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The Provo City Library is committed to bringing exciting, well-known and well-beloved authors to Utah Valley!  Only the finest authors and illustrators in the publishing world are invited to speak at the Library as part of our AuthorLink series.

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Sager 2017Ryan Sager

Saturday, June 24
2:00 pm | Young Special Events Room #201 

Join local author Ryan Sager for the debut of his children's novel, THE WORLD'S GREATEST CHOCOLATE-COVERED PORK CHOPS.



Twelve-year-old chef Zoey Kate’s Fried Banana Fondue is delectable, her Maple Cinnamon Crab Fajitas are divine, and her Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops are to die for. Zoey is the best cook in town and she wants everyone to know it. She’s on a mission to start her own restaurant, but quickly learns that the restaurant industry is competitive . . . and dangerous. There are people who see Zoey as a threat, and they’ll use any means necessary to make sure that she fails.

Featuring a precocious, larger-than-life character, lots of humor, fast-paced action and mouth-watering foods, this cooking story is sure to appeal to young foodies and fans of shows like MasterChef Junior and Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off.


"If you're a kid who's obsessed with food and cooking (or a parent who has one), you're going to recognize Zoey immediately. I did! Because every episode of Chopped Junior brings us sassy, confident, creative young people with big dreams of becoming chefs-usually while also holding down jobs as firefighters, movie stars, and veterinarians. In this magical story, Zoey cooks her way into a business loan and brings her culinary dreams to life at the ripe age of 12, something that seems less and less impossible with each passing year of American kids' ever-growing fascination with food. A must-read for every kid born with a whisk in her hand!"―Ted Allen, host of Food Network's Chopped and Chopped Junior.


Ellis 17Ann Dee Ellis

Tuesday, July 11
7:00 pm | Bullock Room #309 

Join Utah author Ann Dee Ellis as she launches her funny and poignant new children’s book, YOU MAY ALREADY BE A WINNER, about a twelve-year-old’s dream of winning a sweepstakes to save her struggling family.

This program is free; no tickets required. Books will be available on site for purchase.


Twelve-year-old Olivia knows that luck is real.

That’s why she is counting on luck to bring her a million dollars. Preferably by hot-air-balloon so that she and her little sister, Berkeley, can move away from dumb old Sunny Pines Trailer Park. So that she can go to school and not stay home to watch Berkeley because they can’t afford day care. So that her mom doesn’t have to work all the time and be tired, so tired, too tired to put Berkeley to bed or cook dinner or be a mom at all.

And since Dad isn’t responding to Olivia’s letters, she has to take matters into her own hands. This means entering fourteen sweepstakes a day. This means pretending to be a super-secret spy to make a new friend. And this means somehow planning a circus spectacular, right here in Sunny Pines, so that Berk can have something good to look forward to.

So what if Olivia’s hard work isn’t appreciated. So what if no one is taking care of her the way she is taking care of EVERYTHING. So. What.

Because luck IS real. And Olivia may already be a winner. She just doesn’t know it yet.


"Distinct, colorful, richly imaginative, thoroughly authentic, often hilarious, and frequently heartbreaking...Readers of this memorable novel will feel like winners, too."—Kirkus Reviews

Eden 17Sarah M. Eden

Tuesday, July 18
7:00 pm | Ballroom 

Sarah M. Eden is the author of the proper romance LONGING FOR HOME and more, including the recent ROMANCING DAPHNE. Fans of Regency romance won't want to miss the chance to hear Sarah talk about her writing.

Free tickets for this event will be available online beginning July 5. Find tickets at www.provolibrary.com.


As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster's timid heart with dread. She hasn't her sisters' beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family's enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster.

But Daphne's misery turns to surprised delight when the first even of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door—James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth. When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne's disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach.

Yet nothing is as it seems. The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love.


"Eden is truly a master of creating personalities for her books that draw readers into the story and make them feel at home."—Deseret News


Butler 17Dave Butler

Wednesday, July 19
7:00 pm | Bullock Room #309 

Dave Butler returns to Provo Library for the release of THE GIANT'S SEAT, the second book in the children's adventure series THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEYS OF CLOCKWORK CHARLIE

This program is free; no tickets required. Books will be available on site for purchase.


In the next chapter of the Extraordinary Adventures of Clockwork Charlie trilogy, Charlie must save his friends and deliver a dangerous message!

Charlie lived a quiet life—until his father was suddenly kidnapped by the Iron Cog. In the midst of searching for his father, Charlie discovered the shocking truth about himself: he is one of his father’s inventions—a living clockwork boy!

Now separated from his friends, Charlie finds himself in the service of a very tough company of dwarves, who view him only as a machine—that is, until a heroic act makes them his closest allies. Soon Charlie must rescue his friends and face the Iron Cog head-on. But Charlie wonders . . . will he ever find his own kind?


“Reminiscent of both Pinocchio and The Great Mouse Detective, this novel is tailor-made for young readers who love adventure narratives and steampunk fiction.” —Kirkus

“The fast-paced plot is action-packed. . . . [The Kidnap Plot] should satisfy fans of fantasy and adventure.” —Publishers Weekly

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