Chris Bohjalian’s works explore contemporary social issues and the ways in which they play themselves out in the lives of ordinary people. His writing covers such controversial topics as midwifery, transsexual surgery, animal rights, homelessness, domestic violence and human trafficking and personal, moral, and ethical dilemmas that arise from them. A self-described bicyclist and gym rat, Chris has written 19 books, most of which were New York Times bestsellers. His work has been translated into over 30 languages and three times become movies.
The first 300 guests through the door will receive a free copy of the new book.
ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Location: Westerville Central High School auditorium
Address: 7118 Mt Royal Ave, Westerville, OH 43082
Cost: Tickets are $10 per person
Chris Bohjalian will speak, followed by an opportunity for audience questions, a book sale and book signing. The first 300 guests through the door at the event will receive a free copy of The Sleepwalker. Additionally, copies of Midwives, The Guest Room, Sandcastle Girls, and The Sleepwalker will be available for purchase and signing.
Doors open and seating begins at 6pm. Guests will be released for the book signing by row, continuing from front to back. Limit of 3 books per person.
Accommodations can be made in advance for guests with disabilities. For more information, contact the Program Office at 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow along with the Meet the Authors series, hashtag #wplauthors.
ABOUT THE BOOK
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire—the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night.
When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee’s disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee’s husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs’ Victorian home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee’s disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body?
Conjuring the strange and mysterious world of parasomnia, a place somewhere between dreaming and wakefulness, The Sleepwalker is a masterful novel from one of our most treasured storytellers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
His books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon.
His awards include the ANCA Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide; the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal; the New England Society Book Award for The Night Strangers; the New England Book Award; Russia’s Soglasie (Concord) Award for The Sandcastle Girls; a Boston Public Library Literary Light; a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans-Sister Radio; and the Anahid Literary Award. His novel, Midwives, was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah’s Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. He is a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. He was a weekly columnist in Vermont for the Burlington Free Press from 1992 through 2015.
Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Amherst College, and lives in Vermont with his wife, the photographer Victoria Blewer. Their daughter, Grace Experience, is a young actor in New York City. Among the audiobooks she has narrated are Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands and The Guest Room.
Which books will be available for purchase?
Copies of Midwives, The Guest Room, Sandcastle Girls, and The Sleepwalker will be available for purchase and signing.
Is there a limit to the number of tickets I can order?
Yes, you can only order 4 tickets of each ticket type per order/transaction.
Can I get a ticket at the door?
If the event is not yet full, you may get a ticket onsite. Please know that there are a limited number of seats and that ticket availability may be limited. No entry is allowed without a ticket.
Can I choose my seat?
No. Seats are assigned at the time of the order based on best available.
If you wish to sit together with other members of your party, you must order your tickets together.
Guests with disabilities can contact the Program Office to request tickets with handicap-accessible seating or to request any other necessary accommodations: 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or email@example.com.
My party and I wish to order tickets separately. Can we sit together?
Seats are assigned at the time of order based on best available. If you wish to sit together with other members of your party, you must order your tickets together.
Can accommodations be made for guests with disabilities?
Yes. Contact the Program Office to request tickets with handicap-accessible seating or to request any other necessary accommodations: 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I plan to attend this event with my child. Should I order a ticket for both of us?
You must order a ticket for any child occupying a seat in the auditorium. However, you may attend with one child under 2 years old in your lap without acquiring an extra ticket.
My plans have changed and I can no longer attend this event. What should I do?
Please let us know by contacting us at 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or email@example.com.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You must show either a printed ticket or your ticket on a mobile device.
What time does seating begin?
Doors open and seating begins at 6pm.
How does the book signing work?
Everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the book signing. Guests will be released by row, continuing from front to back.
Books will be available at a sale hosted by the Westerville Library Foundation. Guests are also welcome to bring personal copies for signing. Limit of 3 books per guest.
"Action" photos of you having your book signed by the author are welcome. If time allows, posed photos may be requested after the book signing is completed.
Please note that the book signings may take some time. These are large events and the author is given the opportunity to interact with guests as they choose, so lines may be long.
Can I get my book signed without purchasing a ticket?
No. To be eligible for the book signing, you must have a ticket to the event.
When and where can I purchase books and what forms of payment will be accepted?
The book sale hosted by the Westerville Library Foundation will be located in the common area outside the auditorium. Credit card, check and cash payments are accepted. The book sale will remain open during the presentation and will continue afterward based upon demand and book availability. The book sale is a fundraiser for the Westerville Library Foundation.
At the conclusion of the author's presentation, feel free to exit the auditorium to make book purchases. Or, once you are released for the book signing, let a staff member know you'd like to purchase a book and we'll hold your spot in line.
Please note that the number of books for sale is limited, and the Foundation may sell out. If you wish to ensure that you have a copy of the book for signing, you are welcome to bring your personal copy.
How do you pronounce "Bohjalian"?
We wondered that, too! According to BookBrowse.com, Chris' last name is pronounced "bo-jail-yen" (where the first syllable pronounced like to tie a bow).
Does this event have an official hashtag?
Yes! Follow along or share your experiences with the Meet the Authors series, hashtag: #wplauthors.
Does the library host other author events?
Yes! To inspire readers and writers and to encourage the love of reading, the Westerville Public Library (often in partnership with the Westerville Library Foundation) has committed to bringing engaging and inspiring authors to the Westerville and Central Ohio community via the Meet the Authors series. Learn more.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact the Program Office at 614-882-7277 ext. 5023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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