TEEN EVENT
Sonora Reyes: The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School 
7PM TUESDAY, MAY 17
Sonora Reyes
IN CONVERSATION WITH EMERY LEE (CAFÉ CON LYCHEE) AND JONNY GARZA VILLA (FIFTEEN HUNDRED MILES FROM THE SUN)
Emery Lee and Jonny Garza Villa
LOCATION | IN-PERSON: TEMPE




REGISTRATION REQUIRED. A limited number of free tickets are available. You can also support Changing Hands by purchasing the book via Eventbrite below, or by contributing what you can. A suggested contribution of $10 or $20—whatever you can afford—will help keep our virtual event series sustainable and accessible to all. Thank you!
 
Join us for an evening with local YA author, Sonora Reyes, as they present their debut novel, The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School, in conversation with fellow YA authors, Emery Lee (Café Con Lychee) and Jonny Garza Villa (Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun).

 

Can't make it? Purchase a signed copy from Changing Hands here, while supplies last:

The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes

Café Con Lychee and other books by Emery Lee

Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun by Jonny Graza Villa


ABOUT THE LIVE EVENT

  • We're limiting attendance to allow for social distancing, so registration via Eventbrite is required for admission.
  • Masks are required.


ABOUT THE BOOK
A sharply funny and moving debut novel about a queer Mexican American girl navigating Catholic school, while falling in love and learning to celebrate her true self. Perfect for fans of Erika L. Sánchez, Leah Johnson, and Gabby Rivera.

Sixteen-year-old Yamilet Flores prefers to be known for her killer eyeliner, not for being one of the only Mexican kids at her new, mostly white, very rich Catholic school. But at least here no one knows she's gay, and Yami intends to keep it that way.

After being outed by her crush and ex-best friend before transferring to Slayton Catholic, Yami has new priorities: keep her brother out of trouble, make her mom proud, and, most importantly, don't fall in love. Granted, she's never been great at any of those things, but that's a problem for Future Yami.

The thing is, it's hard to fake being straight when Bo, the only openly queer girl at school, is so annoyingly perfect. And smart. And talented. And cute. So cute. Either way, Yami isn't going to make the same mistake again. If word got back to her mom, she could face a lot worse than rejection. So she'll have to start asking, WWSGD: What would a straight girl do?

Told in a captivating voice that is by turns hilarious, vulnerable, and searingly honest, The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School explores the joys and heartaches of living your full truth out loud.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sonora Reyes is a queer second-generation immigrant who attended a Catholic high 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.

ABOUT THE MODERATORS
Emery Lee is a kidlit author, artist, and You-Tuber hailing from a mixed-racial background. After graduating with a degree in creative writing, e's gone on to author novels, short stories, and web comics. When away from reading and writing, you'll most likely find em engaged in art or snuggling cute dogs. Find em online at www.emeryleebooks.com.

Jonny Garza Villa is a product of the great state of Texas, born and raised along the Gulf Coast, and a decade-long resident of San Antonio. Jonny is an author of contemporary young adult fiction that maintains a brand of being proudly Latinx, and the most queer, and embracing the power and beauty of the chaotic gay. Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun is their debut novel. For more information, visit www.jonnygarzavilla.com.