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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. 

Middle Grade Madness!

Tuesday, April 14
7:00 pm | Room 309

Join us for a special author event featuring a panel of terrific children’s authors! Steve Arntson, Faith Harkey, Marcia Wells, and Greg Trine will join us to talk about their newest books.


Twelve-year-old Genuine Sweet (pronounced Gen-u-wine, if you please) is a fourth generation wish fetcher living in small-town Sass, Georgia. She can grant anyone's wishes . . . except her own. Which is a dang shame, because a wish or two would come in handy for Genuine and her grandma—they're poor, and hungry, and Gen's no-count Daddy isn't helping one lick. But with the support of new and unexpected friends, Genuine realizes the power of her gift to help needy folks in Sass and all over the world.

Through the voice of indomitable seventh grader Genuine Sweet, debut author Faith Harkey spins an extraordinary Southern tale with magic, humor, and a whole lot of heart.  

Faith Harkey travels the backroads of America in search of story. Drawn to places where the milk comes fresh from the cow, her adopted hometowns include Tiger, GA (pop. 406), Grangeville, ID (pop. 3,151) and Istachatta, FL (pop. 116). Faith is a graduate of the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College. GENUINE SWEET is her first novel. Visit her official website.

illustrated by Marcos Calo

wellsThe fun and fast-paced second installment in the illustrated Eddie Red series. On vacation in Mexico, Eddie Red and his best friend Jonah must once again rely on Eddie's talent for drawing and his photographic memory to uncover clues to catch a crook when Eddie's father is falsely accused of a crime. Whether they are fighting germs from Montezuma's Revenge, running from a real-life ghost, or battling a bad guy on top of a Mayan pyramid, mystery seems to find young super sleuth Eddie Red everywhere he goes!

Praise for the first adventure with Eddie Red: “Fast-paced, funny, and action-packed.” —Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

“A photographic memory and a best bud with OCD help a young sleuth nab a gang of art thieves in this effervescent debut. . . . A sure pleaser for Cam Jansen grads or anyone fond of knotty, lightweight capers solved with brainpower (and a little luck).” —Kirkus

Marcia Wells is the author of the Edgar-nominated mystery series Eddie Red Undercover. She holds a Master's degree in Spanish literature and lives with her family in Vermont. Visit her official website.


arntsonIt's the summer of 1963, and something strange is afoot in the quiet town of Farro, Iowa. The school district's most notorious bully has gone missing without a trace, and furthermore, seventh grader Henry Nilsson and his friends have just found an odd book stashed in the woods by Longbelly Gulch---a moldy instruction guide written to teach the art of "subtle travel," a kind of out-of-body experience. The foursome will soon discover that out-of-body life isn't so subtle after all---there are some very real, and very dangerous, things happening out there in the woods. The science fiction inventiveness of Madeleine L'Engle meets the social commentary of Gary Schmidt in this thrilling tale of missing persons, first crushes, embarrassing pajamas, and thought-provoking dilemmas.

“This riveting science-fiction mystery is much more than an exciting read. . . . An amazing blend of mystery, romance, science fiction and social commentary.” —Kirkus (STARRED REVIEW)

Steven Arntson is the author of the middle grade novel The Wikkeling. He's a writer and musician who lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit his official website.

illustrated by James Burks

trineEarth-dwelling fourth-grader Willy Maykit couldn't be more excited about his school field trip to Planet Ed. Willy's class will blast off for the afternoon, learn about outer space, and be home in time for dinner. But when he wanders off on his own, Willy ends up being left behind on Ed! Can Willy, along with his classmate Cindy and an alien boy named Norp, outsmart the big hungry monsters on Ed until someone rescues them? With a little help from an android who likes knock-knock jokes and a seagull with terrific aim, they just might!

"The cartoon-style illustrations are amusing and plentiful and will attract reluctant and enthusiastic readers alike."—School Library Journal

“Readers new to chapter books and who like to laugh often will most likely find Willy's story peppered with just enough silly humor (monster poop!) to keep the pages turning.” —Kirkus

Greg Trine is the author of the Adventures of Jo Schmo series and the Melvin Beederman, Superhero series. He lives with his family in Ventura, California. Visit his official website.

Anne Perry

Family Literacy Symposium
April 18
12:00 noon | Ballroom

Beloved author Anne Perry will be the featured speaker at 2015's Family Literacy Symposium. FREE tickets for the symposium will be available beginning March 28 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.  

Anne Perry's visit to the Family Literacy Symposium is made possible in part by a grant from Utah Humanities. We thank them for their support. 

Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater  

May 5
7:00 pm | Ballroom

Join us as we welcome beloved authors Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce for the release of their brand new middle grade novel, PIP BARTLETT'S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES.



PipBartlett cover

Pip is a girl who can talk to magical creatures. Her aunt is a vet for magical creatures. And her new friend Tomas is allergic to most magical creatures. When things go amok—and they often go amok—Pip consults Jeffrey Higgleston’s Guide to Magical Creatures, a reference work that Pip finds herself constantly amending. Because dealing with magical creatures like unicorns, griffins, and fuzzles doesn’t just require book knowledge—it requires hands-on experience and thinking on your feet. For example, when fuzzles (which have an awful habit of bursting into flame when they’re agitated) invade your town, it’s not enough to know what the fuzzles are—Pip and Tomas also must trace the fuzzles’ agitation to its source, and in doing so, save the whole town.

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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