This year's Irving Reads partners hosts six author events that highlight the meaning of True Grit and explore the American West through the eyes of novelists and legendary characters. Book sales at each event will feature select titles of that author's works, and free copies of the author's Irving Reads title will be available in limited supply. A small quantity of True Grit by Charles Portis will be distributed at panel events.
Imagination: a Visit with Author Erica Silverman 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the West Irving Library
Join us as award winning author Erica Silverman shares stories about her books and the importance of fostering imagination. Limited number of her book Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa will be given away at the event.
Not Your Father's Western Author Panel 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at the South Irving Library
Join us for a lively conversation of the many directions adult western novels are going in 2017. Panelists include Melissa Lenhardt (cozy western), Henry McLaughlin (western suspense), and Arianne "Tex" Thompson (fantasy-western fusion). A limited number of this year's selected title True Grit will be given out at the event.
Perseverance: a visit with Author Rae Carson 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the South Irving Library
Young Adult author Rae Carson (The Girl of Fire and Thorns series, Gold Seer Trilogy) meets fans and discusses her books. A limited number of Walk on Earth a Stranger will be given away at the event.
Courage: a visit with author Kirby Larson 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Valley Ranch Library
Meet Newbery Honor-Winning author Kirby Larson as she discusses her novels about life in Montana. A limited number of her novel Hattie Big Sky will be given away at the event.
Cowboys Never Quit: Western Author Panel 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Valley Ranch Library
Join western authors Johnny Boggs (Return to Red River) and Clay Reynolds for an entertaining and insightful discussion of the western novel. A limited number of this year's selected title True Grit will be given away at the event.
Ingenuity: a visit with author Susan Stevens Crummel 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the East Branch Library
Meet award-winning author Susan Stevens Crummel as she discusses her books, the western theme and the writing process. Limited number of Tumbleweed Stew / Sopa de Matojos will be given out at the event.
Children's Book Clubs Kids Only BC discuss Our Only May Amelia - 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 @ South Irving Library Chapter Books & Cozy Nooks discuss Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa - 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 @ South Irving Library
Storytimes - Are You a Horse? Puppet Show Family Storytime - 7 p.m. Oct. 10 @ Valley Ranch Library Preschool Storytime - 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17 @ South Irving Library Toddler Storytime - 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18 @ South Irving Library Family Storytime - 7 p.m. Oct. 19 @ West Irving Library Preschool Storytime - 11 a.m. Oct. 20 @ West Irving Library Family Storytime - 11 a.m. Oct. 31 @ East Branch Library