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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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Lindsey Leavitt

Wednesday, February 10
7:00 pm | Room 302

Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom to three (mostly) adorable girls. They live in a charming town in the Utah mountains. She is the author of the PRINCESS FOR HIRE series, SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD, GOING VINTAGE, THE CHAPEL WARS,THE PAGES BETWEEN US (Co-written with Robin Mellom) and the COMMANDER IN CHEESE series.

Join us as we welcome Lindsey to celebrate the release of THE PAGES BETWEEN US; meet the author, get a book signed, and make a friendship craft for your own best friend.  

This event is free; no tickets required. 

ABOUT THE PAGES BETWEEN US 

Told in letters, posters, blog posts, homework assignments, and more, THE PAGES BETWEEN US is a totally fun, totally earnest snapshot of middle grade friendship—and what it truly means to be there for someone during the ups, downs, and everything in between.

Piper and Olivia have been best friends since…well, forever. But they're distressed to find that their new middle school schedules aren't giving them enough together-time. Luckily, an idea sparks when Piper finds a cute, sparkly notebook to disguise as her "French Class" homework. It's genius—now the two BFFs can stick together all the time. And document their adventures—you know, for anthropology's sake.

But as the two navigate the tricky new world of sixth grade, they realize that they may need to branch out more than they originally thought. Their notebook, once a life raft, begins to feel like a big responsibility. Can they grow up, without growing apart?

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David Pace

Thursday, February 18
7:00 pm | Room 302

David G. Pace is an essayist and fiction writer located in the Mountain West. Join him for a discussion and signing of his debut novel, DREAM HOUSE ON GOLAN DRIVE. 

This event is free; no tickets required. 

ABOUT DREAM HOUSE ON GOLAN DRIVE

It is the year 1972, and Riley Hartley finds that he, his family, community, and his faith are entirely indistinguishable from each other. He is eleven. A young woman named Lucy claims God has revealed to her that she is to live with Riley’s family. Her quirks are strangely disarming, her relentless questioning of their lives incendiary and sometimes comical. Her way of taking religious practice to its logical conclusion leaves a strong impact on her hosts and propels Riley outside his observable universe and toward a trajectory of self discovery.

Set in Provo and New York City during the seventies and eighties, the story encapsulates the normal expectations of a Mormon experience and turns them on their head. The style, too, is innovative in how it employs “Zed,” one of the apocryphal Three Nephites who with another immortal figure, the Wandering Jew of post-biblical legend, engage regularly in light-hearted banter and running commentary, animating the story and leavening the heartache with humor and tenderness.

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Kathryn Purdie

Tuesday, March 1
7:00 pm | Room 309

Kathryn’s love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her about someone named Boo Radley while they listened to the film score of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. In high school and college, Kathryn focused on acting, poetry, guitar, and extensive journal writing. Years later, when she was in recovery from donating a kidney to her brother, inspiration for her first novel struck. She’s been writing darkly fantastical stories ever since. Come and celebrate the launch of Kathryn Purdie’s debut young adult fantasy novel, BURNING GLASS.

 This event is free; no tickets required. 

ABOUT BURNING GLASS

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.

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Ally Condie

Tuesday, March 29
7:00 pm | Ballroom

Ally Condie is the internationally best-selling author of the MATCHED series; join her to celebrate the release of her newest novel, SUMMERLOST.  

Free tickets for this event will be available online and at our reference desks beginning March 15.  

ABOUT SUMMERLOST

It’s the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar’s father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar.

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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