Kate Hart

After the Fall


Seventeen-year-old Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her overachieving best friend Matt…and his slacker brother, Andrew.

Raychel sneaks into Matt’s bed after nightmares, but nothing ever happens. He doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a girl, except when he decides she needs rescuing. But Raychel doesn’t want to be his girl anyway. She just needs his support as she deals with the classmate who assaulted her, the constant threat of her family’s eviction, and the dream of college slipping quickly out of reach. Matt tries to help, but he doesn’t really get it… and he’d never understand why she’s fallen into a secret relationship with his brother.

The friendships are a precarious balance, and when tragedy strikes, everything falls apart. Raychel has to decide which pieces she can pick up – and which ones are worth putting back together.

Kate Hart

After studying Spanish and history at a small liberal arts school, Kate Hart taught young people their ABCs, wrote grants for grownups with disabilities, and now builds treehouses for people of all ages.

Her debut YA novel, After the Fall, was published January 2017 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

A former contributor to YA Highway, she currently hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series, and sells fiber arts and woodworking at The Badasserie. Kate is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, and lives with her family in Northwest Arkansas. Visit her online at katehart.net/.


Friday, October 19

11:00-11:45am • Panel 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
Dave ConnisRandy Ribay
Robyn Schneider
Moderated by Courtney Stevens

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

Location: 643 Sports Bar

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
Courtney Stevens
NoNieqa RamosRandy Ribay
Amanda Foody
Moderated by Kate Hart