We are happy to announce that we are the only bookstore on the planet offering signed copies of books by store favorite Alan Gratz! Alan is one of our fabulous local authors who has penned a few books for middle grade and young adult readers. His books Samurai Shortstop and The Brooklyn Nine are both about baseball, while Something Rotten and Something Wicked are modern-day mysteries based on Shakespeare's Hamlet and Macbeth, respectively. If you haven't, you must read Alan's work, and stay tuned for more to come!
More About Alan and his Books:
Alan Gratz was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, home of the 1982 World's Fair. After a carefree but humid childhood, Alan attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing, and, later, a Master's degree in English education.
In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E's City Confidential, Alan has taught catapult-building to middle-schoolers, written more than 6,000 radio commercials, sold other people's books, lectured at a Czech university, and traveled the galaxy as a space ranger. (One of these, it should be pointed out, is not true.)
Alan's first novel, Samurai Shortstop, was named one of the ALA's 2007 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults. His second novel, Something Rotten, was a 2008 ALA Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers, and was followed by a sequel, Something Wicked, in October 2008. His first middle grade novel, The Brooklyn Nine,was one of the ALA's Top Ten Sports Books for Youth, and another middle grade baseball novel, Fantasy Baseball, is due out in Spring of 2011. His short fiction has appeared in Knoxville's Metropulse magazine, and in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.
Alan lives with his wife Wendi and his daughter Jo in the high country of Western North Carolina, where he enjoys reading, eating pizza, and, perhaps not too surprisingly, watching baseball. (courtesy of the author's website)