Prose and the Spoken Word

Main Library

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Interested in science fiction, creative writing, or just looking to make connections with other like-minded geeks? Local author Bryan Young, who is also a prominent national Star Wars aficionado and editor-in-chief of Big Shiny Robot! (a geek news and reviews blog), curates a monthly series of fiction readings featuring visiting and local authors!

On the 3rd Thursday of every month, Young invites authors from around the state and country to read selections of their work. For May, Young has cultivated an all-star list of authors of young adult literature who will be reading from their latest works:

• Lorie Ann Grover: Firstborn (Feb 2014)
• Jonathan Friesen: Aquifer (Aug 2013)
• Lisa T. Bergren: Remnants (Apr 2014)
• Jill Williamson: Captives (Apr 2013), Outcasts (Jan 2014)

As this is a larger-than-normal group of guest authors, there will not be time this month for additional open-mic readings from attendees.

This event is sponsored by The King's English Bookshop, who will have these titles available for purchase at the event.


Grover is an awarded YA novelist and board book author whose works include On Pointe and A Big Hug for Little Cub. She co-founded the readergirlz and readertotz blogs. Living with her husband in the foothills of Mt. Rainier, she writes, practices weapons tai chi, and watches hawks take flight.

Friesen is an author, speaker, and youth writing coach from Mora, Minnesota. His first young adult novel, Jerk, California, received the ALA Schneider Award. When he’s not writing, speaking at schools, or teaching, Jonathan loves to travel and hang out with his wife and three kids.


 Jill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. Growing up in Alaska led to love books, and in 2010 her first novel, By Darkness Hid, won the Christy Award. She loves working with teenagers and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children.

Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over forty books, with a combined count of over two million copies sold. She has written children’s books (God Gave Us You), Christy Award finalist historical fiction (The Begotten), contemporary fiction (The Bridge), women’s nonfiction (What Women Want), and gift books. She is a writer and editor residing in Colorado Springs, CO, with her husband and three children.

Location: Main Library, Conference Room A

Contact Information: 801-524-8200