Less than a year after coming up with the idea to start his own publishing company for teens, Wayzata High School student Justin M. Anderson’s Sigma’s Bookshelf is ready to release its first two titles.
The launch party for the 16-year-old Minnetonka resident’s debut novel, “Nothing But Trouble,” and 13-year-old Roseville resident Ruby Schwieger’s “The Murder at Emerson’s” will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 2100 Snelling Ave., Roseville.
At the event, both teen authors will share the inspiration behind their stories and do readings. Anderson’s “Nothing But Trouble” is the story of a pharmaceutical CEO so desperate to save his company, he throws ethics out the window when a mysterious man leads him to a cure for cancer. His decision to move forward with a human trial involving the “cure” without testing it first leads to nothing but trouble.
In “The Murder at Emerson’s,” a couple of kids stumble upon a murder scene at their school, and the conspiracy to cover it up. They turn into amateur sleuths, but in the process of trying to solve the case almost become victims themselves.
Two additional titles are scheduled for release this fall. They are “Night of the Crown” by Hunter Thompson, 16, of Plymouth, and “Guardian Angel” by Kayla Klanreungsang, 14, of Manitoba, Winnipeg.
After the teens present, Sigma’s Bookshelf co-founder Rachel M. Anderson will talk about what’s next for the company, which exclusively publishes the work of teen authors at no expense to the teens.
The event is free and open to the public. Sigma’s Bookshelf is a sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts, a nonprofit arts service organization. Contributions on behalf of Sigma’s Bookshelf may be made payable to Springboard for the Arts and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donations can be made online at sigmasbookshelf.com/donate.