courtney stevens

Dress Codes for Small Towns

Contemporary

Billie McCaffrey is always starting things. Like couches constructed of newspapers and two-by-fours. Like costumes made of aluminum cans and Starburst papers. Like trouble. This year, however, trouble comes looking for her. Her best friends, a group she calls the Hexagon, have always been schemers. They scheme for kicks and giggles. What happens when you microwave a sock?

They scheme to change their small town of Otters Holt, Kentucky for the better. Why not campaign to save the annual Harvest Festival we love so much? They scheme because they need to scheme. How can we get the most unlikely candidate elected for the town’s highest honor?But when they start scheming about love, things go sideways.

In Otters Holt, love has always been defined one way—girl and boy fall in love, get married, buy aBuick, and there’s sex in there somewhere. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple. Can the Hexagon, her parents, and the town she calls home handle the real Billie McCaffrey?

Author Courtney Stevens delivers an honest, funny, and endearing account of a girl coming to terms with the gray areas of love, gender, and sexuality, while facing the opposition that follows.

Courtney Stevens

Courtney “Court” Stevens grew up among rivers, cornfields, churches, and gossip in the small town south. She is a former adjunct professor, youth minister, and Olympic torchbearer. She has a pet whale named Herman, a bandsaw named Rex, and several novels with her name on the spine: Faking Normal, The Lies About Truth, the e-novella The Blue-Haired Boy, and forthcoming Dress Codes for Small Towns. As an educator and author, she visits schools, designs retreats, and teaches workshops on marketing, revision, character development, and Channeling Your Brave. She also likes chips and queso and feels deeply sorry for the lactose intolerant. Read more at www.courtneycstevens.com/

Schedule

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
Candace Ganger
Randy Ribay
Kate Hart
Amy Spalding
Dave Connis
Moderated by Courtney Stevens

6:00-6:45am • Panel Discussion – Forging Fierce Females

Location: 643 Sports Bar (360 E 8th Ave)

Bring your bestie and make a mental reservation to join these wonderful authors to talk books over dinner. All of these authors write fierce female characters that aren’t afraid to stand up for themselves and their friends. (The taproom will be reserved, but no drinks unless you’re 21 or older!)

Along with these authors:
Amy Spalding
Sarah Nicole Smetana
Katie Cotugno
NoNieqa Ramos
Moderated by Kate Hart