Saturday, March 20, 2010

Blake Charlton Spellwright book launch at Kepler's

One of my medical students, Blake Charlton just published his first book, Spellwright. He gave a reading last night at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park.

Blake Charlton

Here is the background of the plot from Blake's website:
Imagine a world in which you could peel written words off a page and make them physically real. You might pick your teeth with a sentence fragment, protect yourself with defensive paragraphs, or thrust a sharply-worded sentence at an enemy’s throat.

Such a world is home to Nicodemus Weal, an apprentice at the wizardly academy of Starhaven. Because of how fast he can forge the magical runes that create spells, Nicodemus was thought to be the Halcyon, a powerful spellwright prophesied to prevent an event called the War of Disjunction, which would destroy all human language. There was only one problem: Nicodemus couldn’t spell.

Runes must be placed in the correct order to create a spell. Deviation results in a “misspell”—a flawed text that behaves in an erratic, sometimes lethal, manner. And Nicodemus has a disability, called cacography, that causes him to misspell texts simply by touching them.

Blake drew a lot from his own life experience for the book: he is pretty open about his dyslexia and his conversion into a lover of language and now into published author.

Blake signing books

We are all super proud.

He's currently working on a sequel called Spellbound. Excerpt from Spellwright here.

1 comment:

Molly said...

That is so cool! Go Blake!