Live from Prairie Lights: Michelle Falkoff & Calla Devlin

Pushing Perfect, Michelle Falkoff
November 9, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Books

Writers’ Workshop graduate Michelle Falkoff and Pushcart Nominee Calla Devlin will read from their new Young Adult novels.

Michelle Falkoff will read from Pushing Perfect, a multi-layered mystery about a high school teen whose struggles to maintain perfect grades lead to performance-crippling anxiety attacks. After a friend offers her a drug to ace the PSAT’s, new pressures come from a mysterious blackmailer. “Twists and turns abound . . . Reminiscent of the novels of Joan Lowery Nixon and Lois Duncan.” — School Library Journal

Michelle Falkoff is the author of Playlist of the Dead, which was one of NPR's Great Reads in 2015. Falkoff is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Communication and Legal Reasoning Program at Northwestern University. She lives in Chicago.

Pushcart nominee Calla Devlin will read from Tell Me Something Real. This novel is about three sisters who travel to a Mexican clinic across the border so that their mother, ill with leukemia, can receive alternative treatments. “An intriguing tale of illness, love, loss, and betrayal that is sure to reel in teens looking for something with a little bit of darkness hidden in the pages.” —School Library Journal  

Devlin is the winner of the Best of Blood and Thunder Award, and her stories have been included in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond, for which she was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Magazine. She lives in Des Moines.

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