Join V.E. Schwab, #1 Bestselling Author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, to launch new Shades of Magic fantasy in conversation with popular SF author John Scalzi!

Friday, October 6, 2023 - 7:00pm
Bexley High School's Schottenstein Theatre
326 S. Cassingham Road
Bexley, OH 43209

Join V.E. Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the acclaimed novel The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, in an exclusive evening program as she launches her new fantasy, The Fragile Threads of Power, filled with tangled schemes and perilous adventures set in the dazzling world of Shades of Magic. Schwab will be in conversation with John Scalzi, one of the most popular science fiction authors of his generation!

Registration for this in-person program is on Eventbrite. A ticket includes a copy of The Fragile Threads of Power and is $32 with tax.

BEXLEY CITY SCHOOLS and BEXLEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION are Gramercy’s Community Partners for this exclusive program.

Once, there were four worlds, nestled like pages in a book, each pulsing with fantastical power and connected by a single city: London. Until the magic grew too fast and forced the worlds to seal the doors between them in a desperate gamble to protect their own. The few magicians who could still open the doors grew more rare as time passed and now, only three Antari are known in recent memory—Kell Maresh of Red London, Delilah Bard of Grey London, and Holland Vosijk, of White London.

But barely a glimpse of them have been seen in the last seven years—and a new Antari named Kosika has appeared in White London, taking the throne in Holland's absence. The young queen is willing to feed her city with blood, including her own—but her growing religious fervor has the potential to drown it instead. Back in Red London, King Rhy Maresh is threatened by a rising rebellion, one determined to correct the balance of power by razing the throne entirely. These two royals from very different empires now face very similar struggles: how to keep their crowns—and their own heads. 

Amidst this tapestry of old friends and new enemies, a girl with an unusual magical ability comes into possession of a device that could change the fate of all four worlds. Her name is Tes, and she's the only one who can bring them together—or unravel it all.

Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the acclaimed Shades universe, the Villains series, the City of Ghosts series, Gallant, and the international bestseller The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Her work has received critical acclaim, translated into over two dozen languages, and optioned for television and film. First Kill – a YA vampire series based on Schwab’s short story of the same name – is now a Netflix series. When not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

John Scalzi is one of the most popular SF authors of his generation. His debut Old Man's War won him the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, and Redshirts (which won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel), and 2020's The Last Emperox. Material from his blog, Whatever, has also earned him two other Hugo Awards. Scalzi also serves as critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

John’s upcoming novel, Starter Villain, to be released on September 19th, will be available for sale at this event.