When: Thu., Oct. 13, 5 p.m. 2011
Richard Peck is a Newbery and Edgar award-winning author of children's and young adult books, at least two of which inspired TV movies that scared the bojangles out of me when I was younger (that would be The Ghost Belonged to Me, adapted as Child of Glass, and Are You in the House Alone?, the sadly still-relevant tale of a teenager stalked and assaulted by a classmate).
His most recent work is considerably more gentle fare: Secrets at Sea is a period piece about a family of mice who stow away on a rich family's ship and help their daughters find romance. Whether you grew up reading Peck's work (and possibly wish to confront him with resultant childhood trauma) or have kids of your own who've read his books, you have two chances to see him in the Triangle: Thursday at 5 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books, and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Cary Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Road. —Zack Smith