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River Readings April 28: Mathematical dragons

April  07, 2014

Rachel Hartman, author of the New York Times bestselling young adult novel "Seraphina," will speak at 7 p.m. April 28 in the Gävle Room, Center for Student Life, Augustana College.

She is the final speaker in this year's River Readings series. The series of free lectures brings literary artists to campus each year from around the country. These writers of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction meet with students in class or other venues to discuss their work and careers, and present a reading open to the public. A reception and book-signing is held after the reading. 

Published in 2012 by Random House, "Seraphina" introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. The book won the 2013 YALSA Morris Award for Best YA Debut Novel; its other accolades include finalist for the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award (Canada), short-listed for the Kitschies’ Golden Tentacle Award (UK), long-listed for the Carnegie Medal (UK), and Amazon Best Teen Book of the Month.

Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages.

Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of the Eragon series has described "Seraphina" as, "Beautifully written, well-rounded characters, and some of the most interesting dragons I’ve read in fantasy for a long while. An impressive debut novel; I can’t wait to see what Rachel Hartman writes next.

Hartman is now at work on a sequal, "Shadow Scale," which she hopes to see in print next March.

Hartman was born in Kentucky, but has lived a variety of places including Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, England, and Japan. She has a BA in comparative literature and lives in Vancouver, BC, with her family. Her sister, Dr. Laura Hartman, is an assistant professor of religion at Augustana.

In addition to working with two classes — Writing Fiction and Adolescent Literature, Rachel Hartman will have dinner with students from the library's book group.

The River Readings series is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Institute for Leadership and Service, the Thomas Tredway Library and the Department of English. For more information, contact reference librarian Amanda Makula, (309) 794-7316, this year's coordinator of the series.

Sam Schlouch
Director, Public Relations and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu