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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. 

Courtney Alameda

February 3
7:00 pm | Ballroom

The Library is thrilled to welcome back former teen librarian Courtney Alameda for the launch of her debut novel, SHUTTER, a book School Library Journal calls "frightening from the first page."

ABOUT THE BOOK

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. 

With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

Wayne Parker

February 24
7:00 pm | Room 309

In addition to working in the Provo Mayor's office, Wayne Parker has been the fatherhood expert on About.com since 2002. He has written and spoken on fatherhood issues and counseled with dozens of fathers.

Join us on February 10th as we celebrate the release of his new book, POWER DADS: The 10 Basic Principles Successful Fathers Use to Raise Happy and Responsible Children. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Fathers enter into the state of fatherhood without the proverbial “owner’s manual” for raising children. With great trepidation, they begin their journey with a little bit of faith and a lot of angst, knowing that what they do and fail to do will impact this new little life forever. The 10 power principles included in Power Dads are all about learning what’s important in this role we call fatherhood and developing the skills to implement the power principles in every day parenting.

Jennifer Nielsen

February 28
4:00 pm | Story Room

Jennifer Nielsen is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ascendance Trilogy (THE FALSE PRINCE, THE RUNAWAY KING, and THE SHADOW THRONE). Join her for a special event celebrating the launch of her newest book, THE MARK OF THE THIEF. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods -- magic some Romans would kill for.

Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic's newfound powers for their own dark purposes.

In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire's most powerful and savage leaders.

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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