Hook & Jill: Neverland as never before - Andrea Jones

Oswego's New Book Store "Hooked" on Local Author's Novel

by Ledger-Sentinel

Thursday, December 10, 2009


This holiday season, even grown-ups can fly back to Neverland. But no fairy dust is required. Two new arrivals are providing the magic.

First came the publication of Hook & Jill, a fresh vision of Peter Pan, tailored for adult readers by Aurora author Andrea Jones. Next came the opening of Oswego's independent bookstore, Old Towne Books & Tea, where Hook & Jill has been the top seller for three weeks running.

"It's easy to love such excellent prose, especially [a book] that contains so many artistically layered nuances… the language is just so beautiful, it reaffirmed my love affair with the written word," says Leah Condon-Guillemette, co-owner of Old Towne Books & Tea. "I really think this book could be the next Twilight."

According to Condon-Guillemette, Hook & Jill did an "excellent job of capturing and 'hooking' the reader — you NEED to know what the next chapter brings."

The store and the story have joined together to hook readers, too. Old Towne Books & Tea will host Andrea Jones on Saturday, December 12, as she reads excerpts from Hook & Jill and signs copies of her book. The community is invited to attend, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Old Towne Books & Tea is sponsoring other literary events for the public all year round. Besides presenting local authors, the store hosts a book club on the first Wednesday of every month, at 7:00 p.m. Hook & Jill is the featured book for the January 6 discussion. Author Andrea Jones will attend that meeting as well. Plans are also in place at the bookshop for a writers’ group.

More reviews of Hook & Jill and author appearance dates can be found at HookandJill.com and on Facebook's Hook & Jill fan site. Store information is at the Old Towne Books & Tea Facebook fan site, and at oldtownebooks.wordpress.com. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Awarded as Finalist for Best Cover Design in the National Best Books 2009 Awards, Hook & Jill was released by the Reginetta Press on August 1. It is available through all major booksellers. Old Towne Books & Tea is located in downtown Oswego, at 63 South Madison Street. Call (630) 636-9236.


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