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Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 12:01 am

Book signing

You meet the author, book subject and illustrator of “Genois Wilson, Firefighter: She Dared to be First” during a book signing at 7 p.m. March 18 at the Pontiac Branch Library, 2215 Hanna St.

Genois Wilson Brabson, who since has retired, was the first woman member of the Fort Wayne Fire Department. The children's book about her life was written by Carol Butler and illustrated by Teresa Yarbrough, both of whom live in Fort Wayne.

You can buy books in advance for pickup at the book signing by using a credit card at You also can visit the website to learn more about how to donate the book to a school, club, church or other nonprofit organization.

Book launch event

Author Natalie Eggeman will celebrate the May 1 release of her book “Fear for Hire” with a book launch open house 5-7 p.m. April 24 at Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St.

Eggeman, who writes under the name Natalie S. Ellis, set the “sexy thriller” in Fort Wayne. The novel is being published as an ebook by HarperCollins.

The open house will include free appetizers and a cash bar. Door prizes will be awarded for social media tweets and posts made during the event.

A “Fear for Hire” book trailer, which is similar to a movie trailer, will be shown at 5:15, 6 and 6:15 p.m. People attending also can meet actors who performed in the trailer, which was made by Punch Films of Fort Wayne.

For more information, go to

‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy sales reach 100M

NEW YORK – “Fifty Shades of Grey” has joined the 100 million club.

Vintage Books announced Wednesday that sales for E L James' sexually explicit trilogy have reached 100 million copies and have spent 100 weeks on The New York Times' paperback best-seller list. The novels have been translated into 51 languages, including Hebrew, Icelandic and Korean. With a film adaptation planned for 2015, many more sales are likely.

Vintage is an imprint of Penguin Random House.

— News-Sentinel staff