Two of fantasy’s greatest writers will be in Puyallup this weekend at the inaugural Puyallup Festival of Books, themed “Where Magic and Legends Come Alive.” Fantasy youth writer Susan Cooper will speak and sign books at the Liberty Theater this Friday, and sci-fi and children’s fantasy pioneer Ursula LeGuin will read and sign books at Pioneer Park on Saturday, ending a day-long program that includes folk music, storytelling and Puyallup’s first-ever Comic Con convention.
Newbery Award and Carnegie Honor winner Susan Cooper is most famous for her six-book children’s series “The Dark is Rising,” which brings English folk legends into contemporary adventure. Born in England and now resident in Massachusetts, Cooper has also written books for adults, a Broadway play and Emmy-nominated screenplays. Her most recent children’s book “Ghost Hawk” was released in August. Cooper will speak Friday night for the first annual Jim Taylor Memorial Lecture, held in honor of a beloved and long-time English teacher at Puyallup’s Rogers High School. Those wishing book signatures must purchase a copy of “Ghost Hawk” at the event. More information about Cooper can be found at thelostland.com
Ursula K. LeGuin, born 1929 and living in Portland, has written 21 novels, 11 volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, 12 novels for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, PEN-Malamud and National Book awards, she’s known as a pioneer of fantasy and science fiction, particularly her “Wizard of Earthsea” children’s trilogy. For more information, see ursulakleguin.com
The Puyallup Festival of Books is presented by the Puyallup Public Library as part of its 100th anniversary celebration.
Schedule of festival events:
7 p.m. Sept. 27: Susan Cooper speaks at Liberty Theatre, 116 W. Main Ave., Puyallup. Tickets $10 at susancooperlecture.brownpapertickets.com
9 a.m. Sept. 28: Folk music by The Revels, storytellers and more in Pioneer Park, 330 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Comic Con comic books convention at Activities Center, 210 W Pioneer Way, Puyallup.
2 p.m. Ursula LeGuin reads and signs at the Puyallup Library. Free.
More information: puyallupfestivalofbooks.com
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