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Plaid Elephant will host free author events

Posted 3:51 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2022

Plaid Elephant Books will host three free author events during the month of August, with guest authors traveling from Kentucky, Tennessee and Nova Scotia (Canada) to share their work with Danville readers.

On Saturday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., George Ella Lyon will visit the downtown bookstore to meet readers and sign copies of her new picture book “Time fly.” She has written in many genres, including picture books, poetry, children’s novels and articles, but George Ella describes herself primarily as a poet, saying “my job is to see and to sing about the connection between things.” George Ella served as Kentucky’s Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2016.

Her beautiful gift for words is on full display in “Time to Fly”, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman. In this new picture book, a young bird struggles to find the confidence to leave the nest. With the support and hugs of a loving mother bird, baby bird manages to fly away. Fear of the unknown is a theme many children will relate to, whether it’s their first day of school or just trying something new.

On Saturday August 27, Christian author Matthew Paul Turner wI will be visiting Danville for two events. The first is a signing session at Plaid Elephant Books from 1 p.m. at 3:00 p.m., followed by a “Pursuit” community event hosted by CentreWorks from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

With his unrivaled gift for rhyme mixed with me deliberateMessages of hope and empowerment, Matthew Paul Turner has made his mark as a force in the Christian world of children’s book publishing.

Matthew’s book When God Made You was an Evangelical Christian Publishing Association (ECPA) bestseller.

Other PopsMatthew’s children’s books include When I Pray for You, which made USA TODAY, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal bestseller charts, as well as his 2021 release, What Is God Like?, a collaboration with his friend deceased and beloved, Rachel Held Evans, which became one of the New York Times best-selling titles.

His latest release, released in April, is I Am God’s Dream. This new picture book is a beautiful celebration of the unique and strong traits that every child and how God adores and rejoices in all our strengths and quirks.

Following the dedication event, Matthew will participate in a panel discussion at CentreWorks (located on the 3rd floor of the Hub building) at 4 p.m., joined by Johann van Niekerk and the Reverend Joey Pusateri. The title of the panel is “What if it changed everything? A conversation about faith, community and finding your voice.

On Wednesday, August 31, author Angela Reynolds will visit Plaid Elephant Books to sign and discuss her new novel “Threshold.” Angela is a former Danville resident and Center College graduate who now lives in Nova Scotia. Aimed at readers aged 8 to 12, “Threshold”; takes us to a coastal town, where there are crises on land and where the seals in the water are much more than they appear. You will be swept away by the story of 12-year-old Terra, whose summer takes a magical turn when she befriends a mermaid called Minne, who takes her under the sea and introduces her to the Murgelt people. TheMystery, friendship and – of course! – mermaids!

Plaid Elephant Books owner Kate Snyder says author events like these are one of the great benefits that independent bookstores bring to their communities. “Physical bookstores are about fostering connections,” she explains. “You just don’t get the same personalized experience when shopping online.”

Plaid Elephant Books is Central Kentucky’s only independent children’s bookstore. It’s lolocated at 116 N. 3rd St. in Danville. All four events are free to the public. Details can be found online at

Summary of the event:

• Saturday August 20: George Ella Lyon, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

• Saturday August 27: Matthew Paul Turner, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. – dedication at Plaid Elephant, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. – panel discussion at CentreWorks

• Wednesday August 31: Angela Reynolds, 4-5 p.m.

Lola R. McClure