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Fierce Reads with Kristina Forest, Maurene Goo, Jess Rothenberg, and Hafsah Faizal

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

I Wanna Be Where You Are Cover Image    Somewhere Only We Know Cover Image     The Kingdom Cover      We Hunt The Flame Cover

East City Bookshop presents Hafsah Faizal, Jess Rothenberg, Maurene Goo, and Kristina Forest as part of the 2019 Fierce Reads Tour.


What is the Fierce Reads Tour?

The Fierce Reads tour provides readers, especially young adult readers, with an opportunity to meet authors in a casual, conversational setting. Authors will meet with readers in rotating discussion groups, with time to meet with all four authors, before breaking into a Q&A session. Educators interested in bringing student groups should contact us at

About The Authors 

Jess Rothenberg is a writer and freelance editor. A former editor of books for young readers, including the bestselling Vampire Academy series, she is also the author of The Catastrophic History of You and Me, published in more than a dozen countries. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

Maurene Goo studied communication at UC San Diego and then later received a master's in publishing, writing, and literature at Emerson College. She is the author of Since You AskedI Believe in a Thing Called Love, and The Way You Make Me Feel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats. Visit her at

Hafsah Faizal is an American Muslim and brand designer. She’s the founder of IceyDesigns, where she creates websites for authors and beauteous goodies for everyone else. When she’s not writing, she can be found dreaming up her next design, deciding between Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim, or traversing the world. Born in Florida and raised in California, she now resides in Texas with her family and a library of books waiting to be devoured. We Hunt the Flame is her first novel.

Kristina Forest was born and raised in Lawnside, New Jersey, a teeny tiny town that was also the first self-governing African American community north of the Mason-Dixon line. She started dancing when she was seven and her dream job was to be a backup dancer for Michael Jackson. By the time she was seventeen, she enrolled at Rowan University and majored in Writing Arts, and then earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the New School. Kristina works in children’s book publishing, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with two huge bookshelves. I Wanna Be Where You Are is her debut novel.

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374311544
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - May 14th, 2019

I Wanna Be Where You Are Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250294883
Availability: Available from Our Distributor (5+ days shipping)
Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 4th, 2019

Somewhere Only We Know Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374310578
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - May 7th, 2019

The Kingdom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250293855
Availability: Available from Our Distributor (5+ days shipping)
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 28th, 2019