Be a part of the magic! Above the Star is coming to you

NEXT EVENT: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Local Author Encourages Reading & Imagination with Quirky Book Party

Free to the Public – All Welcome!

Saturday, June 16, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Author Talk 4:30 pm

Edmonton Public Library, Whitemud Crossing Branch

Highlights of the Above the Star event:

  • Behind-the-scenes short film of the creation of the four main races of fantasy creatures
  • Magic-themed scavenger hunt through the library, including decoder challenges translating the languages of the Bangols and Olearons
  • Prizes that encourage creative writing: The 8th Island Trilogy Journals
  • Cake & juice
  • Author talk with Alexis Marie Chute, with inspiration behind the novel, and a book reading
  • Special visit from the Maiden of Olearon of the fire race, who will be available for photographs


Edmonton Author inspires Positive Mental Health and Hope through New Fantasy Novel

2018 winner of the University of Alberta Horizon Award, and multi-award winning, bestselling Edmonton author, Alexis Marie Chute launches book one in her new YA fantasy trilogy, called Above the Star.

 “Through Above the Star, I hope to inspire people—young and old—to use their imaginations and embrace the fun of reading. I am passionate about literacy and using creativity—like writing, reading, and visual art—to help people work through mental illness and grief,” says Chute, who won more than thirteen awards for her debut memoir, Expecting Sunshine, released last April.

 Above the Star is a story with a multi-generational cast of diverse characters.

There is frumpy senior citizen Archie, stubborn single parent Tessa, and cancer-ridden yet determined fourteen-year-old Ella. These three—the Wellsley family—do not realize it, but the cure for Ella—what they search for on the magical island of Jarr-Wya—is closely tied to the fate of all worlds. The Wellsley’s are joined on their mission by Spanish opera singer Lady Sophia, a four-year-old African boy nicknamed Duggie-Sky, and Captain Nate of the Atlantic Odyssey, not to mention a suspicious stone-headed Bangol creature named Zeno and a host of fiery beings called Olearon.

Watch the Above the Star book trailer

A Wrinkle in Time meets The Princess Bride.

–Lee Lee Thompson, The Perpetual You Magazine

The book tour for Above the Star, book one in The 8th Island Trilogy, is off to a fabulous start! On top of launching the book in Scotland, the first of the Canadian launches was a great success. Last night was the Above the Star book party in Calgary, Alberta. Check-out this video to get a feel for the event: