An Evening with Riverside Author: Alison Reeger Cook

                      Riverside Public Library presents

An Evening with the Author: Alison Reeger Cook  

The Scholar, The Sphinx and The Shades of Nyx: Book One of the Scholar and The Sphinx Series

 Tuesday, July 2, 2013

At 7:00 p.m.

In the Great Room of the Riverside Public Library

 Cervera, Spain, 1852. David Sandoval is a sixteen-year-old genius on many different subjects, yet he is more content studying than becoming close with family or friends.  He accepts an apprenticeship offer from a French architect, and while on his travels to Paris, a foolhardy decision on his part gets him abducted by a gypsy caravan owned by a living Grecian sphinx.  The sphinx, seemingly intrigued by the fearless young man, takes him through the Curtain, the gateway between our world and the worlds of the unseen, where many creatures of myth and legend reside. When David attempts to escape back through the Curtain to the human world, he learns a dark secret: a Shade, an extension of the shadowy Nigh Goddess Nyx, is slowly draining the sphinx of her most precious talents.  Can one normal boy truly undo the inflictions of a goddess, and rescue both the seen and unseen worlds from her dark intentions?

A native of Riverside, Illinois, Alison Reeger Cook has always been surrounded by an artful atmosphere.  She is the daughter of John Reeger and Paula Scrofano, “Chicago’s royal couple of live theatre,” who have been a constant source of encouragement for Alison.  She attended the University of Iowa, where she studied English Literature and Theater Arts with a focus on play writing.  One of her ten minute plays, “In the Cards,” was published by Heuer Publishing Inc. in 2002 after a successful performance at the university.  During her undergraduate career, she had six short plays and one full length children’s play produced.

After moving to Gainesville, Georgia in 2007 with her husband David, her writing interests turned to novel writing, particularly fantasy (just ask the residents of her ever-expanding dragon and griffin figurine collection).  She has continued to write short stories and short plays which have won awards in various magazines, such as Writers’ Journal, Writer’s Digest, and Toasted Cheese Literary Journal.  For the past three years, she has been the book review columnist for the Gainesville Times, one of the most widely distributed newspapers in northeast Georgia.”

Books will be available for sale and signing. $15 cash or check only.

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