Seraphina, New York Time best seller and winner of numerous awards in 2013, will be the topic of discussion on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 pm in PBK on 2nd floor in the library. Seraphina’s author, Rachel Hartman, will be on campus Monday, April 28 as the year’s final River Readings guest lecturer. To get more insight into Seraphina and what it takes to write a best selling novel, students are also invited to a private dinner with Rachel Hartman at 5:15 in the Wilson Center. Sign up with Connie Ghinazzi or Amanda Makula to reserve a seat at this special event. Seats are limited.
Following the dinner, the River Readings lecture will take place at 7 pm in the CSL Gavle Room.
Here is a synopsis taken from the book: Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.
Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.