Somaiya Daud and Patrick Ness

Somaiya Daud and Patrick Ness

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Somaiya Daud lives, works, and writes from Seattle, Washington. In 2018 her debut novel, Mirage, was released, hailed by The School Library Journal, Booklist and Entertainment Weekly. Mirage has been shortlisted for the Children’s Africana Book Award and the Arab American Book Award. Somaiya holds a PhD in English Literature studies with a focus on world literature and nineteenth-century orientalism.

In COURT OF LIONS, Amani and Maram are each trapped, in their own ways, by the power and ruthlessness of the Vath. As rebellion foments and Maram's slow ascent towards the throne continues, they each must find a path forward through what seems impossible. On that path, there may be loss, there may be love, there may be love...and if they are careful and lucky and clever enough, there will be something like victory.


Patrick Ness has lived throughout the US and UK. He's written nine books: three for adults, and six for young adults, including the Chaos Walking trilogy, A Monster Calls, More Than This, and The Rest of Us Just Live Here. He has won the Carnegie Medal twice, the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Red House Book Award, the Jugendliteratur Preis, the UKLA Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize.

Patrick's newest book, BURN, takes place in a world of dragons--not fanciful or high fantastic, but emotional and fully personified beings who are the subjects of persecution in a world that is ruggedly and painfully familiar. When Sarah Dewhurst's father hires a dragon to help out on the farm, she learns things she's never expected. Kazimir doesn't seem like the soulless animal she's been warned of--and he is intent on keeping her safe from the brutal attentions of Deputy Sheriff Emmett Kelby. Kazimir knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents – and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.