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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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August 2014

A J Colucci

Photo © Kara Plikatis.


Edward Lazellari


    edlazellari @


Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

Our Mr. August arrives through pure serendipity.  Through a business transaction with him, my niece learned he is a writer and told him that her aunt is a librarian.  And voila! Another ever so serendipitous connection was made.

Mr. August is the author of two fantasy novels that are part of the Aandor series and both novels have garnered great reviews.

I am delighted to present Ed Lazellari as BCCLS Invite an Author for July 2014.

Edward Lazellari was born in New York City. He began writing professionally in the early 1990s while working as an illustrator at Marvel Comics and shortly after enrolled in Rutgers University where he earned his BA in English literature, with a concentration in creative writing.

Edward won Playboy Magazine’s prestigious college fiction contest in 1999, and his short story, “The Date” was published in the October issue that year. His first novel, Awakenings, was published by TOR books in 2011.  The second novel in the Aandor fantasy series, The Lost Prince,  was published in 2013.  He is currently working on the third book in the series, titled Blood of Ten Kings. Edward lives in Jersey City and is currently an editor for McGraw-Hill in New York City.

On The Lost Prince:

"Lazellari's sequel to Awakenings continues the search for Daniel on Earth, where the boy's supporters as well as his enemies take on false identities to make their way through a world without magic. VERDICT This blend of urban and cross-world fantasy combines the excitement of the Harry Potter series with the dark grittiness of the Dresden Files books and should appeal to mature young adults as well as to adult lovers of the genre."

Library Journal

On Awakenings:

"Awakenings is a weird, wild adventure that heralds the arrival of a new voice in the field of science fantasy. Edward Lazellari is a talent to watch with high expectations. "

Ben Bova

"This solid debut will appeal to fantasy fans looking for familiar bones under a modern skin."

Publishers Weekly

"Despite their differences in lifestyle and ethics, both policeman Cal MacDonnell and photographer Seth Raincrest experience the same long-term amnesia and are unable to remember what happened before the last 13 years. When their lives intersect with that of young Daniel Hauer and the mysterious Leilani, both men begin to fill in the blanks in their past-a past that leads them to the world of Aandor and their mission to protect a boy who would be king. Lazellari's first novel combines crossover fantasy in the style of Charles de Lint and Mercedes Lackey with urban fantasy reminiscent of Jim Butcher in a hard-knocks action tale. VERDICT This series opener promises to satisfy the interests of fans of action-based fantasy in which romance plays a minor but significant role."

Library Journal

I have paperback copies of Awakenings to add to your libraries’ collections for first requesters, so hit that reply button now.

Mr. Lazellari is getting married in August so if you are considering him for a library visit (and I hope you can see the many possibilities), please think about dates after September 1.  He is happy to visit BCCLS libraries at no charge.  You can contact him directly at: edlazellari @

Warmest regards,