MIRIAM LANDIS at Books Inc. Palo Alto

Author image of Miriam Landis and cover photo of her book Lauren in the Limelight

Books Inc. Palo Alto proudly welcomes Miriam Landis to the shop for a celebration of her book Lauren in the Limelight!

Miriam will be in conversation with Kristine Elliott.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Gugelethu Ballet Project.

For fans of the classic novel Ballet Shoes, a coming-of-age dance story reimagined for a new generation

As she begins 6th grade, Lauren Lightfoot wants nothing more than to get her first pair of pointe shoes, enjoy her love for ballet, and spend time with her friends. Lauren and her friends Bryan and Serena are challenged to define themselves both on stage and in the world when they audition for the Pacific Northwest Ballet School and compete for roles in the spring recital.


"Lauren in the Limelight promotes empathy and understanding, and deals with the crucial moments in life when we gain maturity, break from our parents' version of us, and become ourselves."
Peter Boal, Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet and author of Illusions of Camelot

"This is the ballet book I wish I could have read as a young ballet student."
Megan Fairchild, principal dancer with New York City Ballet and author of The Ballerina Mindset

"I so wish that Lauren in the Limelight had been in my local library when I was a tween-ager... I would have loved loved loved to imagine myself Lauren then and I know that tweens-ballet fans or not-are going to love it now."
Nancy Pearl, author of the Book Lust series and George & Lizzie: A Novel

"It has everything. Drama. Competition. Passion. If you love ballet, you will love Miriam Landis's book."
Mary Helen Bowers, Founder and CEO of Ballet Beautiful

"Lauren in the Limelight centers around three young adolescents captivated by ballet's mysterious, magical lure, but this book is about so much more than dance. The characters' relationship and fascination with ballet is a prism through which we- and they- begin to discover and understand the complexities of self-identity, autonomy, and morality and that adults have just as many internal conflicts as kids."
Gavin Larsen, author of Being a Ballerina and former principal with Oregon Ballet Theatre

"We love stories about dancers written by dancers! Lauren in the Limelight is a novel perfect for young dancers starting their journey into pointe work."
Kathryn Morgan, former soloist with New York City Ballet


Miriam Landis is a faculty member at the Pacific Northwest Ballet. She was a LitCamp fellow, and an assistant editor at Simon & Schuster, Hyperion, and the Amazon Books team. A Stanford grad, she was also a student at the School of American Ballet and a professional ballerina with Miami City Ballet. When not writing, teaching, or dancing, she enjoys life on Lake Washington alongside her husband and four children. In addition to Lauren in the Limelight, she is the author of two young adult novels, Girl in Motion and Breaking Pointe. Learn more at www.miriamlandis.com.

Event date: 
Sunday, December 10, 2023 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Town and Country Village
855 El Camino Real #74
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Lauren in the Limelight By Miriam Landis, Jill Cecil Cover Image
ISBN: 9798988307822
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rhododendron Press - September 12th, 2023