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Thursday, March 21, 2019
6:00 PM


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Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


“Part Holmesian mystery, part love story, and funny as hell, "If You’re Out There" is a true exploration of deep-rooted friendship that unfolds with pitch-perfect pacing. It’s my new obsession.”––David Arnold, bestselling author of "The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik"

Katy Loutzenhiser discusses "If You're Out There." She will be joined in conversation by Gloria Chao. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At 57th Street Books

About the book: After Zan’s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts. Worse, Priya’s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn’t sound like her at all. Everyone tells Zan not to be an idiot: Let Priya do her reinvention thing and move on. But until Zan hears Priya say it, she won’t be able to admit that their friendship is finished. It’s only when she meets Logan, the compelling new guy in Spanish class, that Zan begins to open up about her sadness, her insecurity, her sense of total betrayal. And he’s just as willing as she is to throw himself into the investigation when everyone else thinks her suspicions are crazy. Then a clue hidden in Priya’s latest selfie introduces a new, deeply disturbing possibility: Maybe Priya isn’t just not answering Zan’s emails. Maybe she can’t.

About the author: Katy Loutzenhiser grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, dabbling in many art forms and watching age-inappropriate movies. After graduating from Bowdoin College, she found an unlikely home in the Chicago comedy scene and regularly sang improvised musicals in public. These days she writes YA books in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband. "If You're Out There" is her first novel.

About the interlocutor: Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of "American Panda" and "Our Wayward Fate" (releasing October 15, 2019). Her wayward journey to fiction included studying business at MIT, then becoming a dentist. Gloria was once a black belt in kung-fu and an avid dancer, but nowadays you can find her teaming up with her husband on the curling ice. "American Panda" received four starred trade reviews and is a "Seventeen Magazine," "Bustle," "PopSugar," Chicago Public Library, and "Paste Magazine" Best YA Book of 2018.