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February 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Beloved Seattle poet and former Hugo House writer-in-residence Karen Finneyfrock celebrates the release of her debut young adult novel, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, with a reading and party.
The bar will be open serving beer, wine, spirits, and a specialty cocktail inspired by the novel, and books will be for sale by Elliott Bay Book Company. The event is free.
About The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door
Celia Door enters her freshman year with giant boots, dark eyeliner, and a thirst for revenge against Sandy Firestone, the girl who did something unspeakable to Celia last year.
Then Celia meets Drake, the cool new kid from New York City who entrusts her with his deepest secret. When Celia’s quest for justice threatens her relationship with Drake, she’s forced to decide which is sweeter: revenge or friendship.
“Karen Finneyfrock is an amazing poet so it is no surprise that her first novel is poetic. It is also hilarious, exciting and as painful as anybody’s teenage years. Read it, please.” —Sherman Alexie, National Book Award-Winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“Celia is a quirky and unique character whose journey—through friendship and secrets and chocolate—will stay with readers long after they close the book.” —Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray
“Hats—and hoodies— off to Karen Finneyfrock for an outstanding first novel that manages to be entertaining and important at the same time.” —James Howe, author of The Misfits
About Karen Finneyfrock
Karen Finneyfrock is a poet, novelist and teaching artist in Seattle, WA. Her second book of poems, Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, was released on Write Bloody press in 2010. Her young adult novel, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, is due from Viking Children’s Books in 2013. She is a former writer-in-residence at Richard Hugo House in Seattle and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program. In 2010, Karen traveled to Nepal as a Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State to perform and teach poetry and in 2011, she did a reading tour in Germany sponsored by the US Embassy.
“Finneyfrock writes poetry with muscular verve and narrative push. The depth and breadth suggested in just a few polished images placed next to each other will make you reconsider what poetry can do.” —Paul Constant, The Stranger
“Finneyfrock’s work strikes the perfect tonal balance of humor, devastation and real storytelling-never just using metaphor for metaphor’s sake.” —Amber Tamblyn, Bust Magazine