Join us at our quarterly Charlotte Readers Book Club! Our Book Club is a bookish collaboration between Advent Coworking, The Charlotte Readers Podcast, and Storied Charlotte, featuring talented local authors. Reading in advance is not required to come and have a good time! This month we're discussing Code Name: Serdendipity by Amber Smith, and Dear Miss Cushman by Paula Martinac.
About our authors:
Amber Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of young adult and middle grade novels, including The Way I Used to Be, The Last to Let Go, Something Like Gravity, and most recently, her middle-grade debut, Code Name: Serendipity. An advocate for increased awareness of mental health, gendered violence, and LGBTQIA+ equality, she writes in the hope that her books can help to foster change and spark dialogue. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her wife and their ever-growing family of rescued dogs and cats.
Paula Martinac is the author of a book of short stories and seven novels. Her debut novel, Out of Time, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction (Seal Press, 1990; e-book Bywater, 2012). Her novel-in-stories, The Ada Decades (Bywater, 2017), was short-listed for the 2017 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction, the Foreword Indie Award for LGBT Fiction, and the Goldie Award for Historical Fiction; and her novel Clio Rising (Bywater, 2019) received the Gold Medal for Best Regional Fiction from the 2020 Independent Book Publishers Awards. She has also published three nonfiction books on LGBTQ themes. She is a lecturer in the creative writing program at UNC Charlotte.