An up-to-the-minute list of au­thor events and books sign­ings

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Arts & Culture - BY SUZANNE PEREZ TO­BIAS

For read­ers, there are few things more ex­cit­ing than at­tend­ing a book sign­ing and get­ting to meet an au­thor you love — or one whose books you’d like to read.

Here is a run­down of some up­com­ing au­thor events in Kansas. Many are at Water­mark Books & Cafe, 4701 E. Dou­glas in Wi­chita. All are free un­less oth­er­wise noted.

We’ll con­tinue to up­date this list as part of our an­nual #Read­ICT Chal­lenge. (If you’re par­tic­i­pat­ing, Cat­e­gory No. 12 in the chal­lenge is to read a book by an au­thor vis­it­ing Kansas in 2019.)

If you know of other events we should add, please call 316-268-6567 and let us know.

JAN­UARY

Jan. 15: James Sherow, pre­sen­ta­tion and sign­ing of “The Chisholm Trail: Joseph McCoy’s Great Gam­ble,” 6 p.m. at Water­mark Books, 4701 E. Dou­glas.

Jan. 17: Brad Meltzer will present his new book, “The First Con­spir­acy:

The Se­cret Plot to Kill Ge­orge Washington,” 7 p.m. at Rainy Day Books, 2706 W. 53rd St., Fair­way. Free.

Jan. 19: Sharon Cran­ford, sto­ry­time and sign­ing of “Charley Mast and the Horn­book,” 10:30 a.m. at Water­mark.

FE­BRU­ARY

Feb. 1: Nick Bruel, au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor of the “Bad Kitty” se­ries of chil­dren’s books, will have an au­thor talk, draw­ing pre­sen­ta­tion and book sign­ing, 6:30 p.m. at the Wi­chita Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 9112 E. Cen­tral. Tick­ets are $18.99 and in­clude a copy of “Bad Kitty: Kit­ten Trou­ble.” Up to two com­pan­ion tick­ets can be pur­chased for $5 each. For more in­for­ma­tion or to buy tick­ets, con­tact or visit Blue Ba­boon Books, www.blue­ba­boon­books. com or 316-260-9008.

Feb. 6: B.A. Shapiro, au­thor talk and sign­ing of “The Collector’s Ap­pren­tice,” 6 p.m. at the Ul­rich Museum of Art at Wi­chita State Uni­ver­sity.

Feb. 8: Tom Clavin, au­thor talk and sign­ing of “Wild Bill,” 6 p.m. at Water­mark.

Feb. 13: Marci Pen­ner and WenDee Rowe, au­thors of “Kansas Guide­book 2 for Ex­plor­ers,” will have an au­thor talk and book sign­ing as part of the Wi­chita Pub­lic Li­brary’s Se­nior Wed­nes­day pro­gram, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Ad­vanced Learn­ing Li­brary, 711 W. Sec­ond St. Books will be avail­able for

MARCH

March 4: Ariel Lawhon, au­thor talk and sign­ing of “I Was Anas­ta­sia,” 6 p.m. at Water­mark.

March 5: Mar­cus Emer­son, au­thor talk, draw­ing pre­sen­ta­tion and sign­ing of “Ben Braver and the In­cred­i­ble Ex­plod­ing Kid,” 6 p.m. at Water­mark.

March 7: Nick­o­las But­ler, au­thor talk and sign­ing of “Lit­tle Faith,” 6 p.m. at Water­mark.

March 10: Ja­cob To­bia, au­thor talk and sign­ing of “Sissy: A Com­ing-of-Gen­der Story,” time and venue to be de­ter­mined.

March 11: Peter Heller, au­thor talk and sign­ing of “The River,” 6 p.m. at Water­mark.

March 14: C.J. Box, au­thor talk and sign­ing of “Wolf Pack,” 6 p.m. at Water­mark.

March 26: Jonathan Evi­son, au­thor pre­sen­ta­tion

APRIL

April 11: Jes­myn Ward, au­thor of “Salvage the Bones” and “Sing, Un­buried, Sing,” will speak as part of the Lib­erty Hall Hu­man­i­ties Lec­ture Se­ries in Lawrence. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets are free and avail­able at uni­verse.com.

April 11: Angie Thomas, au­thor of “The Hate U Give,” will de­liver a lec­ture at Kansas State Uni­ver­sity in Man­hat­tan. The event will be free and open to the pub­lic, but tick­ets will be re­quired. More event in­for­ma­tion — in­clud­ing lo­ca­tion, time and tick­ets — will be an­nounced early in the spring se­mes­ter.

April 12: Ly­dia Fitz­patrick, au­thor talk and sign­ing of “Lights All Night Long,” 6 p.m. at Water­mark.

April 25: Bill McKibben, au­thor talk and sign­ing of “Fal­ter,” 6 p.m. at Water­mark.

April 29: David Truer, au­thor pre­sen­ta­tion and sign­ing of “The Heart­beat of Wounded Knee,” 6 p.m. at Water­mark.

MAY

May 20: Alafair Burke, au­thor talk and sign­ing of “The Bet­ter Sis­ter,” 5 p.m. at Water­mark.

Cour­tesy photo

Charles Finch, au­thor of the Charles Lenox se­ries, will visit Water­mark Books & Cafe in Wi­chita on Feb. 22.

BEOWULF SHEE­HAN Cour­tesy photo

Jes­myn Ward, two-time Na­tional Book Award-win­ning au­thor, will de­liver a lec­ture at Lib­erty Hall in Lawrence in April.

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