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GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY FROM AUTHOR LAEKAN ZEA KEMP!!!
Event attendees who order a signed copy of Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet from BookPeople will be entered to win a special gift basket curated by the author! The gift basket, worth $150, will include a copy of The Mexican Home Kitchen by Mely Martinez, a coconut scented candle, a Molinillo and hot chocolate mix, a cactus rolling pin, and more. Central Texas teachers who register for the event will be entered to win a CLASSROOM SET of the book (available for curbside pick-up only).
In Conversation with Laura Taylor Namey
ABOUT SOMEWHERE BETWEEN BITTER AND SWEET
I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter meets Emergency Contact in this stunning story of first love, familial expectations, the power of food, and finding where you belong.
Penelope Prado has always dreamed of opening her own pastelería next to her father's restaurant, Nacho's Tacos. But her mom and dad have different plans—leaving Pen to choose between disappointing her traditional Mexican American parents or following her own path. When she confesses a secret she's been keeping, her world is sent into a tailspin. But then she meets a cute new hire at Nacho's who sees through her hard exterior and asks the questions she's been too afraid to ask herself.
Xander Amaro has been searching for home since he was a little boy. For him, a job at Nacho's is an opportunity for just that—a chance at a normal life, to settle in at his abuelo's, and to find the father who left him behind. But when both the restaurant and Xander's immigrant status are threatened, he will do whatever it takes to protect his newfound family and himself.
Together, Pen and Xander must navigate first love and discovering where they belong in order to save the place they all call home.
This stunning and poignant novel from debut author Laekan Zea Kemp explores identity, found families and the power of food, all nestled within a courageous and intensely loyal Chicanx community.
ABOUT LAEKEAN ZEA KEMP
Laekan Zea Kemp is a writer living in Austin, Texas. She has three objectives when it comes to storytelling: to make people laugh, cry, and crave Mexican food. Her work celebrates Chicanx grit, resilience, creativity, and joy while exploring themes of identity and mental health. Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet is her debut YA contemporary novel. She invites you to visit her at laekanzeakemp.com or follow her on Twitter @LaekanZeaKemp.
ABOUT LAURA TAYLOR NAMEY
Laura Taylor Namey is a Cuban-American Californian who can usually be found haunting her favorite coffee shops, drooling over leather jackets and wishing she was in London or Paris. She lives in San Diego with her husband, two superstar children and her beloved miniature schnauzer/muse. The Library of Lost Things is her first novel.
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