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Best-selling author visits Carroll

For the second year in a row, New York Times best-selling author Chris Grabenstein, from New York, has been visiting Carroll County. On Oct. 17, he came to the Finksburg branch of the county's library.

Grabenstein is author of the award-winning Haunted Mystery series and the Riley Mack adventure series for middle grade students. He also writes the award-winning John Ceepak mystery series for adults.

"I first saw Chris at a Mystery Authors convention in Baltimore in 2008 and was amazed by his speaking skills and his creative wit," Library Associate Darrel Robertson said. "When his first middle grade novel, 'The Crossroads,' was published, I knew he would be the perfect speaker to inspire kids to love reading."

While at the library, Grabenstein spoke of working with New York Times best-selling author James Patterson on the books "Daniel X: Armageddon" and the upcoming "I, Funny," about a middle school student who is on a mission to become the world's greatest stand-up comedian.

"Chris also gave everyone a glimpse at what he has in store for 2013," Robertson said, "including the next Riley Mack caper and the seventh Ceepak installment entitled 'Freefall.'"

Grabenstein also shared information from his upcoming book, "Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library."

"The book is set in an incredible new library and really has the feel of a modern-day Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Robertson said.

"This year Chris is visiting seven different Carroll County middle schools in October and November," said Robertson. "That just goes to show you how much they love Chris Grabenstein here."

Lunch, book sale

Benjamin's Krider's United Church of Christ will have a Soup and Sandwich Luncheon and Used Children and Adult Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the church, 208 Krider's Church Road, Westminster.

Soups cost $3 per bowl and include ham and bean, corn chowder, and French onion.

Sandwich prices range from $2 to $5.50. Look for toasted three-cheese sandwiches with Asiago, Parmesan and American cheeses with or without ham, hot dogs and pulled-pork sandwiches and coleslaw. Dessert is free with the purchase of soup or sandwich.

Church member Jolene Shafer said they've received many donations of "very good used and like-new books for all ages on many subjects."

"We would love to have a good crowd of people of all ages come and enjoy the fellowship, good food and shopping for great books," said Schafer.

For more information, visit http://www.kriders-ucc.com, email kridersucc@gmail.com, or call 410-857-5525 or 410-857-5763. You can also find them on Facebook.

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Authors at market

The Carroll County Christmas Farmers Market opens Nov. 3 at the Carroll County Agriculture Center featuring a local authors day on this opening date. At least 10 published authors will offer autographed books for sale.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with 75 to 100 vendors. Their offerings include crafts of all sorts and fine arts, seasonal plants, home-baked goods, local eggs, honey, nuts, emu meat, jams and jellies.

Breakfast and lunch will be sold in the kitchen.

This is the first of seven consecutive Saturdays for the market, which takes place at the Ag Center, just off Gist Road in Westminster.

Call Anita at 410-848-7748 or visit http://www.carrollcountyfarmersmarket.com for more information.

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