Join YA authors Amber J. Keyser and Elana K. Arnold in conversation about their latest novels, launching in April from Lerner Publishing Group’s Carolrhoda Lab™ imprint. Sara Gundell of Novel Novice will be joining them in conversation.
Both books tackle important issues facing young women today; namely, the cultural battlefield of the female body, internalized sexism, LGBTQ identity, and women’s empowerment.
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
POINTE, CLAW by Amber J. Keyser is the alternating narrative between childhood best friends Dawn and Jessie, now seventeen, who fight for their identities and their friendship amid brutal academic, cultural, and environmental pressures.
(Publishers Weekly starred review: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4677-7591-5)
WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF by Elana K. Arnold tells the story of Nina Faye, sixteen, who embarks on an investigative journey through her own and her mother’s personal histories with the help of magical realism and classical artistic depictions of women, both ethereal and horrifying.
(Kirkus starred review: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/elana-k-arnold/what-girls-are-made-of/)
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Elana K. Arnold is a novelist with titles published and forthcoming from Random House, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lerner Press, and Simon & Schuster. Some of her books have been included on the LA Public Library’s Best Books of the Year list, the Bank Street Best Book list, the YALSA “Best Fiction for Young Adults” list, have been ALAN picks, and have been selected for inclusion in the Amelia Bloomer Project (feminist books for young readers). Her most recent YA novel, INFANDOUS, won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and the Westchester Fiction Prize. She holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing/Fiction from the University of California, Davis, where she has taught Creative Writing and Adolescent Literature.
Amber J. Keyser is currently an Oregon Book Award Finalist for THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a heart-wrenching novel of loss and survival, and THE V-WORD (Beyond Words/Simon Pulse, 2016), an anthology of personal essays by women about first-time sexual experiences, which was chosen as one of the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens 2016 and the Chicago Public Library’s Best Nonfiction for Teens 2016. Keyser’s previous novel, The Way Back From Broken, is a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature.Find out more about her work at www.amberjkeyser.com and @amberjkeyser.