Three area authors have upcoming appearances at the Hockessin Book Shelf, featuring an array of styles and stories to tell.

To reserve seats or for more information, contact the Book Shelf at (302) 235-7665.

Najee Grant
Saturday, Sept. 23, 4 to 6 p.m.

In 2006, Philadelphia-based author Nahjee Grant took a creative writing course because as a failing student he needed the extra credit to graduate on time.

Four years and a few odd jobs later, Grant changed course to pursue a career as a writer. In 2011, his first book went into publication; now, Grant has written seven picture books to encourage every child regardless of their age, color, or religion to be comfortable with themselves.

Grant said he wants every child to pursue their dreams and aspirations.

“I had asked a child, “what do you dream of becoming when you're older?’ They jokingly replied, ‘I don't always remember my dreams at night when I wake up but sometimes they scare me,’” Grant said. “In part this conversation sparked my interest in dreams vs. making them a reality and asking the question, ‘what happens to a dream when you wake up and you cannot remember it?

Rick DeDonato,
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 4 to 7 p.m.

Delaware children’s author Rick DeDonato, of the children's book series, “Pipsie Nature Detective,” the third of which, “Turtle Trouble,” debuts this month.

DeDonato said he started writing and drawing storybooks for his two kids, Alexis and Matt, when they were young. Although they are now grown, DeDonato is still creating stories for kids everywhere.

DeDonato grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in Delaware with his girlfriend, their two dogs, Tugger and Nacho, and their turtle Alfred E. Turtle.

DeDonato said he’s fascinated by insects and all things natural, and his stories reflect that fascination.

“My girlfriend is a scientist and she always talks about how important it is to follow the scientific method process: they are the standard rules of discovery. So Pipsie does that during each story,” he said,

Caroline Todd
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wilmington author Caroline Todd – one half of the mother/son writing team that is Charles Todd – will debut their latest collaboration, “A Casualty of War,” this month at the Hockessin Book Shelf.

“War” is the tenth book in the popular Bess Crawford Mysteries series that finds Crawford dealing with a severely injured captain in World War I-era France, as the Great War draws to a slow close.

Todd said she and her son enjoy local tour events and are glad to debut their latest Bess Crawford novel in Hockessin.

“We had had a very successful male protagonist--Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard, who had survived the trenches and brings that experience to bear in his cases – but we decided that we also wanted to look at the role women played in the Great War. Bess was our answer,” she said. 

Todd’s upcoming appearance will feature a book discussion, Q & A and signing session, with books available for purchase at the Hockessin Book Shelf.