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Children’s author to read and draw

Children’s author Jan Brett will read and draw pictures from her new book, “Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve?” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

Brett, an author and illustrator of 22 children’s books, has written books that have appeared on The New York Times bestseller list.



Brett’s latest book tells the story of Kyri, a small girl in the fictional Arctic land of Finnmark, and her encounter with a bear and a boy en route to Oslo.

Kyri’s mission is to protect the Christmas feast the girl’s family has prepared.




For more information, call 272-2131.

Radio personality talks about book

Local author and radio personality Joe McHugh will appear at Odyssey Books at 7 p.m. Wednesday to speak about “The Flying Santa,” a book based on the true story of pilot Bill Wincapaw, who was caught in a storm in 1929.

Wincapaw was flying in Maine when the storm disrupted his flight. He was able to land with the help of lights from lighthouses on the rugged coastline. Wincapaw returned the favor over the next several years by dropping bundles of presents for lighthouse residents, a tradition that continues.

McHugh, who produces a show on KVMR-FM radio (89.5) about local family stories and histories, will also be speaking about his book “Shaking Down the Acorns,” which details the author’s experiences locating family stories. Odyssey Books is at 11989 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

For more information, call 477-2856.


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