UPDATE on 15th Signatures Author Series December 6

Antarctica, Seattle Trips Among Drawing Prizes! - Reserve Early
Don't Miss Your Chance to Win a Trip of a Lifetime! 
Antarctica Cruise Among Amazing Lineup of Signatures Drawing Prizes

As is tradition, the Signatures Author Series offers the opportunity to enter a drawing for prizes that are creatively connected to the books of the featured author. For the 15th anniversary event, and based on 2019 author Maria Semple’s bestselling novel, “Where’d You Go Bernadette?,” there is an amazing opportunity to go on an 11-day cruise to Antarctica.
The Antarctica cruise for two includes airfare credit up to $2,000 to Buenos Aires, a pre-cruise hotel night in either Punta Arenas, Chile or Ushuaia, Argentina. The winner will work with Andrew Butler Travel and Quark Expeditions, well known for their Antarctic expedition team. Each departure will have a marine biologist, ornithologist, photographer, historian, geologist and more on board the vessel providing group lectures and context during the excursions and sailing.
Another lucky drawing participant will win a 4-day trip to visit the sights, tastes and sounds of Seattle, the city that is also a backdrop for Semple’s book. This trip for a family of four will offer the chance to see everything the destination has to offer via a CityPASS to visit the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture or Woodland Park Zoo and Chihuly Garden and Glass or Pacific Science Center. 
Additional drawing possibilities include winning two kayaks or a pair of Warby Parker sunglasses signed by the author and a gift basket filled with signed copies of each of the 20 visiting authors and the keynote author, Maria Semple.

Drawing tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the luncheon and you need not be present to win. Tickets are $50 apiece or three for $100 and can be purchased at the Signatures event or by calling the Advancement Office at 281.367.0900 ext. 2441. A portion of the proceeds of this year's Signatures luncheon will go to the Montgomery County Memorial Library System.

Twenty Visiting Authors Enhance Signatures Event

The John Cooper School will host the 15th Annual Signatures Author Series featuring Maria Semple, on Friday, December 6 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Semple is an internationally recognized bestselling novelist (Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Today Will Be Different, This One Is Mine) as well as a producer and writer for such television shows as 90210, Mad About You, Saturday Night Live, Ellen and Arrested Development.

As is tradition, the much-anticipated Signatures Author Series luncheon also features a diverse array of visiting authors who are selected through an application process. This year's luncheon will feature 20 local authors who will be on hand to sign, sell and discuss their books that cover a wide range of genres.

Read the book. See the Movie. Hear from the Author.
Are you someone who always likes to have read the book before seeing the movie version?
Where'd You Go, Bernadette, written by our 2019 Signatures Author Series keynote author, debuted in movie theaters August 16 starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig and Billy Crudup. The 2019 Signatures event on December 6 promises to be another blockbuster! Don't miss out... secure your table or seats early.

Author of Today Will Be Different, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, This One Is Mine
Reserve Early for Best Seats:
The John Cooper School Fine Arts Council initiated the Signatures Author Series 15 years ago and the luncheon has grown to be one of the more visible events of its kind. This year's featured author is American novelist Maria Semple plus there will 15-20 Visiting Authors, a VIP book signing for higher level sponsors and drawings for fabulous prizes including a trip for two to Antartica and a trip to Seattle. 

Reservations are available online - www.johncooper.org/signatures. Early registration for table sponsorships and individual reservations are recommended for the best seating. Last year's luncheon featuring Kevin Kwan sold out.
Semple’s novels have been described as smart, deep and funny. Her most recent book, Today Will Be Different, was an instant international bestseller, featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review and is currently in development as a limited HBO series produced and directed by Semple, starring Julia Roberts.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette is an international bestseller that spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list, received numerous awards including the American Library Association's Alex Award and has been translated into 30 languages. The movie version, a mystery comedy-drama, debuts in theaters in mid-August 2019, starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Billy Crudup and Laurence Fishburne.

Semple's first novel was This One Is Mine. Prior to writing bestselling novels, she was a producer and writer for such television shows as 90210, Mad About You, Saturday Night Live, Ellen and Arrested Development, to name a few. Semple has also been featured on The Hollywood Reporter’s "Most Powerful Authors in Hollywood" list.
Signatures Co-chairs Lisa Hollingsworth and Malin Melin encourage everyone to add Semple’s entertaining books to their reading lists. “We are very much looking forward to hearing Ms. Semple’s back stories and insight into her professional career as an author, screenwriter and producer,” Melin said.

Hollingsworth agreed and due to the popularity of the event,encouraged people to invite friends and reserve early for the best seating. A portion of the proceeds from the 2019 luncheon event will benefit the Montgomery Memorial Library System and will go toward replacing books lost in homes due to the Tropical Storm Imelda.

Among the amazing lineup of authors who have been keynote speakers at the Signatures Author Series include Barbara Bush (inaugural author), Dave Berry, Mitch Albom, Candace Bushnell, Anthony Bourdain, Jodi Piccoult, Kathryn Stockett, Gillian Flynn, Cheryl Strayed and Kevin Kwan.