This Saturday, April 8th, local writer and former editor at The Stake, Andrew DeYoung, will be reading from his new YA sci-fi novel The Exo Project. DeYoung will be joined by Sara Biren, who will read from her novel, The Last Thing You Said.
The two debut authors are holding their launch party at Solomon’s Porch (100 W 46th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419), at 7:00 PM. The event is hosted by Addendum Books. Be sure to come out for a literary party, including food and beer. Because book parties are the best parties.
And please, show your support for a great local bookstore like Addendum by buying both books. If you bought on Amazon already, you’re forgiven. But the rest of you, reserve your purchase for an-person purchase from Addendum. It’s more important than ever to support your local bookstores.
Both Andrew and Sara’s books were named among the best new books releasing this month by the Children’s Book Review. VOYA said of Exo Project: “In addition to its entertainment value, the book’s greatest strength is its willingness to take on such issues as climate change, bigotry, sexism, violence, and responsibility for the common good.”
Kirkus called “The Last Thing You Said “the best kind of tragic love story.”
Learn more about Andrew and his book through this great interview, then mark your calendar for Saturday night.
And from The Stake, congratulations Andrew. We’re very proud of you.
THE EXO PROJECT
“This fast-paced, sharply written multiple-perspective YA science-fiction debut opens on a future Earth ravaged by solar radiation. Desperate for money to save his sick mother, seventeen-year-old Matthew agrees to participate in the Exo Project, a government plan to save the human race by flying across the galaxy in search of a habitable planet for resettlement. He thinks he’s been given a death sentence: 100 years in cryostasis, followed by a quick death on some barren world. But then he lands on Gle’ah, discovering the strange, beautiful creatures who live there, including Kiva, the captivating teenage girl who leads her planet’s matriarchal society. Kiva views Matthew as a threat and for good reason—if he tells Earth that he’s found a suitable planet, it will mean the end of her people’s way of life. But then Kiva and Matthew discover an emotional connection they never expected—and as they begin to delve into the secrets of Matthew’s mission and the dark truth behind the seeming paradise of Gle’ah, the choices they make will have consequences for both of their worlds.”
THE LAST THING YOU SAID
“Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.”