Antigone Books hosts a benefit for Owl and Panther on Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Five authors of young adult works will read at one of our favorite independent book shops at 411 N. 4th Avenue:
Robin Brande will read from Fat Cat (Knopf, $16.99), a funny, thoughtful novel that explores how girls feel about their bodies, and the ways they can take care of their most precious resource: themselves.
Juanita Havill will read from Grow: A Novel in Verse (Peachtree, $14.95). This novel, written from the perspective of 12-year old Kate, shows how an inner-city community garden brings neighbors together.
Marge Pellegrino will read from Journey of Dreams (F. Lincoln, $15.95). A modern-day Underground Railroad during conflict in Guatemala forms the center of this wonderful and stirring novel told from the viewpoint of a 13-year-old Mayan girl.
Janni Lee Simner will read from her novel, Bones of Faerie (Random House, $16.99). The war between humanity and Faerie has devastated both sides. When 15-year-old Liza discovers she has the Faerie ability to see into the past and future, she finds what may be the key to healing both worlds.
Jennifer J. Stewart will read from her novel, Close Encounters of a Third-World Kind (Holiday House, $6.95). When 12-year old Annie's father announces that the family will be spending the next two months in Nepal on a medical mission, Annie’s not so sure about this adventure. But when she meets Nirmala, a girl close to her own age, the real adventure begins.
Besides listening to great authors with or without your kids, 20 percent of sales from the evening go to a local organization Owl and Panther, a group that helps those affected by trauma through creative writing and counseling. Owl & Panther also works to treat trauma associated with torture, dislocation, refugee status, or family problems. The group sounds amazing. Check them out at http://www.owlandpanther.org/aboutus.php