A Novel Idea: A Bite of Crabapple Scavenger Hunt with Karen White

March 15, 2017 – April 11, 2017 all-day
Urban Farmhouse
12680 Crabapple Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Elizabeth Fletcher

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author and Milton resident Karen White, Points North Atlanta and several Crabapple/Milton businesses will celebrate a one-of-a-kind book signing event on Tuesday, April 11 at Urban Farmhouse that is open to the public.

A Novel Idea: A Bite of Crabapple Scavenger Hunt encourages voracious readers to take part of this special event, which celebrates the release of White’s 23rd book, “The Night the Lights Went Out,” and benefits the Milton First Responders Foundation (MFRF).

Grab your book club, ladies group, neighbors and friends beginning March 15 for this scavenger hunt-style adventure, which starts at Urban Farmhouse, located at the crossroads in downtown Crabapple. Scavenger Hunt participants will purchase online or at Urban Farmhouse a $49 ticket, which will include a specially priced, signed copy of “The Night the Lights Went Out,” the Official Scavenger Hunt Clue Card and a pack of clues that will lead hunters to each participating Crabapple business where they will receive an apple sticker on their clue card. Completed clue cards will be used as entry into the raffle at the culminating book signing event on April 11. 

White’s stunning new novel, which has an intriguing connection to local residents, including wealthy school moms dressed in their tennis whites who drive SUVs, and a local fireman and policeman who assisted in the research for the books, is about a young single mother who discovers that finding out who your true friends are is the most important lesson of all. “The Night the Lights Went Out” chronicles recently divorced Merilee Talbot Dunlap, who moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple. It’s a place where reserved old-timers like town matriarch Sugar Prescott coexist uneasily with social climbers like Heather Blackford. Merilee knows that no life is perfect, especially her own. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women!

A portion of every ticket sold will benefit the Milton First Responders Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity, which is comprised of volunteers who dedicate their time “to strengthen the partnership between the citizens of Milton and its public safety first responders.”

Completing the Scavenger Hunt, any time from March 15 to the beginning of the April 11 event, requires participants to visit every stop on the trail and receive an official “Bite of Crabapple” sticker on their clue card. Each person who successfully completes the trail has the chance to win one of three incredible prizes: being a character in an upcoming Karen White novel; a fabulous Karen White reading basket; or a basket of goodies donated by participating Crabapple business (whether coupons, gift cards or actual items). All “hunters” also will receive future discounts at each of the participating businesses.

The special book signing with Karen White will be held at Urban Farmhouse on April 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m and is open to the public. Refreshments from local merchants like Wilbur & Rudy’s and Alpine Bakery will be offered to all ticket holders. For questions, please email Elizabeth Fletcher at elizabeth@idoeventsatlanta.com.

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read “Gone with the Wind,” White knew she wanted to be a writer — or Scarlett O’Hara. In spite of these aspirations, she pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a B.S. in management from Tulane University. After leaving the business world 10 years later, White fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book, “In the Shadow of the Moon,” which was published in August 2000. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including the SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers Alliance) Fiction Book of the Year, and has twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award. She hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her youth in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London.
White currently writes what she refers to as “grit lit” — Southern women’s fiction— and has also expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston, S.C. Her 22nd novel, “The Guests on South Battery,” was published in January 2017 by Berkley Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House Publishing Group. When not writing, she spends her time reading, scrapbooking, playing piano and avoiding cooking. She currently lives with her husband and two children and two spoiled Havanese dogs. karen-white.com

The Milton First Responders Foundation (MFRF), a 501(c)3 charity, is comprised ofo nly volunteers who dedicate their time. MFRF’s vision is to sustain an ongoing pro-gram to provide support in the following areas, including but not limited to: providing financial assistance for first responders injured or killed in the line of duty or enduring a family hardship;  recognizing Milton firefighter and police officer heroes who demonstrate exceptional skill, expertise, innovation, bravery and commitment to keeping Milton safe; and purchasing supplementary or non-budgeted equipment and training materials to keep Milton’s first responders performing at the highest level of productivity and preparedness. miltonfirstresponders.org