P&P Live! YA Summer Thriller Panel with Kit Frick, Amanda Panitch, Dana Mele, & Rebecca Barrow - Very Bad People, Gone Dark, Summer's Edge, & Bad Things Happen Here - with Aurora Lydia Dominguez

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Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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Join us for a YA Summer Thriller conversation with authors Kit Frick, Dana Mele, Rebecca Barrow, Amanda Panitch, moderated by Aurora Dominguez. Their latest books will be featured as they discuss stories that make your heart pound and your spine tingle!

Kit Frick is a MacDowell Fellow and International Thriller Writers Award finalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from Syracuse University. Kit’s publications include the poetry collection A Small Rising Up in the Lungs and the young adult thrillers Before We Were Sorry(originally published as See All the Stars), All Eyes on Us, I Killed Zoe Spanos, and Very Bad People.

Dana Mele is a Pushcart Prize–nominated writer based in upstate New York. A former bookseller and lover of pomegranates, Dana is the author of the YA thriller People Like Us and the young adult graphic novel Tragic. Summer’s Edge is Dana’s second novel.

Rebecca Barrow is the critically acclaimed author of Interview with the Vixen, This Is What It Feels Like, You Don’t Know Me But I Know You, and Bad Things Happen Here. She is a lover of sunshine, Old Hollywood icons, and all things high femme. She lives and writes in England.

Amanda Panitch spent most of her childhood telling stories to her four younger siblings, trying both to make them laugh and scare them too much to sleep. Now she lives in New York City, where she writes dark, funny stories for teens, kids, and the pigeons that nest on her apartment balcony. You can find her online at her website, AmandaPanitch.com, or on Twitter and Instagram @AmandaPanitch.

Aurora Lydia Dominguez is a journalist, high school teacher and college professor based in Hollywood, Florida. A journalist at heart, she worked for places like The Miami Herald and J-14 Magazine as a reporter and editor before going from the newsroom to the classroom. Aurora's passions include reading a book on Saturday mornings with her cat Luna, time with her husband Seb and pop rock shows.


About the Books:

Kit Frick’s new thriller, Very Bad People, follows a teen girl attending the same boarding school that her mother once attended -- her mother whose mysterious suicide almost took the life of her three daughters. When she is invited to join a secret society at her new school, the pieces start to fall into place and she learns there is more to her mother’s death than meets the eye.

Last summer, Emily Joiner – beloved by many – dies in a fire at her family’s lake house. The following summer her best friends reunite at the rebuilt lake house to remember Emily, but instead are haunted by a mysterious presence that threatens to reveal the true cause of Emily’s death – and it’s closer than you might think. Dana Mele’s Summer’s Edge is the perfect vacation page-turner.

Rebecca Barrow’s Bad Things Happen Here imagines an idyllic island where one-percenters frolic and play. The island’s history, however, is scattered with the unexplained deaths of young women, and resident Luca Laine Thomas is committed to uncovering the truth that killed her best friend and may be coming for her next.

In Amanda Panitch’s Gone Dark, 17-year-old Zara wants a taste of modern life so she runs away from her father’s survivalist compound. When a malware attack brings down the power grid across the entire country, she must rely on the wilderness skills he imparted to guide her group of friends on a heroic journey back to the safety of the compound to face the truth of her hidden past.


Washington, DC 20008
Child & Teen
Very Bad People By Kit Frick Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534449732
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 5th, 2022

Gone Dark By Amanda Panitch Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534466319
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 12th, 2022

Summer's Edge By Dana Mele Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534493117
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2022

Bad Things Happen Here By Rebecca Barrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534497436
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 28th, 2022

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