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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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Anne Perry

Wednesday, June 3
7:00 pm | Ballroom

With over 70 books published, Anne Perry is a giant in the mystery genre, with two series set in Victorian England. Perry will speak and sign books at this one-time special event. Light refreshments will be served.

Free tickets for this event will be available beginning May 16 at the First Floor Reference Desk.  


Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including DORCHESTER TERRACE and MIDNIGHT AT MARBLE ARCH, and the William Monk novels, including A SUNLESS SEA and BLIND JUSTICE. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as eleven holiday novels, most recently A CHRISTMAS HOPE, and a historical novel, THE SHEEN ON THE SILK, set in the Byzantine Empire. Anne has been the guest of honor at Killer Nashville and BoucherCON, and was the recipient of the Edgar Award in 2000 for her short story HEROES. 

Christine Hayes 

Tuesday, June 16
7:00 pm | Room 309

Christine Hayes grew up loving stories about the creatures that curl your toes, and the legends that send a shiver down your spine. Now she loves writing about them, too. She lives in Utah with her family, her dog Chewie, and a collection of vintage finds that hopefully are not cursed. Join us as we celebrate the launch of her debut novel for young readers, MOTHMAN'S CURSE. 


Josie may live in the most haunted town in America, but the only strange thing she ever sees is the parade of oddball customers that comes through her family’s auction house each week. But when she and her brothers discover a Polaroid camera that prints pictures of the ghost of local recluse John Goodrich, they are drawn into a mystery dating back over a hundred years. A desperate spirit, cursed jewelry, natural disasters, and the horrible specter of Mothman all weave in and out of the puzzle that Josie must solve to break the curse and save her own life.


Maya Van Wagenen

Tuesday, July 14
7:00 pm | Room 309

Maya Van Wagenen is 16 years old.  When she was eleven, her family moved to Brownsville, Texas.  The convergence of her awkward adolescence, culture shock, and the violent drug war in this colorful border town inspired Maya to begin a unique social experiment.  She spent her eighth grade year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell, to see the effect it would have on her social standing.  The results were painful, funny and profound, and included a wonderful and unexpected surprise—befriending and meeting Betty herself. When not hunched over a desktop writing, Maya enjoys reading, British Television, and chocolate.  She lives with her parents and two siblings in a rural Georgia.   


Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help a shy girl become popular? Maya Van Wagenen is about to find out. Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at “pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here,” Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise—meeting and befriending Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya’s journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.

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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