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Press Release

Date:          March 9, 2011
Contact:     Katherine Mielke
Phone:       (949) 717-3816



Newport Beach, CA (March 9, 2011) -- The Newport Beach Public Library, in cooperation with A Whale of a Tale Children's Bookshoppe in Irvine, will host an author visit by John Flanagan, author of the popular Ranger's Apprentice adventure series, on Tuesday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach. 

Fans of the popular Ranger’s Apprentice series will have the rare opportunity to meet the Australian author and hear him talk about his tenth book in the continuing Ranger’s Apprentice saga “The Emperor of Nihon-Ja.” Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase books and have them signed.  Due to time limitations, Mr. Flanagan will only be able to sign books purchased at the presentation.

Originally written as twenty short stories to encourage his twelve-year-old son to enjoy reading, the Rangers Apprentice series is set in the mythical land of Araluen and follows the adventures of Will, a small and lively 15 year old boy living in medieval Castle Redmont.   Exciting and fast-moving, the series captures the imagination of young readers with lots of action and characters that ring true.

With over two million copies sold, the Ranger’s Apprentice has become a regular on the New York Times Bestseller List and has been shortlisted in children's book awards in Australia and overseas.

Admission to the event is free.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; no reserved seating.  Seating will be limited by the room capacity of 200.

For more information, go to or call 949-717-3830.

About John Flanagan
John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia hoping to be a writer.  It wasn’t until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency where he worked that his talent was revealed. It turned out one of the company directors agreed with John’s assessment of the executive and happily agreed to train John in copywriting.
After writing advertising copy for the next two decades, John teamed with an old friend to develop a television sitcom, Hey Dad!, which went on to air for eight years.

John Flanagan’s bestselling Ranger’s Apprentice adventure series originally comprised twenty short stories, which John wrote to encourage his twelve-year old son, Michael, to enjoy reading.  Michael was a small boy, and all his friends were bigger and stronger than he was.  John wanted to show him that reading was fun, and heroes weren’t necessarily big and muscular.

John lives with his wife, Leonie, in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly.  In addition to their son, who is now in his mid-twenties, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.







contact the library: (949) 717-3800