Live Stream: North Carolina YA Debut Author Panel

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Join us for this exciting virtual event featuring five North Carolina authors discussing their debut Young Adult novels! The conversation will be moderated by New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd.

The event is free but registration is required. Please click here to register and we will email you on the day of the event with the Zoom url and password.

Nora Shalaway Carpenter, author of The Edge of Anything (Running Press Kids, March 24, 2020)

A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Art’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program, Nora Shalaway Carpenter is the author of the YA contemporary novel, THE EDGE OF ANYTHING (Running Press, out now), contributing editor of the forthcoming YA anthology RURAL VOICES: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America (Candlewick, October 13, 2020), and author of the picture book YOGA FROG (Running Press, out now). Before she wrote books, Nora worked as associate editor of Wonderful West Virginia magazine and has been a Certified Yoga Teacher since 2012. Originally from rural West Virginia, she currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband, three young children, and the world’s most patient dog and cat. Learn more at

The Edge of Anything

Len is a loner teen photographer haunted by a past that’s stagnated her work and left her terrified she’s losing her mind. Sage is a high school volleyball star desperate to find a way around her sudden medical disqualification. Both girls need college scholarships. After a chance encounter, the two develop an unlikely friendship that enables them to begin facing their inner demons. But both Len and Sage are keeping secrets that, left hidden, could cost them everything, maybe even their lives. Set in the North Carolina mountains, this gorgeous #ownvoices novel explores grief, mental health, and the transformative power of friendship.

Tracy Deonn, author of Legendborn (Simon Pulse, September. 15, 2020)

Tracy Deonn is a writer and second-generation fangirl. She grew up in central North Carolina, where she devoured fantasy books and Southern food in equal measure. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication and performance studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tracy worked in live theater, video game production, and K–12 education. When she’s not writing, Tracy speaks on panels at science fiction and fantasy conventions, reads fanfic, arranges puppy playdates, and keeps an eye out for ginger-flavored everything. Tracy is a champion for diversity and representation in science-fiction and fantasy literature and media. And when Tracy’s mother told her that the women in their family were Black Bene Gesserits, she believed her. Learn more at


After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her previous life, family memories, or her childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at a local university seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. Legendborn is filled with mystery and a rich magic system and it offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic.

Jennifer Gruenke, author of Of Silver and Shadow (Flux, February 16, 2021)

Jennifer Gruenke is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, where she studied communication and writing. She grew up among the redwoods of Northern California, and now lives in Charlotte with her books and the houseplants she hasn't killed yet. If she's not writing or reading, you're most likely to find her in a cafe, music venue, or the aisles of Trader Joe's. Learn more at

Of Silver and Shadow

Ren Kolins, a magic wielder in hiding, strikes a deal with a broody rebel plotting to overthrow the tyrant king, while king’s guard member Adley Farre is hunting down the rebels one by one. But time is running out for all of them. Political tensions have reached a boiling point, and Ren and the rebels must take the throne before war breaks out.

Lora Beth Johnson, author of Goddess in the Machine (Razorbill, June 30, 2020)

As an only child, Lora Beth Johnson grew up telling herself stories and reading past her bedtime. She spent her adulthood collecting degrees, careers, and stamps in her passport before realizing her passion for creating fictional worlds. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching college English and learning new languages. She lives in Davidson, NC with her little roommate, Colocatire the Yorkipoo. Goddess in the Machine is her first book. Learn more at

Goddess in the Machine

When a girl wakes from a cryonic sleep on a planet she doesn't recognize, she must team up with the mysterious soldier who woke her to navigate a future world where technology is considered magic and its practitioners revered as Deities. 

Nita Tyndall, author of Who I Was with Her (HarperTeen, September 15, 2020)

Nita Tyndall is a short Southern queer with very strong opinions about the best kind of barbecue (hint: it’s vinegar-based.) They are a 2017 Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat Fellow in YA literature. In addition to being a YA writer, they moderate for YA Pride and do literary translation from German to English. They live in North Carolina with their partner and pets. Learn more at

Who I Was with Her

There are two things that Corinne Parker knows to be true: that she is in love with Maggie Bailey, the captain of the rival high school’s cross country team and her secret girlfriend of a year, and that she isn’t ready for anyone to know she’s bisexual. But then Maggie dies, and Corinne quickly learns that the only thing worse than losing Maggie is being left heartbroken over a relationship no one knows existed. And to make things even more complicated, the only person she can turn to is Elissa—Maggie’s ex and the single person who understands how Corinne is feeling. 

Megan Shepherd, author of Midnight Beauties (Hougton Mifflin, out now)

New York Times bestseller and Carnegie Medal nominated author Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of many acclaimed middle grade and young adult novels including The Madman's Daughter series, The Cage series, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill, and the Grim Lovelies series. She now lives and writes on a 125-year-old farm outside Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and son, two cats, chickens, bees, and an especially scruffy dog. Learn more at

Midnight Beauties

The witches, beasties, goblins, and Royals return in this spellbinding conclusion to New York Times best-selling author Megan Shepherd's Grim Lovelies duology. Ever since she discovered her affinity for magic, seventeen-year-old Anouk has been desperate to become a witch. It's the only way to save her friends who, like Anouk, are beasties: animals enchanted into humans. But unlike Anouk, the other beasties didn't make it out of the battle at Montélimar in one piece.

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ISBN: 9780762467587
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Published: Running Press Kids - March 24th, 2020

Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534441606
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 15th, 2020

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ISBN: 9781635830545
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Published: Flux - February 16th, 2021

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ISBN: 9781984835925
Published: Razorbill - June 30th, 2020

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Published: HarperTeen - September 15th, 2020

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ISBN: 9781328811905
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Published: Clarion Books - August 13th, 2019

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ISBN: 9780358108238
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Published: Clarion Books - June 4th, 2019