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On Sunday, July 7, Barnes & Noble at the Asheville Mall will host a book signing for author Robert Beatty’s latest novel, Serafina and the Seven Stars.
The “Serafina” author has a launch party for a new series starter July 8 at the Asheville Mall Barnes & Noble.
“Western North Carolina is fortunate to have talented authors who write for children and young adults. Buying a local author’s book is good for the local economy and good for our children.”
“Robert Morgan’s latest novel, recently out in paperback, is set in pre-Civil War times. It follows a crafty teenage runaway slave on a northward journey toward freedom. From the Carolina mountains all the way to Ithaca, N.Y., he finds dangers, adventures and comedy.”
Last year, two Asheville writers — Megan Shepherd and Robert Beatty — found themselves on the New York Times Children’s Chapter Books bestseller lists. This year’s crop of YA and middle-grade books of local interest promises to be just as exciting.
According to Cindy Norris, the event coordinator at Malaprop’s, anyone interested in the author appearance should buy their tickets ahead of time, because it’s likely to sell out — a mark of the best-seller status of Serafina and the Black Cloak, the first book in the series.
Standouts include Sound, by Alexandra Duncan; The Dragon Lantern, by Alan Gratz; and Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars, by Constance Lombardo.
“We try to honor the local literary of whatever locale we happen to be in that year,” says Nort Carolin Writers’ Network Executive Director Ed Southern. The three-day fall conference rotates locations throughout the state and this year it returns to Asheville, taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore Friday to Sunday, Nov. 20-22.
Robert Beatty was a successful tech pioneer before embarking on his new career as a novelist. His middle grade tale, Serafina and the Black Cloak, is set in the basement of local landmark the Vanderbilt house.