Brian Crane
Jan
23
12:00 PM12:00

Brian Crane

For over twenty-five years, Crane’s comic strip, Pickles, has been delighting readers around the world, and for the first time he brings his beloved characters into a book intended specifically for children.  Crane’s crotchety but endearing senior, Earl Pickles, can be humorous and often touching, and when his precocious grandson, Nelson, asks his Grampa to tell him a story, Earl’s imagination takes over. The two embark on a journey filled with whales, hot dogs, and an intense but lovable ostrich in a raincoat. Written by award-winning Canadian children’s author Dianne Young, this quirky tale is sure to entertain children, fans of the strip, and anybody who enjoys a rollicking adventure.

Brian Crane’s Pickles is syndicated in over 900 newspapers worldwide. He has been nominated three times for the Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year award by the National Cartoonists Society and won in 2013. Pickles has been nominated twice as Best Comic Strip, a prestigious award it won in 2001. Crane lives in Sparks, Nevada, with his wife and family, which consists of seven children and eight grandchildren.

Dianne Young is an educational assistant in an elementary school, a mother, a wife, a writer, and a yodeler. She was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and she has been writing for children for over twenty years. Her previous publications include The Abaleda Voluntary Firehouse BandDear Flyary, which won the 2014 Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature.

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Roger Arthur Smith
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Roger Arthur Smith

Part 1950s noir novel and part spellbinding fantasy, Echoes sets the banality of evil against the milieu of a desolate, small-town life, a battle that is both intricate and fundamental, both for humanity and for echoes, the offspring of evil come to rectify the past. Smith takes the reader into a world that is both familiar yet mysterious, and one in which evil is all too real. Roger Arthur Smith’s prose combines the tension of the old noir writers with the imagination of modern fantasy writers. The result is a story that is both delightfully eerie and terrifyingly familiar, and the further you delve into it, the harder it is to escape.
—William Todd Seabrook, editor of the Cupboard Pamphlet and the author of This Semi-Perfect Universe and The Genius of J. Robert Oppenheimer

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Roger Arthur Smith
Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

Roger Arthur Smith

Part 1950s noir novel and part spellbinding fantasy, Echoes sets the banality of evil against the milieu of a desolate, small-town life, a battle that is both intricate and fundamental, both for humanity and for echoes, the offspring of evil come to rectify the past. Smith takes the reader into a world that is both familiar yet mysterious, and one in which evil is all too real. Roger Arthur Smith’s prose combines the tension of the old noir writers with the imagination of modern fantasy writers. The result is a story that is both delightfully eerie and terrifyingly familiar, and the further you delve into it, the harder it is to escape.
—William Todd Seabrook, editor of the Cupboard Pamphlet and the author of This Semi-Perfect Universe and The Genius of J. Robert Oppenheimer

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