WORD Presents Epic Reads

11/02/2022 - 7:00pm

Get ready to *book shimmy!* Epic Reads is returning to in person events with an EPIC lineup of authors and books.

Don't miss Justina Ireland, Megan Whalen Turner, Marie Arnold, Erica Waters, and Jodi Lynn Anderson this November as they hit the road to talk about their new books.
Special Epic Reads tote bags are available to attendees who purchase at least one of the promotional titles, while supplies last!

FREE to attend! Please RSVP below! 

Seating is Limited

Masks required

About the Authors

Marie Arnold was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and came to America at the age of seven. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York alongside her extended family. Marie enjoys creating stories full of adventure, and wonder, which center on girls of color. When she's not writing, she's adding to her insanely long Netflix cue and trying not to order pizza. She is also the author of THE YEAR I FLEW AWAY. Find her on Instagram and Twitter @mariearnold book.

Jodi Lynn Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches, Midnight at the Electric, The Vanishing Season, Tiger Lily, and the popular May Bird trilogy. She lives in Senegal, West Africa, with her husband and their children. You can visit her online at www.jodilynnanderson.net.

Justina Ireland is the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Dread Nation and its sequel Deathless Divide, as well as Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows. She is also a member of the team spearheading the Star Wars book project entitled the High Republic, and the author of the middle grade Star Wars adventures Lando's Luck, Spark the Resistance, A Test of Courage, and Out of the Shadows. She enjoys dark chocolate and dark humor and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark. Justina lives with her family in Maryland, and you can visit her online at

Megan Whalen Turner is the bestselling and award-winning author of six stand-alone novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief. She has been awarded a Newbery Honor and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature. She has won the
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature and was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award. She worked as a bookseller for seven years before she started writing. Her first book was a collection of short stories called Instead of Three Wishes. Megan Whalen Turner lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Erica Waters grew up in the pine woods of rural Florida though she now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She has a master’s degree in English and works as a university writing tutor. When she’s not writing books, you can find her hanging out with her two dogs, Nutmeg and Luna, and forgetting to practice her banjo. She is also the author of Ghost Wood Song and The River Has Teeth, and you can visit her online at www.ericawaters.com.


Moderated by

Navdeep Singh Dhillon is the author of Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions, a fast-paced YA contemporary about a crocheting, stuttering, cosplaying Punjabi Sikh teen who goes on a prom night adventure across the fandoms and comes to terms with grief, identity, and an uncertain post-high school future. Navdeep is an adjunct professor of creative writing and English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, and co-founder of IshqInABackpack, a narrative travel blog. He holds an MFA in creative writing from California State University, Fresno, and is a graduate of Voices of Our Nation and the CUNY Writers’ Institute. Born in England, raised in Tanzania, Nigeria, Dubai, and Fresno, California, he is a Punjabi boy at heart. 



If you are planning to attend and purchasing a book below, please indicate in the notes you would like to attend. 

Moira's Pen: A Queen's Thief Collection By Megan Whalen Turner, Deena So'Oteh (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062885609
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - November 1st, 2022

Journey to the world of the Queen’s Thief in this beautifully illustrated collection, featuring bestselling and award-winning author Megan Whalen Turner’s charismatic and incorrigible thief, Eugenides. Discover and rediscover friends old and new, and explore the inspiration behind Megan Whalen Turner’s rich and original world.

Rust in the Root By Justina Ireland Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063038226
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 20th, 2022

The author of the visionary New York Times bestseller Dread Nation returns with another spellbinding historical fantasy set at the crossroads of race and power in America.

The Restless Dark By Erica Waters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063115903
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: HarperTeen - October 4th, 2022

Enter Cloudkiss Canyon at your own risk. 

Each Night Was Illuminated By Jodi Lynn Anderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062393579
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Quill Tree Books - September 20th, 2022

With writing that sparks off the page, New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson tells a story of saints and floods, secrets and truths, rage and love—and the bravery it takes to bet your whole life on a new kind of hope.

I Rise By Marie Arnold Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358449041
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Versify - August 2nd, 2022

“A love letter to Harlem and hope. I Rise is smart and funny and full of heart.*”

Fourteen-year-old Ayo who has to decide whether to take on her mother’s activist role when her mom is shot by police. As she tries to find answers, Ayo looks to the wisdom of her ancestors and her Harlem community for guidance.

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