Parents of ’tweens, grab a seat and take a breath. Award-winning author-illustrator Jeff Kinney is coming to town Nov. 19, and he’s bringing Greg Heffley with him.
Greg isn’t the most popular kid at his middle school, but millions of young-adult readers around the world number him among their best friends.
They’ve bonded with Greg over the years in books and movies as he and his friends have navigated the terrors of perpetual middle school in Kinney’s 11-title “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series.
The newest is “Double Down,” on sale Nov. 1 (Abrams, $14, 224 pages). The publisher offers this tease:
“The pressure mounts as Greg’s mom wants him to explore his ‘creative side’ and his dad wants him to be more invested in his extracurricular activities. Can Greg keep his parents at bay to avoid getting into double trouble?”
“After the tenth book, I found myself at a crossroads in my career,” Kinney, 45, said by email. “I wasn’t sure if I should continue writing the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ books or go down a different path.
“ ‘Double Down’ is really special to me, because it reflects a renewed commitment to the series and a plan for the future.”
Abrams and Face In a Book independent bookstore have partnered to bring Kinney to town for a 2 p.m. presentation at Rolling Hills Church, 800 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills, on Nov. 19; doors will open at 1:15 p.m.
Buy tickets at Face In a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills (916-941-9401). An $18 ticket admits one adult and one child; a one-person ticket is $15. Tickets include a copy of “Double Down.”
If any tickets are still available on the day of the event, they will be sold at the door.
Two for the reading list
• Geri Spencer Hunter will appear for “The Summer of My Fifteenth Year” (Blue Nile Press, $15, 209 pages) at 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Avid Reader, 617 Second St., Davis, 530-758-4040. The novel was a finalist in the fiction category for the 2016 Phyllis Wheatley Book Award at the Harlem Book Fair, and ranks at No. 8 on the African American Literature Book Club Best Seller’s List.
• Linda Price Williams of Lincoln has compiled a trove of love letters exchanged between her maternal grandparents between 1903 and 1908 – and Northern California history – in “California Love Letters: 1903-1918” (CreateSpace, $20, 250 pages, with 165 vintage photos).