About the Author
EMERY LEE is an author and artist whose love for chaotic and morally gray characters started at a young age. After graduating with a degree in creative writing, e’s gone on to author novels, short stories, and webcomics across a variety of genres and demographics, though YA fiction has always held a special place in eir heart. Drawing inspiration from Eastern media, pop punk music, and personal life experience, eir work seeks to explore the intersections of life and identity in fun, heartfelt, and inventive ways. In eir downtime, you’ll most likely find em marathoning anime or snuggling cute dogs.
JONNY GARZA VILLA
is a product of the Great State of Texas, born and raised along the Gulf Coast and currently residing in San Antonio. They are a Sagittarius sun, Capricorn everything else, and an author of contemporary young adult stories inspired by their own Chicane, Tejane, and queer identities. Their debut novel, FIFTEEN HUNDRED MILES FROM THE SUN
, is a Pura Belpré Honor Book and a Kirkus Best YA Fiction of 2021 selection. Their next novel, ANDER AND SANTI WERE HERE
, is expected early 2023. To learn more about Jonny and their writing, visit jonnygarzavilla.com
About CAFÉ CON LYCHEE
Theo Mori and Gabriel Moreno have always been at odds. Their parents own rival businesses—an Asian American café and a Puerto Rican bakery—and Gabi’s lack of coordination has cost their soccer team too many games to count.
Stuck in the closet and scared to pursue his own dreams, Gabi sees his parents’ shop as his future. Stuck under the weight of his parents’ expectations, Theo’s best shot at leaving Vermont means first ensuring his parents’ livelihood is secure.
So when a new fusion café threatens both shops, Theo and Gabi realize an unfortunate truth—they can only achieve their goals by working together to cook up an underground bakery operation and win back their customers. But can they put aside their differences long enough to save their parents’ shops or will the new feelings between them boil over?