The Second Story Reading Series is a children's and young adult reading series held at The Loft Literary Center (in Minneapolis) and co-hosted by Swati Avasthi and Heather Bouwman. The Second Story Reading Series is dedicated to introducing adults, kids, and teens to excellent literature through engaging readings and events. We pair an established author with an emerging author whom we find in some way "similar" (in terms of genre, style, audience, and/or content), and we ask them to read and speak together, in the hopes that audience members might come to hear one author--and stay to discover another. The events are FREE! They begin with a reading and short Q-and-A with our two authors, and they move on to a reception (with thematically appropriate food, something that Swati and I are perhaps too excited about...), book sales and signings, and chances to talk with the authors present. Event attendees include kid and teen readers as well as librarians, teachers, book club leaders and members, and authors of all kinds. The feel: reading plus party. And always kid/teen-friendly.
• Save the date! The next Second Story reading will be on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at 2 pm. More details to come....
Past authors in the Second Story Reading Series include:
William Alexander, Kelly Barnhill, W.H. Beck, Eileen Beha, Julie Bowe, Marina Budhos, Mary Casanova, John Coy, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, J.T. Dutton, Brian Farrey, Molly Beth Griffin, Patrick Jones, Pete Hautman, Ellen Hopkins, Lynne Jonell, James Klise, David Levithan, Lisa McMann, Carrie Mesrobian, Donna Jo Napoli, Sheila O'Connor, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Phyllis Root, Laura Ruby, Kurtis Scaletta, Gary Schmidt, Ricki Thompson, Anne Ursu, Stephanie Watson, Suzanne Morgan Williams.