June 1, 2013
Good morning and welcome to The Armchair BEA. Today’s topic is all about Young Adult Fiction…and I am so excited to talk with you about my friend, Beth Kephart, who is not only an amazing author of Young Adult Fiction, but has also written non fiction books, and will be releasing a new book about memoir this summer.
Where do I begin?
I first met Beth in New York City at the BEA in 2010, but I had heard about her from other bloggers before that day in New York. I knew I would find a connection with Beth…a person whose heart is larger than life, who is careful with her words, and who has a smile which lights up the room.
Beth Kephart is an accomplished and prolific writer (just check out her many, many awards, sterling reviews, and nominations here). Her book, A Slant of Sun, was named a National Book Award, Nonfiction Finalist in 1998. Her most recent novel, Small Damages (a luscious, heart-breaking gem of a book) was just awarded Best YA Novel of the Year for The Armchair BEA. But that is not the only reason you should read her books.
I should tell you that I was not a reader of Young Adult Fiction (with the exception of The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak which is, admittedly, a cross over to adult fiction). I had this notion that YA literature was only about blood-sucking vampires and a dystopian universe that frankly depressed me. Beth Kephart changed the way I look at YA.
She changed it in a big way.
Because Beth writes characters who feel inspired by real people. She provides profound insight into relationships, and transports her readers to places that feed your soul. Her prose is filled with meaning. It is gorgeous. When I am reading one of her books, I just do not want it to end.
I have often said that Literary Fiction overlaps into other genres. And Beth’s work is an example of that – it is something that should be called Literary YA.
Read more about this amazing author by following her blog.
I have been saving up Beth’s books – reading them a little at a time to stretch them out. I have a nice little stack and I don’t want to get to the end of it! Have you read a Beth Kephart novel yet? What are you waiting for? Try these:
- Small Damages (read my review)
- Dangerous Neighbors (read my review)
- You Are My Only (read my review)
And because I keep pushing Beth’s books into the hands of everyone I know, I thought I would offer a giveaway to one lucky US reader. For this giveaway you can pick any of her books up to $30 in value and I’ll ship them to you from Amazon. Sound good?
- Contest open today through June 5th, 2013 for US readers
- I’ll randomly draw one winner and announce their name by June 6th.
**UPDATED: Just now, I received an email from Beth – and she would very much like to send a signed copy of any of her books, to one winner – SO, I am going to draw TWO winners – one will win the selection of books of their choice (click through the survey below) and then I will select a second person from the survey to win the signed book. How does that sound?!??! If I draw your name for the signed book, I will email you to ask which of your selections you would like. Sound good?
***FURTHER UPDATE: Beth is giving away a galley of her book Handling the Truth – visit this post to enter!
Below are the available books (not just YA) with links to Amazon so you can read about them (please note: Handling the Truth will not ship until August). To enter the contest: Click here to take survey