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Tamora Pierce and Rachel Hartman in Conversation with Lish McBride

Tempests and Slaughter and Tess of the Road (PENGUINRANDOM)

Wednesday • February 28 • 7pm

University Temple United Methodist Church The Sanctuary, 1415 NE 43rd Street

Reading & Book Signing

Tempests and Slaughter and Tess of the Road

#1 New York Times best-selling author Tamora Pierce discusses her new book Tempests and Slaughter with Lish McBride. They will be joined by Rachel Hartman, whose newest book, Tess of the Road, was just released on February 27.

Tempests and Slaughter

Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm's most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness—and for attracting trouble. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the "leftover prince" with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram's heart, Arram realizes that one day—soon—he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

Tess of the Road

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons can be whomever they choose. Tess is none of these things. Tess is. . . different. She speaks out of turn, has wild ideas, and can't seem to keep out of trouble. Then Tess goes too far. Tess's family decides the only path for her is a nunnery. But on the day she is to join she chooses a different path. She cuts her hair, pulls on her boots, and sets out on a journey. She's not running away, she's running towards something. What that something is, she doesn't know.


Tickets are $18.99 and available at Each ticket includes a copy of the book and entrance to the event for up to two people.

Signing Guidelines

  • Guests must purchase a copy of the featured title from University Book Store to stand in the signing line.
  • Author will personalize one book and will sign up to 3 additional books.
  • Guests who would like more than 4 books signed may return to the back of the line after everyone has had a chance for their first round of signings to have additional books signed.
  • Posed and candid photos are permitted, but due to time constraints cannot take place behind the signing table.
  • If you would like a photo with the author, please have your phone or camera ready when you reach the front of the line.

Signing guidelines subject to change.

Tamora Pierce and Rachel Hartman in Conversation with Lish McBride Tamora Pierce is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She first captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure. Since then, her bestselling and award-winning titles have pushed the boundaries of fantasy and young adult novels to introduce readers to a rich world populated by strong, believable heroines. She has been the guest of honor at numerous conventions, and her books have been translated into many languages and are available on audio. She is the winner of the Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, the Skylark Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature." Pierce lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, and their cats, birds, and occasional rescued wildlife. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter at @TamoraPierce.

Rachel Hartman was born in Kentucky, but has lived a variety of places including Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, England, and Japan. She has a BA in Comparative Literature, although she insists it should have been a BS because her undergraduate thesis was called Paradox and Parody in Don Quixote and the satires of Lucian. She eschewed graduate school in favour of drawing comic books. She now lives in Vancouver, BC, with her family, their whippet, and a talking frog and salamander (who fight zombies)(really. There are a lot of zombies in the Pacific Northwest).

Lish McBride is the author of funny and creepy Young Adult books such as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; Necromancing the Stone; Firebug; and Pyromantic. She has published short stories in the Normal School,, and the anthologies Cornered, What to Read in the Rain, Freaks & Other Family, and Kisses & Curses. She got her BFA in creative writing from Seattle University and her MFA from University of New Orleans. Her first book, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults title, Morris Award finalist, and won the Scandiuzzi Childrens Book Award. While she has no long term goals for world domination, she would like her own castle.

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