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Girl Crush: A Discussion on Queer YA With Leah Johnson, Amy Spalding and Moderated by Jasmine Guillory
Thursday September 24 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for a exciting discussion on queer YA with authors Leah Johnson (You Should See Me In A Crown) and Amy Spalding (We Used to Be Friends), moderated by New York Times bestselling romance author Jasmine Guillory (Party of Two, The Wedding Date)!
This event will be streamed on Crowdcast. Click here to RSVP!
About You Should See Me In A Crown
A Reese's Book Club YA Pick!
Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it's okay -- Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz's plans come crashing down . . . until she's reminded of her school's scholarship for prom king and queen. There's nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she's willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She's smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?
About We Used to Be Friends
Two best friends grow up—and grow apart—in this innovative contemporary YA novel.
Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used to Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.
About Party of Two
A chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns into a whirlwind affair that gets everyone talking in this New York Times bestseller.
Dating is the last thing on Olivia Monroe’s mind when she moves to LA to start her own law firm. But when she meets a gorgeous man at a hotel bar and they spend the entire night flirting, she discovers too late that he is none other than hotshot junior senator Max Powell. Olivia has zero interest in dating a politician, but when a cake arrives at her office with the cutest message, she can’t resist—it is chocolate cake, after all.
Olivia is surprised to find that Max is sweet, funny, and noble—not just some privileged white politician, as she assumed him to be. Because of Max’s high-profile job, they start seeing each other secretly, which leads to clandestine dates and silly disguises. But when they finally go public, the intense media scrutiny means people are now digging up her rocky past and criticizing her job, even her suitability as a trophy girlfriend. Olivia knows what she has with Max is something special, but is it strong enough to survive the heat of the spotlight?
About the Authors
Leah Johnson (she/her) is a writer, editor and eternal Midwesterner, currently moonlighting as a New Yorker. She is a graduate of Indiana University and Sarah Lawrence College, where she received her MFA in fiction writing, and currently teaches in their undergraduate writing program. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her on Twitter, ranting about pop culture and politics. You Should See Me in a Crown is her first novel.
Amy Spalding (she/her) is the author of several novels for teens, including Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) and The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), which earned a starred review from Kirkus. She lives in Los Angeles.
Jasmine Guillory (she/her) is the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Date, The Proposal, The Wedding Party, and Royal Holiday. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Oprah Magazine.com, and Shondaland.com. She lives in Oakland, California.
Partner event: LIC Reading Series: Marie-Helene Bertino, Jennifer Croft, Maaza Mengiste
Tuesday September 29 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
LIC Reading Series presents an evening of brief readings and a lively panel discussion with Marie-Helene Bertino (PARAKEET), Jennifer Croft (HOMESICK; translator, FLIGHTS), and Maaza Mengiste (THE SHADOW KING). Join us for an awesome time with three amazing women who write novels, stories, essays, memoir, AND translate award-winning literature!
LIC Reading proud to be based in Queens, and as always, the event will also feature stories about Queens from the guest writers, and Queens-based prizes for the audience.
***Anyone who submits a question when registering for this webinar will be entered for a raffle prize from the LIC Reading Series MAGIC SILVER BOX.***
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No, YOU Tell It! “Coming & Going” Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event
Wednesday September 30 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM
For this special Bookend Event, fellows from Lambda Literary have teamed up with storytelling series No, YOU Tell It! for a night of queer storytelling with a twist. Four curated storytellers have worked together to develop their nonfiction stories inspired by the theme “Coming & Going” on the page. Watch as they trade tales and present each other’s stories on the virtual stage.
Plus, a chance to win fun literary prizes from The Astoria Bookshop!
Nancy Agabian (Queens Writers Resist)
Calvin S. Cato (RISK!, Laugh It Up, Astoria!)
Nicole Shawan Junior (Lambda Literary Fellow)
Charlotte Marchant (Lambda Literary Fellow)
Hosted by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons, instructor of The Astoria Bookshop's creative writing workshop - now online every other Sunday! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2020 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT
$10 suggested donation to the Woodside/Sunnyside Community Covid-19 Food Relief Group
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No, YOU Tell It! “Coming & Going” is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
For more information about the series, storytellers, and to listen to our podcast, visit No, YOU Tell It! (www.noyoutellit.com)
Partner Event: The Resort presents Darcey Steinke in conversation with Helen Phillips
Wednesday September 30 | 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Join our partner The Resort LIC for a wonderful hour with two terrific writers, in celebration of the paperback launch of Darcey Steinke's FLASH COUNT DIARY!
Darcey will read briefly from FLASH COUNT DIARY and then have a discussion with Helen, followed by q&a with the audience.
Are you a member of the Resort? Anyone from their virtual membership program who attends this event will receive a copy of FLASH COUNT DIARY in the mail! Sign up for the membership program here: https://www.theresortlic.com/virtual-community
More about Darcey Steinke: https://www.theshipmanagency.com/darcey-steinke
More about Helen Phillips: https://www.helencphillips.com/
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