In 2010, Ally Condie captivated readers with her New York Times bestselling dystopian novel Matched – the first in a trilogy. In it, her characters Cassia, Xander and Ky discovered the highly controlling Society wasn’t what it proclaimed to be, and began their search for freedom and love.
The second novel Crossed, brought us to the outskirts of the Society, as Cassia and Ky searched for each other and the rebellion, in the hopes of finally being together, and getting answers to their many questions.
At a time when economies are failing around the world, gun violence is tearing through the headlines, and people are taking advantage of storm ravaged areas, it's hard to find and extend compassion for those around you.
Michelle Gagnon captivated adults around the world with her bestselling Agent Kelly Jones thrillers. She has now turned her attention to young adult books, and Don’t Turn Around is a pulsating, psychological thriller that will have people of all ages turning the pages. In it, she creates a an incurable disease that only affects teenagers and our characters are deep in the middle of it.
Deep in the Amazon rain forest sits a secret lab. For generations the scientists have managed to keep it and its work there a secret. Known as Little Cam, the residents there have been harboring a secret so deep, that if it came out to the world, it could change it forever. Jessica Khoury's new novel Origin., takes us to uncharted territory as we discover the life of perfect Pia.
In Gabrielle Zevin’s dystopian Birthright Trilogy, we’re brought into a world where chocolate & caffeine are illegal in America, and supplies are run by the mob. Anya Balenchine is at the heart of the controversy; as the rising matriarch of the mob family, she’s finally decided to accept the role, is determined to protect her siblings from the life.
David Levithan has successfully done what so many have failed to do in his novel Every Day; he has captured the very essence of the human condition. Levithan created A’s life and tied it to thousands of others, putting his characters to the test as they try to make sense of A’s odd and once solitary existence.
For over 50 years folksinger & songwriter Tom Rush has captivated and delighted audiences with his music. Considered the original troubadour, Rush helped put Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Jackson Brown in the limelight after doing covers of their early work.
Tom Rush will be performing at The Bennington Center for the Arts this Saturday Sept 29th at 8PM. He spoke with WAMC’s Katie Britton about his career, and how he bridges the gap between his folk roots, and the younger generations.
In Melissa Marr’s Carnival of Souls were brought into two worlds. One is where humans are blind to the witches and supernatural powers that be, and the other is a more carnal place where daimons kill for a higher place in society and lower caste members sell themselves for food and coin. Marr’s writing brings us flawlessly into these places, and gives us just enough to set our imaginations free.
In Kat Rosenfield’s debut novel, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, we’re brought into the lives of two young women who are trying to escape their circumstances. They both have bright futures, but only one has a chance to follow her dreams. Though Becca plans to move forward, she’s obsessed with the mysterious death of Amelia Anne and is reevaluating everything and everyone around her.