WestportWRITES: YA Lit Fest

Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Meet first-time Young Adult (YA) literature authors Carrie Firestone (The Loose Ends List), Karen Fortunati (The Weight of Zero), Shannon Parker (The Girl Who Fell) and Rebecca Podos (The Mystery of Hollow Places). They will speak about their debut novels, their writing inspiration, and about the publishing process. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Grades 6-adult. Registration is free and includes coffee. Register online.
Carrie Firestone's debut novel is The Loose Ends List. She has lived in rural, urban, and suburban places, and, while she currently lives in the suburbs, she is decidedly a CITY person. When she isn’t writing, you might find her reluctantly sharing her popcorn at the movies, trying to get people (or dogs) to do a conga line, or adding items to her loose ends list.

Karen Fortunati’s debut YA novel, The Weight of Zero, was released in October 2016 by Delacorte/Random House. It's been named an Indies Introduce title, a Barnes and Noble 2016 Most Anticipated Debut, an Amazon Editors Favorite YA Book for Fall and was featured in the September issue of Seventeen Magazine's "What Hot This Month." Karen is currently working on her second novel and finishing her master's thesis at Trinity College.

Shannon M. Parker is the YA author of The Girl Who Fell, chosen as one of Amazon's Top 20 YA Books (so far) in 2016. Her sophomore YA release, The Rattled Bones, is due out from Simon & Schuster in August of 2017. Shannon is an educator and adoption advocate, as well as a contributing author to Welcome Home: A YA Anthology on Adoption, due out from Jolly Fish Press in September, 2017.

Rebecca Podos' debut YA novel, The Mystery of Hollow Places, is a Junior Library Guild Selection, receiving starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist and BCCB (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.) Her second novel, Like Water, is due out Fall 2017 from Balzer + Bray. Rebecca works as a YA and MG agent at the Rees Literary Agency in Boston.

Community partner: Fairfield County Writers' Studio

This event is a part of WestportWRITES, a comprehensive new library program designed to guide writers through all stages of publishing. Look for more WestportWRITES programming throughout the year.

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