Children's Authors Appear at Ela Area Public Library

M. Molly Backes discusses book, gives teen workshop on June 20; Catherine Jinks talks to young readers, June 26.

 Young adult author M. Molly Backes will discuss and sign her book The Princesses of Iowa, a smart and unflinching look at friendship, the nature of entitlement and growing up in the heartland on Wednesday, June 20 at 5 p.m. at Ela Area Public Library. 

In this arresting and witty debut, a girl who was once high-school royalty must face a truth that money and status can’t fix and choose between living the privileged life of a princess, or owning up to her mistakes and giving up everything she once held dear. This author talk and signing event is geared for students in grades 8 and up

Following Backes’ discussion, attend her workshop on Creating Great Characters at 7 p.m. Aspiring teen writers will learn to focus on characterization and how to build great characters from scratch. This workshop is geared for writers in grades 6 and up.

Registration is required for both events. To register, visit www.eapl.org or call 847/438-3433.


Bestselling author Catherine Jinks will appear at Ela Area Public Library on Tuesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. to share her latest book Paradise Trap. Hear about her life as a writer and ask her questions during this interactive program for readers in grades 3 and up.

Jinks is the Australian author of more than 30 books for all ages. She has garnered many awards, including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award (three times), the Victorian Premier’s Award, the Aurealis Award for Science Fiction, the Australian Ibby Award, and the Davitt Award for Crime Fiction. Some of her books include The Evil Genius series, The Reformed Vampire Support Group and Living Hell. Books are available for purchase at the event. No registration is required. For more information, please call the Library at 847/438-3433.



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