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A Pizza Party for The Gentleman'sTour, Featuring John Corey Whaley, Jason Reynolds, and Brendan Kiely
Boswell Book Company, Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30pm
Boswell Book Company is proud to present a pizza party event for kids ages 14 to 84 with The Gentleman’s Tour featuring authors Jason Reynolds, John Corey Whaley, and Brendan Kiely. Sharing themes of teenagers facing difficult decisions as they find their footing in a challenging world, these three authors will each read from and sign copies of their latest novels and field questions from the audience.

Fans of The Outsiders will love When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds, which is about standing up for what’s right even while on the wrong side of a questionable neighborhood. Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back. Printz Award winner Walter Dean Meyers says of When I Was the Greatest: “readers will discover new meanings for the term 'family' and how street life can affect and redefine traditional values. I'm glad I've found Mr. Reynolds, a bright new talent.”

From John Corey Whaley, the author of the award-winning Where Things Come Back, comes Noggin, a touching and hilarious coming-of-age story that will blow readers’ minds—or their heads. The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis Coates can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and despite all logic, he’s still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. According to Kirkus Reviews, “Whaley’s signature cadence and mad storytelling skillz are worth every page… Noggin is a satisfyingly oddball Frankenstein-like tale of connectivity.”

Doubt meets Speak in Brendan Kiely’s debut The Gospel of Winter, a fearless teen novel about a boy grappling with years of abuse at the hands of a man he believed to be a trusted friend. Emotionally authentic and beautifully rendered, The Gospel of Winter doesn't shy away from harsh realities or difficult topics, but is so engaging, readers will be unable to put the book down until the very last page. New York Times bestselling author Colum McCann calls The Gospel of Winter: “a novel that captures the pulse of a contemporary wound, a truth that needs to be told about the shameful issue of abuse within our society. It is also a novel that examines the faultlines of love, family, adolesence, faith and belonging. Brendan Kiely has written a novel that is both unflinching and redemptive." (added from Simon & Schuster)
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Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages-including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She's an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She's a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: "The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law," she has said, "but people do get their just desserts." And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald-the best of her breed-she has earned new respect for that form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.
I was an English major in college with minors in Fine Arts and Humanities. I attended the University of Louisville my freshman year, transferred to what was then Western Kentucky State Teachers College for my sophomore and junior years, and then graduated from the University of Louisville in the summer of 1961. I started writing seriously when I was 18, wrote my first novel when I was 22, and I've never stopped writing since.
Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky April 24 1940; graduated University of Louisville, BA 1961 with a major in English Literature, minors in Humanities and Fine Arts.
She married to Steven F. Humphrey with three children from previous marriages: a daughter, Leslie; a son, Jay; a daughter, Jamie; and three granddaughters, Erin, age 21, Kinsey, age 13, Taylor, age 4, and Addison, age 2.
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