In town for SIBA, Los Angeles author Jennifer Niven will stop by Blue Bicycle on Sat., Sept. 17, 5-7 pm to sign her new book, Velva Jean Learns to Fly (Penguin, pb. 432 pp. $15), the second installment in her acclaimed Velva Jean series. The first book, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, published in 2009, received rave reviews and was quickly optioned by Warner Bros. for a television series that later won an Emmy.
In the new book,Velva Jean Hart hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. She leaves behind rural Appalachia, fuelled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to “live out there.” But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope- until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats her to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream: to become a female pilot. Funny, poignant, and utterly unforgettable, Velva Jean Learns to Fly will have fans cheering all over again.
Jennifer Niven is the daughter of award winning author, Penelope Niven, and the author of four titles. Her first book, The Ice Master, has been translated into 10 languages and received numerous awards, including Italy’s esteemed Gambrinus Giuseppe Mazzotti Prize for 2002. She has appeared in in Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Talk, Glamour, The New Yorker, Outside, The New York Times Book Review, The London Daily Mail, The London Times, and Writer’s Digest, to name a few.