Hybrid Event: Jay Hardwig launches Just Maria in conversation with Allan Wolf

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Join Jay Hardwig and Allan Wolf for the launch celebration of Hardwig's new book, Just Maria. Both authors will sign and personalize books purchased from Malaprop's.

This is a hybrid event, meaning there is an option to attend virtually and a limited number of seats available to attend the event in-store. Registration is required for both in-person and virtual attendance. 

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Just Maria is the story of Maria Romero, a blind sixth-grader who is trying her hardest to be normal. Not amazing. Not inspiring. Not helpless. Not weird. Just normal. Normal is hard enough with her white cane, glass eyes, and bumpy books, but Maria's task is complicated by her neighbor and classmate JJ Munson, an asthmatic overweight oddball known in the halls of Marble City Middle as a double-dork paste-eater. When JJ draws Maria into his latest hare-brained scheme--a series of public challenges to prove their worth as gumshoes for his Twinnoggin Detective Agency--she fears she's lost her last chance to go unnoticed. When a young girl goes missing on the streets of Marble City, Maria's new-found confidence is tested in ways she never anticipated. Use your cane and your brain, and figure it out . . . Aimed at middle-grade readers, Just Maria explores difference and disability without resorting to the saccharine and engages universal themes about the price of popularity and the meaning of independence.

Jay Hardwig is a certified teacher for the visually impaired who has worked with children with blindness and low vision for more than twenty years.  He has taught at public schools throughout Texas and North Carolina, adding a Master’s degree in Special Education and certification as an Orientation & Mobility instructor in 2011.  His writing credits include scores of essays, features, and short fiction published in periodicals ranging from The Austin Chronicle to Blue Ridge Outdoors to Bridal Guide.  He currently works for Buncombe County Schools and IFB Solutions, where he directs summer camps for children with vision loss.  When not taking blind kids ziplining, he reads, writes, and plays barrelhouse piano with his friends and family in Asheville, North Carolina.

Allan Wolf is an acclaimed poet and storyteller. Along with his two other historical verse novels, The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic and New Found Land: Lewis and Clark's Voyage of Discovery, he is the author of The Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems About Our Parts and the young adult novels Who Killed Christopher Goodman? and Zane's Trace. Allan Wolf lives in Asheville, North Carolina

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - 6:00pm
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