Tuesday, March 06, 2001

What's happening in area bookstores

        Harry Potter Schoolbooks: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (Scholastic Inc.; $3.99 each). With the next Harry Potter novel not due till 2002, what's a fan to do? Head to a bookstore Monday to pick up facsimiles of texts that Harry and his pals use at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Don't let the author names fool you, both were penned (and illustrated) by none other than J.K. Rowling. Net proceeds benefit the Harry's Books Fund, established by Comic Relief U.K. to help children in need.

        How to Know God: The Soul's Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press; $14). Mr. Chopra is touring the country to tout the paperback release of his best seller about how we experience the divine. Signings: 7 p.m. Thursday, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Edwards and Madison roads, Norwood, 396-8960; 7 p.m. Friday (with line numbers handed out starting at 6 p.m.), Books & Co., 350 E. Stroop Road, Kettering (937) 298-6540.

        The Vendetta Defense by Lisa Scottoline (HarperCollins; $25). The former lawyer and best-selling writer (Moment of Truth, Legal Tender) has a new legal thriller about a blood feud in Philadelphia's tight-knit Italian community. It's a career-making case for lawyer Judy Carrier. Signings: 7 p.m. Thursday Hawley-Cooke Booksellers, Glenview Pointe, U.S. 42 at Lime Kiln Lane, Louisville, Ky. (502) 425-9100; 7 p.m. Monday, Books & Co., 350 E. Stroop Road, Kettering (937) 298-6540.

        Consumed in Freedom's Flame by Cathal Liam (St. Padraic Press; $24). Ireland's fight for freedom from Britain is the setting of this Cincinnati writer's first book, which was released in December. It follows rebel patriot Aran Roe O'Neill from the 1916 Easter Rebellion through the bloody Irish War of Independence and the declaration of an Irish Free State in 1921. Real figures are written into the novel, which includes scads of reference material. Signing: 2 p.m. Saturday , Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road, Kenwood, 794-9440.

        — Sara Pearce


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