Dance, Magic, Dance: Ballet in YA


We are delighted to be launching Shiny Broken Pieces, the equisite follow up to Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra's Tiny Pretty Things, with a celebration of ballet in young adult literature. Joining Dhonielle and Sona in a panel discussion will be authors of recent ballet-centric teen novels, including Celeste Conway, Kathryn Holmes, Una LaMarche, Maggie Lehrman, and Katherine Locke. Audience Q&A and book signing to follow. 

Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton met while attending the New School's acclaimed Writing for Children MFA program. Sona is a journalist who has written for the New York Times, People, Parade, Cosmopolitan, and other major media. Dhonielle is a librarian at a middle school in Harlem and taught English at a cutthroat ballet academy. Together, the pair cofounded CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent.

Celeste Conway is the author of the young adult novel The Melting Season and the middle-grade novel The Goodbye Time, both published by Random House. The Melting Season was listed on the New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age. Her most recent work is the young adult novel When You Open Your Eyes, published with Simon Pulse. Celeste holds a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University and teaches English and creative writing at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Kathryn Holmes grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was an avid reader and an aspiring writer from an early age. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and piles upon piles of books. A graduate of the New School's MFA in creative writing program, Kathryn works as a freelance dance journalist, among other writing gigs. She is the author of The Distance Between Lost and Found and, most recently, How It Feels To Fly. 

Una LaMarche is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared regularly in the New York Observer and on the Huffington Post. She is the author of Five Summers, Like No Other, Don’t Fail Me Now and Unabrow, a collection of humorous essays based on some of her more questionable life choices. Una lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. Find out more at or follow her on Twitter @sassycurmudgeon. 

Maggie Lehrman is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up outside of Chicago and went on to get a degree in English at Harvard, where she once received a grant to purchase young adult books the library didn't have. During her decade of working as an editor of books for children, she also earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. The Cost of All Things is her first book.

Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. Her dayjobs always vary, but in the past she’s worked in nuclear weapons abolition activism, lead poisoning prevention and education, and food safety at a mushroom farm. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and when she’s not reading, she’s tweeting about reading and writing. She likes her heroes with boyish charm and her heroines with dirty mouths. She secretly believes all stories are fairytales in disguise. Her debut novel, SECOND POSITION, arrives April 2015 from Carina Press.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 7:30pm

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