We always enjoy hosting home-grown Iowa writers, but it's going to be especially fun to include this bright, young writer in our 2010 AViD Author Series! His name is Peter Bognanni and for anyone familiar with our library system, that name may ring a bell. Peter is the son of Kathy and Sal Bognanni and Kathy is the branch manager of our Franklin Avenue Library. She told us last year that her son's book was slated to be published and it comes out next March!
House of Tomorrow is a delightful story, set in Iowa, about Sebastian Prendergast who lives in a geodesic dome with his eccentric grandmother.
Jared Whitcomb is a chain-smoking sixteen-year-old heart-transplant recipient who befriends Sebastian, and begins to teach him about all the things he has been missing, including grape soda, girls, and Sid Vicious. They form a punk band called The Rash, and it's clear that the upcoming Methodist Church talent show has never seen the likes of them. Wholly original, The House of Tomorrow is the story of a young man's self-discovery, a dying woman's last wish, and a band of misfits trying desperately to be heard.
The book just received a starred review in Publishers Weekly--a indicator that it's a book worth reading and Peter was recently asked by the New York Times to write a blog about some of the music that has influenced him.
We are pleased as punch to include Peter in our lineup, so mark your calendars to attend his talk at the Central Library on Monday, May 10 at 7:00 PM (timed so that Peter can spend Mothers Day with his mom!) Books will be available for sale and signing.