When you were 17, most of your spare time was used perfecting your fake ID and trying to convince your parents that being 30 minutes late for curfew was within a scientific margin of error. In hindsight, it’s probably still time well spent in many ways — life experience and all. But then you hear about people like Christopher Paolini and it makes you rethink those wasted, youthful hours. In his teens, Paolini was crafting stories that turned into the popular Inheritance Cycle series, including Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance. His books aren’t exactly light reading, either — all are fairly hefty tomes that the now 30-year-old wrapped up with the final installment last year. His appearance during the BooksmArt event at the Dallas Museum of Art (1717 Harwood) at 7 p.m. Tuesday gives us a chance to see what makes such an overachiever tick. He’ll discuss the fantasy lore that he’s created and hopefully give some background into what it was like to skip the miscreant phase and enter directly into something so timeless. Bring the whole family (and nudge those errant teens); get your $10 to $15 tickets at dallasmuseumofart.org/family/booksmart.
Tue., Oct. 23, 2012