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September 10, 2021

Award-winning YA author James Klise to read from his work on Friday, Sept 17, 3:30 p.m.

Submitted by Karin Westman

James Klise

On Friday, Sept. 17, award-winning YA author James Klise will read from his work at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom.

The event is free and open to the public with advance registration at tinyurl.com/klisekstate.

Klise's most recent novel "The Art of Secrets" won an Edgar Award for Best Teen Mystery, a Nevada Young Readers Award and a Booklist Editor's Choice Award, among other honors. His first book, "Love Drugged," was an ALA Stonewall Honor Award winner, as well as finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

Klise's short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in New Orleans Review, StoryQuarterly, Southern Humanities Review, Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. He teaches fiction writing at StoryStudio, a writing community in Chicago, and for the past two decades, he has managed a high school library.

His new novel for teens is forthcoming from Algonquin Young Readers in 2023.

"Jim's novels are full of sorrow and joy and rich invention," said Dan Hoyt, professor of English and creative writing. "'The Art of Secrets' unfolds its many secrets in news articles and diary entries and interview transcriptions. It's a marvel of plot and complication. Each of his books shows that he truly knows his audience, the complications of living a teen life in the 21st century." 

For more information about Klise's work, visit his website.

The reading is sponsored by the English department in the College of Arts and Sciences and SGA fine arts fees.