Where will you celebrate the new Harry Potter release?

Northern Nevadans will have a choice of celebrations when the new Harry Potter book is released at midnight Saturday. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne is the first new book in the series since 2007. Will the old fans come out this time, or have they moved on (grown up)? Will new fans appear?

Note that Barnes & Noble will have additional Harry Potter activities all day Sunday for those who want more after the midnight celebrations. Here are the events I know about; if you let me know about any others I’ll update this.

Grassroots Books

GrassrootsHarryPotterGrassroots Books activities start at 10 p.m. Saturday. You’re invited to dress in your House colors or as your favorite character. Don’t know your House? Try on the Sorting Hat.

Copies of the book will be released promptly at midnight. You can pre-order yours at 40 percent off the retail price by going into the store or calling (775) 828-2665.

Sundance Books and Music

The Sundance event begins at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The store has been holding the midnight Harry Potter celebrations since the early days of the series. “Each of the midnight events has been a little different,” said Sundance owner Christine Kelly. “We’ve had all the different characters.” This year’s will include Harry Potter-themed refreshments and activities.

Barnes & Noble, Reno

Barnes & Noble’s party, which begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, will feature giveaways and activities such as a special Muggle Wall where customers can share their favorite memories of Harry Potter. They can also enter the Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints Sweepstakes for a chance to win a set of seven Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints, available exclusively at B&N.

Another event will begin at B&N at 9 a.m. Sunday for anyone who misses the midnight party or who has already read the book and wants to talk about it. Related events and activities will continue all day.



Tahoe’s Todd Borg releases 14th book

TahoeDarkcvrFrom a Sundance Books and Music news release

Lake Tahoe resident Todd Borg, author of the award-winning Owen McKenna Mystery series, will be reading from his latest book from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sundance Books and Music Saturday, July 30.

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Todd Borg

Tahoe Dark is the 14th book in Borg’s Tahoe Mystery Series. When Tahoe resident Jonas Montrop is kidnapped, his father pays the ransom but is then murdered. The next day, four robbers in hoodies and hockey masks take down an armored truck loaded with cash destined for a casino at Lake Tahoe. The company’s boss calls Tahoe detective Owen McKenna. As McKenna tracks the robbers, he finds two of them murdered in the grisliest of ways and uncovers evidence that implicates a young woman in all three murders.

Borg’s books have won the Ben Franklin Award for Best Mystery of the Year and been chosen by Library Journal as one of the Top 5 Mysteries of the Year.

Learn more at sundancebookstore.com/borg.

Tracy Clark to present latest novel at Sundance

From a Sundance Books and Music news release


Tracy Clark

Northern Nevada young adult novelist Tracy Clark will be reading from and signing her latest book, Mirage (HMH Books, 2016), from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Sundance Books and Music.
Mirage is about 17-year-old Ryan Poitier Sharpe, a gutsy, outgoing girl who spends her summer days hurling herself out of planes at her parents’ skydiving center in the Mojave Desert. Fiercely independent and willing to take risks, she challenges those around her to live life fully. But after a brush with death, Ryan is severely altered—she’s not the same thrill-seeking girl she once was and seems to be teetering on the edge of psychosis. As her relationships crumble and her life unravels, Ryan must fight the girl she’s become—or lose herself forever—in this eerie and atmospheric thriller.

The author lived in a Verdi trailer park before her family moved to Southern California, where she spent her youth as a “Valley Girl.” A mother of two now living in Nevada’s scenic Carson Valley, Clark is a private pilot and irredeemable dreamer. Mirage is her fourth book. Her young adult trilogy—Scintillate, Deviate and Illuminate—has drawn critical acclaim.

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