Join us on Monday, May 6 at 7pm for Melissa Hart and her newest book, Better with Books, in conversation with Justina Chen, author of North of Beautiful, as well as other books for young adults and Adam Gish, English teacher at Garfield High School.
Inspired by recent numerous studies showing that reading cultivates empathy, Better with Books collects 500 diverse and contemporary fiction and memoir recommendations for preteens and teens to help them navigate timely, challenging issues. Essays and booklists in each chapter provide parents, teachers, librarians, and counselors with a wealth of reading.
MELISSA HART is contributing editor for The Writer Magazine and creative writing teacher for Southern New Hampshire University’s MFA program. She’s the author of the award-winning middle-grade novel Avenging the Owl and two memoirs. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College in Vermont and lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband and 12-year-old daughter.
JUSTINA CHEN is an award-winning author of six books for young adults. Her novel North of Beautiful was named one of the Best Books of the year by Kirkus Reviews and was a finalist of nine state book awards and her debut novel, Nothing But the Truth (And a Few White Lies), won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. A passionate advocate of literacy, Justina also co-founded readergirlz, a cutting-edge social media project for teens, which was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Prize for Innovations in Reading.
ADAM GISH is an English teacher at Garfield High School. In 2018, Gish organized a school field trip to Elliott Bay Book Company, where students collectively purchased more than 400 books with gift cards funded by an anonymous donor and University Village, and was featured in The Seattle Times.