Friday, September 7, 2012

Launch party for Philly author Beth Kephart's new book 'Small Damages'

A launch party for Philadelphia author Beth Kephart’s new book "Small Damages" (Philomel Books, July 2012, $17.99, young adult - ages 13 to 18) is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Radnor Memorial Library in Wayne.

Jen Doll had this to say about Kephart’s latest book in her review in The New York Times, “Dreamlike is one word for 'Small Damages' … Kenzie’s percolating story emerges through Kephart’s lilting prose in the same hazy way you’d meander through the narrow streets of Seville.“ 

According to the library, Kephart's books will be available for purchase and "cake and punch for celebrating!"

Kephart, who is a graduate of Radnor High School, posted this on her blog Aug. 27:

My books are never quite yet real books to me until I get to share them with Pamela Sedor of the Radnor Memorial Library and my own Main Line community. Pam brings cake. Pam (a knock-out international-class rower, by the way) orders punch. Pam dresses in high but somehow still understated fashion, shines like a star, gives me a hug, and I stand up there and read. I read from a book I have loved, a book I have inevitably struggled with, a book that I do want to share with my friends. This is my chance to share my book with my friends.

That book, this sweet season after summer, is "Small Damages," a book that has been humbled by kindnesses from near and far (beginning with Tamra Tuller's yes, long ago, and fortified by Jessica Shoffel's care). 

For more about this book and the journey it has taken since its release on July 19th, please visit this dedicated Small Damages page.

About the author:

Kephart is a graduate of Radnor High School and the University of Pennsylvania. She was a National Book Award Finalist for her book "A Slant of the Sun: One Child’s Courage." 

She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son and is a writing partner in the marketing communications firm Fusion Communications and occasionally teaches and lectures at the University of Pennsylvania

She is the author of the following (quite impressive number of) books:

Handling the Truth, Gotham Books, forthcoming Summer 2013
Dr. Radway's Sarsaparilla Resolvent, New City Community Press, forthcoming Spring 2013
Small Damages, Philomel Books, July 2012
You are My Only, Laura Geringer Books: Egmont USA, Fall 2011
Dangerous Neighbors, Laura Geringer Books: Egmont USA, August 2010
The Heart is not a Size, Balzer and Bray: HarperTeen, March 2010
Nothing but Ghosts, Laura Geringer Books: HarperTeen, June 2009
House of Dance, Laura Geringer Books: HarperTeen, June 2008
Zenobia: The Curious Book of Business, (with Matthew Emmens), Berrett-Koehler, January 2008
Undercover, Laura Geringer Books: HarperTeen, 2007
Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River, Temple University Press, 2007
Ghosts in the Garden, New World Library, 2005
Seeing Past Z, W.W. Norton, 2004
Still Love in Strange Places: A Memoir, W.W. Norton, 2002
Into the Tangle of Friendship: A Memoir of the Things that Matter, Houghton Mifflin, 2000
A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage, W.W. Norton, 1998


Beth Kephart said...

This is so generous of you! A million thanks for helping to spread the word so thoughtfully.

Michelle Karas said...

You're very welcome. I'm sorry I won't be there to meet you in person!