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Love & Basketball: Sloane Leong & Liara Tamani

Sat, November 7 from 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm PST
Livestream at PDXBookFest.org


Sloane Leong and Liara Tamani


Friendships are tested, hearts broken, and secrets are revealed on and off the basketball court in these luminous young adult novels.

In Sloane Leong’s graphic novel A Map to the Sun, the principle players on a struggling girls’ basketball team navigate their friendships and families as they are challenged in ways that make them reevaluate just who and how they trust. And in Liara Tamani’s novel All the Things We Never Knew, two Black teenagers, Carli and Rex, discover how first love, heartbreak, betrayal and family can shape you—for better or worse.

Moderated by Lucy Feldman of TIME magazine.

Purchase A Map to the Sun | All the Things We Never Knew

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Love & Basketball: Sloane Leong & Liara Tamani

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Sloane Leong

Sloane Leong is a self-taught cartoonist, artist and writer of Hawaiian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Native American, and European ancestries. Her work aims to connect personally with individuals through storytelling and to cultivate a kinder, more understanding future. She has been self-publishing her own comics since she was sixteen and has done various work for companies like Image Comics, First Second, Top Cow, Cartoon Network, DC, Dark Horse, Boom!, Namco, and BuzzFeed. She is currently living near Portland, Oregon. Her recent graphic novel is A Map to the Sun.

Purchase A Map to the Sun from POWELL'S BOOKS, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Liara Tamani

Liara Tamani lives in Houston, Texas, and has an MFA in writing from Vermont College. Her fiction has appeared in Apalachee ReviewBlackbirdDuctsFourteen HillsThe Griffin, and Storyscape Journal, among others. In addition to writing, she teaches the healing movement forms of Nia and yoga. She is the author of Calling My Name and, most recently, All the Things We Never Knew.

Purchase All the Things We Never Knew from POWELL'S BOOKS, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Lucy Feldman

Lucy Feldman is a Senior Editor for TIME, overseeing the magazine’s extensive coverage of books and authors. During her tenure, Colson Whitehead and Margaret Atwood became the first authors in a decade to appear on the cover of TIME. Previously, she held roles at Vanity Fair and the Wall Street Journal, where she ran the WSJ Book Club.
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