Author to sign books at Cleveland Clinic
Author Nancy Christie will visit Joseph-Beth Booksellers at the Cleveland Clinic Gift Shop, 9500 Euclid Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday to sign copies of her books, “Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories” and “The Gifts Of Change.”
As part of the event, Christie also will conduct a drawing for a Joseph-Beth gift certificate.
“Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories” is a literary short fiction collection released in September 2014.
Her inspirational book, “The Gifts Of Change” encourages readers to take a closer look at how they deal with the inevitability of change and ways in which they can use change to gain a new perspective, re-evaluate their goals and reconsider their options.
Since its release in 2004, it also has been published in three foreign editions: Turkish, Korean and English Indian.
For information about Christie and her books, visit the books page of her website, www.nancychristie.com/books.
Warren native writes young adult mystery
“Charlie, Presumed Dead,” the third novel by Anne Heltzel, a Warren native and graduate of Kennedy Catholic High School, has been published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
The young adult fiction tale is Heltzel’s third novel, following “Circle Nine” and “The Ruining” (published under Anna Collomore).
In “Charlie” (272 pages, $17.99), two girls are shocked to discover they’ve both been dating the same boy when they show up at his funeral.
As they travel from Paris to London to Mumbai to Bangkok, the girls try to figure out Charlie’s secrets but soon discover they are harboring secrets of their own.
As the mystery is peeled away, the girls begin to form an unlikely bond.
A psychological mystery, the novel will interest teen fans of Gillian Flynn and “Gossip Girl.” Kirkus Reviews compared it to “Gone Girl” for its elaborate twists and turns.
“I love the idea of friendship — a very positive friendship — emerging from something that could simply have been horribly damaging,” said Heltzel when asked what she hopes readers take away from the novel.
Heltzel earned her masters degree from the New School in New York. In addition to being a novelist, she is also a book editor.
Her website is anneheltzel.com.
Patterson announces first round of grants
James Patterson is announcing the first round of school libraries to receive grants from an initiative he and Scholastic Reading Club launched in March, and he continues to raise the amount of money he will donate.
The best-selling and prolific author said last week that $500,000 has been given to 127 schools.
Individual grants range from $1,000 to $10,000, part of a program Patterson and Scholastic originally set at $1.25 million, but now stands at $1.75 million.
Last week he committed an additional $250,000, the second time since March he raised funding by $250,000.
An “overwhelming” volume of requests, more than 28,000, for books and other resources is behind the latest increase.
The remaining $1.25 million of the library program will be distributed over the second half of this year.
Sci-fi classic to be an e-book
Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic science fiction novel “The Left Hand of Darkness” will soon be available as an e-book.
Penguin Random House announced last week that the digital edition of the 1969 novel will be on sale July 15.
Le Guin, 85, has written more than 20 books and last fall received an honorary National Book Award.
“The Left Hand of Darkness,” a gender-defying tale set in the distant future on the planet Winter, has been widely praised for its insights about feminism and sociology.