Blue Balliett - "Out of the Wild Night" - Cynthia Oakes

Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Blue Balliett

Critically acclaimed author Blue Balliett discusses Out of the Wild Night. She will be joined in conversation by Cynthia Oakes.

At 57th Street Books

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About the book:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing Vermeer comes an unforgettable story about an island haunted by the past, and the ghosts who must help with the present.

Ghosts are alive on the island of Nantucket. You can hear them in the wind and in the creaks of the old homes. They want to be remembered. And, even more, they want to protect what was once theirs.

The ghosts have chosen a few local kids to save the island against the adults who would do it harm. But the kids can't be sure how the ghosts are going to act. Things tend to disappear when ghosts are around. People tend to get trapped, especially if they're up to no good. Only the kids can make things right, if the ghosts will let them.

Out of the Wild Night
is master storyteller Blue Balliett at her spooky best, a spellbinding tale about the haunted residents of a very special place.

About the author: Blue Balliett is the author of several bestselling, acclaimed mystery novels, including Hold Fast, Chasing Vermeer (a Book Sense Book of the Year and an Edgar Award winner), The Wright 3, The Calder Game, and The Danger Box. Balliett has won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Novel, Chicago Tribune Prize for Young Adult Fiction, Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award, Book Sense Book of the Year Award, Great Lakes Book Award, Friends of American Writers Award, Agatha Award for Best YA Novel, Chicago Tribune’s Chicagoan of the Year for Literature 2010, and a place in the official White House library as The Danger Box was handed to President Obama in January 2011 as a gift from the American Booksellers Association. She has appeared twice on NBC’s Today Show. Having grown up in New York City and studied art history at Brown University, Blue Balliett has lived in Chicago for many years. She currently splits her time between Nantucket and Chicago. You can find her online at

About the interlocutor: Cynthia Oakes is a Middle School Librarian and Chair at University of Chicago Lab Schools.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637