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R. ZAMORA LINMARK reads from his new YA novel THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WILDE AT HEART
 

The Importance of Being Wilde At Heart (Delacorte Press)

From accomplished poet and author R. Zamora Linmark comes his debut YA novel, The Importance of Being Wilde At Heart (Delacorte Press / On sale August 13, 2019 / $17.99; Ages 12+), about a seventeen-year-old boy's journey through first love and first heartbreak, guided by his personal hero,
Oscar Wilde.

Words have always been more than enough for Ken Z, but when he meets Ran at the mall food court, everything changes. Beautiful, mysterious Ran opens the door to a number of firsts for Ken: first kiss, first love. But as quickly as he enters Ken's life, Ran disappears, and Ken Z is left wondering: Why love at all, if this is where it leads?

Letting it end there would be tragic. So with the help of his best friends, the comfort of his haikus and lists, and even strange, surreal appearances by his hero, Oscar Wilde, Ken will find that love is worth more than the price of heartbreak.

Praise for The Importance of Being Wilde At Heart:

“Beautifully written, sad as a Wilde fairy tale, and home to highly empathic characters, the novel is a rich reading experience that would make the ineffable Oscar proud.”—Booklist

“An unabashed love letter to Oscar Wilde, Cole Porter, and the arts' ability to give voice to human emotion.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A big-hearted book that . . . always keeps love in its heart."—Abdi Nazemian, author of Like a Love Story and The Authentics

“As surreal as it is real, as beautiful as it is painful, as playful as it is wise.”—Randy Ribay, author of Patron Saints of Nothing

Poet, novelist, and playwright R. Zamora Linmark was born in Manila and educated in Honolulu. He is the author of four poetry collections and the novels Leche (Coffee House Press) and Rolling the R's (Kaya Press), which he adapted for the stage. He lives in Honolulu and Manila.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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ISBN: 9781101938218
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Published: Delacorte Press - August 13th, 2019

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Published: Kaya Press - March 22nd, 2016

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Published: Coffee House Press - April 12th, 2011

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