Young adult sci-fi, fantasy author Brandon Mull coming to Ogden High School

Wednesday , October 04, 2017 - 3:08 PM

ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Utah science fiction author Brandon Mull will be at this year’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Day.

The event on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Ogden High School and is free and open to the public.

Event organizer Kathy Gambles said workshops will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on a variety of topics, including the history of comic books, publishing and writing. The keynote event featuring Mull will begin at 4 p.m.

“We’re planning a day where regardless of your age, you’ll find something of interest,” Gambles said.

Mull is the author of the “Fablehaven” series, “The Candy Shop War” and several other young adult novels. According to his website, Mull lives in Utah and is a Brigham Young University alumnus.

Weber County Book Links held an art and writing contest leading up to the event. Gambles said they received 30 student and five adult writing submissions, as well as art pieces from 17 students and one adult.

All art will be displayed at the event, and the winners, who were selected by a panel of judges, will have the opportunity to spend time with Mull in a small group setting.

“There was a sincerity of really being involved and a lot of creativity, time and effort to really do a good job,” Gambles said of the contest submissions.

Ogden School Foundation Executive Director Janis Vause said last year visiting author Brandon Sanderson, another sci-fi author, drew an audience of about 1,000 people and she expects this year’s crowd to be just as large.

Contact education reporter Anna Burleson at aburleson@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnagatorB or like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/BurlesonReports.

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