Young Adult Writer Showcase: Mindy McGinnis and Cinda Williams Chima
Join us for our last Read Ohio event of the year, featuring acclaimed young adult authors Mindy McGinnis and Cinda Williams Chima! We'll gather at Loganberry Books to hear the two authors read from newly published work, discuss their approach to young adult writing, and engage with questions from the audience. Read Ohio is presented in partnership with Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library.
Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning author and assistant teen librarian who lives in Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in English Literature and Religion, and sees nothing wrong with owning nine cats. Two dogs balance things out nicely. Mindy runs a blog for aspiring writers at Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, which features interviews with agents, established authors, and debut authors. Learn how they landed their agents, what the submission process is really like, and how it feels when you see your cover for the first time. Mindy does query critiques every Saturday on the Saturday Slash for those who are brave enough to volunteer.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima writes fantasy fiction for teens of all ages. Her Heir Chronicles and Seven Realms fantasy series have both been New York Times bestsellers. Chima’s books have received starred reviews in Kirkus and VOYA, among others. They have been named Booksense and Indie Next picks, an International Reading Association Young Adult Choice, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, to the Kirkus Best YA list, and the VOYA Editors’ Choice, Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and Perfect Tens lists. Her books also appear on numerous state awards lists and won the Buckeye Teen Book Award in 2011. She lives in Ohio with her family, and is always working on her next novel.
Lit Cleveland Holiday Mixer
You helped make 2017 a great year for Lit Cleveland. Now, it’s time to celebrate! Join us for our second annual Holiday Mixer. Spread holiday cheer with Cleveland’s vibrant community of journalists, novelists, poets, podcasters, comics, and readers.
This year, to make our holiday mixer a more intimate, special event, we’re making this a members-only gathering. If you’re not currently a member and wish to attend, we just ask that you join in advance or purchase a membership at the door.
Enjoy a stellar wine list and some complimentary appetizers, hear entertaining readings of original pieces by Lit Cleveland members, and enjoy the chance to win raffle baskets featuring products from some of our favorite vendors in the CLE.
Featuring readings by Amy Eddings, Patricia Averbach and Jackie Feldman.
About the readers:
Amy Eddings is WCPN’s host of “Morning Edition” from NPR News. She recently returned to her native Ohio after 28 years in New York City, where she worked the other end of the day hosting NPR’s “All Things Considered” on WNYC. She also covered New York City’s garbage and sanitation beat. She lives with her husband in rural Ada, Ohio.
Patricia Averbach, a Cleveland native, is the former director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center in Chautauqua, New York. Her work has appeared in Lilith Magazine, Margie, The Muse, and The Blue Angel Review. Her first work of fiction, Painting Bridges (Bottom Dog Press, 2013) was described by Michelle Ross, critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, as an intelligent, introspective and moving novel. Her poetry chapbook, Missing Persons (Ward Wood Publishing, 2013) received the London based Lumen/Camden prize in 2013. She has just completed a second novel, New Moon Rising, the contemporary story of a woman who loses her house, but finds her home.
Jackie Feldman has lived and worked in Cleveland most of her life. She holds an MA in English from Cleveland State University and is currently Director of Development at Council Gardens in Cleveland Heights. When she is not at the office, you will find her making revisions to her recently completed urban fantasy novel, Provenance, and writing short stories. Having moved to the U.S. from Ukraine as a child, Jackie often touches on themes of immigration and estrangement in her fiction.
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