others. He lives in Dayton, Ohio.

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January 8, 2012

SECOND SUNDAY FREE WRITERS' WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8; 2 PM @ The Greene

SECOND SUNDAY... a Free Writers’ Workshop sponsored by Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Join authors KATRINA KITTLE (Reasons to be Happy) and KRISTINA MCBRIDE (The Tension of Opposites) as they discuss “Writing for Middle Grades and Young Adult Readers.”

Please call 937-429-6302 to let us know if you’ll be coming so we can prepare properly.

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January 6, 2012

KEVIN ANDERSON

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 7 PM @ The Greene

KEVIN ANDERSON will introduce Sisterhood of Dune, the book he co-authored with Brian Herbert. It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines was destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind.

A mob movement begins to sweep across the known universe, millions strong, destroying everything in its path. Every one of these characters, and all of these groups, will become enmeshed in the contest between Reason and Faith. All of them will be forced to choose sides in the inevitable crusade that could destroy humankind forever. TOR

As a special attraction, we have invited Star Wars characters to visit during the event!

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December 10, 2011

ART IN OUR MIDST!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10; 1-3 PM

ART IN OUR MIDST! Five area artists will be demonstrating their art forms. The artists are KAREN BENEDETTI (mixed media and acrylics); KATHIE GEORGE (batik watercolor); ROSIE HUART (collage, sumi-ink, and mixed media); TRISH MCKINNEY (watercolor) and LEONARD WILLIAMS (watercolor, acrylic, and casein. The book being celebrated today is Splash 12 – Celebrating Artistic Vision. Trish McKinney has a painting in it.

December 8, 2011

NITA LELAND

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8; 7 PM @ The Greene

NITA LELAND will introduce her new book, New Creative Collage Techniques: How to Make Original Art Using Paper, Color and Texture. In brilliant color, the book features 60 artists and 60 art projects, complete with detailed instructions and quick tips. The book has something for everyone, from beginning collage creators to experienced artists. The works of several area artists are displayed in the book.

Nita will be demonstrating how to make an artistic collage. See an expert at work! This book will make a beautiful gift for the artists in your life.

December 5, 2011

LUCRECIA GUERRERO

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5; 7 PM @ The Greene

LUCRECIA GUERRERO will introduce her novel, Tree of Sighs, a touching and ultimately victorious story of Altagracia, who after the death of her parents, lives in Mexico with her bitter and secretive grandmother. After the two sink into poverty, the young girl ends up with a woman who takes her to the United States, changes her name to Grace, and puts her to work as a servant. After escaping servitude and imprisonment, Grace survives life on the streets and a succession of jobs, eventually landing in a comfortable marriage. But a phone call from a person in her past sets her on a journey to the border where she meets a man who holds the key to her past. She learns the truth about her grandmother and ultimately finds herself. Portions of the novel are set in Dayton, Ohio.

December 3, 2011

MICHAEL J. ROSEN

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3; 1 PM @ The Greene

MICHAEL J. ROSEN will discuss his book, My Dog! A Kids’ Guide to Keeping a Happy and Healthy Pet. This easy to use book contains a mix of practical tips, explanations of dogs’ behaviors and technical dog-breeding jargon, choosing the dog that’s right for you, adjusting to a new dog in your home, training tips, routine care and much more. It includes a field guide to 74 popular breeds and a dry-erase dog care chart you can use again and again. Kids will love the book, but so will adults. If a puppy is going to join your family over the holidays, you’ll definitely want this book by your side.

Bring a photo of your dog and Michael will draw a picture of the dog in the book! How cool is that! Michael is the author, editor, or illustrator of over 90 books, including Kids’ Best Dog Book, and the anthologies: Dogs We Love and The Hound Dog’s Haiku and Other Poems for Dog Lovers.

If you’d like to bring your dog, please call 429-6302 for a reservation. Dog space is limited.

November 19, 2011

AGRA TREASURERS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19; 4:30 PM @ The Greene

Come for a Sherlock Holmes trivia session and socializing with the AGRA TREASURERS, a group of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts.

November 16, 2011

ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY INFORMATION NIGHT

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16; 6 PM

ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY INFORMATION NIGHT. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Oscar Robinson at 937-769-1823.

November 14, 2011

LEANNA RENEE HIEBER

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14; 7 PM @ The Greene

Young adult author LEANNA RENEE HIEBER will introduce Darker Still, Book 1 in The Magic Most Foul series. This Gothic historical paranormal novel set in the late 1800s introduces us to Natalie who is mesmerized by a portrait of handsome Lord Denbury whose eyes seem to be telling her that he is trapped in the painting and he needs her help to escape. Menaced by demons and curses who want Lord Denbury to remain captured, Natalie must also struggle against her own mute voice. Unable to speak since the death of her mother, she must discover the courage and fortitude within herself to find her voice because in order to free Lord Denbury, she must speak.

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November 13, 2011

DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE BRUNCH

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13; 10:30 AM @ The Greene

DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE BRUNCH!

Come for a conversation with the winners of the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize:

Fiction Winner: CHANG-RAE LEE for The Surrendered

 

 

 

 

Nonfiction Winner: WILBERT RIDEAU for In the Place of Justice

 

 

 

 

Fiction Runner-Up: MAAZA MENGISTE for Beneath the Lion’s Gaze

 

 

 

 

Nonfiction Runner-Up: ISABEL WILKERSON for The Warmth of Other Suns

 

 

 

 

Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award Winner: BARBARA KINGSOLVER.

Reservations required; email worldpeace2011@att.net by November 9 to make them. $10 cash or check donation to DLPP Foundation at the event. Seating is limited. Brunch provided by Brio Tuscan Grille.

November 8, 2011

L. E. MODESITT

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8; 7 PM @ The Greene

Sci-fi/fantasy author L. E. MODESITT, JR. will introduce his newest work, SCHOLAR, which begins an all-new story arc in his popular Imager Portfolio (which began with 2009’s Imager). It is the innovative and enchanting beginning of an involving new story that will satisfy Modesitt’s longtime fans and create new devotees. Scholar takes place hundreds of years before the time of Imager. Quaeryt is a scholar and an imager. On a special mission to spy on the power of the bordering nation, he must face pirates, storms, poisonings, attempted murder, as well as discovering the fact that he is not quite who he thought he was.

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