Join us for an elegant evening celebrating the launch of Sword and Verse, the debut young adult novel by our own Kathy MacMillan. Proceeds from this event will support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund!
Friday, January 22, 2016
Grey Rock Mansion
400 Grey Rock Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Tickets: $100 per person
-Unlimited wine, soft drinks, coffee, and tea
-a signed hardcover first edition of Sword and Verse
Door prizes ~ Silent auction ~ 50/50 Raffle
This event will be accessible in English and American Sign Language.
All proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund.
More about the book:
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan (HarperTeen, January 19, 2016)
In a sweeping fantasy that award-winning author Franny Billingsley calls “fascinating and unique,” debut author Kathy MacMillan weaves palace intrigue and epic world-building to craft a tale for fans of Rae Carson and Megan Whalen Turner.
Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father had been adamant that she learn to read and write. But where she now lives, literacy is a capital offense for all but the nobility. The written language is closely protected, and only the King, Prince, Tutor, and Tutor-in-training are allowed to learn its very highest form. So when she is plucked from her menial labor and selected to replace the last Tutor-in-training who was executed, Raisa knows that betraying any hint of her past could mean death.
Keeping her secret guarded is hard enough, but the romance that’s been blossoming between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground rebel army—to help liberate the city’s slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.
“I was completely enthralled by the fascinating and unique world that Kathy MacMillan has created. The depth and skill she demonstrates with her ability to build an original mythology based on words and the power of language are highly unusual for a first-time novelist and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” – National Book Award finalist Franny Billingsley
“A tense, romantic fantasy epic about prejudice, political struggle, and the power of words, SWORD AND VERSE kept me guessing at every turn. Kathy MacMillan is a writer to watch.” — R.J. Anderson, Andre Norton Award-nominated author of ULTRAVIOLET
Kathy MacMillan has been volunteering with Deaf Camps, Inc. since 2001, has directed the Middle Deaf Camp since 2003, and has served as Board president since 2006. In her day job, she is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, writer, children’s performer, and librarian. Sword and Verse is her eighth published book and her debut novel. Find out more about her books at www.kathymacmillan.com.