East City Bookshop welcomes Rena Barron, Karuna Riazi, and Ronald L. Smith for a discussion of middle grade fantasy and science-fiction.
Join us for a fabulous conversation about magical worlds with three incredible middle grade authors, Rena Barron, Karuna Riazi, and Ronald L. Smith!
Tickets are available via Eventbrite. Registration required.
Rena Barron grew up in small-town Alabama where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. After penning her first awful poem in middle school, she graduated to writing short stories and novels by high school. Rena is the author of the young adult fantasy novel Kingdom of Souls, the first in a trilogy and a 2019 Junior Library Guild Selection. Recently, film rights sold to Warner Bros. with Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”) producing and Misan Sagay (“Belle”) writing the screenplay. Maya and the Rising Dark is the first book in Rena’s middle grade contemporary fantasy trilogy set in Chicago.
Karuna Riazi is a born and raised New Yorker, with a loving, large extended family and the rather trying experience of being the eldest sibling in her particular clan. She holds a BA in English Literature from Hofstra University, and is an online diversity advocate, blogger, and educator. The Gauntlet (S&S/Salaam Reads, March 28, 2017) is her middle grade debut, with a companion, The Battle.
Ronald L. Smith is the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning author of Hoodoo, The Mesmerist, The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away, Gloom Town, Where the Black Flowers Bloom, and Black Panther: The Young Prince. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. www.strangeblackflowers.com Twitter: @RonSmithbooks Instagram: @ronsmithwriter