This Summer: Teen Book Clubs Spectacular

Teen readers on the cape this summer are in for a special treat as there will be many book clubs at the Falmouth Public Library’s Main Library to partake in this July and August.

Readers ages 14 and up are invited to register online and participate in the Teen Summer Read-a-Thon which began on July 11 and runs through Monday, August 15.

Rules

  • The book club is recommended for ages 14-17, but anyone between the ages 0f 12-18 is welcome to participate.
  • Whether you are planning to attend one book club or all six, please read one of the books by the participating author(s). When you register, you will be able to select a book, or you can order one from another library if your chosen book is not available at our library.
  • If you can’t attend the whole club, that’s okay! Be sure to arrive a half hour after the club start time to be able to virtually meet the author. Arrive on time to enjoy snacks and a fun discussion with your peers.

Schedule

Held every Monday between July 11 – August 15, the book club times vary, so please be sure to take note.

July 11: We met Kendare Blake. Thanks for coming!

July 18: We met Andrew Smith. Thanks for coming!

July 25: Fonda Lee – Canceled!

August 1: Meet YA author Jeff Garvin, 3:30-4:30pm, Bay Room

August 8: Meet YA author Tommy Wallach, 3:30-4:30pm, Bay Room

August 15: Meet YA author A.S. King, 3:30-4:30pm, Bay Room

About the Authors

Andrew Smith @marburyjack

Andrew Smith is the award-winning author of several Young Adult novels, including the critically acclaimed Grasshopper Jungle (2015 Michael L. Printz Honor, 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Carnegie Medal Longlist) and Winger. He is a native-born Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world. His university studies focused on Political Science, Journalism, and Literature. He has published numerous short stories and articles. The Alex Crow, a starred novel by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist, is his ninth novel. He lives in Southern California.

Fonda Lee @fondajlee

Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. She is the author of Zeroboxer (Flux/Llewellyn, April 2015) and the forthcoming EXO (Scholastic, January 2017).

Enamored with science fiction and fantasy from an early age, Fonda wrote her first novel, about a dragon on a quest for a magic pendant, in fifth grade during the long bus ride to and from school each day. Many years later, she cast her high school classmates as characters in her second novel, a pulpy superhero saga co-written with a friend by passing a graphing calculator back and forth during biology class. Fortunately, both of these experiments are lost to the world forever.

Fonda is a long-time, avid martial artist in karate and kung fu. She goes mad for smart action movies (think The Matrix, Inception, and Minority Report). She loves a good eggs benedict. A corporate strategist by training, Fonda advised and worked for a number of Fortune 500 firms before taking the career swerve into becoming an author.

Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, Fonda has lived in Toronto, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Portland, Oregon—the city she and her family now call home.

Jeff Garvin 

Jeff Garvin grew up in Orange County, California, the son of a banker and a magician. He started acting in high school, and enjoyed a fifteen-year career including guest-starring roles in network television series ranging from The Wonder Years to Roseanne to Caroline and the City, as well as several independent features.

While studying at Chapman University, Jeff won awards for guitar performance and visual storytelling before graduating with a BFA in Film. As the front man of his rock band, 7k, Garvin released three albums and toured the United States. When the band dissolved in 2011, Jeff, who had always written short stories and lyrics, found his passion in full-length fiction.

His debut novel, Symptoms of Being Human, tells the story of Riley, a 16-year-old gender fluid teen who starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home. But when the blog goes viral, a storm of media attention threatens Riley’s anonymity.

Jeff lives in Southern California with his music teacher wife, their menagerie, and a respectable collection of books and guitars.

Tommy Wallach @tommywallach

Tommy is a Brooklyn-based writer and musician. My debut novel, “We All Looked Up,” and is a NYTimes Bestseller. His second novel, “Thanks for the Trouble,” is out now and is making waves.

A.S. King  @as_king

A. S. (Amy Sarig) King is an award-winning author of both YA and adult fiction. She was born on March 10, 1970, in Reading, PA., and obtained a degree in traditional photography from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

King wrote her first novel in 1994, but it took her 15 years and more than seven novels to finally get published. Since then, her books have garnered many accolades. Ask the Passengers won the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Please Ignore Vera Dietz was a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, an Edgar Award Nominee, a Junior Library Guild selection and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick. Her first YA novel, The Dust of 100 Dogs, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and a Cybil Award finalist.

Her other titles include: I Crawl Through it, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, Reality Boy, and Everybody Sees the Ants. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous collections and anthologies, including: Monica Never Shuts up, One Death, Nine stories, Losing It, Break These Rules, and Dear Bully.

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