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In Conversation with Elana K. Arnold & Anna-Marie McLemore

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For an evening of fairytale inspired YA stories, strong women, and blood, join us as we host authors Elana K. Arnold and Anna-Marie McLemore.

Elana has written critically acclaimed and award-winning YA novels and children’s books, such as Damsel, What Girls Are Made Of, and A Boy Called Bag. Her works have received the Printz Honor, been a National Book Award finalist, and have been named as a Global Read Aloud selection. Red Hood, Elana’s latest YA novel, is a dark, engrossing, blood-drenched tale of the familiar threats to female power, and one girl’s journey to regain it. Bisou Martel has lived a quiet existence in Seattle. But on the night of her high school’s homecoming, she finds herself running for her life through the woods, a fury of teeth and claws behind her. It’s only the beginning. She is ultimately left with questions about broken boys, vicious wolves, and her very own past.

Anna-Marie is an author of novels such as The Weight of Feathers, When the Moon Was Ours, and Blanca & Roja. Their stories are queer, Latinx, and nonbinary in nature, much inspired by fairy tales, and drawing heavily on the beautiful cultures they grew up in. In their latest work, Dark and Deepest Red, a strange sickness has swept through 1518 Strasburg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. Suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family. Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Olivia’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. She inevitably becomes drawn to a boy named Emil, who knows more about the fever from five hundred years ago than anyone else.

How to order books & tickets:

This is a ticketed event.  Priority tickets to the signing line are given only with the purchase of RED HOOD or DARK AND DEEPEST RED from Mysterious Galaxy.  Tickets are numbered, indicating your place in the signing line, and are sold on a first-come basis.  You may purchase your book online, in-store, or over the phone, but all books must be paid in full in order to receive a ticket.

Online orders:

  1. Books must be paid for in full.  ‘Pay in store’ is not an option for event books and your order will be canceled.
  2. Note your intent to attend in the comments section at checkout.
    • If we are mailing the book to you instead, please specify any desired personalization in the order comments upon checkout.
  3. The cut off date for book personalizations is 12:00pm FEBURARY 25TH.
We will have your book and ticket ready to pick up the day of the event.  You also have the option of picking up your book and ticket the day the book is published, February 25th, at 10:00am when we open.

The event itself is free and open to the public. Events normally consist of the author speaking about their book and answering question for 30 to 40 minutes followed by the book signing. Seating is first-come first-serve 30-40 minutes before the start of the event and tickets are for the signing line. Please read through our FAQ for arrival times, book limitations, and other details. Contact a Mysterious Galaxy bookseller at 858-268-4747 for any questions.

Red Hood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062742353
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 25th, 2020

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Damsel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062742339
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 28th, 2020

Dark and Deepest Red Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250162748
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 14th, 2020

Blanca & Roja Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250211637
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - January 14th, 2020

Wild Beauty: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250180735
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - October 9th, 2018

Event address: 
3555 Rosecrans St
Suite 107
San Diego, CA 92110
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