Celebrate Alex Dawson's Rapscallion Club April 3rd at Rutgers Geology Museum

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One of my favorite places in NJ, the awesomely atmospheric Rutgers Geology Museum (see picture below), has agreed to host the release party for my new novel, The Rapscallion Club: An Archeological Adventure for All Ages.

And guess what? You're invited!

Book Release Party: The Rapscallion Club! A rip-roaring adventure novel by yours truly!


7 PM, Weds. April 3

Refreshments! Door Prizes! Entertainment!

FREE! All Ages!

The Rutgers Geology Museum (Old Queens Campus, Rutgers College, New Brunswick)

Please RSVP

What do French fry contests, bullet ants, and the lost art of umbrella combat have in common with dead pirates, island treasure and an excoriated Titanic survivor named Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon? A ten year old boy from New Jersey finds out when he travels to Peru by way of an underground tunnel that magically connects the cellar of his house to the basement of the South American Explorers Club, an eccentric and possibly haunted establishment chock-a-block with bones, stones, tusks and teeth.

The Rapscallion Club has already gotten a good deal of advance praise from authors like Lev Grossman (The Magician King), Glen David Gold (Carter Beats the Devil), Arthur Phillips (The Tragedy of Arthur), and Patrick McDonnell (Mutts, Me...Jane). World Fantasy Award Winner John Crowley (Little, Big) called it, "A witty and inventive tale that smart kids, and kids who want to be smarter, will love to read and make other people read too." It's been compared to Proust, TinTin, and Calvin & Hobbes; and one blurb described it as "Johnny Quest meets The Royal Tenenbaums," which seems to me as apt a description as any.

So if drinking chicha morada and chomping churros in front of the monstrous tusked skeleton of a mounted mastadon, while champion fencers demonstrate the sweeping prise de fer, baleful bagpipers blow out the Bonnie Banks, and hobo prince Shayfer James unveils and plays a handful of original songs directly inspired by the book, is your idea of a good time, well, what can I say? Join the club!

Illustrated with fifty vintage engravings, TRC additionally includes a temporary club tattoo, an official membership card, and one removable, fold-out map.

Books on sale at the event (natch), as well as TRC buttons, t-shirts, and working compasses!

Visit www.rapscallionclub.com, or click HERE, for advance praise, excerpts, and illustrations.

Geological Museum

The Rutgers Geology Museum, Old Queens Campus, Rutgers College (just up the hill from the New Brunwick train station).

Mummies! Minerals! Mastodon! As some of you already know, themuseum, open for almost two centuries, is closing its doors forever in May; don't miss your last chance to check out one of New Jersey's best kept secrets!

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