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Come and color with Christopher Paolini

At age 15, Christopher Paolini began what would eventually become a publishing sensation.

Paolini, who will appear in person at 6:30 tonight at Auntie's Bookstore, is the author of what is known as the Inheritance Cycle, which comprises the four novels "Eragon," "Eldest," "Brisingr" and "Inheritance." The four books have, to date, sold some 35 million copies. "Inheritance" alone has been published in 53 countries.

In many ways, Paolini's own story is just as interesting as his books. Home-schooled, he graduated from high school just at the time he began writing his first novel. That novel was self-published, and Paolini traveled dressed in costume to publicize it. Eventually it was picked up by a major publisher, movie deals were made — and the rest is history.

Paolini's appearance at Auntie's will be in support of an ancillary project: "The Official Eragon Coloring Book" (see embed below).