Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Meg Medina for a discussion of her new book, Merci Suárez Can't Dance, in conversation with R. J. Palacio as a part of our Salon@615 speaker series.
Wednesday, April 7th at 6:15 pm Central.
This will be a Facebook Live event from the Parnassus Books Facebook page.
After the live talk has ended, the video will be archived on the Parnassus Books Facebook page under Videos.
Expect laughter, kindness, and illumination as Meg Medina chats with lifelong friend and internationally beloved author of Wonder R. J. Palacio about family, friendship, and Merci Suárez Can’t Dance, Medina’s funny, moving follow-up to her Newbery Award-winning Merci Suárez Changes Gears.
About Merci Suárez Can't Dance
In Meg Medina's follow-up to her Newbery Medal-winning novel, Merci takes on seventh grade, with all its travails of friendship, family, love--and finding your rhythm.
Seventh grade is going to be a real trial for Merci Suárez. For science she's got no-nonsense Mr. Ellis, who expects her to be a smart as her brother, Roli. She's been assigned to co-manage the tiny school store with Wilson Bellevue, a boy she barely knows, but whom she might actually like. And she's tangling again with classmate Edna Santos, who is bossier and more obnoxious than ever now that she is in charge of the annual Heart Ball.
One thing is for sure, though: Merci Suárez can't dance--not at the Heart Ball or anywhere else. Dancing makes her almost as queasy as love does, especially now that Tía Inés, her merengue-teaching aunt, has a new man in her life. Unfortunately, Merci can't seem to avoid love or dance for very long. She used to talk about everything with her grandfather, Lolo, but with his Alzheimer's getting worse each day, whom can she trust to help her make sense of all the new things happening in her life? The Suárez family is back in a touching, funny story about growing up and discovering love's many forms, including how we learn to love and believe in ourselves.
About Meg Medina
Meg Medina is the 2019 Newbery Medalist for Merci Suárez Changes Gears. About this sequel, she says, "I'm so excited to bring my readers into the world of the Suárez family and Seaward Pines once again. . . . New friends, new teachers, and new self-doubts. It's been a thrill to write about all the zany things that the seventh grade can throw at a person." The recipient of the Pura Belpré Author Award for her young adult novel Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, Meg Medina is also the author of the novels Burn Baby Burn and The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind and the picture books Mango, Abuela, and Me and Tía Isa Wants a Car, for which she received an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. Meg Medina lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her family.
About R. J. Palacio
R.J. Palacio is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder, which has sold over 8 million copies in the US (over 15 million copies worldwide). Wonder’s message of kindness inspired the Choose Kind movement and has been embraced by readers, young and old, around the world, with the book published in over 50 languages. It also inspired a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay.
Palacio’s other bestselling books include 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts, Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories, the picture book We’re All Wonders, and the just published White Bird, which Kirkus calls, “A must-read graphic novel that is both heart-rending and beautifully hopeful,” in a starred review.
A first-generation American who grew up as the daughter of Colombian immigrants in Queens, Palacio now lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. She studied illustration at the Parsons School of Design and spent many years working in book publishing before turning to writing full time.
Salon@615 presents bestselling authors free to the public through a unique partnership between the Nashville Public Library, Humanities Tennessee, BookPage, Parnassus Books and the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Together, we nurture and celebrate the literary life of Nashville by presenting author talks and book signings to our community.
Since its inception in early 2011, Salon@615 has become a regular and vital author reading series on Nashville’s cultural calendar.