Special Guest Authors
We are excited to have three guests authors in very different genres attending our Bookfair on Sunday, November 13! Fairfax Library Foundation is grateful for the support of these talented local authors and we can’t wait for you to meet them, too! They will be available to sign books and answer your questions.
Natalie Dias Lorenzi (11am)
Natalie Lorenzi is the author of two middle grade books, Flying the Dragon (2012) and A Long Pitch Home (2016). She is a resident of Fairfax County, a former elementary school teacher and a current librarian for Fairfax County Public Schools. We know Ms. Lorenzi understands the importance of the library! Here is a summary of A Long Pitch Home:
Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. He was a star on his cricket team. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia. Maybe if Bilal can prove himself on the pitcher’s mound, his father will make it to see him play. But playing baseball means navigating relationships with the guys, and with Jordan, the only girl on the team—the player no one but Bilal wants to be friends with.
Lindsay Smith is the author of six young adult novels including the Sekret trilogy and Dreamstrider, and she is part of multiple short story collections, like A Tyranny of Petticoats (2016). Her latest novel, A Darkly Beating Heart, released earlier this month. Lindsay lives in Washington, D.C. and is a foreign affairs writer–which explains the international locations in her books! Here is a short blurb about her newest novel:
A time travel story that alternates between modern day and 19th century Japan as one girl confronts the darkness lurking in her soul.
No one knows what to do with Reiko. She is full of hatred. All she can think about is how to best hurt herself and the people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt, Reiko’s parents send her from their Seattle home to spend the summer with family in Japan to learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the 19th century Edo-period, Reiko finds herself slipping back in time into the life of Miyu, a young woman even more bent on revenge than Reiko herself. Reiko loves being Miyu, until she discovers the secret of Kuramagi village, and must face down Miyu’s demons as well as her own.
Paul Herbert (2pm)
Paul Herbert is a historian and his latest book, Treason in the Rockies: Nazi Sympathizer Dale Maple’s POW Escape Plot, releases TODAY (November 7)! Mr. Herbert is a resident of Fairfax and a past President of the Fairfax Historical Society! Here’s a bit more about Mr. Herbert from The History Press’ website:
Paul N. Herbert has spent decades ferreting out fascinating history, researching and telling stories about Richmond’s historic Jefferson Hotel, a legendary dancer, the Radium Girls, the impeachment of a Supreme Court justice (yes, it happened) and Abraham Lincoln’s personal finances, among others. Herbert’s books will keep your interest and teach you a few things along the way.
Meet us at the Bookfair
We hope you’ll stop by Barnes & Noble Fairfax on Sunday, November 13 between 11am-5pm to meet a special guest author and help us raise money for programs of Fairfax County Public Library! We’ll also have a professional face painter from 11am-1pm, and children’s activities, storytimes, and complimentary gift wrapping throughout the day. Get all the details on our Bookfair page–we hope to see you on the 13th!