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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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Jennifer Nielsen

Thursday, September 8
7:00 pm | Ballroom

Jennifer Nielsen is the best-selling author of THE FALSE PRINCE, THE MARK OF THE THIEF, A NIGHT DIVIDED, and other books for young adults. Join her for the launch of her latest book, THE SCOURGE, a book about a plague, a prison, and a plot to find the truth. 

This event is free; no tickets required. 


As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor's wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge -- and quarantine colony -- for the ill. The Scourge's victims, Ani now among them, can only expect to live out short, painful lives there. However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn't know the whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She's been caught in a devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means to uncover just what is actually going on. But will she and Weevil survive long enough to do so?


Gene Luen Yang

Friday, September 16
7:00 pm | Ballroom

Saturday, September 17
10:00 am | Ballroom

Gene Luen Yang started making comics and graphic novels when he was in 5th grade. His book AMERICAN BORN CHINESE became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – New. He is also the author of BOXERS & SAINTS and many other comics and graphic novels, including the continuation of the Nickolodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender.  

Gene Luen Yang will be the feature guest at this year's Get Graphic Festival. Find more details and ticket information for his keynote addresses here


Merrilee Liddiard

Monday, September 19
7:00 pm | Ballroom

Merrilee Liddiard is the author of PLAYFUL and the artist and creative force behind the creative blog MerMag. Bring your fairy friends and join us for crafts, snacks, and a book signing.

This event is free; no tickets required. 


Parents and children alike will be swept away by the whimsical imaginings of Merilee Liddiard’s board books Fairy Friends series. There are four books to choose from: Colors, Counting, Opposites, and Seaons. Sunny fairy is yellow like a canary; Violet fairy is purple like a floral ring; Armanth fairy is pink like roses; Persimmon fairy is orange like a monarch. What color of fairy would you be?


J. Scott Savage

Tuesday, September 20
7:00 pm | Ballroom

J. Scott Savage is the author of the Mysteries of Cove series, the Farworld series, and the Case File 13 series. Join him at the release party for his newest book in the Mysteries of Cove Series, GEARS OF REVOLUTION

This event is free; no tickets required. 


After finding a compass and clues left by Kallista's father, Leo Babbage, Trenton and Kallista head west aboard their homemade mechanical dragon to search for the missing inventor. The two teenagers hope to find answers about their mountain city of Cove, but instead, they find only a blackened forest, ruined buildings, and a small underground city.

Almost immediately, Trenton and Kallista are caught up in a civil war between a clan of scavengers called Whipjacks and the Order of the Beast, people who believe that dragons are immortal and divine.

Stranded in a new city, the two friends meet Plucky, a Whipjack girl with mechanical legs, and Ander, a young member of the Order who claims humans are able to communicate with dragons. Can they trust anyone, or have they unknowingly stepped into a trap?

And high above in the sky, the dragons are gathering . . .


Matthew Kirby

Tuesday, September 27
7:00 pm | Ballroom

Matthew Kirby is the author of the Dark Gravity Sequence, The Clockwork Three, and the Last Descendants (an Assassin’s Creed series). Join him for the launch of his newest novel, A TASTE FOR MONSTERS, a haunting tale set in the time of Jack the Ripper. 

This event is free; no tickets required. 


It's London 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory, who has nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in the London Hospital. Evelyn wants to be locked away from the world, like he is, shut in from the filth and dangers of the streets. But in Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, she finds a gentle kindred who does not recoil from her and who understands her pain. When the murders begin, however, Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper’s dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity’s worst nightmares.

A TASTE FOR MONSTERS is a terrifying and haunting tale of the monstrosity of men and the salvation one may find in the unlikeliest places, from Edgar Award–winning author Matthew J. Kirby.

Interested in past AuthorLink events? Visit the AuthorLink Archive to see who's been here and to view photos and videos from your favorite events.

Questions?  Please contact the Community Relations Office at 801-852-7685.


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