When: Fri., May 28, 7 p.m. 2010
Durham author Stephen Messer releases his debut novel, Windblowne, with a reading tonight at 7. Messer wrote the fantasy for teens with the works of beloved British fantasist Diana Wynne Jones (Howl's Moving Castle) in mind. Windblowne takes place in an alternate world where kite flying is the highest art, and a boy, Oliver, is swept into an epic search by his uncle's magical red kite. It's a sweet-natured, fast-paced book and sweeter-natured and better-written than some more famous titles.
Messer told the Indy he was looking back as he wrote Windblowne. "The connection between wind, trees and kites probably comes from my childhood in Maine, growing up on a hilltop where I would fly kites with my father," he said.
Messer is already at work on a second novel, set to be released next summer. —Sam Wardle