Fans, writers, and the curious are welcome to a panel discussion with local YA authors Laurie Stolarz, Diana Renn, and Jonathan Kranz. They'll be talking about their writing, the importance of Young Adult literature, and answer questions from the audience. Afterwards, they will be happy to sign their books for you.
About LAURIE STOLARZ:
"Return to the Dark House":
Ivy Jensen survived the Dark House once, but can she make it out a second time? The killer is still out there - somewhere. The police trail has gone cold, though, and it's up to Ivy to piece together the clues to find him.
"Welcome to the Dark House":
What's your worst nightmare? For Ivy Jensen, it's the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it's bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams. And for 7 essay contestants, it's their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake's latest, confidential project.
LAURIE Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. She's written many novels for Young Adults including the popular "Blue is for Nightmares" and "Touch" series.
About DIANA RENN:
"Blue Voyage": (On sale October 13, 2015 ~ Pre-order your book now!)
Zan is a politician’s daughter and an adrenaline junkie. Whether she’s rock climbing or shoplifting, she loves to live on the edge. But she gets more of a rush than she bargained for on a forced mother–daughter bonding trip to Turkey, where she finds herself in the crosshairs of an antiquities smuggling ring. These criminals believe that Zan can lead them to an ancient treasure that’s both priceless and cursed. Until she does so, she and her family are in grave danger.
“I have to run”, said Juan Carlos. “You will call? Please? It is very important.”
“Yes. I will call. Definitely. At two.”
That’s what Tessa promises. But by two o’clock, young Ecuadorian cycling superstar Juan Carlos is dead, and Tessa, one of the last people ever to speak to him, is left with nothing but questions. The media deems Juan Carlos’s death a tragic accident at a charity bike ride, but Tessa, a teen television host and an aspiring investigative journalist, knows that something more is going on.
Sixteen-year-old Violet is thrilled when her father's new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns sour when a priceless sketch by van Gogh is stolen from her father's client and held ransom for a painting by the artist. The problem is that nobody knows where the painting is hidden, and until they find it, all their lives are in danger.
DIANA: "I write contemporary novels for young adults featuring globetrotting teens, international intrigue, and more than a dash of mystery. I’m also the Fiction Editor at YARN (Young Adult Review Network), an award-winning online magazine featuring short-form writing for teens.
When I was five years old, I knew that I wanted to be a writer. I always loved writing in school, and I was fortunate to have had many encouraging teachers. I also knew that in order to be a good writer I needed to be a good reader. I majored in English at Hampshire College, and earned my M.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University.
I grew up in Seattle, and I now live outside of Boston with my husband, our young son, and a moody cat. In my spare time I love taiko drumming, bike riding, and, of course, traveling."
About JONATHAN DAVID KRANZ:
"Our Brothers at the Bottom of the Bottom of the Sea":
It’s the summer, it’s the beach, it’s the Jersey Shore. The sun shines, the waves beckon, and the boardwalk’s hysterical with lights and laughter. What could be possibly go wrong?
For Rachel Leary, Ethan Waters, and Leonard Washington Washington [not a typo], everything has gone wrong, and summer at the shore is just a way to rub salt in their wounds. Rachel wants to believe that grief is like a house guest who just doesn’t know when to leave. Ethan insists that his private loss should be a very public concern. And Leonard just wants to be left alone—as long as he’s not actually pushed aside.
Two small words, 'Don’t fall', appear everywhere on the boardwalk and draw the three together. Their friendship triggers the discovery of a hidden journal, the revelation of a forbidden love, and the uncomfortable suspicion that the most powerful man in Sea Town harbors the secrets behind their shared losses.
By the time the summer ends, some will see that everything they have looked forward to has burned—literally—to the ground, while others will steal new hopes they had never expected to find.
JONATHAN: "I was born on an island, Manhattan, but grew up in New Jersey, where I did not go to the beach as often as I would have liked. I studied painting in college (Rutgers), then framed pictures, installed kitchen cabinets, and worked as a backstage theater go-fer before pursuing my MFA in creative writing.
True to form, I bummed around again—this time with a family in tow, making my living as a marketing copywriter—before a vacation in Ocean City gave me the inspiration for my first novel, "Our Brothers at the Bottom of the Bottom of the Sea".
Today, I live with family (and an annoying little dog) in a suburb north of Boston."