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L.A. Author Amy Ephron To Talk Debut Children's Novel Saturday At Book Soup

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L.A. writer Amy Ephron has mastered many genres: she's published fiction (A Cup of Tea, One Sunday Morning), essays (the collection Loose Diamonds), and journalism (she's a contributing editor at Vogue). Now, Ephron has published her debut children's book, a middle-grade novel called The Castle in the Mist.

The book, which Ephron told LAist is for readers from eight to 80, tells the tale of Tess and her brother Max, two American siblings spending a summer with their aunt in a sleepy English village. In the vein of series like The Chronicles of Narnia, Tess discovers an old brass key that acts as a portal to another, fantastical world.

Ephron told LAist she was influenced by her time early in her career with the Children’s Television Workshop, which was responsible for Sesame Street. While there, Ephron worked directly with educators to create toys and games for the show.

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Separated from their parents (a common trope in children's literature), everything is heightened for the young characters, and wishes take on new power and gravity. The colorful cover for the book was previewed in The Hollywood Reporter in July, and the audiobook was narrated by Ephron's longtime friend and original Saturday Night Live cast member Laraine Newman, who had never done an audiobook before.

Newman and Ephron are holding a "tea party" for The Castle in the Mist Saturday at Book Soup, where Ephron will read from and sign the book.

Book Soup is located at 8818 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. The event will be held on Saturday, February 18 at 2 p.m.