candace ganger

The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash


Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together, to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad. And to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything. But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy links Birdie and Bash together – yet neither knows it. When they finally reconnect, and are starting to fall – hard – the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo. Told in alternating perspectives full of the best nerdy banter this side of Ohio, some seriously awesome skate moves, and the promise of a kiss destined to make the world stop turning, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash will break your heart and put it back together again.

Candace Ganger

Candace Ganger is a mother, blogger, contributing writer for sites like Teen Vogue, TWLOHA, Bustle, Romper, XO Jane & Hello Giggles. She’s also an obsessive marathoner and continual worrier (yay!). Her debut YA novel, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and Bash, is out now via St. Martin’s Griffin, and she’s part of a YA mental health anthology, Life Inside My Mind, also out now via S&S. Her forthcoming YA novel from Wednesday Books, Fallen Loved Ones Awaiting Transfer (#float) doesn’t have a pub date yet, but will soon! Read more online at


Friday, October 19

11:00-11:45amPanel Discussion – I’m Only Me When I’m With You

Location:  DSU 3023-25

When life is tough, it’s good to have a friend to lean on. Some of these authors are friends; some write about friendship in the midst of troubling times. Navigating friendships as a teen—in  real life or on the page—can be tricky, but it can also build unlikely (and necessary) camaraderie in real life.

Along with these authors:
Nisha Sharma
Randy Ribay
Kate Hart
Amy Spalding
Dave Connis
Moderated by Courtney Stevens

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:
Ashley Woodfolk
Brandy Colbert
Juleah del Rosario
Randy Ribay
Skila Brown
Moderated by Jodi Meadows