Reading-born author A.S. King is set to visit the Exeter Community Library on March 27th for a book launch, just one day after the release of her newest young adult novel Dig. Dig, which follows five teenagers lost in a family’s maze of tangled secrets, delves deep into how the corrosive culture of polite, affluent white supremacy tears a family apart and how one determined generation can save themselves. In King’s words, “It’s about a lot of stuff, but mostly it’s about family, potatoes, money, love, and whiteness.” It is King’s eleventh novel.
Praise for King’s work is not difficult to find. According to author Martha Brockenbrough (The Game of Love and Death), A.S. King “has the power to astonish like a natural wonder. And her books—the raw honesty, beauty, and singular strangeness of them—make me feel less alone in the world.”
New York Times bestselling author Erin Entrada Kelly says that King challenges readers from the first page to the last, and that Dig will “make you question the confines of your comfort zone—if you have one.”
King has been called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by the New York Times Book Review. She is the author of many novels including her 2016 release Still Life with Tornado, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the Passengers, and 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz among others. She is a faculty member of the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and travels the country speaking to high school students. After fifteen years living self-sufficiently and teaching literacy to adults in Ireland, she now lives in Pennsylvania. Those interested in learning more about her can visit her website at www.as-king.com
The library event is best suited to teens and adults and runs from 6 – 8 p.m. on March 27th at the Exeter Community Library located at 4569 Prestwick Dr., Reading, 19606. Books will be available on site for purchase, but pre-orders through Aaron’s Books at www.aaronsbooks.com receive a 15% discount. Aaron’s Books will be on site during the event with all pre-ordered merchandise. To register for this event, stop by the library circulation desk or call 610-406-9431. For more information, visit www.berkslibraries.org/branch/exeter or the Exeter Community Library Facebook page.
Through its varied programs, the Exeter Community Library aims to serve the community as a center of learning, accessible recreation, practical tools, and nearly 500 free programs designed for children and adults to participate in throughout the year.