Seraphina author to read at Augustana on April 28

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hartman will give the last of the River Readings for the 2013-2014 academic year at Augustana College on Monday, April 28, 7 p.m. in Gävle Room No. 3 inside the Center for Student Life (3435 9 ½ Ave). The event is free and open to the public.

Hartman is the bestselling author of the young adult novel Seraphina. Seraphina introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. It won the 2013 Young Adult Library Services Association’s Morris Award for Best Debut Novel in addition to being a finalist for a number of other awards.

Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of the Eragon series, has described Seraphina as, “Beautifully written, well-rounded characters, and some of the most interesting dragons I’ve read in fantasy for a long while. I can’t wait to see what Rachel Hartman writes next.”

“Seraphina has something that will appeal to everyone – everything from elements of medieval culture to insights into the nature of music to shape-shifting, mathematical dragons,” said Amanda Makula, research and instruction librarian at Augustana. “It’s a fantasy novel that asks us to think about real issues in our own society, like prejudice, body image and questions of identity.”

Makula added, "This is the first time that River Readings has had an author who writes young adult fiction, so it's very exciting."

Hartman was born in Kentucky, but has lived a variety of places, including Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, England and Japan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and worked as a comic book artist after graduation, producing mini comics and chapbooks to sell at conventions. Hartman now lives with her family in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Now in its sixth season, River Readings, Augustana’s annual literary series, brings artists to campus each year from around the country to meet with students to discuss their work and careers, and to present a free public reading followed by a reception

For more information, please contact Amanda Makula at