On Nov. 26, bookworms of all ages will have the opportunity to meet acclaimed American author Jennifer E. Smith (pictured below) as part of the Jewish Public Library’s new lecture series. Formerly known as Girls’ Night Out, the literary series used to be geared exclusively towards young girls, but will now be open to all fans of the Young Adult genre, including boys and older adults.
“We were already bringing in authors who could appeal to a wider range of people,” said Talya Pardo, director of the Norman Berman Children’s Library. “We didn’t want to feel limited anymore by arbitrary boundaries like age or gender.”
Pardo says she hopes the new event series will inspire literacy in young people and encourage them to play an active role in the community. An Evening with Jennifer E. Smith: a JPL YA Event will feature a lecture by the author on her new novel Windfall. The novel, which has recently been optioned as a film, navigates the highs and lows of friendship during the teen years.
Smith has written nearly a dozen novels exploring young adulthood, tackling topics from love and romance to friendship and self-identity. She will also discuss her own personal literary journey, answer audience questions and sign copies of her books.
The event, hosted by local parenting expert and MontrealMom.com blogger Tanya Toledano, begins at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $25. There will also be a raffle and prizes. For $50, there is a VIP package that includes dinner with the author. Discounts are available for large groups.
For more information, visit facebook.com/events/1649876218358989.