Miriam Landis with Peter Boal — 'Lauren in the Limelight'

For fans of the classic novel Ballet Shoes, a coming-of-age dance story reimagined for a new generation

 

Third Place Books welcomes ballet teacher and writer Miriam Landis to our Ravenna store! Landis will be discussing her new middle-grade novel, Lauren in the Limelightin conversation with Peter Boal, the artistic director for the Pacific Northwest Ballet. This event is free and open to the public.

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About Lauren in the Limelight. . .

As she begins 6th grade, Lauren Lightfoot wants nothing more than to get her first pair of pointe shoes, enjoy her love for ballet, and spend time with her friends. Lauren and her friends Bryan and Serena are challenged to define themselves both on stage and in the world when they audition for the Pacific Northwest Ballet School and compete for roles in the spring recital.

 

Praise for Lauren in the Limelight. . .

"This is the ballet book I wish I could have read as a young ballet student."
—Megan Fairchild, principal dancer with New York City Ballet and author of The Ballerina Mindset

"I so wish that Lauren in the Limelight had been in my local library when I was a tween-ager... I would have loved loved loved to imagine myself Lauren then and I know that tweens-ballet fans or not-are going to love it now."
—Nancy Pearl, author of the Book Lust series and George & Lizzie: A Novel

"Lauren in the Limelight centers around three young adolescents captivated by ballet's mysterious, magical lure, but this book is about so much more than dance. The characters' relationship and fascination with ballet is a prism through which we- and they- begin to discover and understand the complexities of self-identity, autonomy, and morality and that adults have just as many internal conflicts as kids."
—Gavin Larsen, author of Being a Ballerina and former principal with Oregon Ballet Theatre

"We love stories about dancers written by dancers! Lauren in the Limelight is a novel perfect for young dancers starting their journey into pointe work."
—Kathryn Morgan, former soloist with New York City Ballet


Miriam Landis is a faculty member at the Pacific Northwest Ballet. She was a LitCamp fellow, and an assistant editor at Simon & Schuster, Hyperion, and the Amazon Books team. A Stanford grad, she was also a student at the School of American Ballet and a professional ballerina with Miami City Ballet. When not writing, teaching, or dancing, she enjoys life on Lake Washington alongside her husband and four children. In addition to Lauren in the Limelight, she is the author of two young adult novels, Girl in Motion and Breaking Pointe. Learn more at www.miriamlandis.com.

Peter Boal was raised in Bedford, New York. At the age of nine, he began studying ballet at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. Mr. Boal became a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet in 1983 and became a principal dancer in 1989. In 2005, he retired from New York City Ballet after a 22-year career with the company. Mr. Boal was also a full-time faculty member at the School of American Ballet from 1997 to 2005. In 2003, he founded Peter Boal and Company, a critically acclaimed chamber ensemble. Among the many ballets in which Mr. Boal was featured at New York City Ballet are George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), and Prodigal Son; Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and Opus 19/The Dreamer; Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels; and works by William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon.


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