Saturday, October 10 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Debut Authors: Making a Splash During the Apocalypse

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This event is now available to watch on our YouTube page, alongside the rest of our 2020 festival programming.

Write! Polish! Publish! Pandemic. How are some of this year's debut authors promoting their work during "these times?" Join Adam Smyer (You Can Keep That to Yourself: A Comprehensive List of What Not to Say to Black People, for Well-Intentioned People of Pallor) in conversation with social justice activist Mia Birdsong, memoirist and essayist Sejah Shah, novelist Carole Stivers, YA novelist Phil Stamper, and agent and middle-grade author Danielle Svetcov. $12

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Buy the authors' books at Litquake's bookstore here --

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Adam Smyer

Adam Smyer is an attorney, martial artist, and mediocre bass player. His nonfiction appears in the Johannesburg Review of Books. Adam's debut novel, Knucklehead (Akashic Books), was the sole title shortlisted for the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His second... Read More →

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Phil Stamper

Phil Stamper grew up in a rural village near Dayton, Ohio. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing. And, unsurprisingly, a lot of student debt. He works for a major book publisher in New York City and lives in Brooklyn with his husband and their dog... Read More →
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Mia Birdsong

Mia Birdsong is a pathfinder, community curator, and storyteller who steadily engages the leadership and wisdom of people experiencing injustice to chart new visions of American life. 
In her book How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community, Mia charts swaths of... Read More →
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Danielle Svetcov

Danielle Svetcov has been an agent with LGR Literary for 17 years. In February, her first novel, PARKED (set in San Francisco), published with Dial Books for Young Readers. It took her 17 years to finish. She lives and works in the Bay Area.
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Carole Stivers

Born in East Cleveland, Ohio, Carole Stivers received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She went on to post-doctoral work at Stanford University before launching a career in medical diagnostics. She now lives in California, where she's combined... Read More →
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Sejal Shah

Sejal Shah is the author of the debut essay collection, This Is One Way to Dance (University of Georgia Press, 2020). She has been awarded residencies or fellowships from Blue Mountain Center, the Kenyon Review Writers' Workshop, Kundiman, and the New York Foundation for the Arts... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2020 12:00pm - 1:15pm PDT