LOGAN – Celebrated children’s fantasy author Brandon Mull has just released his fifth book in the Dragonwatch series, Return of the Dragon Slayers.
He, along with northern Utah author Tyler Whitesides, will be featured at an author and book signing event Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Logan Library (255 N. Main, Logan).
Mull will also appear in some local classrooms on Wednesday morning. During his class appearances, he talks to children about the importance of reading and cultivating their own creativity.
On KVNU’s For the People show Tuesday, he explained why he’s doing this.
“Well for me, using my imagination to share books has changed my life. Also, throughout my life, reading has been a form of escape and therapy for me. So I try to share these realities with the children. If they just read good books and create cool stuff, whatever their preferred creative outlet might be, which could be very wide, they will see their imaginations grow stronger. With this stronger imagination, it creates opportunities in life, ”he said.
Mull says he encourages reading because it does something other media platforms do almost as well.
“I’m not anti-Instagram, I’m not anti-TV or good movies, I like it all. But I think if we miss reading we are missing something that is so key on the entertainment menu. Because as we read it automatically engages our imagination, we become co-creator with the author of the story, law? We visualize this story for ourselves, instead of having someone show it to us.
Mull is a # 1 New York Times bestselling author and lives in Utah with his family.
Tyler Whitesides lives in northern Utah. While attending Utah State University, he got a part-time job as a night watchman where he came up with the idea for his five-pound series, Janitors.
He has now published ten books.