HUDSON VALLEY YA SOCIETY: David Levithan, Sara Farizan, Bennett Madison & Hollis Seamon
This event will be held at Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY.
David Levithan is a returning HVYAS fan favorite! David is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press. David is following up his popular last novel Every Day, with Two Boys Kissing, forthcoming from Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 27, 2013) - a story based on true events that features Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. Author Image by Jake Hamilton
Sara Farizan was born in Massachusetts. Her parents immigrated from Iran in the seventies, her father a surgeon and her mother a homemaker. Sara grew up feeling different in her private high school not only because of her ethnicity but also because of her liking girls romantically, her lack of excitement in science and math, and her love of writing plays and short stories. She came out of the closet in college. She is an MFA graduate of Lesley University and holds a BA in film and media studies from American University. In her forthcoming book from Algonquin Young Readers If You Could Be Mine (August 20, 2013), seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love—Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.
Bennett Madison is the author of several books for teenagers, including The Blonde of the Joke (HarperTeen 2009) and his newest book September Girls (HarperTeen 2013). He grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland, went to Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he writes the Lulu Dark series. Bennett’s former occupations include: phone psychic, clothes-folder, no-nonsense receptionist, and writer of not-very-good cartoons.
Hollis Seamon spent years caring for her own young son, and visiting a children’s hospital. She became fascinated and touched by the young people she met there, who remained teenagers no matter how ill they were. Seamon's short stories have recently appeared in numerous publications, and her work has been included in anthologies such as "The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review" (Bellevue Literary Press, 2008), "Celestial Electric Set" (Emrys Foundation, 2008), and "The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe and Other Stories of Women and Fatness" (The Feminist Press, 2003). Hollis is Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany NY and teaches for the Fairfield University MFA in their Creative Writing Program. She lives in Kinderhook, NY. Somebody Up There Hates You is her first novel for Young Adults.