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Powder Springs One Book, One City: Teen Challenge Author Talk and Community Discussion is October 21

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September 13, 2023

The Powder Springs community’s One Book, One City: Tween Challenge 2023 author talk and discussion will take place during the City of Powder Spring’s Fall Festival Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 11:30 am at Thurman Springs Park’s Hardy Family Automotive Amphitheatre, 4485 Pineview Drive in downtown Powder Springs.

One Book, One City is a citywide literary event organized to encourage members of the Powder Springs community to read the same book and be part of a conversation about its themes and real life. This is a joint venture of the City of Powder Springs, The Book Worm Bookstore, an independent store located in the city; and the Powder Springs Public Library. One Book, One City was launched in 2021.

The Tween Challenge book selection is Wildseed Witch by Marti Dumas. The author will read selections from her book, answer questions from the audience, and will be available to sign books.

Wildseed Witch is a fantasy novel about Hasani during her post-seven grade summer as she is sent to an elite, very private witch camp. Hansani is dealing with emotional challenges, including trying to figure out how to get her parents back together, and confronts her discovery of her magical ways.

“Set in a modern-day Louisiana where technology and magic intertwine, Wildseed Witch is charming and intriguing, just like the Les Belles Desmoiselles witches,” said Newbery Honor Award winner author Rajani LaRocca (Red, White, and Whole). “Readers will cheer Hasani, vibrant as a morning glory, as she embarks on a quest to own her magic and to find friendship, family, and forgiveness.”

Marti Dumas lives in New Orleans with her family. She taught elementary school literacy and conducts teacher literacy training. She is the author of Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest children’s book series, which includes literacy and STEM skills, and humor.

Author Event for One Book, One City 2024 is on the calendar

The One Book, One City 2024 event will be at Thurman Springs Park’s Hardy Family Automotive Amphitheater on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 6 pm. The event will feature bestselling author Dr. Ian K. Smith and The Overnights: An Ashe Cayne Novel, a mystery. The book is about a Chicago private eye racing to protect a well-known news anchor and solve the murder of a Black teen by a white police officer.

Dr. Smith, a physician, is the former host of Emmy Award-winning syndicated talk show, The Doctors, and the former medical correspondent for NBC News and NewsChannel 4 in New York. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, CNN, Fox & Friends and more broadcasts and he has been featured in People, Cosmopolitan, Black Enterprise and more. Non-fiction books by Dr. Smith include The Shred: Revolutionary Diet and the Met Flex Diet.

For more information about the One Book, One City events, call the Powder Springs Library at 770-439-3600 or The Book Worm Bookstore at 770-439-2029.