BookPeople Presents: Lois Lowry - The Windeby Puzzle


Thu Feb 16 2023 at 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm


Central Presbyterian Church | Austin, TX

BookPeople welcomes Lois Lowry in conversation with Christina Soontornvat to celebrate the release of The Windeby Puzzle.
About this Event

Please welcome Lois Lowry and Christina Soontornvat to celebrate The Windeby Puzzle!

This event is ticketed.

  • Check-in begins: 5:00 P.M.
  • Start time: 6:00 P.M.
  • Run time: 45-60 minutes, followed by a signing line.
  • Location: Central Presbytarian Church 200 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701.

The author will be signing and personalizing copies of the book after the speaking portion of the event.

  • In order to get a book signed, you must have purchased a ticket (which includes a copy of the book).

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  • There will not be a live stream or recording available.
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About the book:

Newbery medalist and New York Times bestselling author Lois Lowry transports readers to an Iron Age world through the suspenseful dual narrative of a boy and girl both battling to survive. In an utterly one-of-a-kind blend of fiction and history, a master storyteller explores the mystery and life of the 2,000-year-old Windeby bog body.

Estrild is not like the other girls in her village; she wants to be a warrior. Varick, the orphan boy who helps her train in spite of his twisted back, also stands apart. In a world where differences are poorly tolerated, just how much danger are they in?

Inspired by the true discovery of the 2,000-year-old Windeby bog body in northern Germany, Newbery medalist and master storyteller Lois Lowry transports readers to an Iron Age world as she breathes life back into the Windeby Child, left in the bog to drown with a woolen blindfold over its eyes. This suspenseful exploration of lives that might have been by a gifted, intellectually curious author is utterly one of a kind. Includes several arresting photos of archaeological finds, including the Windeby Child.

About the author:

Lois Lowry has been awarded the Newbery Medal twice—first for Number the Stars, then for The Giver. The author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling Giver Quartet and popular Anastasia Krupnik series, she has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She writes, “My books have varied in content and style. Yet it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme: the importance of human connections.” She lives in Maine and in the winter sometimes flees to Florida for a bit of sun. Visit her at

About the moderator:

Christina Soontornvat is an award-winning author, engineer, and STEM educator. Her many works for children include picture books, chapter books, and the bestselling graphic novel, The Tryout. Her middle grade fantasy novel, A Wish in the Dark, and All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team were both named 2021 Newbery Honor Books.

Christina Soontornvat is the award-winning author of over a dozen books for children of all ages. Her picture books include The Ramble Shamble Children, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Lauren Castillo, and To Change a Planet, illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Belle. She is the author of the beloved Diary of an Ice Princess chapter book series and the bestselling graphic novel, The Tryout, illustrated by Joanna Cacao. Her recent works include the middle grade fantasy, A Wish in the Dark, which was named a 2021 Newbery Honor Book, and was chosen as Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post and School Library Journal, and All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team, which received the 2021 Kirkus Prize for Young People’s Literature and was also named a 2021 Newbery Honor Book. Her latest novel, The Last Mapmaker, was named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times.

Christina Soontornvat grew up behind the counter of her parents’ Thai restaurant in a small Texas town with her nose stuck in a book. She is very proud of both her Thai and her Texan roots, and makes regular trips to both Weatherford and Bangkok to see her beloved family members (and eat lots and lots of Thai food!). In addition to being an author, Christina holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Science Education. She spent a decade working in the science museum field, where she designed programs and exhibits to get kids excited about science. She is passionate about STEM (science, technology engineering, and math), and loves learning new things. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, two young children, and one old cat.

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Thank you for supporting Lois Lowry, Christina Soontornvat, and your local independent bookstore!


Where is it happening?

Central Presbyterian Church, 200 East 8th St., Austin, United States

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