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Marcus Sedgwick (ticketed event)
April 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm$35
Spellbound is honored to welcome Marcus Segdwick to town for a special ticketed off-site event. It’s a publication day celebration for the American edition of his timely and important new book, Saint Death. Fellow young adult author Allan Wolf will emcee. Tickets benefit The Literacy Council of Buncombe County, a vital nonprofit that increases literacy and English language skills through specialized instruction by trained tutors and access to literacy resources.
Tickets are required for this event. You can buy at the door if we haven’t sold out, but there is limited seating in this lovely space. We invite you to join us at Twisted Laurel in downtown Asheville for food, drink, and a fascinating presentation by this critically acclaimed, award-winning author. It’s an all ages event, and we hope to see plenty of teens and adults. Each person attending will need to purchase a ticket, and IDs will be checked at the cash bar. Each ticket includes your food and a non-alcoholic beverage plus a copy of Saint Death ($17.99 retail) that you may have signed by the author afterward. Scroll down to the Tickets section to purchase. $35 each.
About the author Marcus Sedgwick was born and raised in East Kent in the South-east of England. He now lives in the French Alps. Alongside a 16 year career in publishing he established himself as a widely-admired writer of YA fiction; he is the winner of many prizes, most notably the Michael L. Printz Award for 2014, for his novel Midwinterblood. Marcus has also received two Printz Honors, for Revolver in 2011 and The Ghosts of Heaven in 2016, giving him the most citations to date for this prize. His books have been shortlisted for over forty other awards, including the Carnegie Medal (six times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (four times).
About the book In addition to being well researched and beautifully written, it’s a gripping thriller set on the Mexican-US border and asks the questions of our day: what sort of country do we want to live in; can we have a free market without freedom of movement; is it better to die a good man than live as a bad one?
Event FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Where is the event being held? In the upstairs event room at Twisted Laurel in downtown Asheville. The stairs are on the right as you enter. Please scroll down to see a map.
- Where should I park for the event? There is metered street parking next to the restaurant with no charge after 6:00 pm. There’s also a parking garage about half a block away at 164 College Street. You can see it from the restaurant; it’s across from the county courthouse and city hall.
- What is the format of the event? Is there assigned seating? Guests are asked to arrive at 5:30. (You may want to enjoy a drink downstairs if youarrive early.) Please present your ticket(s) when you arrive, either on a smart device or a paper printout. We’ll eat and mingle from 5:30 until the presentation begins at 6:00. There is no assigned seating. Once you’ve shown your ticket and received your book, seat yourself anywhere you choose and serve yourself at the buffet. The author will be speaking from 6:00 to approximately 7:00 and will sign books directly afterward.
- What will the menu be? There will be a variety of delicious heavy appetizers prepared by the chef at Twisted Laurel, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free dishes.
- Can I get a signed book even if I can’t attend the event? Yes! Please click on the book’s product page and add to your shopping cart instead of ordering a ticket on this page. Use the comment form at checkout to specify a signed book and let us know how it should be personalized. (You may do this with other books by the author, as well.) You can choose store pick up or we can mail it to you.
- How much of the ticket price goes to The Literacy Council? All proceeds will go directly to the Lit Council. (The balance pays for your food, drink, and book.) Also, there will be copies of the author’s other books available for purchase at the event and 20% of the retail price of those sales will go to the Lit Council.
- Can I pick up my copy of the book before the event? No. You’ll be directed to a table to pick up your book as soon as you arrive and show your ticket. (We’re not allowed to give them to you before the national release day, which is the day of the event, and by the morning of the event your book will already be boxed up and on its way to the venue.)
- Can I bring books from home to be signed? No, we’re afraid not. One copy of Saint Death is included with your ticket and other books can be purchased from Spellbound at the event. By purchasing the author’s books from us at the event, you’re not only supporting a locally owned, independent business, but you’re also supporting the Lit Council and showing publishers that they should continue sending authors here for you to meet.
- What age is this book most appropriate for? The publisher recommends ages 14 and up.
Please feel free to call us at the bookshop if you have questions we haven’t answered here (828-575-2266).
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