Join us for a fantastic free virtual event with contributors from This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us! This event will feature our local author Lisa Bunker, plus Mark Oshiro and editor/contributor Nicole Melleby. Don't miss it!
About the event:
We'll have signed book plates for the books from Mark Oshiro and Nicole Melleby. Lisa Bunker will be available to sign/personalize as she is local.
About our panelists:
Nicole Melleby (she/her/hers), a born-and-bread Jersey native, is an award-winning children's author. Her middle grade books have been Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selections, and have earned the Skipping Stones Honor Award, as well as being a 2020 Kirkus Reviews best book of the year. Her debut novel, Hurricane Season, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. She currently teaches college literature and creative writing, and spends most of her free time roller skating. She lives with her wife and theircat, whose need for attention oddly aligns with Nicole's writing schedule.You can find her on Twitter @NeekoMelleby
Lisa Bunker has written stories all her life. Before setting up shop as a full-time author she had a 30-year career in non-commercial broadcasting, most recently as Program Director of the community radio station in Portland, Maine. Besides Maine she has made homes in New Mexico, southern California, Seattle, and the Florida panhandle. She now lives in Exeter, New Hampshire with her wife, a child psychologist, parent coach, and author in her own right. Between them they have three grown children. In 2018 Lisa was elected to represent her town in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and was reelected in 2020. She is also an online entrepreneur: in July 2021 she foundedCrucinova, an indie subscription service dedicated to championing innovation in crossword puzzle construction. When not writing, representing, or editing grids, she plays bass, plays chess, and studies languages.
Mark Oshiro is the award-winning author of the young adult books ANGER IS A GIFT (2019 Schneider Family Book Award) and EACH OF US A DESERT, both with Tor Teen, as well as their middle grade debut, THE INSIDERS, with Harper Collins. When not writing, they are trying to pet every dog in the world.
About the book:
The first LGBTQA+ anthology for middle-graders featuring stories for every letter of the acronym, including realistic, fantasy, and sci-fi stories by authors like Justina Ireland, Marieke Nijkamp, Alex Gino, and more!
A boyband fandom becomes a conduit to coming out. A former bully becomes a first-kiss prospect. One nonbinary kid searches for an inclusive athletic community after quitting gymnastics. Another nonbinary kid, who happens to be a pirate, makes a wish that comes true--but not how they thought it would. A tween girl navigates a crush on her friend's mom. A young witch turns herself into a puppy to win over a new neighbor. A trans girl empowers her online bestie to come out.
From wind-breathing dragons to first crushes, This Is Our Rainbow features story after story of joyful, proud LGBTQA+ representation. You will fall in love with this insightful, poignant anthology of queer fantasy, historical, and contemporary stories from authors including: Eric Bell, Lisa Jenn Bigelow, Ashley Herring Blake, Lisa Bunker, Alex Gino, Justina Ireland, Shing Yin Khor, Katherine Locke, Mariama J. Lockington, Nicole Melleby, Marieke Nijkamp, Claribel A. Ortega, Mark Oshiro, Molly Knox Ostertag, Aisa Salazar, and AJ Sass.