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Charis Presents Epic Pride, an Epic Reads tour featuring some of the most acclaimed YA authors to celebrate Pride Month with you and chat about their newest releases featuring LGBTQIAP+ characters! The panel includes Moderator: Becky Albertalli (she/her) (Imogen, Obviously), Abdi Nazemian (he/him) (Only This Beautiful Moment), Jason June (he/him/she/hers) (Riley Weaver Needs a Date to the Gaybutante Ball), and Sonora Reyes (they/them) (The Luis Ortega Survival Club).
A purchase of one of the authors’ new books from Charis is required to get books signed (and you can also bring books from home!).
Becky Albertalli is the number one New York Times bestselling author of William C. Morris Award winner and National Book Award longlist title Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (now a major motion picture, Love, Simon); The Upside of Unrequited; Leah on the Offbeat; the Simonverse novella Love, Creekwood; What If It’s Us (cowritten with Adam Silvera); Yes No Maybe So (cowritten with Aisha Saeed); and most recently, Kate in Waiting. Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.
Abdi Nazemian is the author of Like a Love Story, a Stonewall Honor Book, and The Authentics. His novel The Walk-In Closet won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. His screenwriting credits include the films The Artist’s Wife, The Quiet, and Menendez: Blood Brothers and the television series The Village and Almost Family. He has been an executive producer and associate producer on numerous films, including Call Me by Your Name, Little Woods, and The House of Tomorrow. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband, their two children, and their dog, Disco. Find him online at www.abdaddy.com.
Jason June is gay and femme and loves nothing more than a good pair of heels. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Out of the Blue, Jay's Gay Agenda, and more books about queer love and lust and chaotically gay shenanigans. He lives in Austin, TX, with his husband and their Pomeranian, Pom Brokaw, both of whom would be his escorts to the Gaybutante Ball. Find JJ on social media @heyjasonjune or on his website, heyjasonjune.com.
Sonora Reyes is a queer second-generation immigrant who is the bestselling author of The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School. They write fiction full of queer and Latinx characters in a variety of genres. Sonora is also the creator and host of #QPOCChat, a monthly community-building Twitter chat for queer writers of color. They currently live in Arizona, in a multigenerational family home with a small pack of dogs who run the place. You can visit them online at sonorareyes.com.
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A New York Times and Indie bestseller!
With humor and insight, #1 New York Times bestseller Becky Albertalli explores the nuances of sexuality, identity, and friendship in this timely new novel.
Imogen Scott may be hopelessly heterosexual, but she’s got the World’s Greatest Ally title locked down.
From the Stonewall Honor–winning author of Like a Love Story comes a sweeping story of three generations of boys in the same Iranian family. Perfect for fans of Last Night at the Telegraph Club and Darius the Great Is Not Okay.
The next LGBTQ+ young adult rom-com from New York Times bestselling author Jason June (author of Jay’s Gay Agenda and Out of the Blue).
From the bestselling author of the National Book Award Finalist The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School comes a revenge story told with nuance, heart, and the possibility of healing. An ideal next read for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson.