Meet Jeff Kinney, the author behind the smash-hit Wimpy Kid series.

Meet Ree Drummond, the woman behind the beloved website, The Pioneer Woman. Her cooking show premiered on Food Network in 2011.

Deb Perelman (aka The Smitten Kitchen) will sign her newest cookbook SMITTEN KITCHEN EVERY DAY: TRIUMPHANT AND UNFUSSY NEW FAVORITES.

We're About to be Very, Very, Impossibly-Very Busy: Notes from Valerie's Messy Desk

On Saturday, Leland Melvin, astronaut and former NFL star, will keynote our annual Tweens Read festival. This festival has grown from a crazy idea introduced to me at our second TeenBookCon to a rollicking day where kids and authors join together in their love of books.

The fun doesn't stop there. Bluebonnet nominee Cassie Beasley (Circus Mirandus) visits the shop next Tuesday with her latest, Tumble & Blue. Wiley Cash, a dear friend of the shop, follows next Wednesday. Read his Q&A on our blog to learn why The Last Ballad is his most ambitious work yet. Next Saturday, don't miss Melanie Shankle of the Big Mama Blog. Stick around 'til 4 for a special launch party commemorating the promising debut of Houston author Liara Tamani.

Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis on the Magic of Middle Grade

You may not know it, but you know Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis. Meloy is the lead vocalist and guitarist for popular indie rock outfit The Decemberists, while Ellis is a Caldecott Honor-winning author and illustrator. (She also supplies illustrations for the band.) They live outside of Portland, Oregon, on a farmstead, with their two young sons and a proliferation of fruit trees.

What Valerie Is Talking About This Week: October 17

Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101906156
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 17th, 2017

The inspiring and irresistible true story of the women who broke barriers and finish-line ribbons in pursuit of Olympic Gold

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