Author Cecil Castelucci will be in conversation with author Sherri L Smith - they will then be joined by Kat Superfisky, the City of LA’s Urban Ecologist and Stephanie Bartron, a sustainable landscape designer and member of the Silver Lake Reservoir Conservancy for a panel discussion about ecological actions and sustainable urban environments.
Shifting Earth (Berger Books)
In a not-so-distant future, a freak particle storm has landed botanist Dr. Maeve Millay on an idyllic yet strange parallel Earth, with no way back home.
Here, two moons rule society, and nature outshines science. But just like her own climate ravaged planet, this verdant Earth has a sinister side. Children are rare. Humans must serve a purpose or pay an unthinkable price. Astronomer Zuzi battles this underlying darkness every day—just like Maeve did at home. Both women are fighters, and both face a choice: forge new paths, or save the worlds they've always known? Maeve will have to decide, and fast—because she's fighting for more than just herself.
Cecil Castellucci is the award winning and New York Times Bestselling author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Shade, The Changing Girl, Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, Soupy Leaves Home, The Year of the Beasts, Tin Star, Female Furies and Odd Duck. In 2015 she co-authored Star Wars Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure. She is currently writing Batgirl for DC Comics. Her short stories and short comics have been published in Strange Horizons, Tor.com, and many other anthologies.
Flavia Biondi is a graduate of the Academy of Fine arts of Bologna and co-founder the label Manticora Autoproduzioni. She has previously worked with Berger Books on Ruby Falls—her American comics debut. She collaborated with Renbooks on the creation of her first full-length work, Barba di Perle in 2012, followed by L'orgoglio di Leone in 2014, La generazione (BAO) in 2015 and La giusta mezura in 2017.
Sherri L. Smith is the author of multiple award-winning fiction and nonfiction books for young people including the 2021 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Award winner, The Blossom and the Firefly and the California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl. Her novels appear on multiple state reading lists and have been named Amelia Bloomer, Junior Library Guild, Children's Book Council, Southern California Independent Booksellers Award, and American Library Association Best Books for Young People selections. She also writes comics, including Bart Simpson Comics, James Cameron's Avatar and most recently, Wonder Woman. Sherri was a 2014 National Book Awards judge in the Young People’s Literature category. She has been a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook in Washington State, Wellstone-in-the-Redwoods and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in California, and Wassard Elea in Ascea, Italy.