Jason June and Steven Salvatore

PANEL STYLE Jason June and Steven Salvatore promo graphic. Includes speaker headshots (Jason June, Steven Salvatore) & (RILEY WEAVER NEEDS A DATE TO THE GAYBUTANTE BALL, and NO PERFECT PLACES) covers.
Friday, June 2, 2023 - 6:00pm
Offsite Location
710 W. César Chávez St
Austin, TX 78701
Riley Weaver Needs a Date to the Gaybutante Ball By Jason June Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063260030
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperTeen - May 23rd, 2023

No Perfect Places By Steven Salvatore Cover Image
ISBN: 9781547611072
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury YA - May 30th, 2023

Finding Jupiter By Kelis Rowe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593429259
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2022

BookPeople and the Austin Public Library (with the Library Foundation) welcome Jason June and Steven Salvatore in conversation with Kelis Rowe to celebrate the releases of RILEY WEAVER NEEDS A DATE TO THE GAYBUTANTE BALL and NO PERFECT PLACES. The event will include a moderated discussion, an audience Q&A, and a signing line.


  • This event is free and open to the public.
    • Start time: 6:00 PM
    • Run time: 45-60 minutes, followed by a signing line.
    • Location: Austin Public Library Central, 710 W. César Chávez St
  • The authors will be signing copies of their book after the speaking portion of the event.
    • To get a book signed, a copy of the event book or an item of equal value must be purchased from BookPeople.


  • Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There will not be a live stream or recording available.
  • BookPeople reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event if necessary.
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The next LGBTQ+ young adult rom-com from New York Times bestselling author Jason June (author of Jay’s Gay Agenda and Out of the Blue).

Femme, gay teen podcaster Riley Weaver has made it to junior year, which means he can finally apply for membership into the Gaybutante Society, the LGBTQ+ organization that has launched dozens of queer teens' careers in pop culture, arts, and activism. The process to get into the society is a marathon of charity events, parties, and general gay chaos, culminating in the annual Gaybutante Ball. The one requirement for the ball? A date.

Then Riley overhears superstar athlete, Skylar, say that gay guys just aren't interested in femme guys or else they wouldn't be gay. Riley confronts Skylar and makes a bet to prove him wrong: Riley must find a masc date by the time of the Ball, or he'll drop out of the Society entirely. Riley decides to document the trials and tribulations of dating while femme in a brand-new podcast. Can Riley find a fella to fall for in time? Or will this be one massive—and publicly broadcast—femme failure?

This new novel from Jason June explores how labels can limit and liberate us and shows just what can happen when you bet on yourself.


From lauded author Steven Salvatore comes a moving YA novel about twins whose incarcerated father dies and leaves behind a life-changing secret, perfect for fans of I'll Give You the Sun and Euphoria.

When their father went to prison last year for embezzlement, twins Alex and Olly Brucke lost everything: their house, their college funds, most of their friends, and even their mother, who's so focused on making ends meet that she's never around anymore. The only thing they can count on lately is each other.

But after their father dies unexpectedly in prison, the twins start to fracture. Alex is spiraling, skipping classes to spend all of her time drunk or high. And Olly is struggling with a secret his dad ordered him to keep: they have a secret half-brother named Tyler.

When Tyler shows up in their lakeside town for the summer, hoping to get to know his siblings, Olly hides the truth from Alex. But as Alex and Tyler start to form a friendship, the lies become harder to juggle. If they can't confront their father's past and fix their relationship, Olly and Alex each risk losing two siblings forever.

No Perfect Places is a thought-provoking novel about grief, family secrets, and figuring out how to belong against the odds.


Jason June is gay and femme and loves nothing more than a good pair of heels. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Out of the Blue, Jay's Gay Agenda, and more books about queer love and lust and chaotically gay shenanigans. He lives in Austin, Texas with his husband and their Pomeranian, Pom Brokaw, both of whom would be his escorts to the Gaybutante Ball. Find JJ on social media @heyjasonjune, or on his website, www.heyjasonjune.com.


STEVEN SALVATORE is a gay, genderqueer author; writing professor; Mariah Carey lamb; and Star Wars fanatic with an MFA in creative writing from the New School. They are the founder and CEO of Queerative Writers, a virtual creative workshop series for LGBTQ+ aspiring writers. They are the author of And They Lived . . . and Can’t Take That Away. As a native New Yorker, their heart belongs to the Adirondacks.


Kelis Rowe is a stay-at-home mom and former homeschooler who writes sweeping, classic teen romance novels from the points of view of grounded, self-possessed Black girls and the Black teen boys who just gotta love ‘em. A lifelong James Taylor and Beyoncé fan, Rowe’s debut novel, Finding Jupiter, is a contemporary literary romance about a James Taylor and Beyoncé fan and a champion swimmer bonding through shared grief and falling in love one fateful summer. It incorporates journal pages of art and found poetry from the pages of classic novels including The Great Gatsby and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Kelis writes out of her suburban home near Austin, TX.

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