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sensationally popular middle grade authors Kwame Mbalia and Roseanne A. Brown – two of the most recent authors in the popular Rick Riordan presents series.

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Florissant Valley Branch, located at 195 New Florissant Rd. S. Florissant, MO 63031. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

Disney Publishing’s Rick Riordan Presents series publishes great middle grade authors from underrepresented cultures and backgrounds, to let them tell their own stories inspired by the mythology and folklore of their own heritage.

Kwame Mbalia – “Tristan Strong Keeps Punching”
Kwame Mbalia’s hit Tristan Strong series stars a seventh-grade boy who accidently creates a hole into the Midpass, a world where ancient African gods clash with gods of African-American legend. In “Tristan Strong Keeps Punching,” Tristan travels up the Mississippi in pursuit of his archenemy, King Cotton.

New York Times bestselling author Kwame Mbalia’s debut middle-grade novel, “Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky,” was awarded the Coretta Scott King Honor. He is the co-author of “Last Gate of the Emperor” with Prince Joel Makonnen, and the editor of #1 New York Times bestselling anthology “Black Boy Joy.”

Roseanne A. Brown – “Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting”
Bestselling YA author of “A Song of Wraiths and Ruin,” Roseanne A. Brown presents her first middle-grade novel about a pre-teen vampire slayer based on the Ghanian legends of the “adze,” a vampire that can shapeshift into the form of a firefly. 

Roseanne A. Brown is an immigrant from the West African nation of Ghana and a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she completed the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House program. Her debut novel “A Song of Wraiths and Ruin” was an instant New York Times Bestseller, an Indie Bestseller, and received six starred reviews. She has worked with Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney among other publishers.

Program sites are accessible. With at least two weeks' notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Call 314-994-3300 or contact us.

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