Paige Britt will return to a place that she says that as a kid was “full of magical treasures” when she comes to Salado’s Fletcher’s Books & Antiques to sign her recently-released debut book, “The Lost Track of Time.”
Britt will be at Fletcher’s Books and Antiques 4-6:30 p.m. April 11 to sign the book which was officially released March 31 and was dubbed in a Publisher’s Weekly starred review as “an exuberant homage to the power of imagination and creative problem-solving, as well as the importance of making time for oneself, one’s dreams, and one’s friends.”
“I was lucky enough to grow up in a town with a bookstore,” Britt says of Salado, where she moved with her family in 1974 to live in the Barton House. Her parents are Darwin and Carolyn Britt. Her father moved the historic storefronts from Santa Anna, Texas that have become a landmark in Salado best known as Salado Square.
Paige attended elementary school in Salado and high school in Belton, where she was influenced by English teacher Weeta Sue Evans. Britt graduated from Belton in 1987 and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991.
After graduation, she became an editor at the Institute for the Humanities at Salado, working alongside Dr. Harry Wilmer and Mrs. Nancy Lefler to produce educational programs for adults. While at the Institute, she edited a series of essays from famous thinkers, teachers and writers on spirituality and religion. She fell in love with the topic and a few years later enrolled in graduate school. Paige received her master’s in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1996.
She eventually returned to central Texas and taught creativity and spirituality classes at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton. She also began her career as a writer and instructional designer at Enspire, an e-learning company in Austin. She eventually left the corporate world to pursue her passion for writing children’s literature. The Lost Track of Time is her first book.
The Lost Track of Time is described as a magical fantasy, an allegorical cautionary tale, a feast of language and a celebration of creativity.
In it, Penelope is running out of time. She dreams of being a writer, but how can she pursue her passion when her mother schedules every minute of her life? And how will she ever prove that writing is worthwhile if her mother keeps telling her to “get busy!” and “be more productive”?
Then one day, Penelope discovers a hole in her schedule–an entire day completely unplanned–and she mysteriously falls into it. What follows is a mesmerizing journey through the Realm of Possibility where Penelope sets out to find and free the Great Moodler, the one person who may have the answers she seeks. Along the way, she must face an army of Clockworkers, battle the evil Chronos, take a daring Flight of Fancy, and save herself from the grip of time.
At 320 pages with illustrations by Lee White, The Lost Track of Time is written for children ages 8-12.
Paige will read from her book at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. There will also be games and giveaways.