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Hampton Park Library to host talk for tweens with author of comics
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For more information on the visit by Robert Venditti and other activities in the Summer Reading Fun program at the Forsyth County Public Library, visit forsythpl.org.

NORTH FORSYTH -- An upcoming special library event in Forsyth County may be of interest to any young fans of comic books, graphic novels and the popular Percy Jackson character.

Local author Robert Venditti will be at the Hampton Park Library on July 15 for a talk with rising fourth- through eighth-graders.

Venditti will read excerpts from his latest book and visit with attendees about writing novels and graphic novels at 4:30 p.m.

A book signing will follow, and fans can bring their own copies or buy books at the library.

Admission is free, and advance registration is not required.

Venditti may be most widely known for his graphic novel adaptions of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” and “Heroes of Olympus” series, but he is also the New York Times best-selling author of “The Homeland Directive,” a graphic novel for adults.

In 2009, his five-issue comic book limited series called “The Surrogates” was adapted into a feature film starring Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames.

His current work includes three monthly comic book series for two major distributors: “X-O Manowar” for Valiant Entertainment and “Green Lantern” and “The Flash” for DC Comics.

During his library appearance, Venditti will discuss his debut children’s novel, “Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape: Attack of the Alien Horde.”

“[It] fits perfectly with this year’s superhero-focused summer reading theme,” said Laura Bradley, program manager for the Forsyth County Public Library system. “Many of our tween and teen patrons know Venditti’s work from the Percy Jackson series, and it will be a special treat to see him in person.”

The book was published by Simon & Schuster in June, and tween-age readers will enjoy following Miles as he enters seventh grade at a new school. When he unexpectedly inherits a golden cape with superpowers, he also becomes responsible for saving Earth from alien invaders.

Rick Riordan praised the story, saying the book is “clever and funny with an irresistible premise, this middle grade adventure/comic book hybrid will engage even the most reluctant reader. Somebody get me a golden cape, stat!”

Forsyth’s Bradley said several graphic novels and Venditti’s books are available in the library’s collection.

“Patrons may use their library card account to place a request for Venditti’s graphic novels online, or they can visit any library branch to browse our collection of graphic novels for children, teens and adults.”