Potions, Ghosts, and UFOs

Polly Horvath, Maile Meloy

Potions, Ghosts, and UFOs

Moderator: Shannon Ozirny

Event Number: 39
Tickets: $17.00

$9.50 for student groups

Potions, Ghosts, and UFOs

Polly Horvath, Maile Meloy

Thursday, October 19
10:00am - 11:30am
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

Sit back and enjoy suspense, fantasy, magic and mystery—each in equal supply. In her tale set on Vancouver Island during WWII, National Book Award-winner Polly Horvath ushers readers into a forbidden night garden that grants everyone one wish. UFOs, hermits and ghosts make this garden stranger still. Maile Meloy brings her bestselling, critically-acclaimed Apothecary series to an end with The After-Room. She sets her story in 1955, vividly painting the Cold War era when everyday life for children—and adults, too—was permeated by fear of nuclear disaster and Russian spies were thought to be lurking everywhere. Turns out, Benjamin and Janie have the power to prevent nuclear disaster. Anything is possible in the creative minds of these fabulous authors.

Suitable for grades 5-9.

Event Participants:

Polly Horvath

British Columbia

Polly Horvath is an award-winning author of children’s and young adult books.Before turning to writing, she studied dance in Toronto and New York.. Horvath has won a National Book Award, a Newbery Honor and numerous other awards. Her books have been on The New York Times bestseller lists, featured as an Oprah’s pick,translated into more than 25 languages and are taught all over the world in schools. Set in WWII, The Night Garden is a magical and clever story about a garden that grants wishes.


Maile Meloy

United States

Maile Meloy is a writer of short fiction, essays and novels. Her Apothecary trilogy for young readers, the final book of which was released this year, was a New York Times bestseller. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and her essays and short fiction have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Granta and O. Some of Meloy’s short stories were adapted into a film which premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Her new adult fiction book, Do Not Become Alarmed, is a harrowing novel about two families whose children go missing while on vacation.