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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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Escape Reality Tour

Monday, July 6
7:00 pm | Room 201

Abandon reality for a night and come to the Provo City Library our 3rd annual Escape Reality Tour. The panel will include Michelle D. Argyle, Renee Collins, Bree Despain, J.R. Johansson, Kasie West, and Natalie Whipple. The panel will speak, answer audience questions, and sign books. This event is free; no tickets required.


Maya Van Wagenen

Tuesday, July 14
7:00 pm | Room 309

Maya Van Wagenen is a 17-year-old, award-winning teen author. Her first full-length non-fiction book project, POPULAR: VINTAGE WISDOM FOR A MODERN GEEK on Dutton Penguin Books, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List. This memoir chronicles Maya's eighth-grade adventures in a drug and gang-riddled U.S.-Mexican border town following the advice of an outdated 1950s popularity guide. Months before its official release, the book garnered critical acclaim earning her a spot on TIME Magazine's “The Sixteen Most Influential Teens of 2013” and Huffington Post's “The Thirteen Most Fearless Teens of 2013.” In November 2013, DreamWorks purchased the film rights for POPULAR, making Maya the youngest non-actor to sign a deal with the studio. Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) and Kristie Macosko Krieger (Lincoln) are producing the film. Earlier this year Maya's book won the American Library Association's YALSA Award for Excellence in Non-fiction making her the youngest author and first memoirist to receive this honor. Maya is currently finishing her junior year at Statesboro High School and penning her next manuscript for Penguin Books.   

This event is free; no tickets required. 


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.


Golden Legacy: An Evening with Leonard Marcus

Wednesday, July 15
7:00 pm, Ballroom

Leonard Marcus is a renowned children’s book historian and author of GOLDEN LEGACY: HOW GOLDEN BOOKS WON CHILDREN'S HEARTS, CHANGED PUBLISHING FOREVER, AND BECAME AN AMERICAN ICON ALONG THE WAY. Join him for a lecture looking back at the history of the Golden Books, learning the little known story of how a simple idea became the icon we know today.  

Free tickets for this event will be available beginning July 1st at the Children’s Desk. 


Jessica Day George

Wednesday, July 29
7:00 pm | Ballroom

Join beloved author Jessica Day George for the tour of her latest book, SILVER IN THE BLOOD, a young adult novel following two spoiled society girls as they travel to Romania to uncover dark family secrets.

This event is free; no tickets required. 


As spoiled society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about their mysterious Romanian relatives, the Florescus. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their family, find proper husbands, and-most terrifyingly-learn the secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, bound by a centuries-old tradition to do the bidding of the royal Dracula family and it is time for Dacia and Lou to take their place among the ranks. But when the devilish heir, Mihai Dracula sets his sights on Dacia as part of his plan to secure power over all of Europe, the girls choose to fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might. Only the dashing Lord Johnny Hardcastle and the mysterious Theophilus Arkady- members of a secret society charged with ridding the world of monsters-can help Dacia and Lou, but breaking the shackles of their upbringing will require more courage than the girls ever imagined.


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. 

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