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High Stakes: Rebellion & Resistance

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm PST
1422 SW 11th Ave Portland, Oregon 97201

Young women find themselves in precarious situations, and must decide whether or not to take the risk to step up to the fight—whether against an active shooter, a corrupt regime, or the high school principal—in these three novels. In April Henry’s Run Hide Fight Back, a group of six teens are trapped when a deadly shooting breaks out a Portland shopping mall that forces each of them to confront their own secrets. (Henry describes the inspiration as Die Hard meets The Breakfast Club.) Tehlor Kay Mejia’s fantasy debut, We Set the Dark on Fire, introduces Dani, a society wife-in-training who is recruited by rebel spies and falls for her biggest rival. Renée Watson is the co-writer of Watch Us Rise, about two best friends who find their voices and stand up and speak out when their Women’s Rights Club is shut down by their high school. Moderated by Emily Suvada, author of the This Mortal Coil series.

Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission. Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.

April Henry

April Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including the YA novels Girl, Stolen,The Night She Disappeared, and the thriller Face of Betrayal, co-authored with Lis Wiehl. Her most recent novel is a mystery/thriller Run, Hide, Fight Back. She is from Oregon.
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Tehlor Kay Mejia

Tehlor Kay Mejia is an Oregon native and the author of  the YA novels We Set the Dark on Fire and We Unleash the Merciless Storm and the middle grade novel Paola Santiago and the Drowned Palace. Her short fiction has appeared in the All Out and Toil & Trouble anthologies from Harlequin Teen. Her recent book is Miss Meteor, co-written with Anna-Marie McLemore.

Purchase Miss Meteor from Powell's Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Renée Watson

Renée Watson is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for young readers. Her books have sold over one million copies. She has received several awards including the Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Award, and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Many of Renée's books are inspired by her childhood growing up in Portland, Oregon. Her writing explores themes of home, identity, body image, and the intersections of race, class, and gender. She has given readings and lectures at many renown places including the United Nations, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Embassy in Japan and New Zealand. Her books include the Ryan Hart series, Piecing Me Together, and This Side of Home, as well as acclaimed picture books:  Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills and The 1619 Project: Born on the Water, co-authored with Nikole Hannah-Jones. Renée splits her time between Portland, Oregon and New York City.
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Emily Suvada

Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to earn a degree in mathematics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take her minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. The third book in her This Mortal Coil series, This Vicious Cure, was released in winter 2020. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and son.

Purchase this Vicious Cure from Powell's Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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