Tickets on sale to general public
For Rick Riordan, a bedtime story shared with his oldest son was just the beginning of his journey into the world of children's books.
Already an award-winning author of mysteries for adults, Riordan, a former teacher, was asked by his son Haley to tell him some bedtime stories about the gods and heroes in Greek mythology. "When I ran out of myths [Haley] was disappointed and asked me if I could make up something new with the same characters," said Riordan.
At the time, Haley had just been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Greek mythology was one of the only subjects that interested the then second-grader in school. Motivated by Haley's request, Riordan quickly came up with the character of Percy Jackson and told Haley all about "(Percy's) quest to recover Zeus's lightning bolt in modern-day America," says Riordan. "It took about three nights to tell the whole story, and when I was done, Haley told me I should write it out as a book."
And that was the start of Riordan's brilliant career of writing fantastic children's books. His Percy Jackson & the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus books are constant bestsellers and permanent fixtures on school reading lists.
Rick Riordan will join us in Winston-Salem for one night to share about his writing career and personal journey from dad to teacher to bestselling author. His tour celebrates the release of his newest book in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Mark of Athena.
Riordan will pre-sign books that will be for sale from Wake Forest bookstore. He will not personalize the books and will not do a signing after the event.
$10 for children 18 & under
$15 for adults
Tickets on sale to general public September 13th.
Winston-Salem Forsyth County Public Schools will be given free tickets to the event. Tickets may be distributed to students as schools see fit. (BOOKMARKS suggests holding a contest related to reading or writing!)
To claim your school's free tickets, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org by September 25. Email MUST come from your school's Media Coordinator!