Visiting Author for Schools: Taran Matharu

Taran Matharu

DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Monday, October 8. (Taran will be visiting school in the morning.) 

Store Event: Sunday, October 7; Tattered Cover Colfax at 2pm.

AUTHOR
Taran Matharu

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Taran Matharu is a New York Times bestselling author. He was born in London in 1990 and began his first book at 9 years old. Taran wrote the Summoner series in November 2013 at the age of 22, taking part in ‘Nanowrimo’’. Updating the story daily on Wattpad.com, its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over 3 million reads in less than six months, and becoming published as a bestselling series. Since then, the book has been translated into 15 languages around the world.

ABOUT THE BOOKThe Summoner's Handbook (Summoner Trilogy)
Summoner: One who is gifted with the ability to summon demonic creatures that are emotionally connected to their human counterparts. As brought to life in the bestselling Summoner series, the magic of summoning is also an art, with a story of its own. The Summoner’s Handbook reveals the story of James Baker -- the epic journal that inspired the series hero, Fletcher, to discover his own summoning abilities. Along with a complete demonology, a guide to the basics of summoning, and glorious artwork from the world of the Hominum Empire, this is the volume that fans of the acclaimed and bestselling series must own.

Book Trailer: https://vimeo.com/264612847/dcd74beabc 

LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
THIS IS A WORKSHOP, NO MATTER THE SIZE OF THE GROUP. Taran gives a short speech about himself, how he came to be published, Wattpad and how it helped him, hitting the New York Times bestseller list, etc. Taran lists his favorite books, tv shows, video games, hobbies as well as personal experiences on the left and the elements that he likes about them and wanted to include in his own stories on the right. He describes how these elements helped formed the basis for the Summoner series and gives the students 5-10 minutes to do it themselves while he walks among them, helping them choose their own. After this, Taran asks for volunteers to come up and demonstrate their sheets by telling us the story they have come up with and how they relate to their influences. Usually they need a bit of help, but Taran is able to come up with stories pretty easily around what they choose, if they struggle. Often, they will have already had a rough idea and have tailored their influences around that. Taran does this a few times until 5-10 minutes before the workshop ends, then does Q & A.

SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Upper Middle School; Lower High School; grades 8-10

DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
Minimum 50 students, maximum 500 students

AV NEEDS
Computer/laptop, projector, projection screen, and microphone. If the group is small, Taran will need a whiteboard and markers. Every student will need a piece of paper and writing utensil, no matter how big the group. And, a bottle of water. 

HASHTAGS/SOCIAL MEDIA
#TaranMatharu @TaranMatharu1 #SummonerSeries #tatteredcover @FierceReads


ORDER FORMS
Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. 

ONLINE ORDERING LINK
Link to share with students and their families to order Taran's books: www.tatteredcover.com/book-list-taran-matharu Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can check. DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.

The Summoner's Handbook (The Summoner Trilogy) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250189554
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 2nd, 2018

The Battlemage: Summoner, Book Three (The Summoner Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250158635
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - May 2018

The Inquisition: Summoner: Book Two (The Summoner Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250115218
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - May 2nd, 2017

The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250080059
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2016

The Outcast: Prequel to the Summoner Trilogy Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250138675
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 2018