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What Do Monsters, Detectives, and Tax Collectors have in common?

KNOXVILLE -- Knox County Public Library and UT's Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature welcome award-winning author Rick Yancey to a book and author event for teens. Yancey, who writes both teen and adult novels, will be reading from his newest series, The Monstrumologist, on March 1, 6:30 p.m. at Lawson McGhee Library. Free and open to the public, this event promises to be an adventure into imaginative and unique gothic writing.

The Monstrumologist, and its sequel The Curse of the Wendigo, chronicle the adventures of Will Henry, a 12-year-old apprentice to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, a brilliant monstrumologist (a scientist who studies, and sometimes kills, monsters) living in New England in the late 1800s. The Monstrumologist received the coveted 2010 Michael L. Printz Honor Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, which is bestowed by the American Library Association.

Yancey, who lives in Knoxville has previously delighted young adult fiction readers with an action-filled fantasy series about Alfred Kropp, a hapless teenage misfit who saves the world from a swarm of top-notch villains including tenacious knights, scurrilous demons, and nasty secret operatives. His first novel in the series The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp was named a Best Book for Children by Publishers Weekly and was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal in 2005.

Yancey has also several novels for adults including The Highly Effective Detective (set in Knoxville) and A Burning in Homeland. His memoir, Confessions of a Tax Collector, was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five best books on taxes ever written. He earned a BA in English from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Published February 26, 2011

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