E.M. Kokie Book Launch for Radical

Event date: 
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 7:00pm

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome local author of LGBT-centric young adult fiction E.M. Kokie, in celebration of the release of her new book Radical!

E.M. Kokie is the author of the young adult novels Radical (Candlewick Press, Fall 2016) and Personal Effects (Candlewick Press, 2012), and contributed short stories to the 2015 anthologies Things I’ll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves (Candlewick Press) and Violent Ends (Simon Pulse). She can be found online at www.emkokie.com, tweets as @EMKokie, and blogs at www.thpiratetree.com, a collective of children’s and young adult writers interested in children’s literature and social justice issues.

About Radical: Bex is determined to survive, whatever the crisis, whatever it takes—she knows exactly what to pack, she can shoot any gun, and she’s got plans to drag her family to safety by force, if necessary. So she’s intrigued when she discovers Clearview, a group that takes survival just as seriously as she does. So what if some people think they’re wackos? There’s nothing crazy about being prepared.

But Bex isn’t prepared for meeting Lucy, who complicates all of her careful plans. As secrets at Clearview begin to mount and the pieces of Bex’s life become more difficult to juggle, Bex has to figure out where her loyalties really lie— and what it’ll really take to survive.

In this provocative novel, Kokie (Personal Effects) takes on the controversial subject of gun ownership in America. . . Kokie writes with nuanced sympathy, condemning the government’s heavy-handed tactics and Bex’s tunnel vision, contrasting her need for self-sufficiency with her desire to belong, and examining gender identity and sexual orientation. It’s a complex recipe of volatile ingredients that Kokie uses to deliver an unsettling story that’s both timely and necessary. — Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Readers of all sexual orientations will relate to Bex’s intoxicated blend of nerves and anticipation regarding Lucy. . . Kokie takes her time developing characters and setting the plot in motion, creating a believable lesbian protagonist who wants to belong to a world that doesn’t particularly want her. A hard, cleareyed look at coming of age in a prejudiced world. —Kirkus Reviews

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315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
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ISBN: 9780763669621
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 13th, 2016