MacIntosh Books will be kicking off its new Literary Lunchbox Series with award-winning children’s author Jen Calonita Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Sanibel Community House.

Tickets ($25 available at MacIntosh) will include author talk, boxed lunch provided by the Sanibel Deli and a hardcover copy of the first book in Jen’s new middle grade series, Misfits. Talk will begin at 11 a.m. followed by an opportunity to meet the author and have your book personalized. Jen Calonita is the first author to appear in the 2018-19 series.

It's no secret how Jen Calonita knows the inside scoop on Hollywood. A former entertainment editor at a teen magazine, Jen started out her career chronicling backstage life at concerts with Justin Timberlake and interviewing Zac Efron on film sets. It was her work in the entertainment world that inspired her first series, Secrets of My Hollywood Life.

The six-book series about a teen starlet named Kaitlin Burke who grew weary of the fame game but loved being an actress was published in nine countries. Jen's other young adult novels include Sleepaway Girls and Summer State of Mind (since she was a camp counselor as a teen), Reality Check and Belles, which is about two young girls who share one life-altering secret. Her latest young adult book, Turn It Up, is about a girls' high school acapella group.

In her first middle grade series, Fairy Tale Reform School, readers explore a school run by Cinderella's formerly wicked stepmother. The series (Flunked, Charmed, Tricked, and Switched) are told from spunky young former thief, Gillian Cobbler. In Jen's other middle grade series, VIP readers get a diary-eye look at life on the road with the world's biggest boy band as told by their number one fan, Mackenzie Lowell.

Fans of Jen’s Fairy Tale Reform School series will love her newest book, Misfits which is also set in the land of Enchantasia. Misfits centers around Princess Devin Nile, who is more interested in taking care of creatures than sitting on a throne and wearing a tiara.

When she is forced to go to Royal Academy, a school for young royals, she encounters more than just princes and princesses. Imagine harpies, dragons, and an evil witch, not to mention her threatening headmistress/fairy godmother who may or may not have Devin’s best interests at heart. Throughout all the mystery and drama, she’s also expected to act like a princess and wait for a prince to come and save her.

Misfits moves at a quick pace and manages to entertain every step of the way. There are many positive characters working together against evil, and several mysteries along the way. The book does end on a cliffhanger, leading into the next book in the series which Jen is already working on.
Jen lives in Merrick, New York with her husband, two sons, and their two Chihuahuas, Captain Jack Sparrow and Ben Kenobi.

Attendees can expect to hear Jen speak about her writing inspiration and process, her extensive body of work and what she feels we as parents and grandparents can do to foster the love of reading in the young people around us. Older children are welcome to attend with an adult.
For ticket information, questions or more information about the Literary Lunchbox Series call MacIntosh Book and Paper at 239-472-1447.