04/02/2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
For a quarter of a century we've been your local indie -- connecting readers, authors, and remarkable books. We're so grateful to you, our reading community, for your years of support. So let's party! Meet authors, mingle with friends, and enjoy delectable free refreshments. The fabulous J.A. Jance, the warm and witty children's author Nina Laden, and hometown favorite Dan Gemeinhart bring their dynamic energy to this year's shebang! In New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance’s gripping new thriller, Man Overboard, two tech geniuses face off—one intent on saving lives, the other on ending them. In Clawback, Ali Reynolds faces her most controversial mystery yet, when her father becomes a suspect in the murder of a man whose Ponzi scheme bankrupted hundreds—including Ali’s own family. With more than twenty million copies of her books in print, J.A. Jance is the perennially bestselling author of detective series and thrillers, especially the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, and a series of Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. If I had a Little Dream, Nina Laden’s latest warm and lyrical picture book, celebrates the wonder of the world. “If I had a little land, I would name it There.” Her house she names Love, and her garden, Whole, in this reassuring picture book about the joy, love, and beauty of each and every day. Illustrator Castrillon imagines a riotous world of lush, filigreed leaves and flowers, dyed with the warm colors of sunset and the blue of Chinese porcelain. Award-winning Nina Laden is the author of dozens of popular books, including Peek-a Who? -- one of Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine's 100 Greatest Books for Kids—and Who Loves You, Baby? Her books have been translated into many languages and she has visited hundreds of schools and spoken around the world. Scar Island has been called Dan Gemeinhart's most gripping novel yet. The Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys—an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean—is dark, damp, and dismal. If Jonathan, the newest arrival, can't come to terms with the sins of his past, then every boy on the island is doomed. This tale of misfits and outcasts at odds and in peril is a redemption story that shines a light on dark truths, and reveals that the strongest prisons of all are the ones we build for ourselves. Gemeinhart is also known for The Honest Truth, a New York Times Editors' Choice and Indie Next pick, and for Some Kind of Courage. A teacher-librarian and father of three daughters, Gemeinhart lives with his family in Cashmere, Washington.