Regional author J. P. Cunningham will be at the Faulkner County Library at 10 a.m. on Oct. 27 to discuss his new book, "The Emerald Amulet."

In 2011, Cunningham was one of six nominees for the Georgia Author of the Year Award, based on his novel "Somerset." That book placed within the top twenty percent of contestant entries in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest of 2011. Now his second novel, "The Emerald Amulet" is available, and Cunningham has once again been nominated as Georgia Author of the Year.

Amid the mystery of Colombia’s dense forest, two boys find that life can be far more challenging than it seems. Eduardo is the son of a maid working on the estate of a wealthy Irish immigrant. The estate owner’s son and Eduardo often play together. One day, playing in the forest, they discover a cave where an old woman presents an emerald amulet and explains its mystical powers. After an unfortunate accident, Eduardo survives the other boy and learns that the protective powers of the amulet are both his birthright and his shield.

Cunningham originally came from a small town in Northeastern Arkansas, where his father’s family had lived since 1873, and is fluent in Spanish. Currently, he lives in Georgia where he writes fiction. All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 501-327-7482 or email