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James Klise "I'll Take Everything You Have" Launch Party

James Klise will be in store at The Book Cellar to celebrate the release of his new book I'll Take Everything You Have!

About the Book:

In the summer of 1934, Joe Garbe arrives in Chicago with one goal: Earn enough money to get out of debt and save the family farm. Joe’s cousin sets him up with a hotel job, then proposes a sketchy scheme to make a lot more money fast. While running his con, Joe finds himself splitting time between Eddie, a handsome flirt on a delivery truck, and Raymond, a carefree rich kid who shows Joe the eye-opening queer life around every corner of the big city.

Joe’s exposure to the surface of criminal Chicago pulls him into something darker than he could have imagined. When danger closes in—from gangsters, the police, and people he thought were friends—Joe needs to pack up and get lost. But before he can figure out where to go, he has to decide who he wants to be.

I’ll Take Everything You Have is a vivid portrayal of queer coming of age in Depression-era Chicago, and a timeless story of trying to make your future bright when the rest of the world is dead set on keeping it hidden in the dark.

About the Author:

James Klise’s new YA novel, I’ll Take Everything You Have (Algonquin Young Readers), is a queer coming-of-age crime story set in 1934 Chicago. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews promises "passionate, cinematic scenes" and "a thrillingly queer adventure." Publishers Weekly calls the book "an arresting narrative... and a mesmerizing snapshot of 1930s Chicago." James' previous novels for teens include the Edgar Award-winning The Art of Secrets and the ALA Stonewall Honor-winning Love Drugged. He lives in Chicago, and for the past two decades, he has overseen a very busy high school library.

Event Start Time: 
Thursday, March 02, 2023 - 7:00pm

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