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Powell's Books Presents Maya MacGregor & Jenn Reese in Conversation With Rebecca Mahoney
In Maya MacGregor’s queer contemporary YA mystery, The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester (Astra Young Readers), a nonbinary teen with autism realizes they must not only solve a 30-year-old mystery but also face the demons lurking in their past in order to live a satisfying life. Now, as Sam's own 19th birthday approaches, their recent near-death experience haunts them. Sam's life seems to be on the upswing after meeting several new friends and a potential love interest in Shep, their next-door neighbor. Yet the past keeps roaring back — in Sam's memories and in the form of a 30-year-old suspicious death that took place in Sam's new home. Sam can't resist trying to find out more. When Sam starts receiving threatening notes, they know they're on the path to uncovering a murderer. But are they also approaching their own end? A girl's quest to save a forest kingdom is intertwined with her exploration of identity in Every Bird a Prince (Henry Holt), a gorgeous middle-grade contemporary fantasy by Jenn Reese, author of A Game of Fox & Squirrels. The only time Eren Evers feels like herself is when she's on her bike, racing through the deep woods. Until she rescues a strange, magical bird, who reveals a shocking secret: their forest kingdom is under attack by an ancient foe — the vile Frostfangs — and the birds need Eren's help to survive. When her own mother starts behaving oddly, Eren realizes that the Frostfangs — with their insidious whispers — are now hunting outside the woods. In order to save her mom, defend an entire kingdom, and keep the friendships she holds dearest, Eren will need to do something utterly terrifying: be brave enough to embrace her innermost truths, no matter the cost. MacGregor and Reese will be joined in conversation by Rebecca Mahoney, author of The Valley and the Flood.
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Maya MacGregor
Maya MacGregor is a writer, singer, and artist. They sing and write in Gàidhlig and in English. You can find their bilingual work on tor.com, in Steall magazine (summer 2020), and Uncanny magazine, with poetry in Poets' Republic and elsewhere. They sing with the Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association, the Alba Choir, and Fuaran. The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester is their first young adult novel.
Jenn Reese
Jenn Reese (she/they) writes speculative fiction for readers of all ages. She is the author of A Game of Fox & Squirrels, an NPR Best Book of 2020, a finalist for the Andre Norton Award and the Mythopoeic Award, and winner of the Oregon Book Award. Her other publications include the Above World trilogy and numerous short stories and essays. Jenn lives in Portland, Oregon where she makes art, plays video games, and talks to the birds. Visit her at jennreese.com.
Rebecca Mahoney
Rebecca Mahoney is the author of the fantastical YA contemporary The Valley and the Flood, as well as the forthcoming The Memory Eater, which releases in spring 2023. She currently resides in Medford, MA, where she spends her non-writing time watching horror movies, collecting cloche hats, and cursing sailors at sea. You can visit her online at rebeccamahoneybooks.com, or find her on Twitter @cafecliche.