Books & Bites, Jr. – Back to School

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Join us for our brand new book club, Books & Bites, Jr., specially designed for families to explore and share books together. Our first session will be about back to school. It will take place on Wednesday, September 16 at 6-7pm on Zoom! You can register here. No library required & all are welcome.

We have created FREE PROGRAM KITS that you can pick up at the library or schedule curbside pick-up. We have included our program hand-out, snacks, supplies for our craft, and of course, book swag. Feel free to give us a call at the library to reserve your kit, which supplies last. You can also pick up your kit after the event.

We will be discussing The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López, & Yasmin the Teacher by Saadia Faruqi, illustrated by Hatem Aly. You can borrow these books from our library or put them on hold in Overdrive.  You can also watch out the videos below before or after the program and continue the discussions with your children.

But, wait, there’s more!

Sign up for our next Books & Bites, Jr, when we’ll celebrate Superheroes on October 14 at 6pm!

We are also honored to welcome back Saadia Farqui to our virtual library on October 28 at 3:30pm and celebrate her middle-grade books, A Place at the Table (co-written by Laura Shovan) and A Thousand Questions! You can register here.

Additional Resources

Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

The King of Kindergarten Crown Craft

The Day You Begin Lesson Plan

Meet Yasmin! Activities

Read Aloud Revival Podcast 

Comics Fest 2020 Recap

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It’s no secret that comics are our favorite thing. But what we love more than comics is geeking out about them with our community. It was a dream come true to host our first Comics Fest at Lincolnwood Library, which we reimagined to offer a variety of live and asynchronous virtual programs to engage patrons of all ages in our celebration of comics, creativity, and art!

Here’s a recap of our 2020 Comics Fest that took place this June.

Teen Comics Club

We made our monthly programs part of our Comics Fest, which added to the excitement and fun – and also enabled our attendees to win our gift card raffles. Our Teen Comics Club, which was started by local teen, Sofia, has grown over the months, drawing in (get it?) new friends to hang out, sketch, and share the latest memes they’ve created or enjoyed. I especially like how this program transforms based on the young people attending it, offering whatever they’re interested in creating or discussing.

Books & Bites: The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell 

We hosted our usual Books & Bites Book Club with a discussion of The Cardboard Kingdom to prepare for our visit with Chad Sell. It was so fun returning to this magical world, especially reading it during this summer as we all seek out ways to connect, collaborate, and imagine with our community. We talked about which characters we would be in the kingdom, finding affinity with the Robot and the Animal Queen. Who is your favorite Cardboard Kingdom character? I will always have a special place in my heart for Seth, the Gargoyle.

Boom! Smash! Pow! Cartooning Workshop with Mark Anderson

We hosted an entertaining and informative cartooning workshop with talented cartoonist Mark Anderson who helped us draw our own superhero cartoons with clear step-by-step instructions that also provided lots of space for creativity and customization. Our participants came up with the most incredible, imaginative, and hilarious takes on the characters we were drawing! One of the benefits of hosting this program on Zoom is that we were able to spotlight the artists when they were sharing their art, so everyone could see their creations. Mark did an excellent job of pacing instruction, taking questions, giving each kid a chance to shine, and making drawing fun! After the success of this class, we will definitely be offering more drawing classes in the future.

Author Visit with Chad Sell 

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell and friends is one of the few graphic novels we’ve discussed several times in Books & Bites over the past years. It is just that good! We were thrilled to be able to host Chad Sell at our library close to the release of his newest book, Doodleville. Since our program was virtual, we had attendees from all over, including Texas, New Jersey, and even Senegal! Chad took us behind-the-scenes into creating The Cardboard Kingdom, showing how creativity is magic. He showed us the early stages of the art or the “doodle drafts,” revealing that it’s messy at the beginning and takes a while to figure it out. I especially loved learning about kids cosplaying as characters or making their own original characters out of cardboard. Chad led our group in discussing and sharing the characters we would be, which was a wonderful way to engage our patrons.

Chad then shared his latest book, Doodleville, introducing us to the delightful cast of characters and doodles, who are sure to be fan favorites. (I can’t wait to see Doodleville cosplay!) Chad showed us that what we create as young people stays with us throughout our life. I especially appreciated Chad’s attention to our social and emotional needs, talking about doubt and insecurity in creating art and ways we face these feelings. He then led us through a drawing demonstration to help us learn to draw some of the characters in Doodleville, which was so fun and hands-on! My favorite is KittyBunny. I’m still figuring out how to draw the ears – but that’s the whole point. Our group had many questions for Chad and everyone had a chance to share during the Q&A. Our group did not want our visit to end! It was truly a magical and wonderful author visit! 

We have partnered with our wonderful local independent bookstore, Booked in Evanston, to sell copies of Chad’s books. You can buy them here.

Author Visit with MK Czerwiec 

We were honored to host MK Czerwiec, aka the “Comic Nurse,” a nurse, cartoonist, educator, and co-founder of the field of Graphic Medicine in a live, interactive virtual visit. It was exciting to welcome attendees who had been fans of MK’s research and writing – and new people who had just discovered her work. MK shared her experiences that led her to write Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 and the process of creating autobiographical comics. She provided insights about the field of Graphic Medicine and how it has developed over time. She shared the definition of graphic medicine coined by Dr. Ian Williams “refer[ing] to the interface between the medium of comics and the discourses of health, illness, disability and caregiving.” 

It was fascinating to learn about the work of the Graphic Medicine community to collect and curate COVID-19 comics, which has been invaluable in sharing vital information and facilitating conversations – and continues to grow. I especially appreciated the many examples of Graphic Medicine texts that she shared, which is always helpful for finding new books to read and add to our collections.

She also shared some of the behind-the-scenes process of editing Menopause: A Comic Treatment, which comes out August 17, 2020 from Penn State University Press. (You can attend the virtual book launch hosted by local indie bookstore, Women and Children First, on August 20!) We then hosted an engaging Q&A where MK answered our audience’s many questions. Our audience also had the chance to add to the great conversation together in the chat. I am so grateful that we were able to facilitate this important discussion and advocate more for the power of comics in health. 

We have partnered with Booked in Evanston, to sell copies of MK’s books. You can buy them here.

Virtual Programs

We also wanted to make sure to offer virtual programs you could enjoy at your convenience. You can watch our Box City and Autobiographical Comics videos below at any time to join our programs. Feel free to share your results with us on social media or via email at youthservices@lincolnwoodlibrary.org. Share your creation with us to be entered into our Comics Fest raffle.

Giveaways

Anyone who attended our Comics Fest programs was able to receive a free swag bag. A HUGE thank you to Lion Forge/Oni Press and Scholastic who provided the giveaways. We still have limited supplies left if you stop the library. Feel free to let us know if you made any of the crafts in the bags and share your creations with us.

Comics Fest Resources

We have collected Comics Fest Resources, which includes information about our author visits, resources for reading comics, making comics, teaching with comics, Graphic Medicine, comics publishers, more virtual comics events, and more! Feel free to let us know how you use this resource. Our Comics Fest displays are also now available to browse in the library to Lincolnwood residents, so feel free to stop by and check out our comics.

We want to hear from you! 

Did you know that one of our Summer Reading challenges is to make a comic and share it with us? We’d love to see what you make! We’ve already received some amazing comics that we’ll post soon. 

What has been your favorite part of Comics Fest? What would you like us to do at our next Comics Fest?

Feel free to contact us at youthservices@lincolnwoodlibrary.org to share your feedback and ideas. 

A HUGE thank you to our Comics Fest team, Kate, Seth, Gaby, Lisa, Bill, Kevin, and Eti, for making Comics Fest 2020 a success!

Comics Fest 2020

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Ever since we celebrated Graphic Novels in Libraries Month last July, librarians at Lincolnwood Public Library have been dreaming about ways to take your comics fandom to the next level. We know that readers often self-select comics, that they make imaginative, powerful original comics (which we can add to our collection), and they love talking about their favorite graphic novels. With this in mind, we have created our first Comics Fest at Lincolnwood Library, full of engaging and fun virtual programs for all ages, offering something for everyone. 

But wait, there’s more! We will have giveaways and comics swag! 

Attendees will receive a swag bag with program kits and publisher merch while supplies last. We will arrange a curbside pick-up appointment to get your bag. Anyone who attends a program will be entered into a raffle for a gift card from our local indie bookstores, Aw Yeah Comics & Booked. 

A huge thank you to Katie at Lion Forge/Oni Press and Lizette at Scholastic who provided giveaways for our swag bags! 

We thought we’d offer an overview of the programs and what to expect at our Comics Fest. We hope you will then register for our programs and join us. No library card needed. Please remember to include your email address to receive instructions on how to join the Zoom events.

Boom! Smash! Pow! Cartooning Workshop with Mark Anderson on Saturday, June 20 at 1-2pm CST (Grades K-5)

Learn how to draw your own superhero cartoons and then watch them come to life with cartoonist Mark Anderson on Zoom. Did you know that one of our Summer Reading challenges is to make a comic and share it with us? We’d love to see what you make!

Crafternoon: Box City on Monday, June 22 at 3:30pm (all ages) 

Inspired by The Cardboard Kingdom’s Megalopolis, watch our video for tips on how to create your own box city at home. This program is offered to all using YouTube; you can subscribe to us on YouTube to watch the video premiere at the date/time listed above, or watch any time afterward; this video will remain online. Feel free to share your results with us on social media or via email at youthservices@lincolnwoodlibrary.org. Anyone who shares their creation with us (picture or video) will be entered into our Comics Fest raffle.

Author Visit with Chad Sell on Thursday, June 25 at 3:30pm (all ages) 

Meet author Chad Sell in a live virtual visit as he discusses his award winning graphic novel, The Cardboard Kingdom, and his latest book, Doodleville. A drawing demonstration, and Q & A will follow. Our Books & Bites Book Club have discussed The Cardboard Kingdom several times – and always shared new insights about this incredible book. Chad’s books are delightful and imaginative, bursting with color and creativity, expressing his keen understanding of young people’s emotional lives and experiences.

Good news! We have partnered with our wonderful local independent bookstore, Booked in Evanston, to sell copies of Chad’s books. You can buy them HERE!

Author Visit with MK Czerwiec on Wednesday, June 24 at 6:00pm (9th grade-adult)

Join MK Czerwiec, aka the “Comic Nurse,” a nurse, cartoonist, educator, and co-founder of the field of Graphic Medicine in a live, interactive virtual visit.  Registration required; no Lincolnwood Library card needed. This program is offered using Zoom and will be live at scheduled time with no post-recording available. Please include your email address to receive instructions on how to join the Zoom event.

Thanks to the generosity of Penn State University Press, we have a FREE advance reading copy of Menopause: A Comic Treatment, which MK edited, and will be published in August, which we will give away at the program. 

You can read MK Czerwiec’s memoir, Taking Turns: Stories From HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371, right now on Hoopla. You can also read the Graphic Medicine Manifesto by MK Czerwiec, Ian Williams, Susan Merrill Squier, Michael J. Green right now on Hoopla.

We have also partnered with our wonderful local independent bookstore, Booked in Evanston, to sell copies of MK’s books. You can buy them HERE!

Virtual: Your Life in Panels: Autobiographical Comics Workshop: Youtube Premiere Video on Saturday, June 27 at 1:00pm (6th grade-adult) 

Tell your story in a new way through this autobiographical comics workshop. Watch our video for tips, then get creative on your own. This program is being offered to all using YouTube; you can subscribe to us on YouTube to watch the video premiere at the date/time listed above, or watch any time afterward; this video will remain online. Feel free to share your results with us on social media or via email at youthservices@lincolnwoodlibrary.org.

Anyone who shares their creation with us will be entered into our Comics Fest raffle. It’s also one of our Summer Reading challenges to make a comic! We love the comics we’ve received so far – and will add them to our collection.

Comics Displays 

We created several displays for readers to discover comics that are perfect for them because there are graphic novels for readers of all ages. We can pull any of these books for you to pick up during a curbside appointment.

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Which is your favorite graphic novel here?
You can read the Random House Graphic brochure “How to Read a Graphic Novel” here & learn more about this new imprint.

We have collected these lists of fantastic graphic novels (and comics-related titles) that you can use to discover your next favorite comic – and put them on hold or contact us to put them to pull them for you.

Great Graphic Novels: Early Readers

Great Graphic Novels: Middle Grade

Great Graphic Novels: Teen

Great Graphic Novels: Adult

Graphic Medicine 

We will actually give away this advanced reader copy of Menopause: A Comic Treatment, which MK Czerwiec edited, and will be published in August, at our author visit with MK! Register for your chance to win.

We also curated a Graphic Medicine display as we prepare for our highly-anticipated author visit with MK Czerwiec. Coined by Ian Williams in 2012, Graphic Medicine “denote(s) the role that comics can play in the study and delivery of healthcare.” Graphic Medicine focuses on the use of comics to tell stories of illness and health. You can also put these titles on hold or we can pull them for you.

Graphic Medicine: Youth

Graphic Medicine: Teen

Graphic Medicine: Adult

Comics Fest Resources

Want to learn more about our comics fest authors?

Curious to know more about Graphic Medicine?

Want information about making comics? Or how about teaching with comics?

Want resources for discovering comics you’ll love to read?

We’ve created a resource guide for Comics Fest you can check out at https://tinyurl.com/LNK-ComicsFest2020. We hope you will find it useful!

We want to hear from you! 
We want to know how you feel about comics. Why do you love comics? Which comics do you recommend? Let us know on social media or via email – and then we can share your brilliance.

We look forward to seeing you at Comics Fest!

Kids & Teens Ask: How Do I Find Things to Read?

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Hello, Friends! It’s Eti, one of the Youth and Teen Services Librarians here at Lincolnwood Library. I’ve been thinking a lot about all of you and hope you’re doing well and staying safe. 

A frequent question we’ve received during this time is how to access ebooks and eaudiobooks while the physical library is closed. Did you know our library provides access to digital resources 24/7? Whether you’re looking for a book for a reading genre, independent reading, an audiobook to listen to while you’re cooking, or a read aloud to share with a loved one, we have resources to help you find your next great read. Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance using these resources.

Lincolnwood residents who do not currently have a library card can now request a temporary card. Your temporary card ensures you are able to access eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming movies, databases, online learning tools, and more, from anywhere, 24/7. Request your temporary card by completing this form.

OverDrive / Digital Library of Illinois

The Digital Library of Illinois Overdrive collection offers thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks you can download to your smartphone, tablet, ereader, or computer via a service called OverDrive/Libby. 

Learn how to use OverDrive / Digital Library of Illinois on your mobile device with our resource guide. 

Learn how to use Overdrive/Digital Library of Illinois on your Kindle with our resource guide. 

Learn how to use Libby (app) with our resource guide. 

If a title is available, you can click BORROW and check it out. If a title is checked out, click PLACE A HOLD to request to read it next. If we do not own the title, click RECOMMEND to let us know that we should purchase it – and you’ll be the first to borrow it. Recommendations are often how we purchase items, so it helps us to know what you want to read. 

Hoopla Digital

Hoopla provides online and mobile access to ebooks, audiobooks, comics, music, movies and TV shows on your computer or mobile device. To use Hoopla on the go, install the free app from Google Play or the Apple App store. To use Hoopla on a computer, visit the Hoopla website. 

Learn how to use Hoopla on your mobile device with our resource guide.

Learn how to use Hoopla on your computer with our resource guide. 

There is no need to place holds on Hoopla. Every title in the collection is always available to check out 24/7. Lincolnwood residents can check out up to 8 items every month. Hoopla has also curated collections of Bonus Borrows titles that don’t count against your monthly limit. 

TumbleBooks | SD74 Teachers, please use this link.

TumbleBooks is a curated database of children’s ebooks including story books, read-alongs, chapter books, graphic novels, nonfiction, books in Spanish and French, and National Geographic videos. 

But wait, there’s more! Thanks to the generosity of TumbleBooks and their commitment to promote literacy during this time, they are offering free access to their other databases, TeenBookCloud, TumbleMath, and AudioBookCloud until August 2020! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or downloads. Books are available instantly.

Curated Reading Lists 

We know you rely on our librarians to help you find books you’ll love, so we’ve created some curated collections of titles by genre or list that we know are available as ebooks and eaudiobooks to help you start reading today. If something isn’t available in the Digital Library of Illinois Overdrive collection, remember to put it on hold or recommend it for purchase – and then you’ll get it next. Titles in Hoopla are always available, so you may want to check out those first. 

Middle School Curated Reading List

If there’s a genre list you think we should make, feel free to let us know and we’ll try to make it for you. To find more good books, you can always check our Great Reads for Kids, Great Reads for Teens, and Early Literacy lists. You can then check if they’re available as ebooks from the resources above. You can also access curated Overdrive kids lists and teen lists.

We also have a database called NoveList that can help you find book suggestions based on appeal factors, mood, genre, readalikes, etc. This is a fantastic resource for caregivers and educators to help match readers with books they’ll love. 

We know you often seek out our reader’s advisory help to match individual readers with the just right books, so feel free to email us at YouthServices@lincolnwoodlibrary.org to get a personalized recommendation for you by sharing what you’ve read previously and what you’re in the mood for right now. Make sure to also check out our social media channels where we spotlight books we recommend.

Independent Bookstores 

Right now our local independent bookstores need our support more than ever, so if you are able to purchase books from them, they are still ordering and shipping books. Our local indie bookstore, Booked, who you may remember from partnering with us at our fantastic Kyle Lukoff, Jasmine Warga, and Saadia Faruqi author visits, is open for online sales and always available to help you find the perfect book. You can email them at info@bookedevanston.com. They also have gift cards available for purchase. Interested in audiobooks? Check them out on Libro.fm, which is an excellent resource for audiobooks that supports indie bookstores. 

Even More Digital Resources 
Many educational companies have made their reading resources available to schools and caregivers for free for the remainder of the school year. 

Epic!

Epic!’s digital library includes many of the best kids books, popular ebooks, and videos.  Epic is offering Remote Student Access to Epic through the end of the school year (June 30th, 2020), by teacher invitation. Share this link with your child’s teacher to help get your child access to Epic. 

Time for Kids

Time for Kids Digital Library is free for the rest of the school year. Caregivers & educators can subscribe for our grade-specific digital editions of TIME for Kids and Your $ financial literacy magazine. 

Audible Stories

Audible has curated a collection of audiobooks to read for free. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Please feel free to contact us to let us know how we can support you – and to ask your own question for a potential future blog post. I’d love to know if you found any of these resources helpful. Read something you loved? Let us know. We’d love to hear from you! 



New Book Tuesday 8-13-19

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Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People by Dav Pilkey

When we last saw George and Harold, they were about to take their pet pterodactyl Crackers back to the Cretaceous period. But things didn’t work out quite as they had hoped. They’ve entered an absurd alternate reality where teachers are nice, kids are allowed to read banned books, and the cafeteria food doesn’t smell like dirty diapers. Even worse, they’ve discovered alternate versions of themselves–Evil George and Evil Harold–who plan to unleash some preposterous plans on Piqua, Ohio. Now it’s up to George and Harold to defeat the evil twins and THEIR superhero, Captain Blunderpants!

Code Like a Girl by Miriam Peskowitz

Welcome to Code Like a Girl, where you’ll get started on the adventure of coding with cool projects and step-by-step tips, from the co-author of the bestselling The Daring Book for Girls.

Coding is about creativity, self-expression, and telling your story. It’s solving problems and being curious, building things, making the world a better place, and creating a future. It’s about you: whoever you are, wherever you’re at, whatever you want. 

Nearly everything you encounter on a screen is made from code. You see, with code you can have an idea and put it into action: it’s your voice and your vision. From the outside, tech and code may seem puzzling and mysterious, but when you get through the door and past the first few beginner steps and your code starts to work, it feels like magic.

In this book, you’ll learn how to:
– Code with Scratch–projects like making a dog walk through the park, sending your friend a card, and devising a full-scoring game!
– Build your own computer–really!
– Create your own digital fortune-teller, with the Python language.
– Make your own smartphone gloves.
– Make light-up bracelets.
– Code a motion sensor that tells you when someone enters your room.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.

“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it.”

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At it’s core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilites—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their posionous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

The Dearly Beloved: A Novel by Cara Wall

Charles and Lily, James and Nan. They meet in Greenwich Village in 1963 when Charles and James are jointly hired to steward the historic Third Presbyterian Church through turbulent times. Their personal differences however, threaten to tear them apart.

Charles is destined to succeed his father as an esteemed professor of history at Harvard, until an unorthodox lecture about faith leads him to ministry. How then, can he fall in love with Lily—fiercely intellectual, elegantly stern—after she tells him with certainty that she will never believe in God? And yet, how can he not?

James, the youngest son in a hardscrabble Chicago family, spent much of his youth angry at his alcoholic father and avoiding his anxious mother. Nan grew up in Mississippi, the devout and beloved daughter of a minister and a debutante. James’s escape from his desperate circumstances leads him to Nan and, despite his skepticism of hope in all its forms, her gentle, constant faith changes the course of his life.

In The Dearly Beloved, we follow these two couples through decades of love and friendship, jealousy and understanding, forgiveness and commitment. Against the backdrop of turbulent changes facing the city and the church’s congregation, these four forge improbable paths through their evolving relationships, each struggling with uncertainty, heartbreak, and joy. A poignant meditation on faith and reason, marriage and children, and the ways we find meaning in our lives, Cara Wall’s The Dearly Beloved is a gorgeous, wise, and provocative novel that is destined to become a classic.

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort

The first definitive biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, with an epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan, and foreword and afterword by Double Trouble’s Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon.

Just a few years after he almost died from a severe addiction to cocaine and alcohol, a clean and sober Stevie Ray Vaughan was riding high. His last album was his most critically lauded and commercially successful. He had fulfilled a lifelong dream by collaborating with his first and greatest musical hero, his brother Jimmie. His tumultuous marriage was over and he was in a new and healthy romantic relationship. Vaughan seemed poised for a new, limitless chapter of his life and career.

Instead, it all came to a shocking and sudden end on August 27, 1990, when he was killed in a helicopter crash following a dynamic performance with Eric Clapton. Just 35 years old, he left behind a powerful musical legacy and an endless stream of What Ifs. In the ensuing 29 years, Vaughan’s legend and acclaim have only grown and he is now an undisputed international musical icon. Despite the cinematic scope of Vaughan’s life and death, there has never been a truly proper accounting of his story. Until now.

Texas Flood provides the unadulterated truth about Stevie Ray Vaughan from those who knew him best: his brother Jimmie, his Double Trouble bandmates Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese 

Outfox: A Novel by Sandra Brown

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown combines heart-stopping suspense and forbidden passion in this psychological thriller about an FBI agent’s hunt for a ruthless conman turned serial killer.

FBI agent Drex Easton is relentlessly driven by a single goal: to outmaneuver the conman once known as Weston Graham. Over the past thirty years, Weston has assumed many names and countless disguises, enabling him to lure eight wealthy women out of their fortunes before they disappeared without a trace, their families left without answers and the authorities without clues. The only common trait among the victims: a new man in their life who also vanished, leaving behind no evidence of his existence . . . except for one signature custom.

Drex is convinced that these women have been murdered, and that the man he knows as Weston Graham is the sociopath responsible. But each time Drex gets close to catching him, Weston trades one persona for another and disappears again. Now, for the first time in their long game of cat and mouse, Drex has a suspect in sight.

Attractive and charming, Jasper Ford is recently married to a successful businesswoman many years his junior, Talia Shafer. Drex insinuates himself into their lives, posing as a new neighbor and setting up surveillance on their house. The closer he gets to the couple, the more convinced he becomes that Jasper is the clever, merciless predator he’s sought–and that his own attraction to Talia threatens to compromise his purpose and integrity.

This is Drex’s one chance to outfox his cunning nemesis before he murders again and eludes justice forever. But first he must determine if the desirable Talia is a heartless accomplice . . . or the next victim.