DELAWARE — Felicia Day, William Kent Krueger, Tommy Orange and Sarah Vowell are among eight authors scheduled for this year’s Delaware County Library Author Series. The series is intended to appeal to a variety of ages, from young children to adults.
All but one of the events are scheduled in-person at various locations, but are subject to change for public health reasons.
The series will kick off with R. Gregory Christie, illustrator of the poetic, nonfiction children’s book “Freedom in Congo Square.” He will appear in free events at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 and 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Orange Branch Library, 7171 Gooding Blvd., Lewis Center. “Freedom in Congo Square,” written by Carole Boston Weatherford and aimed at ages 4 to 8, tells the story of 19th-century slaves in New Orleans who were allowed for half a day to gather and hold a market in Congo Square.
Christie’s appearance is presented in conjunction with the exhibit “Telling a People’s Story: Illustrated Literature for African American Children,” featuring 130 artworks from nearly 100 books. The exhibit runs through Jan. 31 at the Delaware Main Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, and Feb. 1-28 at the Orange Branch Library.
At 2 p.m. on February 22, Sara Nisha Adams, author of “The Reading List,” will appear in a virtual event. His novel tells how the chance discovery of a list of books connected two unrelated people and helped create a bond between a grandfather and a granddaughter. Tickets for Adams’ Zoom event cost between $10 and $15.
Terri Libenson, author of the mid-level “Emmie and Friends” novel series, will appear in person at a free event at the Delaware Main Library at 2 p.m. on April 9.
On April 27, at a time to be announced, American novelist and writer William Kent Krueger is scheduled to perform at The Barn at Stratford, 2690 Stratford Road, Delaware. Krueger is best known for his series Cork O’Connor and the murder mystery “Ordinary Grace” which won the 2014 Edgar Award presented by the Mystery Writers of America. Tickets for his appearance are $25.
Sarah Vowell — author of “Assassination Vacation” and other nonfiction books, contributing editor to radio’s “This American Life” and the voice of Violet on “The Incredibles” — will appear at 7 p.m. on Friday, the 20 May at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Chappelear Drama. Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $15.
On Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Branch Library, 460 Liberty St., Powell, is Felicia Day, author of “Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity,” a workbook for self-motivation, s inspire and be weird. The event is free.
Cheyenne and Arapaho author Tommy Orange will appear in a free event at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Liberty Branch Library. Her 2018 novel, “There, There” follows Native American characters in Oakland, California, and includes essays on Native American history and identity.
Young adult novelist Neal Shusterman will conclude the series with a free event to be announced January 11, 2023 at the Liberty Branch Library. His 2016 young adult novel “Sythe” is the first in the Arc of Scythe series set in the distant future.
The mask is mandatory for events taking place in libraries. Visitors should check other sites for COVID-19 policies near the time of events.
For more information and to register for these events, visit www.delawarelibrary.org/specialevents.