DECEMBER 2019 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Sunday Dec 8
AWW MINI-WORKSHOP ON WRITING HOLIDAY BOOKS

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8; 2-3:30 PM

ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP invites you to a mini-workshop on writing holiday-based books. The presenter will be JOANNE HURST SMITH who will share her journey to publication and her advice on writing. She was a reporter for the Dayton Daily News for 17 years before she turned her talents to writing her memoir, The 13th Gift. Much of the book takes place during the Christmas Holiday Season when her husband had died unexpectedly. She and her three children were in a state of shock and grief, but the random acts of kindness extended to them turned this bleak time into a time of strength and love.

It was published by Harmony Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House and went on to become a New York Times bestseller.

Wednesday Jan 15
JESS MONTGOMERY INTRODUCES THE HOLLOWS

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15; 7 PM
JESS MONTGOMERY
will introduce THE HOLLOWS, Book Two in her Kinship Historical Fiction Mystery Series, featuring Sheriff Lily Ross, the first woman sheriff in Ohio. The story is set in 1926 in Bronwyn County, Ohio when the body of an elderly woman is found on a railroad track. It is theorized that she died when she fell from the top of the Moonvale Hollow tunnel onto the path of an oncoming train. But was it an accident, or was she pushed? Sheriff Ross is called to investigate. It was determined that the victim, Thea Kincaide, was an escaped inmate from the Hollows Asylum for the Insane, and there is strong sentiment in the community to call the matter an accident and to do no further investigating. However, when the Sheriff does investigate, she finds many secrets about the town’s racist past and suspicions about secretive ongoing racist activities that lead her to question the “accident.”

This series is inspired by the real lives of Maude Collins, the first female sheriff in Ohio and Mary Harris “Mother” Jones. The Widows, coming in paperback in January, is Book One. MINOTAUR

JESS MONTGOMERY is the pen name of Sharon Short. Sharon is the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News and former Executive Director of the renowned Antioch Writers’ Workshop.

Saturday Feb 8
PHIL STAMPER INTRODUCES NEW YA NOVEL

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8; 3 PM

PHIL STAMPER will Introduce his debut young adult novel, The Gravity of Us. In it, we meet Cal, who wants to be a journalist and he already has half a million followers on his FlashFame app, but his plans are derailed when his pilot father is selected for a NASA mission to Mars. Within days, Cal and his parents leave Brooklyn for Houston. The nation suddenly wants to know all about the new astronauts, while he and his parents are struggling with their roles as the “perfect American family.”

In the meantime Cal meets Leon, whose mother is another astronaut on the mission, and he finds himself falling head over heels for him. As their relationship grows, so does the frenzy surrounding the Mars mission, and when secrets are revealed about ulterior motives of the program, Cal must find a way to get to the truth without hurting the people who are most important to him. BLOOMSBURY

Phil Stamper grew up in a village near Dayton, Ohio. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing. He works in the publishing industry in New York City and lives in Brooklyn with his husband and their dog.

During the program, Phil will be "In Conversation" with BROOKE MOORE, co-anchor of 2 NEWS, who has known him since the time he lived in the Dayton area.

Tuesday Feb 25
DAVID SLAVIN & ADAM J.B. LANE INTRODUCE ODD GODS: THE ODDYSSEY

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25; 7 PM

Author DAVID SLAVIN and illustrator ADAM J. B. LANE will introduce their children’s book, ODD GODS: THE ODDYSSEY, Book Two in their critically acclaimed and hilarious illustrated series about the middle school gods you never hear about in myths. We share in the adventures of twins Adonis and Oddonis and it is obvious that Oddonis can’t do anything right, while Adonis is the epitome of what a god should be.

This time Oddonis is in trouble because he accidentally turned their father, the all-powerful king of the gods, Zeus, into a giant baby. Now Oddonis is charged with righting that curse. So he assembles a team of his odd friends—Mathena, Gaseous, and Puneous—and journeys to the underworld on this important mission.

This amusing series resembles Diary of a Wimpy Kid meeting Percy Jackson and it features dozens of black-and-white illustrations by award-winning artist Adam J. B. Lane. HARPER COLLINS