Author Signings with CANDLEWICK PRESS
Booth #1529 Saturday, May 14
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Medalist Kate DiCamillo
returns to her roots with a
moving, masterful story of an
unforgettable summer friendship.
*This is a ticketed signing —
250 available. Purchase a
pass, which includes a copy
of the book, at our booth
starting at 10 AM.
Come see Kate
Di Camillo’s panel
with Sherman Alexie
and Meg Cabot!
3: 15 PM
11:00 AM–12:00 PM
JASON CARTER EATON
and JOHN ROCCO
signing How to Train a Train
very own pet
signing Dan Versus Nature
An outrageously funny and raunchy
tale of teen boys whose plans go awry
on a survivalist camping trip.
Ten years and 800,000 words ago, Justin Cronin, at he time a well-regarded, if largely unknown, author of literary fiction and a recipient of the PEN/ Hemingway Award, started telling a story—one that he didn’t think would be published. “It began as a game,” Cronin recalls. “My eight-year-old daughter, Iris, challenged
me to write about a girl who saves the world.”
Cronin and his daughter spent much of the
next autumn wandering the streets of their
Houston neighborhood, she on her bike, him
jogging alongside, spinning out a tale that had
only two inviolable rules. The first: everything in
their story had to be interesting. The second?
Cronin smiles. “It had to have one character with red hair,”
he says, adding, “you don’t have to guess what color hair my
That story eventually became The Passage, a landmark work of
supernatural fiction that not only topped bestseller lists nation-
wide but transcended the genre, and was named one of Time
magazine’s Books of the Year in 2010. In the second volume of
the Passage trilogy, The Twelve, Cronin expanded on his success.
Now, with the publication of The City of Mirrors, the saga’s
final volume (one that has already garnered intense pre-pub-
lication praise, including starred reviews from Publishers
Weekly and Library Journal), the journey is ending not just for
the characters readers have come to know and love (Peter,
Alicia, Amy, and others), but for the author himself.
“Ten years is a long time in the real world,” Cronin notes.
“Time enough for children to grow up.” Iris—the little girl who
started telling tales of The Passage with
him—is off to college, the bicycle she
rode around Houston replaced by a
slightly battered Mini Cooper. His son,
a preschooler when the story began, is
now taller than his wife.
“The world grows,” Cronin notes
wistfully. “The Passage trilogy began
in one phase of my life; it ends in another.”
Cronin will be part of the “Unwritten” panel in Room W470,
11: 15 a.m.–12: 15 p.m. Afterward, he will be
signing in the Autographing Area, 12: 30–
1: 30 p.m. Finally, he will be at the Penguin
Random House booth (2433) for another sign-
ing, 2–3 p.m. —D;;; S;;;; ; © J ; ;