Its not many young women who have lived through as many exciting adventures as Katarina Bishop, the protagonist in young adult novelist Alley Carters Heist Society series. In the latest installment, Uncommon Criminals, Katarina, who just pulled the biggest museum heist in the world, is being asked to steal the Cleopatra Emerald and return it to its rightful owner. Theres just one small problem the jewel is cursed and anyone who comes in contact with it is quickly struck by disaster. Katarina and her assorted friends and co-conspirators circle the globe running down the emerald, equally afraid that theyll find it and that they wont. She discusses and signs the book at 7 p.m. Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive. For information, call 281-497-8675 or visit www.bluewillowbookshop.com. Free.
Wed., June 22, 7 p.m., 2011