Chats & Snacks with Esme Symes-Smith

Author of the Sir Callie Series

Date: Wed, Nov 15       Time: 6 PM        Location: The Ames Public Library’s Storytime Room

Slay gender norms and drink some dragon fruit punch at our Sir Callie celebration! Readers of all ages can step into a world of magic, knights, and dragon-themed snacks with the Sir Callie series author, Esme Symes-Smith. 

At the event, Esme will give a quick reading, talk about the book, and answer audience questions before signing books. It’s a great opportunity to get a look behind the scenes of a middle grade book series they’re sure to love.

Reserve your seat for this FREE all ages event below. Books will be available for sale at the event, but to guarantee your copy, pre-order below. We’ll have your order waiting for you when you arrive. 

This program is presented in partnership with Dog-Eared Books and Ames Public Library.

The Books

Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston (Book 1): When their ex-hero dad is summoned back to the royal capital of Helston to train a hopeless crown prince, Callie lunges at the opportunity to finally prove themself worthy to the kingdom’s “great and powerful.” Except the intolerant bunch look at nonbinary Callie and only see girl. But Callie has always known exactly what they want to be, and they’re not about to let anything stand in their way.  In this start to an epic series packed with action, humor, and heart, Callie and their new friends find themselves embedded in an ancient war—and their only hope to defeat the threats outside the kingdom lies in first defeating the bigotry within. 

Sir Callie and the Dragon’s Roost (Book 2): Thanks to Callie and their friends, Helston seems to be changing for the better: Boys are allowed to explore their magic, and girls are permitted to train as warriors.  Everything is…perfect. Except it isn’t.  The kingdom struggles against the wave of fear and anti-magical sentiment growing daily, while the encroaching threat from across the bridge looms. Tolerance is not the same as acceptance, and when the fragile peace finally shatters, Callie and their friends have no choice but to leave their home and run. 

The Author

After cutting their teeth on a steady diet of fan fiction in the Southwest of England, Esme Symes-Smith wandered north to Wales for their degree in literature and creative writing, then promptly migrated to Missouri after meeting their wife on Tumblr.

Esme has been a ghostwriter, an editor, a frozen-yogurt seller, and a caffeine purveyor. They now wrangle preschoolers for a living and have a severe tea problem.

Follow them on Twitter @EsmeSymesSmith and Instagram @ez_symes_smith