Great Big Book Bash is an annual children's author/illustrator event sponsored by the Huntsville Public Library Foundation and Primrose Schools. This year's guest is illustrator Harry Bliss. Mr. Bliss will be giving two exciting and kid-friendly presentations at the Main location of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. A book signing will follow both presentations and books will be available to purchase the day of the event.
Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine. Growing up in upstate New York amidst a family of successful painters and illustrators, Bliss went on to study painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Illustration at The University of the Arts (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA). Prior to his cartoons and covers for The New Yorker magazine, Bliss illustrated dozens of book covers for writers such as Lawrence Block, Dorothy Uhnak, Bob Dole, and Fiona Buckley.
Bliss has illustrated many books and produces cartoons and covers for The New Yorker. His first book for children, A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech was a New York Times bestseller, as was Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider and Diary of a Fly all by Doreen Cronin. In 2008 Bliss published 'Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken' (Harper Collins) by Kate DiCamillo followed by 'Luke on the Loose' (Toon Books) in 2009.
Get out your fancy hats! The 9th annual English Author Tea takes place in the Main Library auditorium from 2-4pm. We'll serve a classic tea, and writer Dr. Jennifer Garlen will present on the Brontë family.
RITA-award winning, USA Today best-selling author Karen Rose earned her degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland. For a number of years she worked in the engineering field, earning two patents, but began writing romance suspense novels when scenes began filling her mind and her characters would not be silenced. She has published nine suspense novels and a novella. To date, her books have been translated into five languages. The titles of her novels are Scream For Me, I'm Watching You, Have You Seen Her?, Nothing To Fear, L, Die For Me. Read more about Cupid's Café: The books of Karen Rose
Growing up in a tiny community in Alabama boasting only one stop sign and a gas station gave Christy ample opportunity to create daring adventures in her head. When she wasn't thinking of her story characters, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys kept her entertained and out of trouble. Later came the chills of Stephen King and the thrills of John Grisham, but the romance genre always held a strong place in her heart. A member of Romance Writers' of America, the Southern Magic RWA chapter, the KOD chapter, and International Thriller Writers, Christy lives in Alabama with her husband, two incredibly cute canines and one very shy turtle.For reservations, please call (256) 532-5950. Read more about Cupid's Café: Meet Alabama author Christy Reece
Beverly Barton is a sixth generation Alabamian who writes mainstream romantic suspense for Kensington. She adds: "I'm also a wife, mother and grandmother. People who know me well will tell you that my family is more important to me than anything in the world." She will provide a wonderful and fun experience for those who listen to her. The discussion will have emphasis on her new book that comes out in January 2010, Dead By Midnight. For reservations, please call (256) 532-5950. Read more about Cupid's Café: Meet author Beverly Barton
Sophie Kinsella, pseudonym for Madeleine Wickham, raced to the top of the bestseller lists in September 2000 when her novel The Secret Dreamworld of A Shopaholic was published by Black Swan. The book's heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money – captured the hearts of readers worldwide and she has since gone on to further adventures in Shopaholic Abroad, Shopaholic Ties the Knot and Shopaholic and Sister, and has sold over two million copies to date. Sophie's two stand-alone novels, Can You Keep A Secret and The Undomestic Goddess were both number one bestsellers, and have sold in the region of three quarters of a million copies each. Read more about Cupid's Café: The books of Sophie Kinsella