Award-winning author and Chattanooga local Chris Grabenstein will be visiting the Northgate location of The Public Library Monday to discuss his most recent young adult book, "Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers."
Grabenstein, a former Signal Mountain resident, moved to Chattanooga when he was 10 years old.
He said teachers at the local elementary and middle schools he attended as a child encouraged him in his writing.
"One … actually wrote in the margins of one of my eighth-grade essays, 'You will make your living as a writer some day,'" Grabenstein said.
That is a message Grabenstein said he hopes to pass along to the children he speaks to and writes for.
"They can go anywhere their imagination takes them," he said. "And the best way to become a writer is to read, read, read," he said.
Grabenstein, who now lives in New York City, is the author of several young adult series and several adult series.
He is currently writing a new book, titled "Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library," and he recently completed the sequel to "Riley Mack."
Grabenstein will be at the library May 7 at 6:30 p.m.
He will also visit students at Clifton Hills Elementary to speak with fourth- and fifth-graders.
"I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones," he said of his upcoming visit.