YA writers in Tucson in October

If you love YA fiction, October’s a great month to be in Tucson!

Saturday, October 3, 2-4 p.m.
Fantastic Creations: Author Panel Discussion

Here’s your chance to hear some amazing young adult authors of fantastic literature talk about the art and craft of writing:

  • NYT Bestseller Lisa McMann, author of Wake and Fade
  • First-time novelist A.S. King, author of The Dust of 100 Dogs
  • Local author Janni Lee Simner, author of Bones of Faerie

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room

A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.


Friday, October 23, 7 p.m.
Young Adult Authors Benefit for Owl & Panther

Join us at Antigone Books (411 N. 4th Ave.) for a fabulous event for kids, teachers, librarians, and aspiring authors to benefit the Owl & Panther Organization,

  • Robin Brande will read from Fat Cat, a funny, thoughtful novel that explores how girls feel about their bodies, and the ways they can take care of their most precious resource: themselves.
  • Juanita Havill will read from Grow: A Novel in Verse. This novel, written from the perspective of 12-year old Kate, shows how an inner-city community garden brings neighbors together.
  • Marge Pellegrino will read from Journey of Dreams. A modern-day Underground Railroad during conflict in Guatemala forms the center of this wonderful and stirring novel told from the viewpoint of a 13-year-old Mayan girl.
  • Janni Lee Simner will read from her novel, Bones of Faerie. The war between humanity and Faerie has devastated both sides. When 15-year-old Liza discovers she has the Faerie ability to see into the past and future, she finds what may be the key to healing both worlds.
  • Jennifer J. Stewart will read from her novel, Close Encounters of a Third-World Kind. When 12-year old Annie’s father announces that the family will be spending the next two months in Nepal on a medical mission, Annie’s not so sure about this adventure. But when she meets Nirmala, a girl close to her own age, the real adventure begins.

The reading will be followed by a question and answer period. Refreshments will be served.

20% of the sales from this event will go to Owl & Panther, a group that helps those affected by trauma through creative writing and counseling. Owl and Panther especially seeks to treat trauma associated with torture, dislocation, refugee status, or family problems. Event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc.

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