Book & Author Spotlights

Paulo Coehlo
Rick Riordan


Paulo Coehlo is a Brazilian Lyricist and novelist, best known for his novel The Alchemist.  He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  He was a rebellious teenager and his parents committed to an asylum three times.  When he was 38 years old, he had a spiritual awakening while walking the Santiago de Compostela.  This let to the writing of his first book, The Pilgrimage.  His second book, The Alchemist, made him famous.

"Be brave.  Take risks.  Nothing can substitute experience." 

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Richard Russell Riordan Jr. is an American author. He is known for writing the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, about a twelve-year-old Percy Jackson who discovers he is a son of Greek God Poseidon. His books have been translated into 42 languages and sold more than 30 million copies in the US. 20th Century Fox has adapted the first two books of his Percy Jackson series as part of a series of films. His books have spawned related media, such as graphic novels and short story collections.

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