Hip Hot and Happening in the Bookshop – Jerry Spinelli

We are excited to announce that Jerry Spinelli will be in the Bookshop on November 3 from 11am-1pm.

A little bit about Jerry:

When Jerry Spinelli was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player. Lucky for us he became a writer instead.

He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. He has published more than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.

Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 — not much older than the hero of his book Maniac Magee. After his high school football team won a big game, his classmates ran cheering through the streets — all except Jerry, who went home and wrote a poem about the victory. When his poem was published in the local paper, Jerry decided to become a writer instead of a major-league shortstop.

In most of his books, Jerry writes about events and feelings from his own childhood. He also gets a lot of material from his seven adventurous kids! His wife, Eileen, also a children’s book author and will be joining him here at the Bookshop.

In addition to the Newbery Award winner, Maniac Magee and Wringer, Jerry has a number of books on the middle school summer reading lists.  His latest book is Jake and Lily.

Come join us and welcome Jerry to the neighborhood.

This Week in the Bookshop – Local Authors

Were you aware of how many authors we have in this area or are from this area?  Some of them are pretty famous and others are just starting out.  Stop by the Bookshop and check out our special case and support the locals!

A few of the local authors we are featuring are:

Jen Bryant – children’s author of Call Me Maryanne, A River of Words, and more

Christopher McDougall – author ofBorn to Run

Philip Freeman – author ofOh My Gods

Jerry Spinelli – author of Stargirl, Jake and Lily, and many more

Susan Weidener – author ofMornings at Wellingtonher memoir of leading a writing group at our own Wellington Square Bookshop!  Susan will be doing a signing her on September 22.

Josh Berk – author ofThe Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin

There are many more so stop by and check them out!