What: Watermark Books & Café invites you to attend a virtual Career Day event with the New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater, illustrator Morgan Beem, & National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor! Maggie & Morgan will join Laini for a Q&A and discussion of their new graphic novel Swamp Thing: Twin Branches—a story of shadows, both literal and imagined, the primal power of memory, and how both twist the bond between two brothers. Laini Taylor will be discussing her forthcoming novel Daughter of Smoke and Bone—the 10th Anniversary Edition of the bestselling epic fantasy trilogy in which a young art student's star-crossed love begins to bloom in a nation on the brink of war.


When: Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (CT)

Where: This is a virtual event and will be hosted online using Zoom Pro Webinar & Facebook Live.

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About Swamp Thing: Twin Branches


#1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater (the Raven Cycle series) and artist Morgan Beem unearth the primal power of memory and how it twists the bond between two brothers.

Twins Alec and Walker Holland have a reputation around town. One is quiet and the other is the life of any party, but the two are inseparable. For their last summer before college, Alec and Walker leave the city to live with their rural cousins, where they find that the swamp holds far darker depths than they could have imagined.

While Walker carves their names into the new social scene, Alec recedes into a summer-school laboratory, slowly losing himself to a deep, dark experiment. This season, both brothers must confront truths, ancient and familial, and as their lives diverge, tensions increase and dormant memories claw to the surface.

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches is a story of shadows, both literal and imagined--and those that take form and haunt us.

About Maggie & Morgan


Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Cycle, the Shiver trilogy, and other novels for young and adult readers. She is also an artist, an auto enthusiast, and a bagpiper. She lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, two children, and an assortment of fainting goats.

Morgan Beem is a freelance artist and member of the Jam House collective located in Denver, Colorado. Her work is predominantly in comics and illustration. She has worked on such properties as Adventure TimePlanet of the Apes, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is the co-creator of the comic The Family Trade, alongside writers Justin Jordan and Nikki Ryan, from Image Comics.

About The Daughter of Smoke & Bone


In a nation on the brink of war, a young art student's star-crossed love begins to bloom in the first book of the New York Times bestselling epic fantasy trilogy by award-winning author Laini Taylor.


Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages -- not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers -- beautiful, haunted Akiva -- fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

About Laini Taylor


Laini Taylor is the New York Times bestselling author of the Printz Honor Book Strange the Dreamer and its sequel, Muse of Nightmares. Taylor is also the author of the global sensation the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy and the companion novella Night of Cake & Puppets. Taylor's other works include the Dreamdark books: Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine.

Event date: 

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Online Event
Wichita, KS 67218
Swamp Thing: Twin Branches Cover Image
By Maggie Stiefvater, Morgan Beem (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781401293239
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: DC Comics - October 13th, 2020

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316459181
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 1st, 2020

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