Visiting Author Luncheon

with Brendan Reichs,
CLS Parent and author of the New York Times best-selling series Nemesis and co-author of The Darkdeep and Viral series.
Wednesday, November 13
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Horne Performing Arts Center

Please register by November 10.

Luncheon Menu

Farro, Roasted Grapes, Shredded Chicken, Baby Kale Salad, and Sherry Vinaigrette
Roasted Autumn Harvest Salad with Carrots, Turnips, Radishes, Parsnips, Fingerling Potatoes, and Arugula Salad with Shallot Sage Vinagrette
Pear, Shaved Brussel Sprouts, Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds, and Citrus Vinaigrette
Herb Buttermilk Biscuits
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Cucumber Mint and Lemon Orange Water

About the Author, Brendan Reichs

Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and holds degrees from Wake Forest University and The George Washington University School of Law. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to write full time. He is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Nemesis and its sequels Genesis and Chrysalis, co-author of the Darkdeep series for middle grade readers (The Darkdeep, The Beast), and co-author of the six-volume New York Times and international bestselling Virals series (Virals, Seizure, Code, Exposure, Terminal, Trace Evidence). Brendan sits on the Executive Board for both YALLFEST and YALLWEST literary festivals and has received an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Charlotte with his family and a herd of animals that tear up everything.

About "The Darkdeep"

Everyone in Timbers knows Still Cove is off-limits, with its creepy Beast sightings and equally terrifying legends. But when a bullying incident sends twelve-year-old Nico Holland over a cliff and into Still Cove's icy waters, friends Tyler and Emma--and even Opal Walsh, who usually runs with the popular kids--rush to his rescue . . . and discover a mysterious island hiding in the murky, swirling mists below.

Though the island appears uninhabited, the kids can't shake a feeling that something about it is definitely not right. Their suspicions grow when they stumble upon an abandoned houseboat filled with all sorts of curiosities: odd-looking weapons, unnerving portraits, maps to unknown places, and a glass jar containing something completely unidentifiable. And in its lowest depths churns a dark, deep secret.

As the group delves deeper into this mysterious new clubhouse, their lives begin to intertwine in weird and dangerous ways. For something ancient has awakened . . . and it can detect not only their wishes and dreams, but also their darkest, most terrible imaginings. Do they have what it takes to face the shadowy secrets lurking within their own hearts?

About "The Beast"

Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and Logan survived their worst fears come to life, and saved their tiny Pacific Northwest town of Timbers from a monstrous figment invasion. Now they just want to keep their heads down, enjoy Halloween, and explore the secrets of their mysterious houseboat clubhouse. And also figure out their new Torchbearer responsibilities as keepers of the Darkdeep, an ancient whirlpool hidden in Still Cove that can make both dreams and nightmares into reality.

But when a dangerous new breed of figments starts appearing on their own, and the very environment around them begins to spiral out of control, the friends realize they have no idea what they are doing-or how they're supposed to restrain the Darkdeep. They must uncover the pool's origins, as well as those of the freaky Thing in a Jar, a seemingly lifeless green creature Opal believes is communicating with her. To make matters worse, a trashy YouTube series has rolled into town intent on finding the Beast, the legendary local sea monster suddenly stirring up the countryside.

As threats rapidly close in around them, the friends must fight to protect their secrets, defeat new enemies, and save Timbers and all that they love.