Submitted by: Village Books
Village Books and the Mount Bakery Cafe welcome author Ben Guterson to town for a special 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 21 Literature Live event at the Fairhaven store’s Readings Gallery. Guterson’s new book, Winterhouse, is an enchanting urban fantasy middle-grade debut—the first book in a trilogy—set in a magical hotel full of secrets.
This event is co-sponsored by the Mount Bakery Café and they will be providing complimentary treats!
Mount Baker Café owner Vince Lalonde and Guterson are childhood pals who went to middle school together. Lalonde was integral in getting Guterson up to Bellingham and thought it would be fun to be a co-sponsor and offer treats from the bakery at the Literature Live event. Lalonde is passionate about Winterhouse. So much so that he purchased and delivered one copy for each of the 14 elementary schools in the Bellingham School District. “It’s been great taking a tour of the schools,” Lalonde says. “We have some really wonderful facilities in our city and we are very fortunate. I have found that the books have also been very well received.”
Ben Guterson was born and raised in Seattle. Before working at Microsoft as a program manager, he spent a decade teaching public school on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and in rural Colorado. Guterson has written features and book reviews for newspapers, magazines and websites, as well as a nature-travel guide to the Southwest. He and his family live in the foothills of the Cascades east of Seattle. Winterhouse is his first book.
Orphan Elizabeth Somers’s malevolent aunt and uncle ship her off to the ominous Winterhouse Hotel, owned by the peculiar Norbridge Falls. Upon arrival, Elizabeth quickly discovers that Winterhouse has many charms—most notably its massive library. It’s not long before she locates a magical book of puzzles that will unlock a mystery involving Norbridge and his sinister family. But the deeper she delves into the hotel’s secrets, the more Elizabeth starts to realize that she is somehow connected to Winterhouse. Mystery, adventure and beautiful writing combine in this exciting debut richly set in a hotel full of secrets.
Can’t make it to the event? No problem! Pre-pay and receive a signed, personalized copy of Winterhouse. Village Books ships!