Visiting Author for Schools: Brenna Yovanoff
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Spring 2017 - she's flexible!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brenna Yovanoff was raised in a barn, a tent, and a tepee, and was homeschooled until high school. She spent her formative years in Arkansas, in a town heavily populated by snakes, where sometimes they would drop turkeys out of the sky. When she was five, she moved to Colorado, where it snows on a regular basis but never snows turkeys. She holds an MFA in fiction from Colorado State University and is the author of the New York Times Bestseller The Replacement, The Space Between, Paper Valentine, and Fiendish. Her most recent novel, Places No One Knows, is out now. She lives in Denver.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Places No One Knows
Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her perfectly hateful best friend, her perfectly dull classes, and the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs. Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. He is at risk of not graduating, he does not care, he is no one. He is not even close to being in Waverly’s world. But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom—and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same. In Waverly’s dreams, the rules have changed. But in her days, she’ll have to decide if it’s worth losing everything for a boy who barely exists.
Staff Reviews for Places No One Knows
"Two high schoolers who really only know "of" each other, meet in their dreams at night and create this complicated and heartbreaking relationship. The writing is incredible and unique. There’s a depth in seemingly mundane, everyday activities that literally blew me away. But it’s not just depth. It touches far-reaching levels of intellect that should be impossible to incorporate into simple sentences, yet it's so accessible. Don't miss this one. — Kristen Gilligan, Co-Owner, Tattered Cover Book Store
Praise for Places No One Knows
“Waverly and Marshall burn brightly…both refreshingly flawed as they come into their own. Readers will forgo sleep themselves to witness their vibrant, achingly real story unfold. A brilliant romance.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A tightly woven, luminously written novel that captures the uncertain nature of high school and the difficult path of self-discovery.” — Booklist, starred review
“Yovanoff offers a multilayered exploration of human connections, particularly those that manifest in unpredictable ways.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Dark fiction with a hint of magic.” — School Library Journal
“Yovanoff takes readers on a deep and dark path with characters to hope for….A great read, containing insights, humor and a shocking twist to the typical high-school romance story.” — Romantic Times
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
Brenna's presentations are flexible. She can talk about her experiences becoming a published author, her inspirations, writing process, and the ingredients of good storytelling (can be tailored more specifically to any school’s particular needs/desires).
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
High School, grades 9-12
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
Anywhere between 50 to 100 to 150 and beyond. The more the better!
Microphone. And a bottle of water.
ONLINE ORDERING LINK
Link to share with students and their families to order Brenna's books: www.tatteredcover.com/book-list-brenna-yovanoff Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email me the name of the student and parent's name and I can check.
PROMOTING & PREPARING FOR THE EVENT
Promoting and preparing for the author's school visit is the most important ingredients for a successful, educational, and fun event. Please be sure to carefuly read: What an Author Visit is All About.
Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. Books will be available for sale at the school about a week before the event and about a week after the event. An online ordering option is available (see below).