brandy colbert

Finding Yvonne

Contemporary

Since she was seven years old, Yvonne has had her trusted violin to keep her company, especially in those lonely days after her mother walked out on their family. But with graduation just around the corner, she is forced to face the hard truth that she just might not be good enough to attend a conservatory after high school.

Full of doubt about her future, and increasingly frustrated by her strained relationship with her successful but emotionally closed-off father, Yvonne meets a street musician and fellow violinist who understands her struggle. He’s mysterious, charming, and different from Warren, the familiar and reliable boy who has her heart. But when Yvonne becomes unexpectedly pregnant, she has to make the most difficult decision yet about her future.

Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert is the award-winning author of Little & Lion, Pointe, Finding Yvonne, and the forthcoming The Revolution of Birdie Randolph. Her short fiction and essays have been published in several critically acclaimed anthologies for young people. She lives and writes in Los Angeles. Learn more at her website.

Schedule

Friday, October 19

1:00-1:45am • Panel Discussion – The Instruments of Writing Believable Characters

Location: DSU Room 3023-25

Life imitates art. Or is it the other way around? We’re not sure how these authors feel about Oscar Wilde quotes, but we know their characters all like music. Listen as they discuss the tools they use to write relatable characters you’d want to share a playlist with in real life.

Along with these authors:
Sarah Nicole Smetana
Katie Cotugno
Ashley Woodfolk
Alison Ashley Formento
Nic Stone

5:00-5:45pm •  Panel Discussion – I Wrote That?!

Location:  Spencer’s Coffee (915 College St.)

It’s the old favorite (and most scary) question asked by author fans and friends alike: “Can I read some of your first tries at writing?” Gather ‘round as these authors—some well-established and some debut—share some of their not-so-great stuff from when they were just starting out.

Along with these authors:
Candace Ganger
Ashley Woodfolk
Juleah del Rosario
Randy Ribay
Skila Brown
Moderated by Jodi Meadows