Society of
Children's Book Writers
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YA Lunch Social with Cynthia Leitich Smith and Ashley Perez

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Date(s) - 01/08/2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Goodnight
2700 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 100 - Austin, TX 78757


Come eat and be merry YA style with the first in a new programming series from Austin SCBWI.

At the Lunch Social, members can meet other writers and illustrators, chat and support each other. Some Lunch Socials will include a Featured Author or Illustrator who's published and can help answer your questions.

Our first Lunch Social will be for YA writers and feature Cynthia Leitich Smith and Ashley Hope Pérez. Read their bios below. Ashley is in Austin to launch her newest book, Out of Darkness, and will be doing a signing at BookPeople at 7pm on Jan. 8 and teaching a class on plotting at The Writing Barn on Jan. 10. Make sure you don't miss her.

Attendees are responsible for the cost of their lunch. Please RSVP below by Jan. 7 so we can reserve a big enough table. Make sure you're logged into our website to RSVP.

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling author of the Feral series, which includes Feral Nights, Feral Curse and Feral Pride, as well as the Tantalize series, which includes Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, Diabolical. Two graphic novels, Tantalize: Kieren's Story and Eternal: Zachary's Story, both illustrated by Ming Doyle, complete the Tantalize series.

Cynthia was named the first Spirit of Texas Young Adult author by the Young Adult Round Table of the Texas Library Association and the first young adult author to be honored with the Illumine Award by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. In 2013, the Austin chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators instituted the Cynthia Leitich Smith Mentor Award in her honor.

Cynthia is a member of the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Her website at was named one of the top 10 Writer Sites on the Internet by Writer's Digest and an ALA Great Website for Kids. Her Cynsations blog at was listed as among the top two read by the children's/YA publishing community in the SCBWI "To Market" column.

Ashley Hope Perez

Ashley Hope Perez

Ashley Hope Pérez is the author of three novels: Out of Darkness (2015), The Knife and the Butterfly (2012), and What Can’t Wait (2011). Out of Darkness received starred reviews from SLJ and Kirkus and was recently reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, which called the novel a “layered tale of color lines, love and struggle in an East Texas oil town.” What Can’t Wait and The Knife and the Butterfly appear on YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults and Popular Paperbacks lists.

Ashley also holds a doctorate in comparative literature and is a professor of world literature at The Ohio State University. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and their two sons. Visit her online at and on Facebook and Twitter (@ashleyhopeperez).