Live Stream: Rural Voices with Nora Shalaway Carpenter, David Bowles, Yamile Saied Méndez, and Tirzah Price

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Join Nora Shalaway Carpenter, David Bowles, Yamile Saied Méndez, and Tirzah Price to discuss their contributions to this anthology about rural America. 

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Think you know what rural America is like? Discover a plurality of perspectives in this enlightening anthology of stories that turns preconceptions on their head.

For most of America's history, rural people and culture have been casually mocked, stereotyped, and, in general, deeply misunderstood. Now an array of short stories, poetry, graphic short stories, and personal essays, along with anecdotes from the authors' real lives, dives deep into the complexity and diversity of rural America and the people who call it home. Fifteen extraordinary authors--diverse in ethnic background, sexual orientation, geographic location, and socioeconomic status--explore the challenges, beauty, and nuances of growing up in rural America. From a mountain town in New Mexico to the gorges of New York to the arctic tundra of Alaska, you'll find yourself visiting parts of this country you might not know existed--and meet characters whose lives might be surprisingly similar to your own.

Nora Shalaway Carpenter is the author of the YA contemporary novel, The Edge of Anything, editor and contributing author of Rural Voices, and author of the picture book Yoga Frog. 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.

David Bowles is a Mexican American author and educator based in South Texas. He has written fourteen books. His middle grade novel-in-verse They Call Me Güero has been the recipient of numerous honors such as the Pura Belpré Honor, the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, the Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry, the Walter Dean Myers Honor Award for Outstanding Children's Literature, the Texas Institute of Letters Best Middle Grade Book Award, the Skipping Stones Award; the book is also an Américas Book Award Commended Title and was named in the Bluebonnet Award Masterlist. Some of his other books are Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky and The Smoking Mirror.

Yamile Saied Méndez is the author of Where Are You From? She was born and raised in Rosario, Argentina, in a family with roots from all over the world. She now lives in a small mountain town in the United States with her Puerto Rican husband, five multicultural kids, two bilingual dogs, and a herd of deer that love to eat her flowers. She's a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit her at

Tirzah Price is the author of Pride and Premeditation. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has worked as an independent bookseller and teen librarian, and is now a contributing editor at Book Riot. When she's not writing, reading, or talking about YA books, she splits her time between experimenting in the kitchen and knitting enough socks to last the fierce Michigan winters.

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Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536212105
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - October 13th, 2020

The Edge of Anything Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762467587
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Running Press Kids - March 24th, 2020

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947627062
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Cinco Puntos Press - November 27th, 2018

Where Are You From? Cover Image
By Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062839930
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days.
Published: HarperCollins - June 4th, 2019

Pride and Premeditation (Jane Austen Murder Mysteries #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062889805
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperTeen - April 6th, 2021