Princeton, NJ, January 20, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- A new and innovative event allowed Princeton residents to meet over 20 local independent authors and hear them read extracts from their latest books. In addition they had the opportunity to buy signed copies and ask the authors about their publishing experiences. The event also featured an informative talk by Debi Lampert Rudman of Barnes & Noble, who advised independent authors on how best to showcase their work at bookstores.
Faiz Kermani spoke to the audience about his book “My Alien Penfriend”, a fast moving science fiction adventure story for children – and for those who are still young kids at heart. The book is set 200 years in the future, where young alien Zmod eager to discover more about Earth, contacts earthling Darius. Their ensuing friendship outlasts the threat of alien terrorists, the menace of an environmental disaster and even the reappearance of a famous Scottish monster…
Faiz’s visit also featured an elaborate and fun alien-inspired theme involving a number of extraterrestrial props. As well as being able to buy a signed copy of the book, children were invited to "have a photo taken with an alien".
“The day was a great success and it was fun to meet other authors and swap stories about our publishing experiences, “ commented Faiz. “Everyone really appreciated Princeton Library’s efforts to support local independent authors.
See what those on Earth are saying about ‘My Alien Penfriend’:
“Sometimes differences make for the strongest friendship as Zmod and Darius discover in “My Alien Penfriend”. Faiz Kermani brings us a fantasy tale of two young boys corresponding by spacemail. This book is well written, interesting and an easy read”.
- Debra Gaynor, Reader Views
“A fun and easy read for the young, budding science fiction fan”.
- Nancy Morris, Allbooks Reviews
“A fun story for young science fiction fans that shows friendship doesn't care about differences.”
- Christina Lewis, Kidsbookshelf
“The pen pal/penfriend device is a unique and effective way to develop characters, explore ideas, and present different points of view. Though the setting is 200 years in the future, the reader will easily recognize Darius and Zmod as believable and likable peers.”
- The Reading Tub
“My Alien Penfriend is a novel for young adult readers about two children living on opposite sides of the galaxy - one earthling, one extraterrestrial - who communicate and forge a strong friendship. Their interest in one another's planets becomes shadowed by a terrible force that puts them in danger, yet together they discover the true meaning of friendship. My Alien Penfriend is written in the unusual format of written letters between the two, with the occasional newspaper article from both worlds thrown in. A handful of black-and-white illustrations add their own touch of whimsy and wonder to this delightful story.”
- Midwest Book Review