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Kelly Loy Gilbert, Emily X.R. Pan, and Anna-Marie McLemore

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States (map)

Three wonderful authors. Three extraordinary YA reads.  One special afternoon. 

Come celebrate with us as we launch Kelly Loy Gilbert’s new book Picture Us in the Light, west coast launch Emily X.R. Pan’s The Astonishing Color of After, and continue to fangirl over Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty.

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Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of the William C. Morris Debut Award finalist Conviction, is a profound love story with epic scope that will break readers’ hearts and put them back together again. Told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Danny Cheng, this urgent and hauntingly beautiful novel delves into critical and timely issues of deportation, systemic racism, and sexual identity. "This urgent, achingly beautiful story shines a light on those living in the shadows. A beacon of hope and resistance." - Melissa de la Cruz

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Emily X.R. Pan  is a co-creator of Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology and  the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine.  The Astonishing Color of After is a stunning and heartbreaking novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love. It alternates between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, of which John Green says "Emily X.R. Pan's brilliantly crafted, harrowing first novel portrays the vast spectrum of love and grief with heart-wrenching beauty and candor. This is a very special book."

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Anna-Marie McLemore is the author of William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist The Weight of Feathers, Stonewall Honor Book When the Moon Was Ours, and Wild Beauty. A stunning exploration of love, loss, and family of which  Kirkus says “Part mystery, part love story, this evocative, lush novel is a delight for sophisticated readers."


Earlier Event: April 14
Big Ideas Reading Group
Later Event: April 16
William Vollmann