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RGC Author Event

Join us at The Book Cellar for an event of author speed dating, fun book giveaways and delicious snacks with Reading Group Choices!

Authors will rotate among small groups of readers and discuss their new books. Seven authors will be present for this event: J.L. and M.A. Powers, Lucy Knisley, Krystyna Poray Goddu, Sarah Shoemaker, Penelope Bagieu, and Jennifer Latham.



About the authors:

J.L. Powers is the award-winning author of three young adult novels, The Confessional, This Thing Called the Future, and Amina. She is also the editor of two collections of essays and author of a picture book, Colors of the Wind. She works as an editor/publicist for Cinco Puntos Press, and is founder and editor of the online blog, The Pirate Tree: Social Justice and Children's Literature. She teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at Skyline College in California's Bay Area, served as a jurist for the 2014 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature, and is launching Catalyst Press in 2017 to publish African writers. 

M.A. Powers is J.L.'s "little" (but much taller) brother. He has a PhD in the oncological sciences from the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is currently a stay-at-home dad and lives in Maine.

Lucy Knisley is the author and illustrator of beloved graphic novels about memory, identity, food, and family. Her Alex Award-winning graphic novel, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, tells the story of her childhood steeped in the food industry. It was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into five languages. Her travelogues (French MilkAn Age of License, and Displacement) and web comic series ( Stop Paying Attention) have been lauded by critics, and her combined work has built her a devoted readership for her honest and thoughtful true-life stories. Her recent graphic memoirs include Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride. She lives and works in Chicago, with her new husband.

Krystyna Poray Goddu holds a degree in comparative literature from Brown University. Author of "Dollmakers and Their Stories: Women Who Changed the World of Play," she has contributed to "American Girl" magazine, the "New York Times Book Review", and the "Riverbank Review of Books for Young Readers" and is a regular reviewer of children s books and writer for "Publishers Weekly." She has worked at "Woman's Day" magazine and was founding editor of "Dolls" magazine and cofounder of Reverie Publishing Company, which publishes books on dolls and toys for collectors and children. She has also worked in school libraries and taught writing to middle-school students in independent schools in New York City.

Sarah Shoemaker is a former university librarian and currently lives in northern Michigan.

Penelope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982, to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Exquisite Corpse was her first graphic novel to be published in the United States.

Jennifer Latham is an army brat with a soft spot for kids, books, and poorly behaved dogs. She's the author of Scarlett Undercover and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband and two daughters.

Alex Lyttle is a pediatrician living in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and three children. He was raised in London, Ontario - the setting of his first novel, From Ant to Eagle, which he wrote based on his experiences working in the Pediatric Oncology unit. When he is not working, writing or playing basketball, he enjoys learning new magic tricks to perform for his young patients.

More information about this event is available here:

Event date: 
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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Published: Black Sheep - October 3rd, 2017

Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626722491
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Published: First Second - May 3rd, 2016

A Girl Called Vincent: The Life of Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781613731727
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Published: Chicago Review Press - April 1st, 2016

Mr. Rochester Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455569809
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 9th, 2017

California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas Cover Image
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Published: First Second - March 7th, 2017

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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 21st, 2017

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ISBN: 9781771681117
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Published: Central Avenue Publishing - April 1st, 2017

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