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Love Letters to the Dead

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When author Ava Dellaira was a panelist at YALLWEST 2015 (see earlier posts), she was asked what her debut novel was about. She modestly said something along the lines of, “It’s about a girl whose sister dies and she begins to write letters to dead people.”

The opening missive in Love Letters to the Dead is to Kurt Cobain, the mysteriously deceased older sister’s favorite musician. Each letter to Judy Garland, River Phoenix, Janis Joplin, Allan Lane (voice of Mr. Ed), among others reveals younger sister Laurel’s guilt, anger, abandonment, and emotional metamorphosis as she shares the events leading up to a tragic night that tore her family apart.

The book reads like a diary that’s been left in plain sight with the invitation to read. Maybe that’s why previous readers had underlined favorite passages and scrawled “Fave Page” on numerous pages in my public library copy. Every passage in the final chapters of this book was emotive and indelible. My favorite passage: There’s a new sadness now, as I open my fist I’ve been clenching shut and realize that there’s nothing there. I don’t know how to keep her.”

Please read this book before its adaption appears in theaters.


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YALLWEST 2015: A Photo Essay

It’s a little late, but here’s more ink and praise for YALLWEST 2015 courtesy of Publishers Weekly.


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Yallwest’s Day 1 Author Lineup

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You won’t want to miss Yallwest, a 2-day book and YA festival that will include panel discussions, story mobs, food trucks, live music, and more. See you there!

Day 1, Saturday, April 11 at Santa Monica High School kicks off with an impressive lineup of YA authors:

LEIGH BARDUGO (Shadow And Bone)

COE BOOTH (Kinda Like Brothers)


LIBBA BRAY (Diviners)

RACHEL COHN (Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist)

ANDREA CREMER (The Inventor’s Secret)




SUSAN EE (Angelfall)

DAN EHRENHAFT (The Last Dog On Earth)

KAMI GARCIA (Beautiful Creatures)

SHANNON HALE (Princess Academy)

E. LOCKHART (We Were Liars)

RICHELLE MEAD (Vampire Academy)

LISI HARRISON (Pretenders)




MARIE LU (Legend)

http://www.yallwest.com/ or https://tweendidjareads.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/beef2-bwposter.pdf for more info.

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April 3, 2015 · 3:22 pm

Yallwest — April 11-12 at Santa Monica Public Library and Santa Monica High School

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Guess who, what jumped the gun on the L.A. Times Book Fest?? Pseudonymous Bosch, Ransom Riggs, and more than 30 other New York Times Bestsellers YA authors will take center stage at Yallwest, a 2-day book festival that will include panel discussions, story mobs, food trucks, live music, and more. Looking forward to volunteering and mingling at this event. See you there!

http://www.yallwest.com/ for more info.

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