Friday, February 4, 2011

February Bookish Events [Local] [Book Signing Alert]

Upcoming bookish events piquing interest for those of us interested in events that YA readers might like too... in Arizona.

TOMORROW, February 5: 5pm  Kofi Okyere at Changing Hands with Cabo Corso.  Kofi O. Okyere visits with Cabo Corso, his independently published graphic novel for teens. Mensah's soul is tortured over the murder of his wife. He's vowed revenge, and the chance comes as a group of students on vacation in Ghana decide to sneak into Cape Coast Castle. Their fun soon turns to danger when they find themselves trapped inside the ruins with Mensah, now hell-bent on revenge. Will they survive the night? .

February 11: 6pm: Anne Rice at Changing Hands with Of Love and Evil.  #1 New York Times bestseller Anne Rice visits to sign her latest, Of Love and Evil, a metaphysical thriller of angels and assassins that summons up dark and dangerous worlds set in times past. This time Rice takes readers to the world of fifteenth-century Rome, the world of Michelangelo and Raphael, of the Holy Inquisition, and of Leo X. Toby O'Dare, former government assassin, is summoned by the angel Malchiah to solve a terrible crime of poisoning and to search out the truth of a haunting by an earthbound spirit—a diabolical dybbuk. O'Dare soon finds himself in the midst of dark plots and counterplots surrounded by a darker and more dangerous threat as the veil of ecclesiastical terror closes in around him. 

PLEASE NOTE: Event vouchers are free when you purchase Of Love and Evil from Changing Hands. (Vouchers admit two to the signing.) This is a meet-and-greet signing only; Rice will not be speaking or reading beforehand.

February 12: 2pm Laurie Brooks will be at Barnes & Noble Eastside in Tucson with Selkie Girl.  Elin Jean always knew she was different from the others on her remote island. Soon she discovers the secret of her past: her mother is a selkie held captive by her father. Part land, part sea, she must explore both worlds to find where she belongs.

February 15: 7pm Ann Byrn at Changing Hands with The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten FreeBestselling author and frequent Good Morning America contributor Anne Byrn, aka "The Cake Mix Doctor," presents The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free. Byrn shows how to transform gluten-free cake mixes into more than seventy rich, decadent, easy-to-make desserts. Performing the magic that's made her a bestselling author, she doctors mixes with additions like almond extract, berries, cocoa powder, coconut, cinnamon, lime zest and more to create classic cakes, brownies, bars, muffins, and cookies—all gluten-free!

February 16: 7pm Colleen Houck is at Desert Ridge BN with Tiger's CurseIn this gripping YA fantasy, a sultry Indian prince is cursed to spend eternity as a tiger until he meets a plucky American teenager destined to free him. This is the first volume in an epic saga that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

February 19: 3pm Graphic Novel Day at Changing HandsJoin us for a visual literary extravaganza for tweens featuring free snacks, activities, prizes and the chance to mix and mingle with several graphic novel artists and writers. Authors and illustrators include Jake Bell (The Amazing Adventures of Nate Banks), Denny Riccelli, Eric Esquivel and primary illustrator Dave Baker (Heroes and Villains Online), Jeff Mariotte (Barack Obama: The Comic Book Biography), and Tony Parker (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?).

February 26th: 3pm Lisa McMann at The Poisoned Pen signs Cryers Cross.  The small town of Cryer’s Cross is rocked by tragedy when an unassuming freshman disappears without a trace. Kendall Fletcher wasn’t that friendly with the missing girl, but the angst wreaks havoc on her OCD-addled brain.  When a second student goes missing—someone close to Kendall’s heart—the community is in an uproar. Caught in a downward spiral of fear and anxiety, Kendall’s not sure she can hold it together. When she starts hearing the voices of the missing, calling out to her and pleading for help, she fears she’s losing her grip on reality. But when she finds messages scratched in a desk at school—messages that could only be from the missing student who used to sit there—Kendall decides that crazy or not, she’d never forgive herself if she didn’t act on her suspicions. Something’s not right in Cryer’s Cross—and Kendall’s about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

4pm Joy Preble visits Changing Hands with Haunted the sequel to Dreaming Anastasia.  Joy Preble returns to Changing Hands with Haunted, the follow-up to her historical romantic fantasy for teens, Dreaming Anastasia. Haunted answers all the burning questions left over from that first installment, as Anne and the hapless (albeit swoon-worthy) Ethan's worlds continue to collide with the same mixture of comedy, tragedy, and romance readers enjoyed in Dreaming Anastasia.

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