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The John Cooper School’s 13th Annual Signatures Author Series


Steering Committee (front row, l-r):  Janet Osmond (decorations), Michaela Djurisek (decorations), Brandey Porter (raffle), Lisa Hollingsworth (visiting authors), Patty Carter (volunteers); (Back row): Sandy Mahler (book sales), Susan DeMarco (co-chair), Paula Hawkins, Christie Swanbeck (co-chair), Malin Melin (drawing).

Steering Committee (front row, l-r): Janet Osmond (decorations), Michaela Djurisek (decorations), Brandey Porter (raffle), Lisa Hollingsworth (visiting authors), Patty Carter (volunteers); (Back row): Sandy Mahler (book sales), Susan DeMarco (co-chair), Paula Hawkins, Christie Swanbeck (co-chair), Malin Melin (drawing).

Event featured author of “The Girl on the Train”

The John Cooper School recently hosted the 13th Annual Signatures Author Series, a highly anticipated luncheon event that features a keynote author, the opportunity to talk to and purchase books from visiting authors as well as promote literacy in the greater Houston area. The 2017 event, sponsored by The John Cooper School Fine Arts Council, featured Paula Hawkins, author of suspense thrillers, The Girl On The Train and Into The Water, was held on Dec. 8 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

The event was attended by 675 guests and 22 visiting authors including Tracy Borgmeyer, Gabriel Garcia, Sylvia Casares, Angelia J. Griffin, Dr. Anthony J. Harris, Zoey Hess, Kathryn Lane, Mary Kay Leatherman, Denise Liotta-Dennis, Curt Locklear, Sharla Lovelace, Joy Oguchi, Stacey A. Purcell, Gigi Siton, Amy Suliano Cox, Valerie Sweeten, Kate M. Walker, Molly and Gary Whitney, Belle Whit­ting­ton, Alexis Wiggins, Lynn Wilson and Cheryl Winter.

Steering committee members who helped make the event a success were co-chairs Susan DeMarco and Christie Swanbeck; Sandy Mahler (book sales); Malin Melin and Brandey Porter (drawing); Patty Black and Lisa Hollingsworth (visiting authors); Patty Carter (volunteers); Denise Bod and Christine Winston (Wine Walk).

Featured author Hawkins’ bestselling suspense thriller, The Girl on the Train, was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and also an international #1 bestseller, published in 50 countries and in over 40 languages. The book has sold over 18 million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major motion picture. Hawkins released a subsequent thriller, Into the Water, in May 2017. Hawkins was born in Zim­babwe, worked as a journalist for 15 years and now lives in London.

The 2017 Signatures luncheon also featured book signings and drawings including a Wolf Jewelry Box signed by Paula Hawkins, a Lagos sterling silver bracelet,  a trip to NYC to 2018 Random House Open House, a basket of books signed by all participating authors, a Kristina George clutch and VIP tickets to the “Open Your Purse For Change” luncheon and a $150 Tru­luck’s gift certificate.

As is tradition, a portion of the proceeds from the event were given to support literacy efforts in our community. This year’s designees were the Montgomery County Memorial Library System and the Barbara Bush Library.

The John Cooper School has sponsored the highly popular Signatures event for the past 12 years, featuring such best-selling authors as Barbara Bush, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Anthony Bourdain, John Grogan, Nicholas Sparks, Candace Bushnell, Kathryn Stockett, Jodi Picoult, Tyler Florence, Gillian Flynn and Cheryl Strayed.

The John Cooper School is a college preparatory, independent school located in The Woodlands that has a current enrollment of 1,232 students in Pre-k through Grade 12. For more information, visit johncooper.org.

Paula Hawkins and the 2017 Visiting Authors.

Paula Hawkins and the 2017 Visiting Authors.

Author Paula Hawkins at the podium of The John Cooper School’s 13th Annual Signatures Author Series.

Author Paula Hawkins at the podium of The John Cooper School’s 13th Annual Signatures Author Series.

The John Cooper School Head of School Mike Maher and Dr. Lynn Maher at the VIP reception.

The John Cooper School Head of School Mike Maher and Dr. Lynn Maher at the VIP reception.


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