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Light Messages Publishing, founded in 1998, is a family-run, general trade publisher located in Durham, North Carolina. We pride ourselves in bringing to light meaningful books by emerging and award-winning authors.
Stop by Booth 3549 to meet our USA Today Bestselling and award-winning authors. We're bringing 6 of our best authors to share their books with you.
Authors will have a limited quantity of books to sign and give away during each signing.
Visit us at booth 3549 for a chance to win a "Librarian's Survival Kit" valued at over $100.
Guarding Savage (A Peter Savage Novel) – Dave Edlund
Friday, June 22 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Saturday, June 23 | 2:15pm – 3:15pm
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Dave Edlund does not disappoint with the highly-anticipated next installment of the Peter Savage novels. Guarding Savage takes Peter to Asia where he is unwittingly thrust into a modern conflict stemming from centuries-old animosity. The stand alone Peter Savage novels have been called "required reading for any thriller aficionado" by Steve Berry, New York Times and #1 International bestselling author of more than 15 novels, including The 14th Colony.
Liar Liar (A Nicole Graves Mystery) – Nancy Boyarsky
Saturday, June 23 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Sunday, June 24 | 9:00am – 10:00am
"Nicole Graves is a charming and straight-shooting heroine" –Foreword Reviews
The truth is elusive in Liar Liar. Nicole Graves finds herself in the crosshairs when she reluctantly agrees to babysit a witness in a high-profile rape trial. Mary Ellen Barnes is suing her university’s star quarterback for rape when the authorities won’t act. In the court of public opinion, Mary Ellen appears to be the quintessential, pious, good girl. But her lies and mysterious comings and goings lead Nicole to suspect that she’s not what she seems.
Award-winning author Nancy Boyarsky will also be speaking at the Pop Top Stage on "Women-driven Mysteries in a post #MeToo world" on Monday, June 25 at 9:15 am.
In the Midst of Innocence – Deborah Hining
Friday, June 22 | 6:30pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, June 23 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm
"An endearing ballad of the struggle for existence and understanding." –Booklist
In this epistolary novel, set in the mountains of Tennessee during the depths of the Great Depression, readers follow the dual narrative of 10-year-old Pearl Wallace and her teacher Emily Weston. When murder, fire, and heartbreak threaten those they love, Pearl and Emily must confront the hate and bigotry of their neighbors.
Behind These Hands – Linda Vigen Phillips
Saturday, June 23 | 11:15am – 12:15pm
Sunday, June 24 | 1:30pm to 2:30pm
"a richly woven, unforgettable symphony of feelings and words" –Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
In this novel told in verse, piano prodigy 14-year-old Claire Fairchild struggles to reconcile her own musical success with the Batten disease that will claim the lives of her two younger brothers.When Claire meets a centenarian with only one regret, she knows she'll have to change, but she’ll need friends to help her find her courage to take the next step.
Going to School in Black and White: A Dual Memoir of Desegregation – Cynthia Waszak Geary and LaHoma Smith Romocki
Saturday, June 23 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Sunday, June 24 | 10:00am – 11:00am
"The challenges of identity, assimilation, achievement, and politics that were faced by LaHoma and Cindy are the same challenges our youth are facing today." –Jaki Shelton Green, poet and NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee
The school careers of two teenage girls who lived across town from each other––one black, one white–– were altered by a court-ordered desegregation plan for Durham, NC in 1970. LaHoma and Cindy both found themselves at the same high school from different sides of a court-ordered racial “balancing act.” LaHoma and Cindy tell their stories aware of the country's return to de facto school segregation, achieved through the long-term dismantling of policies that initially informed their school assignments. As adults, they consider the influence of school desegregation on their current lives and the value of bringing all of us into conversation about what is lost or gained when children go to school in black and white.
Visit us at booth 3549 to meet these authors,
pick up a FREE signed copy of their books, and earn a chance to win a "Librarian's Survival Kit" valued at over $100.