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Magic & Power: Tehlor Kay Mejia, Anna-Marie McLemore, & Bethany C. Morrow

Fri, November 13 from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm PST
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Bethany C. Morrow and Tehlor Kay Mejia or Anna-Marie McLemore

 

Teen heroines find their voices and their power—thanks to strong female friendships, and at least a little bit of magic. Co-authors Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore (Miss Meteor) and Bethany C. Morrow (A Song Below Water) will be in conversation with Emilly Prado (Funeral for Flaca).

Miss Meteor is a gorgeous and magical collaboration between two critically acclaimed, powerhouse YA authors: Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore. An underdog story, the novel centers on Lita Perez and her ex-best friend, Chick Quintanilla, and the Miss Meteor beauty pagaent, which hasn’t seen a winner that looks like either of Lita or Chicky in all its history. The road to becoming Miss Meteor isn’t about being perfect; it’s about sharing who you are with the world—and loving the parts of yourself no one else understands. So to pull off the unlikeliest underdog story in pageant history, Lita and Chicky are going to have to forget the past and imagine a future where girls like them are more than enough—they are everything.

Bethany C. Morrow’s A Song Below Water is a captivating modern fantasy about black sirens, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of racism and sexism. Tavia must hide her siren powers, while Effie is pitted against literal demons from her past. When the aftermath of a siren murder trial rocks the nation and nothing in their hometown of Portland, Oregon, seems safe, their unbreakable sisterhood is the only thing that can save Tavia and Effie from drowning.


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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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Anna-Marie McLemore

Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, raised in the same town as the world’s largest wisteria vine, and taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. They are the author of The Weight of Feathers, When the Moon Was Ours, Wild Beauty, Blanca & Roja, and Dark and Deepest Red, and the co-author with Tehlor Kay Mejia of Miss Meteor.

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

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Bethany C. Morrow

Bethany C. Morrow is a recovering expat recently returning from six years in Montreal, Quebec, to live and write in north country, New York. A California native, Bethany graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Sociology. Following undergrad, she studied Clinical Psychological Research at the University of Wales, Bangor, in Great Britain before returning to North America to focus on her literary work. She is the author of the adult novel Mem (Unnamed Press) and the editor of the young adult anthology Take the Mic (Arthur A. Levine Books). A Song Below Water is her debut standalone young adult novel.

Purchase A Song Below Water from Powell's Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Emilly Prado

INTERIM DIRECTOR OF YOUTH PROGRAMS

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Emilly Prado (she/her) is the Interim Director of Youth Programs at Literary Arts. She began her work with the organization in 2017 as a Writer in the School before joining the staff in 2018 as a WITS Program Specialist and Apprentice Program Supervisor. Emilly’s work as a writer focuses on creative nonfiction and journalism, with an emphasis on amplifying the voices and experiences of people from marginalized communities. She is an award-winning multimedia journalist with publication in outlets including NPR, The Oregonian, Eater, The Stranger, and more. Emilly is the author of youth non-fiction title Examining Assimilation (Enslow, 2019) and self-published chapbook, Funeral for Flaca: a Mixtape Memoir in Essays. She is a Tin House Workshop alumna amongst others, and moonlights as a DJ with Noche Libre, the Latinx DJ collective she co-founded in 2017. Learn more at www.emillyprado.com

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