One annual tradition that takes place at the high school every year is the author meet up that the book club holds.
They either skype or bring in a guest author to speak with them for the book they are currently reading.
The book they have been reading is “AntiGoddess” by Kendare Blake. Blake is from South Korea and was adopted at the age of seven months. She grew up in the small town of Cambridge, Minnesota.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London.
Her debut book was “Sleepless Society,” which is about post 9/11 teenagers coming of age. Her next two books were “Anna Dressed in Blood” and “Girl of Nightmares,” which are horror novels following the strange life of the main character, Cassio Lowood, a teenage ghost hunter. Her most recent greek-mythology focused series called “Goddess War” started with “Antigoddess,” which is the novel the book club read. Following Antigoddess is Mortal Gods and she plans to conclude the series with Ungodly, which will debut this year.
She currently lives on the West Coast, which is where she will be skyping from.
The main people in charge of this event were Kelly Lanci and Christina Getrost. Christina Getrost is the teen librarian at the Stow Public Library.
Getrost started by selecting a book that they were reading around spring time because she likes to do the Skype visit around the new year. She decided to go with the book “AntiGoddess” because they had planned to read it this spring.
Getrost got a hold of Blake and was able to set up the Skype visit for the exact day they had planned.
“One thing I also asked her was how to pronounce her name, and she gave me this cute reply. ‘So it’s three syllables. Ken, like the doll. Dahr, like Darth Vader, and a little uh on the end, like uh, what the [heck] are you doing with that Ken doll, Darth Vader? Ken-Dahr-uh.’ I thought that was hilarious,” said Getrost.
Blakes’ Skype visits usually do cost a fee to take place and this is common amongst many authors. Blake said that she would waive the fee if they purchased copies of her book. The public library had already purchased 50 copies, so they did not have to pay a fee for this Skype visit.
The book club members are very excited for this event to take place and have been preparing questions they are very eager to ask. Do not forget to tune into Stohion.com on March 19 for a live recap of the Skype visit.