Several weekends ago, we experienced a "superstorm" of author events in our area: book festivals, author talks and more. If you missed the chance, you're in luck. More events are planned for this weekend.
Saturday, September 28
Newport News children's author Kristin Stiff will sign copies of "Lulu the Cocker Spaniel: the Christmas Blues," the second of her books about the fictional cocker spaniel based on her parents' real-life pet Lacy.
Saturday, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Bean There Coffeehouse
223 E. City Hall Ave., #101, Norfolk
(Directly across form MacArthur Mall, by the lightrail station)
Call 623-5282 for information about this event.
From the author's website: "Lulu, the Cocker Spaniel is at it again teaching another valuable lesson, but this time at Christmas! Lulu, the Cocker Spaniel: The Christmas Blues is a heartwarming story about one dog helping another. Lulu befriends a poor, shivering dog that is living on the icy cold streets after which nothing is the same: The toys escape their room, Bone fights fire, the baby bumbles get sick, not to mention Santa Clause makes an appearance!"
Intended as a self-read book for ages 5 to 10 and a read-along for younger children, "The Christmas Blues" is available in paperback for $14.99 from RSP Launchpad.
To learn more about Stiff and her books, visit her website.
Sunday, September 29
Interested in trying your hand at writing? You might want to stop by Sunday's meeting of the Deltaville Friends of the Library. After a brief business meeting, three local authors will share "what it is that inspires/motivates them to move from the germ of an idea to actually putting words on paper," according to a news release.
3 p.m. business meeting; wine-and-cheese reception with Author Forum to follow
Deltaville Community Association Building
17147 General Puller Highway (Rt. 33), Deltaville
The meeting is open to the public and free. If you'd like to join the Friends of the Library, the annual family membership is $25. (Membership is not required to attend.)
- Brad Parks, award-winning author of the Carter Ross mysteries and more. From the author's website, "Parks is the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero and Lefty Awards. He received the Shamus (for best first private eye novel) and the Nero (for best American mystery) for his debut, 'Faces of the Gone,' the first book in history to take both awards. The Lefty (for best humorous mystery) went to his third book, 'The Girl Next Door.' The series, which features sometimes-dashing investigative reporter Carter Ross, also includes 'Eyes of the Innocent' and 'The Good Cop.'" Read more about Parks' works at www.bradparksbooks.com
- Larry Chowning, Middlesex county native and author of eight books, including 2012's "Urbanna (Images of America)"; Soldiers at the Doorstep-Civil War Lore"; and "Signatures in Time--A Living History of Middlesex County." A maritime historian and lecturer, Chowning has been writing about the Chesapeake Bay region since the 1970s.
- Hartfield author Elizabeth "Liz" Young has published mystery, romance and even this children's story:
"Dozens and Cozens of Cousins and Cousins" is a charming story of Peter Glinch, who wants to celebrate his birthday by meeting his cousins from Vancouver.
Peter's wish is almost a reality when the cousins realize they have waited too long to make plans, so there's no way to make the trip. Peter and the cousins he lives near put their heads together and come up with a plan to make his birthday wish come true.
They enlist former Navy pilot, Ed Orff, who says he can fly anything. Then they buy enough silk to build a balloon, which he will pilot to Vancouver. On the day the trip begins, Ed asks Peter to come along for the ride. Along the way, the two rescue a goose that can't breathe and help her get better by untangling plastic from her neck. Without giving away the rest of the tale, the only thing we can share is that the goose later pays back the favor, making Peter's birthday truly a celebration.
The book includes engaging illustrations by Ruth Perkins, who brings the tale to life with vivid colors.
Young, a native of Minnesota, now lives in the Middlesex area, where she spends her days sailing with her husband, a rocket scientist, and working on her next children's book.
The book can be purchased for $12.95 at EYoungBooks.com or GuardianAngelPublishing.com.