Sunday, March 19th at 4:30 p.m.
YA novelist Mary McCoy launches Camp So-And-So, a wild and funny novel that will not fail to delight, especially if you like summer camp served with a little camp, and a soupçon of Shakespeare. She is joined by Lambda literary fellow Audrey Coulthurst author of the recently published Of Fire and Stars, which is being hailed for telling the story of blossoming love between two princess heroines in a finely woven fantasy tale that takes on real-world issues. Pop into this party of two exciting YA mavericks as we celebrate the launch of Camp So-And-So,with a reading, talk, q&a, and signing.
The letters went out in mid-February. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains. Each letter came with a glossy brochure with photographs of young women climbing rocks, performing Shakespeare under the stars, and spiking volleyballs. By the end of the month, twenty-five applications had been completed, signed, and mailed. Had any of these girls tried to visit the camp for themselves on that day in February, they would have discovered that there was no such mountain, and that no one within a fifty-mile radius had ever heard of Camp So-and-So . . .
“Tongue-in-cheek quips from an (at first) unknown third-party narrator and nods to A Midsummer Night’s Dream tie everything together in this crafty, and, yes, campy novel that plays with familiar themes before it subverts them. Pure weird entertainment from start to finish.” – Booklist (starred review)
In Of Fire and Stars, Princess Dennaleia is betrothed to the prince of Mynaria, and has always known her future. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms. But Denna has a secret: an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift in a land where magic is forbidden. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed. When an assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna join forces to search for the culprit. They soon discover there is more to one another than they thought—and their friendship is blossoming into something more. But with dangerous conflict brewing, acting on their feelings could be deadly and Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.
“A powerful and exquisite love story that also provides incisive political commentary and cautions against zealotry, vengeance, and intolerance. The central mystery is intriguing, Coulthurst’s worldbuilding is excellent, and the book’s explosive conclusion both thrills and satisfies” – Publishers Weekly (starred review) and a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for Fall
Mary McCoy is a writer and a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. She has also been a contributor to On Bunker Hill and the 1947project, where she wrote stories about Los Angeles’s notorious past. She grew up in western Pennsylvania and studied at Rhodes College and the University of Wisconsin. She is the author of Camp So-and-So and Dead to Me (Disney-Hyperion).
Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse. Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University, is a member of SCBWI, and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. She lives in Santa Monica, California