Edmonds author’s ’84 Ribbons’ earns awards; local appearances coming up


paddyPaddy Eger, long-time resident of Edmonds, is dancing up to the awards podium this month as her debut novel, “84 Ribbons,” gains momentum in prestigious literary circles.

A retired educator, Eger entered the publishing world in 2011 with her title, “Educating America” – a resource planner for educators. The popular workbook (and series centerpiece) earned Ms. Eger a number of national radio appearances as well as the Creative Child Preferred-Product award and the USA Book News Award for the category “Education/Academic”.

Eger has distinguished herself with awards that include an Honorable Mention in the Los Angeles Book Festival, a Second Place Young Adult (YA) category win of the coveted Feathered Quill award, and “Pick of The Month” nod from Dance Spirit Magazine in the upcoming April issue. The novel is also featured as one of the five books in Forward Review’s “The Risky Business of Growing Up” article.

Teaming up with Tendril Press publisher Karin Hoffman (who has published all of Eger’s books), Eger also won the YA category in the Great Northwest Book Festival. With her newest release Eger has established herself in publishing circles nationwide; and Tendril Press has designed an award-winning book that introduces a classic and memorable storyline.

12225201-84-ribbons-debut-novel-by-award-winning-author-paddy-egerEger’s YA debut novel, “84 Ribbons” gives readers a behind the scenes peek at the life of a young Billings, Montana woman who dreams of becoming a prima ballerina.

The author provides this synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Marta Selbryth steps into womanhood and onto center stage. We feel the music swell and the moment arrive—for Marta, and ballerinas everywhere. As Marta realizes her dream, life’s challenges off stage are not at all what she anticipated. We walk beside her as she approaches each twist and turn in her new life. A compelling coming-of-age novel, this look inside the world of ballet offers both inspiration and heartbreak.”

I read “84 Ribbons” when preview copies were released and was impressed by the poignant circumstances of the dancer’s career successes and upheavals and the lyrical prose of this talented author.

Author Appearances

Eger has scheduled a number of author appearances and exciting ballet-related activities affording her young fans an opportunity to meet and speak with the author. She will be in the Edmonds area – or on the radio – on these dates:

Saturday, March 15 ~ 6:30 p.m. ~ Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park;
Tuesday, Mar 18 ~ Noon “Chat With Women” on KIXI-AM, 880AM on the radio dial;
Thursday, Mar 20 ~ 5:15 to 8 p.m. ~ Edmonds Plaza Room ~ Author’s Reception.

“84 Ribbons” ($16.95, 360-page trade paper, ISBN 978-0-9858933-2-3 published by Tendril Press) is available at Edmonds Bookshop, 111 5th Ave. S. and other select book stores.

— By Emily Hill

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