Hudson Valley YA Society: Monica Hesse, Nova Ren Suma & Sara Farizan

Event date: 
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Ages 12 - Adult / RSVP Requested


Founded in 2010 by Jennifer Laughran & Suzanna Hermans, The Hudson Valley YA Society is a monthly author event series at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck, NY. The HVYAS brings the best and brightest YA authors to the Hudson Valley in a memorable and fun, party-like, "literary salon" atmosphere, with refreshments, conversation, and giveaways for attendees.

Monica HesseMONICA HESSE's stunning new novel - THE WAR OUTSIDE - is a story of conviction, friendship, and betrayal. It's 1944, and World War II is raging across Europe and the Pacific. The war seemed far away from Margot in Iowa and Haruko in Colorado--until they were uprooted to dusty Texas, all because of the places their parents once called home: Germany and Japan. Haruko and Margot meet at the high school in Crystal City, a "family internment camp" for those accused of colluding with the enemy. The teens discover that they are polar opposites in so many ways, except for one that seems to override all the others: the camp is changing them, day by day and piece by piece. Monica is the bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author of Girl in the Blue Coat and American Fire, as well as a journalist with The Washington Post. She lives outside Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog.

Nova Ren Suma by Erikl RyersonIn NOVA REN SUMA's new novel - A ROOM AWAY FROM WOLVES - Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable. Nova Ren Suma is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us, a finalist for an Edgar Award. She also wrote Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone and is co-creator of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in the Hudson Valley, spent most of her adult life in New York City, and now lives in Philadelphia.

Sara Farizan by Mark Karlsberg/Studio ElevenIn SARA FARIZAN'S new novel - HERE TO STAY - Bijan Majidi has flown under the radar for most of high school. He gets good grades, reads comics, hangs out with his best friend, Sean, and secretly crushes on Elle, one of the most popular girls in his school. When he’s called off the basketball team’s varsity bench and makes the winning basket in a playoff game, everything changes in an instant. Sara Farizan, the daughter of Iranian immigrants, was born in Massachusetts. She is an MFA graduate of Lesley University and holds a BA in film and media studies from American University. 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. So she came out of the closet in college and decided she wanted to be a writer. Sara has been a Hollywood intern, a waitress, a comic book/record store employee, an art magazine blogger, a marketing temp, and an after-school teacher, but above all else she has always been a writer. Sara lives near Boston, loves Kurosawa films, eighties R&B, and graphic novels, and thinks all kids are awesome. She is the acclaimed author of If You Could Be Mine and Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel.

Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck is a fully wheelchair accessible space with on-site van accessible parking. Microphones and speakers will not be used at this event [but can be made available with advance notice]. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us:

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Girl in the Blue Coat Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316260633
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 4th, 2017

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The Walls Around Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616205904
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 22nd, 2016

Imaginary Girls Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142421437
Availability: Available in our Warehouse: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - June 14th, 2012

17 & Gone Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142425329
Availability: Available in our Warehouse: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - March 6th, 2014

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616205492
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 6th, 2015

If You Could Be Mine: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616204556
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 9th, 2014