Amber Smith and Mason Deaver discuss their new young adult novels

Amber Smith and Mason Deaver discuss their new young adult novels, Something Like Gravity and I Wish You All the Best

Wednesday 6/19, 7pm

Join us for a conversation about love, teenagers, and LGBTQ+ diversity in the world of young adult publishing!

About Something Like Gravity:

For fans of Love, Simon and Eleanor & Park, a romantic and sweet novel about a transgender boy who falls in love for the first time—and how first love changes us all—from New York Times bestselling author Amber Smith.

Chris and Maia aren’t off to a great start.

A near-fatal car accident first brings them together, and their next encounters don’t fare much better. Chris’s good intentions backfire. Maia’s temper gets the best of her.

But they’re neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their best efforts, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other.

The path forward isn’t easy. Chris has come out as transgender, but he’s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before. Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister and trying to find her place in the world without her. Falling in love was the last thing on either of their minds.

But would it be so bad if it happened anyway?

Amber Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels The Way I Used to Be and The Last to Let Go. An advocate for increased awareness of gendered violence, as well as LGBTQ equality, she writes in the hope that her books can help to foster change and spark dialogue surrounding these issues. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her partner and their ever-growing family of rescued dogs and cats.


About I Wish You All the Best:

Perfect for fans of Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli, Mason Deaver's stunning debut will rip your heart out before showing you how to heal from tragedy and celebrate life in the process.

"Heartfelt, romantic, and quietly groundbreaking. This book will save lives." -- Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

It's just three words: I am nonbinary. But that's all it takes to change everything.

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they're thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents' rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

But Ben's attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan's friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.
 
Mason Deaver is a non-binary author and librarian from a small town in North Carolina where the word "y'all" is used in abundance. When they aren't writing or working, they're typically found in their kitchen baking something that's bad for them or out in their garden complaining about the toad that likes to dig holes around their hydrangeas. I Wish You All the Best is their debut novel.
 
 
Event date: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
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752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
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Something Like Gravity Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534437180
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 18th, 2019

I Wish You All the Best Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338306125
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Push - May 14th, 2019

The Last to Let Go Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481480741
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - January 29th, 2019

The Way I Used to Be Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781481449366
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - March 7th, 2017