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Friday, November 9, 2018
6:00 PM


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Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


Join us for a dynamic panel with six critically-acclaimed authors of young adult novels: Jessie Ann Foley, Michelle Falkoff, Crystal Chan, Gloria Chao, and Samira Ahmed. Kate Hannigan will be the moderator. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

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About the author: Jessie Ann Foley writes books for young adults. Her debut novel, "The Carnival at Bray", was named a Printz Honor Book, a Kirkus Best Book of 2014, a YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults title, and a William C. Morris Award finalist. Her second novel, "Neighborhood Girls", was a 2017 Booklist Editor’s Choice and YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults title. Her third novel, "Sorry for Your Loss", is out from HarperTeen in June 2019.

About the author: Michelle Falkoff attended Columbia Law School in New York and went on to be an intellectual property litigator in Silicon Valley. She serves as the Director of the Communication and Legal Reasoning program at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and teaches fiction on the side at the University of Chicago. She is the author of the young adult novels "Playlist for the Dead" (an NPR Great Read of 2015), "Pushing Perfect" (2016), and "Questions I Want to Ask You" (2018).

About the author: Crystal Chan’s most recent novel, "All That I Can Fix", has been listed in and and received three starred reviews. When Crystal isn’t writing, her passion is giving diversity talks to adults and kids alike, telling stories on Wisconsin Public Radio, and hosting conversations on social media. Her debut novel, "Bird", was published in nine countries and is available on audiobook in the US.

About the author: Gloria Chao is an MIT grad turned dentist turned writer. She is always up for Dance Dance Revolution, cooperative board games, or soup dumplings. Her debut novel, "American Panda", received four starred trade reviews, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and Indie’s Next Pick, and is nominated for several awards including YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adult. Her second novel, "Misaligned", is forthcoming fall 2019.

About the author: Samira Ahmed was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in a small town in Illinois in a house that smelled like fried onions, cardamom, and potpourri. A graduate of the University of Chicago, she taught high school English, helped create dozens of small high schools, and fought to secure billions of additional dollars to fairly fund public schools. She's lived in Vermont, Chicago, New York City, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango.

About the moderator: Hyde Park author Kate Hannigan writes fiction and nonfiction for young readers. Her latest title, the picture book biography "A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights" spotlights barrier-breaker and early suffragette Belva Lockwood, who fought for the rights of women in classrooms, courtrooms, and the ballot box.