EVENT: David Levithan, Sara Farizan, and Eliot Schrefer
WHEN: Sunday, October 18, 3:00 pm
WHERE: THE ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP
The Odyssey Bookshop and the Jones Library present David Levithan, Sara Farizan, and Eliot Schrefer in conversation at the Odyssey on Sunday, October 18th at 3:00 PM as part of our October YA Panel: Connecting to Character moderated by the Jones Library’s very own Young Adult Services Coordinator, Garrett Pinder. The authors will discuss their most recent novels, Another Day, Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, and Threatened, respectively, and the strategies and techniques they use to craft compelling characters that resonate and remain with readers long after the book ends.
In Another Day, his enthralling companion to Every Day, David Levithan tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you. Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin. One day, Justin finally seems to see her and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . .wasn’t Justin at all.
Sara Farizan’s Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel follows high-school junior Leila, who has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, until the sophisticated, beautiful Saskia shows up. Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual. Struggling to sort out her growing feelings and Saskia’s confusing signals, Leila confides in her old friend, Lisa, and grows closer to her fellow drama tech-crew members, especially Tomas, whose comments about his own sexuality are frank, funny, wise, and sometimes painful. Gradually, Leila begins to see that almost all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and many are keeping fascinating secrets of their own.
Eliot Schrefer’s Threatened eloquently unites endangered chimpanzees with an equally endangered boy. When AIDS orphan Luc is hired by a professor of dubious credentials, he trades street life for the jungles of Gabon. There among the chimps, he discovers danger, self- sufficiency, and an unlikely family. This is more than a tale of animal conservation. Emotionally told with lush descriptions and insight into chimp and human behavior, Threatened illuminates the common struggle of all creatures to survive.