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An Evening with Author Jeff Zentner

Celebrate the closing of The Writes of Spring by joining us for an author talk featuring YA author Jeff Zentner. The discussion will touch on Zentner’s journey as an author, his writing life and how that ties in with his history as an attorney and a musician. He also shares the back stories and inspirations for The Serpent King, Goodbye Days, and his latest just-out book, Rayne and Delilah’s Midnight Matinee.  Book signing to follow.

7:15 – 8:15 pm
Wednesday, May 1
Main Library

Author Bio:
Jeff Zentner is the recipient of the William C. Morris Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, and the International Literacy Association Award, among others, and has been twice nominated for the Carnegie Medal. He is the author of The Serpent King, a New York Times Notable Book and the highly acclaimed Goodbye Days. His latest novel is Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee.

Growing up, Jeff always had a thing for reading. His parents would drop him off at the library, where he would read until close. His favorite book was John Bellairs’s A House With a Clock In Its Walls.

As a teen, the goth kid who wore a motorcycle jacket even when the thermometer hit triple digits, loved music. He played guitar and sang, wrote his own songs, and went on to release three solo albums and two more as a member of a band. Jeff worked with a lengthy list of recording stars including Nick Cave, Debbie Harry, and Iggy Pop. His volunteer work with young musicians at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp inspired him to write young adult novels.

These days, Jeff lives in Nashville with his wife and son. When he’s not writing, he likes to run, hike, and kayak, but he avoids wasps. Jeff really doesn’t like wasps.




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