Visits by best-selling authors are commonplace in big cities, but rarely are Summit County residents afforded the same opportunity.
This Saturday, however, The Next Page Bookstore in Frisco will be hosting its first New York Times best-selling author event from 3 - 5 p.m.
Eleanor Brown's debut novel, "The Weird Sisters," is a cleverly-rendered piece of story-telling, one that will appeal to those who love stories rich in characters, as well as to those who admire serious technical writing skills.
The event is an opportunity to meet a fellow-Coloradan whose dreams of becoming an author have come true in a big way.
Eleanor Brown's writing chops become immediately apparent early on in this richly layered novel, which is written with a complex weaving of third person and first person plural, a rarely-used perspective that is tricky to pull off with success. Brown handles the intricacies with ease, allowing for a layered portrayal of "family" in the most organic fashion, with the voices of the sisters, Cordelia, Rosalind and Bianca, interlaced and tumbling over one another, just as real sisters do in close-knit families. The three sisters, all named for characters from Shakespeare plays, emerge from the pages as flawed personalities, each one uniquely burdened by her perception of destiny.
No gnarled-fingered witches of Macbeth make an appearance, but fans of the Bard will find cleverly placed quotes from many a play and sonnet, creating a charming blend of old and new.
Lovers of books, Shakespeare and good writing will find Saturday's event a rare chance to discuss this magical homage to the art of reading - something that impacted Brown's upbringing in profound ways.
"Reading was - and is - the center of my life. I was lucky to be raised by parents who considered reading the most important thing we could do," said Brown. "We took weekly trips to the library, filling canvas bags with books until they overflowed. I was allowed a half hour of television per week, and at the time I chafed at that, but now I'm incredibly grateful. I've always been a daydreamer, and books let my imagination run wild in the most delightful ways."
Saturday's book signing at The Next Page Bookstore will attract readers eager for a signed copy of this fascinating novel and a chance to chat with its budding author, known for her wit and graciousness. While waiting, enjoy a tea and browse the unique local gifts that are interspersed among The Next Page's large selection of books.
For more information on Eleanor Brown's "The Weird Sisters," visit www.eleanorbrown.com/theweirdsisters; or contact The Next Page Bookstore at (970) 668-9291 for details about this special event.