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Virtual Author Chat: YA LGBTQ+ Panel (Escondido Library's Virtual Author Chat Series)

Event date: 
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 3:30pm

The Escondido Public Library’s livestreams are hosted on Facebook! To view and register for the event click here
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Join us on Facebook for a live conversation with Z.R. Ellor, F.T. Lukens, and Alexandra Overy.
We will be taking questions from the viewers.

This event is brought to you by Escondido Public Library and Mysterious Galaxy
View our virtual event code of conduct here. Please note that it applies to all attendees, authors, and moderators and is to ensure our event spaces stay a positive, welcoming place for respectful discussions and multiple perspectives.  

About the Panelists
Jessica Buck
(she/her) is an Adult Services Librarian at the Escondido Public Library where she focuses on reference services, outreach, and programming. Jessica hosts various author chats as well as the library’s Between the Covers Romance Book Club. Follow her on twitter @mrsjgbuck and Instagram @romancelibrarian.

ZR Ellor is an author and literary agent from the Washington, DC area. An avid lifelong reader, he wrote his first novel when he was twelve years old and never put down his pen. He graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a dual degree in biology and English literature. His non-literary interests include running, travel, and global cuisine. May The Best Man Win is his debut novel.

F.T. Lukens is the author of four young adult novels published through Interlude Press, and her book Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic was a 2017 Cybils Award finalist in YA Speculative Fiction, won the ForeWord INDIES Book of the Year Gold Award for YA Fiction, and the Bisexual Book Award for Speculative Fiction, and it was also recently named to ALA’s 2019 Rainbow List. F.T. lives in North Carolina with her husband, three kids, three dogs, and three cats. Visit her at FTLukens.com.

Alexandra Overy is the author of the These Feathered Flames duology, as well as the forthcoming middle grade fantasy, The Gingerbread Witch (2022).  Learn more at: https://www.alexandraovery.com/

About The Books
May the Best Man Win
A trans boy enters a throw-down battle for the title of Homecoming King with the boy he dumped last summer in ZR Ellor's contemporary YA debut.
Jeremy Harkiss, cheer captain and student body president, won’t let coming out as a transgender boy ruin his senior year. Instead of bowing to the bigots and outdate school administration, Jeremy decides to make some noise—and how better than by challenging his all-star ex-boyfriend, Lukas for the title of Homecoming King?
Lukas Rivers, football star and head of the Homecoming Committee, is just trying to find order in his life after his older brother’s funeral and the loss long-term girlfriend—who turned out to be a boy. But when Jeremy threatens to break his heart and steal his crown, Lukas kick starts a plot to sabotage Jeremy’s campaign.

In Deeper Waters
A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him when he is kidnapped during his coming-of-age tour in this swoony adventure that is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pirates of the Caribbean.
Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic secret, he can finally see his family’s kingdom for the first time. His first taste of adventure comes just two days into the journey, when their crew discovers a mysterious prisoner on a burning derelict vessel.
Tasked with watching over the prisoner, Tal is surprised to feel an intense connection with the roguish Athlen. So when Athlen leaps overboard and disappears, Tal feels responsible and heartbroken, knowing Athlen could not have survived in the open ocean.

These Feathered Flames
"These Feathered Flames is a stunning debut as dark, lush, and captivating as the best fairy tales."--Nina Varela, author of the Crier's War duology
When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. While Izaveta remained at court to learn the skills she'd need as the future queen, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm.
But before Asya's training is completed, the ancient power blooms inside her, which can mean only one thing: the queen is dead, and a new ruler must be crowned.
As the princesses come to understand everything their roles entail, they'll discover who they can trust, who they can love--and who killed their mother.


 

May the Best Man Win Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250625120
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 18th, 2021

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In Deeper Waters Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534480506
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 20th, 2021

These Feathered Flames Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335147967
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Inkyard Press - April 20th, 2021