THE VERMILION EMPORIUM: A Conversation with Author JAMIE PACTON and Guest M.K. ENGLAND
A Room of One's Own is thrilled to welcome local author Jamie Pacton and guest author M.K. England for a conversation on Jamie's newest book The Vermilion Emporium.
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The Radium Girls meets the enchanting world of Howl’s Moving Castle, The Vermilion Emporium is a story of timeless love. It’s about healing in a world shrouded with despair and discovering a spark of magic when you need it most.
On the morning Twain, a lonely boy with a knack for danger, discovers a strand of starlight on the cliffs outside of Severon, a mysterious curiosity shop appears in town. Meanwhile, Quinta, the ordinary daughter of an extraordinary circus performer, chases rumors of the shop, the Vermilion Emporium, desperate for a way to live up to her mother’s magical legacy.
When Quinta meets Twain outside of the Emporium, two things happen: One, Quinta is sure she’s infatuated with this starlight boy, who uses his charm to hide his scars. Two, they enter the store and discover a book that teaches them how to weave starlight into lace.
Soon, their lace catches the eye of the Casorina, the ruler of Severon. She commissions Quinta and Twain to make her a starlight dress and will reward them handsomely enough to make their dreams come true. However, they can’t sew a dress without more material, and the secret to starlight’s origins has been lost for decades. As Quinta and Twain search the Emporium for answers, though, they discover the secret might not have actually been lost—but destroyed. And likely, for good reason.
Jamie Pacton is an award-nominated young adult and middle grade author, who writes swoony, funny, magical books across genres. The Vermilion Emporium is her YA fantasy debut. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching college English, obsessively reading obscure history, hiking, baking, or playing video games. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is her Young Adult debut and her sophomore novel, Lucky Girl, released from Page Street in May 2021.
M. K. England grew up on the Space Coast of Florida watching shuttle launches from the backyard. These days they call rural Virginia home, where their house is full of video games, dogs, plants, Star Wars memorabilia, and one tiny human. MK is the author of seven novels for kids, teens, and adults, including The One True Me & You, Player vs. Player, and Firefly: What Makes Us Mighty. You can find them at mkengland.com.