Much-Buzzed-About Debut YA Novelist Kayla Cagan Launches Piper Perish

Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Playwright-writer Kayla Cagan has received enthusiastic kudos for her humorous debut YA novel that paints a true-to-life portrait of a teen artist bursting to make a break to the wider world and struggling to reconcile this urgent desire with ties to family and longtime friends.The experiences of Piper Perish, the novel’s title character,  will resonate with YA readers asking big questions of life and demanding, as they should, honest and soulful answers– and the pizza to go with it. Join Kayla Cagan as we celebrate the novel’s launch with pizza, refreshments, and Kayla’s reading, q&a, and signing.
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Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out of Houston and get to New York City, the better. Art school has been Piper’s dream her whole life, and now that senior year is halfway over, she’s never felt more ready. But in the final months before graduation, things are weird with her friends and stressful with three different guys, and Piper’s sister’s tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the close-knit Perish family. Piper’s art just might be enough to get her out. But is she brave enough to seize that power when it means giving up so much? Featuring interior art from Rookie magazine illustrator Maria Ines Gul, Piper will have readers asking big questions along with her. 

“Cagan tells Piper’s story with amazing authenticity… soulful reading for any artistic teen with a dream.”—Booklist, starred review

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photo by Elizabeth Caren

“A character readers will remember.”—Kirkus Reviews

Kayla Cagan is a writer and playwright. She received her BFA in Theater from Stephen F. Austin University. She lives in Los Angeles. This is her first book.