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Virtual Event - Terry J. Benton Walker and Adam Sass discussing THE WHITE GUY DIES FIRST and CURSED BOYS AND BROKEN HEARTS with Utopia State of Mind

Event date: 
Monday, July 15, 2024 - 6:00pm
This is a virtual event with authors Terry J. Benton-Walker and Adam Sass in conversation with Lili from Utopia State of Mind. The event will consist of a 30 minute conversation followed by a Q+A with the audience
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Pre-orders of THE WHITE GUY DIES FIRST and CURSED BOYS AND BROKEN HEARTS will receive a signed bookplate from the author! Please note that it may be up to several business weeks after the order deadline for you to receive your book. Thank you for understanding!  

About the Speakers 

Terry J. Benton-Walker is the bestselling author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Blood Debts, and the apocalyptic middle grade contemporary fantasy series, Alex Wise vs the End of the World. Terry is also editing and contributing to The White Guy Dies First, a young adult horror anthology featuring 13 subversive stories by authors of color that releases July 16th from Tor Teen. Connect with Terry on Twitter (@tjbentonwalker), Instagram and TikTok (@icecreamvicelord), or his website:

Adam Sass began writing in Sharpie on the backs of Starbucks pastry bags. (He’s sorry it distracted him from making your latte.) He’s the author of the buzzy YA novels Surrender Your Sons, The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers, and Your Lonely Nights Are Over, which have been featured in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and USA Today. His next, Cursed Boys and Broken Hearts, releases July 2024. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband and dachshunds.

Lili - Utopia State of Mind Lili first began her reviewing journey as a tired academic who wanted to discover the joy in reading again. She is obsessed with SFF books, enamel pin collections, dabbling in makeup, and carries a book wherever she goes. If you like discovering new reads, diverse books, and wry humor, you can find Lili on Instagram, Youtube, Twitter & TikTok.

Thirteen scary stories by thirteen authors of color in which the white guy dies first. A powerful and entertaining collection for YA readers.

13 CHILLING TALES. 13 AUTHORS OF COLOR. 13 TIMES WE SURVIVED THE FIRST KILL. Killer clowns, a hungry hedge maze, and rich kids who got bored. Friendly cannibals, impossible slashers, and the dead who don’t stay dead. A museum curator who despises “diasporic inaccuracies.” A sweet girl and her diary of happy thoughts. An old house that just wants friends… forever. These stories may be filled with ancient terrors and modern villains, but go ahead, go into the basement, set foot on the old plantation, and open the magician’s mystery box because this time, the white guy dies first.

This incredible horror anthology, edited by Terry J. Benton-Walker, includes stories from bestselling and critically acclaimed contributors: Adiba Jaigirdar, Alexis Henderson, Chloe Gong, Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, H. E. Edgmon, Kalynn Bayron, Karen Strong, Kendare Blake, Lamar Giles, Mark Oshiro, Naseem Jamnia, Tiffany D. Jackson, and Terry J. Benton-Walker.

A swoony contemporary romance from Adam Sass following a boy who is cursed to doom any romantic relationship—and the summer that changes everything.

Grant Rossi is never getting a happily-ever-after. Ever since he was a kid and made a wish on his family’s iconic Wishing Rose, his romantic relationships have been cursed to end. Following his most recent (and extremely public) dumping, Grant is languishing in a hot Chicago summer, abandoning his beloved design projects to sink back into depression. But when his family suggests spending the summer helping his aunt and uncle refurbish their beautiful but rundown B&B and vineyard—the home of the Wishing Rose that changed everything for him—Grant decides to accept. Maybe he can finally find a way to recover his creative spark...and break his curse. 

But things at the vineyard are not what Grant expects. The place is in almost total disrepair, and—even worse—the person his relatives hired to help is his former childhood crush, Ben—the first boy who broke his heart.  As their chemistry sparks and the summer heats up, the wedge between them can’t be ignored. But while they race to restore the B&B in time for the beloved local rose festival, grumpy but lovable Ben starts to break through Grant’s carefully crafted defenses. Can Grant find a way to overcome his curse and open his heart, even when it’s broken?

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ISBN: 9780593464816
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - July 16th, 2024