Autumn Celebration with Margi Preus and Lauren Stringer

Date: 
Saturday, 8 October 2022 - 2:30pm

We're thrilled to present a unique book launch celebration with Margi Preus and Lauren Stringer. We will celebrate Preus's new middle grade novel, WINDSWEPT, and Stringer's picture book, THE DARK WAS DONE. This all-ages event will celebrate darkness and the fading light of autumn.

In Tag’s world, children are disappearing. “Youngers” who venture Outside are windswept—vanishing in the swirling snow—Tag’s sisters among them. Many have tried to find the lost children; all have failed. And since the Other Times, the Powers That Be seem intent on keeping it that way.

Everyone was afraid of the Dark and pushed it away, wishing the Dark would leave. So one day, the Dark left and did not return. The Dark was done. At first, nobody misses the Dark. But a young boy starts to miss creatures of the night: crickets singing and owls hooting and bats flying. He decides to go look for the Dark. One by one, others who miss the Dark and all its creatures and mysteries and magic join in. Can they find a way to bring back the Dark?

To Attend:

This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis. The event will take place outdoors on the asphalt patio behind Wild Rumpus Books. In the event of rain, this event will be postponed. Masks will be required.

Signing Guidelines:

Following the event, Margi Preus and Lauren Stringer will be available to sign and personalize copies of their books. If you would prefer not to stay for the signing, you may pre-order copies that will be signed just prior to the event. Orders must be placed by noon on Friday, October 7th to guarantee pre-signing. Please note in your order that you would like the book signed and the names of those you would like it signed to (or simply write "signature only").

Margi Preus is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai and other notable books for young readers. Her books have been honored as ALA/ALSC Notables, landed on the New York Times bestseller list and many other “best-of” lists, and have won multiple awards. New in 2022 is the picture book Lily Leads the Way (Candlewick) and the middle grade fantasy Windswept (Abrams/Amulet) which Hornbook’s starred review calls “fresh, rich, and buoyant.”

 

Lauren Stringer creates paintings, drawings, and books in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and sweet old cat, Indigo. Her first illustrated picture book, Mud, won an IRA Children’s Choice Award, Crayola Kids Best Book of the Year Award and was declared a "Flying Starts" by Publisher's Weekly. Since Mud, Lauren has written and illustrated many celebrated picture books. Her book When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky won the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers and named a Booklist's Top Ten Art Books and ALA Notable Book. Her book, Looking for Smile, written by Ellen Tarlow, was published in Fall 2020. Stringer was recently awarded a second McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers, for her manuscript, An Abundance of Light: The Story of Matisse in Morocco. Her newest book is The Dark Was Done.
Books: 
Pre-Order Now Badge
The Dark Was Done By Lauren Stringer, Lauren Stringer (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lauren Stringer, Lauren Stringer (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534462922
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 27th, 2022

Teach little ones about overcoming fears and appreciating the beauty in all things—even the dark—with this poignant picture book about finding wonder in the nighttime.

Everyone was afraid of the Dark and pushed it away, wishing the Dark would leave. So one day, the Dark left and did not return. The Dark was done.

At first, nobody misses the Dark.


Windswept By Margi Preus, Armando Veve (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Margi Preus, Armando Veve (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419758249
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 13th, 2022

From Newbery Honor–winner Margi Preus, a gripping middle-grade fantasy about a girl who must save the children of her world from being “windswept"

In Tag’s world, children are disappearing. “Youngers” who venture Outside are windswept—vanishing in the swirling snow—Tag’s sisters among them.


Event Address: 
2720 West 43rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55410
United States