fantasy fiction

  • Fri
    Jun 17
    12:00 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Mon
    Jun 20
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

Richelle Mead Sparkles with "The Glittering Court"

Tune in to Writers' Voices this week to learn how Richelle Mead became an international best-selling author of young adult fantasy fiction with her series "Vampire Academy."

Richelle Mead

Her new series, "The Glittering Court" combines fantasy, history and good old-fashioned story-telling.

Set in a world that combines an old world with features of Elizabethan England and a "New World" that bears some resemblance to the American colonies, this series has the ingredients for a smash hit YA series - romance, adventure, and powerful heroines.


Fantasy Author Sarah Prineas


What if the stories tell us? That's the innovative question author Sarah Prineas posed recently while signing copies of ASH & BRAMBLE, her brand new young adult fantasy novel.

In Prineas's feminist retelling of the Cinderella story, protagonist Pin and her insightful friend Shoe struggle to create their own destinies despite the warping influence of stories spun in the powerful and ill-intentioned Godmother's fortess.

For a glimpse into the creative process of an award-winning and popular fantasy author, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Iowa author Sarah Prineas.

  • Mon
    Jun 15
    12:00 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Wed
    Jun 17
    6:00 am -
    7:00 am

Author-Led Creativity Workshops at FAIRfest!

Sarah Prineas


Unleash your own creativity and encourage the kids in your life to develop theirs by attending special Fairfield Public Library author-led workshops during FAIRfest 2015! All three FAIRfest programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free and open to the public. The Magic Thief author Sarah Prineas (pictured at home with one of her goats) will tell kids and adults how "Heroes Get in Trouble" 2 - 3 PM Sat. June 20th.

Novelist Anna-Maria Petricelli's workshop, "Have You Written Today?" targets adults interested in writing and takes place Sat. June 20th from 10:30 - noon. Poet and writer Nynke Passi will lead a workshop for adults, "The Healing Power of Words," 1:30 - 3 PM Sunday, June 21st. For glimpses into the careers of all three presenters, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl on KRUU.

The Magic Thief by Sarah PrineasFantasy Author Sarah Prineas, who penned the wildly popular Magic Thief and Winterling book series, will talk to kids & teens at the Fairfield Public Library during FAIRfest 2015! Sarah's talk covers how the heroes in her award-winning books make mistakes, take risks, and find their way toward heroism. Her visit is part of the library's 2015 Children's Summer Reading Program. This year's theme? "Every Hero Has a Story." 

Anna-Maria Petricelli and Nynke Passi will both present creativity/writing workshops for adults and older teens at the library as part of FAIRfest also. All three programs are free and open to the public. Check FAIRfest's Writing & the Arts Track site for dates and details.

Uncover details on all the free library programs for kids during Summer Reading Kickoff Day by dropping in to the library any time from 1:00-4:30 PM Saturday, June 6th, 2015. Many groups will be on hand to explain and demonstrate other activities available for area kids this summer.

Youth Services Librarian Afton Hallauer packed the library's summer calendar with tons of free activities for kids. For a glimpse into FAIRfest and Summer Reading Program events being held at the library this summer, tune in to KRUU this week for The Studio with Cheryl and Afton!

Sabaa TahirAuthor Sabaa Tahir grew up in California's Mojave Desert at her family's motel, with fantasy  novels and comic books for a refuge from isolation.  Later, working nights as a copyeditor at the Washington Post, the countless stories of tragedy and violence inspired her to write "An Ember in the Ashes," a novel set in a fantasy world with echoes of ancient Rome. The characters in this epic novel find hope and love in their quest for freedom from slavery, violence and cruelty.Ember

Tahir's debut novel has been compared to "Hunger Games" and "Game of Thrones" - not too shabby company. It has been reviewed in the New York Times and selected by Amazon as the best Young Adult book for May. And I can tell you, it is a hard book to put down. It has been sold in 24 countries and counting and optioned by Paramount for the director of the "Chronicles of Narnia" films.  If you've ever wondered what it might be like to write a book that takes the world by storm, tune in to Writer's Voices this week to find out!

Des Moines author Wendy Delsol discusses Flock, the third and last book in her young adult fantasy series about human stork, Katla Leblanc and her boyfriend Jack. Based on Norse mythology, the popular trilogy has met with critical acclaim as has Wendy's debut adult novel, The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls.

Coming late to her writing career, Wendy studied writing at UCLA and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She eschews the 'write-what-you-know' school of thought. "Write what you're interested in. Write what you want to know about. Have fun!" she advises. Clearly, she's having fun despite a grueling writing schedule that's enabled her to successfully publish and promote four books in the past three years. Tune in to learn how she does it.