Live Stream: Erica Waters and Ash Van Otterloo in conversation

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We are pleased to host debut authors Erica Waters and Ash Van Otterloo for a conversation about their new books for young readers.

This virtual event is free but registration is required. Please click here to register. Registrants will receive an email on the day of the event with the link and password required to attend.

Erica Waters grew up in the pine woods of rural Florida, though she now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She has a master’s degree in English and works as a university writing tutor. When she’s not writing books, you can find her hanging out with her two dogs, Nutmeg and Luna, and forgetting to practice her banjo. Ghost Wood Song is her first book, and you can visit her online at www.ericawaters.com.

Ash Van Otterloo is the debut author of Cattywampus. When they're not writing and freelance editing, they love gardening, hiking, exchanging playful banter, and collecting folklore stories. A longtime resident of the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, they now live in Washington with their spouse and four feral children.

GHOST WOOD SONG (Ages 13 and up)

Family secrets, a gorgeously resonant LGBTQ love triangle, and just the right amount of creepiness make this young adult debut a haunting and hopeful story about facing everything that haunts us in the dark.

If I could have a fiddle made of Daddy’s bones, I’d play it. I’d learn all the secrets he kept.

Shady Grove inherited her father’s ability to call ghosts from the grave with his fiddle, but she also knows the fiddle’s tunes bring nothing but trouble and darkness. But when her brother is accused of murder, she can’t let the dead keep their secrets. In order to clear his name, she’s going to have to make those ghosts sing.

Erica Waters’ eerie and lush prose shines in this debut as she seamlessly intertwines the past and the present, reality and nightmares, and the dead with the living to craft a singularly unique story that counters deep-rooted hate with love, and grief with hope.

CATTYWAMPUS (Ages 8 an up)

The magical story of a hex that goes haywire, and the power of friendship to set things right!

In the town of Howler's Hollow, conjuring magic is strictly off-limits. Only nothing makes Delpha McGill's skin crawl more than rules. So when she finds her family's secret book of hexes, she's itching to use it to banish her mama's money troubles. She just has to keep it quieter than a church mouse -- not exactly Delpha's specialty.

Trouble is, Katybird Hearn is hankering to get her hands on the spell book, too. The daughter of a rival witching family, Katy has reasons of her own for wanting to learn forbidden magic, and she's not going to let an age-old feud or Delpha's contrary ways stop her. But their quarrel accidentally unleashes a hex so heinous it resurrects a graveyard full of angry Hearn and McGill ancestors bent on total destruction. If Delpha and Katy want to reverse the spell in time to save everyone in the Hollow from rampaging zombies, they'll need to mend fences and work together.

Fans of A Snicker of Magic and The Witch Boy will love this funny, folksy, fresh debut from Ash Van Otterloo that proves sometimes it takes two witches to make the strongest magic happen.


Like most of our events, this event is free. If you decide to attend and to purchase the authors' books, we ask that you purchase from Malalprop's. When you do this you are supporting our work to bring authors and readers together and keeping more dollars in our community. Thank you!

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Friday, August 14, 2020 - 6:00pm
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Ghost Wood Song Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062894229
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperTeen - July 14th, 2020

Cattywampus Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338561593
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - August 4th, 2020