LOCATION | IN-PERSON: TEMPE
This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.
Local YA author James Ramos presents his debut novel, The Wrong Kind Of Weird, in conversation with Sonora Reyes, author of the beloved National Book Award finalist The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School.
ABOUT THE LIVE EVENT
ABOUT THE BOOK
A high-energy YA contemporary love story, following multicultural geek and nerd club member Cameron Carson... and his secret relationship with school queen bee Karla Ortega.
Cameron Carson has a big senior-year secret. A secret with the power to break apart his friend group.
Cameron Carson, member of the multicultural Geeks and Nerds United (GANU) club, has been secretly hooking up with student council president, cheerleader, theater enthusiast, and all-around queen bee Karla Ortega since the summer. The one problem—what was meant to be a summer fling between coffee shop coworkers has now evolved into a clandestine school-year entanglement, where Karla isn’t intending on blending their friend groups anytime soon, or at all.
Enter Mackenzie Briggs, who isn’t afraid to be herself or wear her heart on her sleeve. When Cameron finds himself unexpectedly bonding with Mackenzie and repeatedly snubbed in public by Karla, he starts to wonder who he can truly consider a friend and who might have the potential to become more…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James Ramos (they/he) is a nonbinary, unapologetically dorky Minnesota native who now calls Arizona home. Weaned on a steady diet of sci-fi, comic books, and classic literature, James wrote his first story at eight years old and hasn't stopped writing since. James is passionate about stories that give voice to marginalized people, especially those within the LGBTQ+ community and people of color. When they aren't writing, they can be found cosplaying or surrounded by their amazing family of cats.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Born and raised in Arizona, Sonora Reyes is the bestselling author of The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School and the forthcoming contemporary young adult novel: The Luis Ortega Survival Club. In Sonora’s sharply funny and moving debut novel, The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School follows a queer Mexican American girl navigating Catholic school, while falling in love and learning to celebrate her true self. It is a finalist for the National Book Award for Young Adult Literature.
Sonora writes fiction full of queer and Latinx characters in a variety of genres, with current projects in both kidlit and adult categories.