Saturday, July 25, 2009

Beyond Gossip Girls

Especially in light of the recent discussions about books (and their covers!) I wanted to post this for all NYC area readers:

The South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWCC) presents our next public event:

Beyond Gossip Girls: An Evening with Young Adult Authors, Neesha Meminger and Sheba Karim

Wednesday, July 29th, 7pm

Books and films for young adults have exploded onto the scene recently with the success of the Twilight series, Gossip Girl, Harry Potter, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. How do teens of color fare amidst this explosion? What is it like to try to publish works with multicultural characters or characters of color in an industry clamoring for the next Twilight?

Join us for a reading and discussion with young adult novelists Neesha Meminger (author of Shine, Coconut Moon, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster 2009) and Sheba Karim (author of Skunk Girl, Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2009). Meminger and Karim deal with issues ranging from the Sikh experience post 9/11 and single parenthood to body image and Muslim American identity, while providing cohesive narratives of South Asian American adolescences and their growing pains. Both authors will read from their new novels and discuss their different paths to publication and writing for a teen audience. Booksigning and reception to follow.


The Asian American Writers' Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
(btwn 5th Ave and Broadway)
New York, New York

$5 suggested donation

For more information, visit

I won't be there; going to evening events in NYC is a bit of a challenge, logistics wise, and I'm already taking too much time off this coming week. Please, whoever attends, write it up and let me know the link to your blog report.

© Elizabeth Burns of A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy


Color Online said...


Thanks for the post. I've read both books. Neesha's book is part of our Summer Madness Multi-Book Giveaway at Color Online. Still time to throw your name in the hat. 10 books, 10 winners.

Color Online said...


You asked. Here's access to brown books: August Color Me Brown Challenge.

Tarie Sabido said...

Thanks for this post, Liz. You have reminded me to read Shine, Coconut Moon and Skunk Girl!

Little Willow said...

I'm looking forward to hearing/reading recaps as well. Shine, Coconut Moon was great, and Skunk Girl = pending request at the library!