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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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Michael Northrop

Monday, October 5
7:00 pm | Ballroom

Come and meet Michael Northrop, author of Scholastic’s new multi-platform adventure, TombQuest! Find out about this fun new series, and create Egypt-themed crafts—if you dare!

This event is free; no tickets required. 


The tombs are opening . . .Nothing can save Alex Sennefer's life. That's what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it's not true. She knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can pull her son back from the brink. The problem? When she uses the spells, five Death Walkers are also brought back to life.An ancient evil has been unleashed. Long-dead mummies are awakening. New York City is overrun by menacing scorpions. And worst of all for Alex, his mom and the Lost Spells have both disappeared. He and his best friend, Ren, will do anything to find his mom and save the world. . . even if they have to go head-to-head with a Death Walker who has been plotting his revenge for 3,000 years.

Some tombs were meant to stay closed . . .


Jennifer Jenkins

Tuesday, October 6
7:00 pm | Room 201

With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer Jenkins had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington, the Napoleonic Wars, and Ancient Sparta . . . until the writing began. Author of Young Adult fantasy and co-founder of Teen Author Boot Camp, she divides her time between reading, writing music, taking spontaneous trips, and researching random events from the past. NAMELESS, a Young Adult tribal fantasy, releases October 6, 2015 with Month9Books.

This event is free; no tickets required. 


Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless”. Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this three-book series.This book is loosely based on the customs and war tactics of ancient Sparta.


Julie Rowse

Friday, October 16
7:00 pm | Room 309

Julie Rowse is the author of the memoir, LIES JANE AUSTEN TOLD ME. She will be at the library to talk about and sign copies of the book. This event is free; no tickets required. 



Unmarried, childless, and in her 40s, Julie Rowse is an anomaly in her faith tradition. In her memoir, she reflects on the expectations of dating and marriage bestowed upon her by her faith and popular culture. Rowse offers readers a glimpse of the tension that a single Latter Day Saints woman tries to manage, as she chooses to continue living her faith despite being outside the norm of LDS culture. Relying on the works of Jane Austen, John Hughes, and Cameron Crowe, she draws parallels between the pantheon of romantic comedy writers and her own relationships.


Brooke Arnold

Tuesday, October 20
7:00 pm | Room 309

Brooke Arnold has a love for science and a love for stories. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Computer Science at Brigham Young University and she enjoys sharing her love of science with others, especially young science enthusiasts. ELEMENTS OF EVIL is her first book. Come and hear Brooke talk about chemistry and supervillains in her new book. There will be science experiments, contests, and prizes!

This event is free; no tickets required. 


Bernice is a science-loving girl with an adorable hedgehog but also with a big problem: being overshadowed by her perfect older sister, Edith. Bernice decides that the science fair is the best place for her to make a stand, and also to do something that Edith has never done before—become a supervillain! But a supervillain needs a good nemesis and so Bernice must find hers just in time to make a big splash. First the science fair, then the world! It’s a book filled with secret codes, evil schemes and science in one girl’s quest to become great.


E.K. Johnston

Tuesday, October 27
7:00 pm | Room 302

E.K. Johnston is the author of young adult novels THE STORY OF OWEN and PRAIRIE FIRE. Join her for the tour of her latest novel, A THOUSAND NIGHTS. 

This event is free; no tickets required. 


Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. But back in their village her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air in it's place.

Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun sets and rises, and she is not dead. Night after night Lo-Melkhiin comes to her, and listens to the stories she tells and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

The words she speaks to him every night are given strange life of their own. She makes things appear. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to rule of a monster.

Middle Grade Greats: An Evening with Gennifer Choldenko, Chris Grabenstein, and Clare Vanderpool

Wednesday, October 28
7:00 pm | Ballroom

Spend an evening with some of the best authors working in middle grade fiction today! Gennifer Choldenko, Chris Grabenstien, and Clare Vanderpool will visit the library to answer questions and sign books.

Free tickets for this event will be available at the Children’s Desk beginning October 14 at 9 AM. 


Gennifer Choldenko has written many bestselling and award-winning books, including the Newbery Honor Book AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS, and two other Tales from Alcatraz, as well as NOTES FROM A LIAR AND HER DOG, NO PASSENGERS BEYOND THIS POINT, and IF A TREE FALLS AT LUNCH PERIOD. She lives near San Francisco with her family.


At the turn of the twentieth century, societal rules dictated that women’s place was in the home, segregation was the norm, and practicing medicine was a job for only men. But for thirteen-year-old Lizzie Kennedy, these rules were made to be broken.

Lizzie is anything but happy about attending a finishing school—a place where girls are groomed to know how to dress, impress, and find a suitable husband. Science and medicine, her true passions, are not appropriate topics for ladies-in-training like herself. Lizzie is never happier than when she accompanies her physician father on his house calls. And when one of those house calls reveals that the plague may be hitting San Francisco, Lizzie wants to know more.

When the Kennedys’ beloved family cook, Jing, goes missing, Lizzie is convinced he’s trapped in Chinatown, which is under quarantine for fear that the plague will spread—even though most people in town, including her father, say that the plague is only a rumor. And when Lizzie discovers Jing’s son, Noah, hiding in her own home, she knows she needs to find Jing, and soon. Even if she has to break all the rules to do it. . . .

Choldenko’s writing brings history to life for young readers, introducing them to Gilded Age San Francisco, exploring a medical mystery, race relations, the introduction of certain immunizations, and even horse-drawn carriages versus automobiles. CHASING SECRETS is a moving story that addresses the importance of family, friendship, and courage, and how secrets always have a way of revealing themselves. 


is the author of the New York Times best-seller ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY and The Haunted Mystery series. He is the co-author, with James Patterson, of the #1 bestselling series I FUNNY and TREASURE HUNTERS and is an award-winning author of over twenty other books for children and adults, a playwright, a screenwriter, and a  former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. Winner of two Anthony Awards and three Agatha Awards, Chris wrote for Jim Henson’s Muppets and co-wrote the CBS-TV movie THE CHRISTMAS GIFT starring John Denver. His dog Fred has even better credits:  Fred starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway. 


Twelve-year-old Billy Gillfoyle’s stuck spending the entire summer in an old lakeside cabin, owned by the enigmatic Dr. Libris. There’s something odd about this place, maybe even a little spooky. Strangest of all is Dr. Libris’s dusty study, full of the wildest stories Billy's ever read: Hercules's dangerous battles, Robin Hood’s great escapes, and many more. And whenever Billy opens the books in Dr. Libriss study, he swears he can hear strange sounds coming from the mysterious island in the middle of the lake. Almost as if the characters in the stories are calling . . . almost as if they’re coming to life!

In this action-packed follow-up to his critically-acclaimed ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY, Chris Grabenstein has created a fast-paced page-turner featuring literary heroes, a video-game monster known as the Space Lizard, and more ─ all mixed together in a rip-roaring tale celebrating the power of imagination and the written word.


Clare Vanderpool is the Newbery award-winning author of MOON OVER MANIFEST. She lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband and their four children. 


NAVIGATING EARLY opens at the end of the war, when Jack Baker is suddenly uprooted after his mother’s death and placed in a boarding school in Maine. There, Jack encounters Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads the number Pi as a story and collects clippings about the sightings of a great black bear in the nearby mountains. Feeling lost as the newcomer, Jack can’t help but be drawn to Early, who won’t believe what everyone accepts as true about the Great Appalachian Bear, timber rattlesnakes, and the legendary school hero known as The Fish, who never returned from the war. When the boys find themselves unexpectedly alone at school, they set out across the Appalachian Trail in search of the great black bear—though what they find and whom they meet along the way will change how they see themselves and others.  

With a carefully woven narrative that encompasses action, wry humor, and touches of sadness, NAVIGATING EARLY will captivate readers with its timeless style of storytelling, reminiscent of such American classics as TREASURE ISLAND, HATCHET, and HUCKLEBERRY FINN. 

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