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Yamile Saied Mendez Virtual Author Event: Furia

October 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join author Yamile Saied Méndez as she discusses her powerful new book Furia, a #ownvoices contemporary YA for fans of The Poet X and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter set in Argentina, about a rising soccer star who must put everything on the line—even her blooming love story—to follow her dreams. Yamile will be joined by St. Louis community leader Alexandra Johnson, Esq. and President of Club Atletico St. Louis Lisa Garza.

This free event will be streamed live on the Novel Neighbor’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Signed bookplates are included with your book purchase through the Novel Neighbor. 

 

 

About Furia

A Reese’s Book Club YA Pick
In Rosario, Argentina, Camila Hassan lives a double life.

At home, she is a careful daughter, living within her mother’s narrow expectations, in her rising-soccer-star brother’s shadow, and under the abusive rule of her short-tempered father.

On the field, she is La Furia, a powerhouse of skill and talent. When her team qualifies for the South American tournament, Camila gets the chance to see just how far those talents can take her. In her wildest dreams, she’d get an athletic scholarship to a North American university.

But the path ahead isn’t easy. Her parents don’t know about her passion. They wouldn’t allow a girl to play fútbol—and she needs their permission to go any farther. And the boy she once loved is back in town. Since he left, Diego has become an international star, playing in Italy for the renowned team Juventus. Camila doesn’t have time to be distracted by her feelings for him. Things aren’t the same as when he left: she has her own passions and ambitions now, and La Furia cannot be denied. As her life becomes more complicated, Camila is forced to face her secrets and make her way in a world with no place for the dreams and ambition of a girl like her.

Filled with authentic details and the textures of day-to-day life in Argentina, heart-soaring romance, and breathless action on the pitch, Furia is the story of a girl’s journey to make her life her own.

About Yamile Saied Méndez

Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is a fútbol-obsessed Argentine American who loves meteor showers, summer, astrology, and pizza. She lives in Utah with her Puerto Rican husband and their five kids, two adorable dogs, and one majestic cat. An inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, she’s a graduate of Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Méndez is also part of Las Musas, the first collective of women and nonbinary Latinx middle grade and young adult authors. Furia is her first novel for young adult readers.

 

About Alexandra Johnson, Esq.

Alexandra is Immediate Past President of Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis, a member of the Hispanic Leaders Group of St. Louis Board of Directors, a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis. She is also co-founder of Comunidad STL, a non-partisan group dedicated the social, political and economic advancement of the LatinX community.

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Date:
October 14, 2020
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm