Signs of Life Book Launch!

Join Selene Castrovilla and a distinguished YA author panel

Beyond the Label: What Does “Diverse” Really Mean?

#WeNeedDiverseBooks. Yes. What now? What is the definition of a diverse young adult novel? What are the responsibilities accompanying authorship? How can our diverse books make a social difference for teens facing adversity, especially when facing censorship?

Join Selene Castrovilla and her guest panel of distinguished young adult authors as we tackle these questions, and more. Audience invited to bring questions to the forum!

Book Launch and Diverse Books Discussion

Wednesday, June 22nd, 6-8pm

18 West 18th Street

New York, NY

With special guests:


LAURENT LINN -- Draw the Line

BRENDAN KIELY -- All American Boys

GAE POLISNER -- The Summer of Letting Go

These authors will all be signing their books!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Celebrating Signs of Life!

We are celebrating the release of Signs of Life: Book Two in the Rough Romance Trilogy! This anticipated sequel to Melt continues the suspense, and amps it up!

Signs of Life is the story of a domestically abused boy and a sheltered girl whose love has been shattered by both their families, and he must find her before she is killed by hers.

Gae Polisner!

The Summer of Letting Go: “The genre of sibling-loss fiction is two books richer… [Francesca] learns from Frankie Sky that it’s important to keep on living rather than going through the motions. This is really the emotional heart of the novel… Fran[cesca’s] outpouring resonates with real feeling. Here, Polisner gets her subject exactly right.” ―The New York Times Book Review
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Selene Castrovilla's Street Creds

Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning young adult novelist and children's nonfiction author. Her third young adult novel Melt, Book One of the Rough Romance Trilogy, was the recipient of six honors including the SCBWI Spark Award, the IndieReader Fiction Book of the Year and the Bronze IPPY Medal for young adult fiction. Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, her third nonfiction picture book, was the recipient of four awards including Booklist Top Ten Biography for Youth, International School Librarians' Honor Book and Eureka! California Reading Association Honor Book. A companion book, Revolutionary Rogues, is forthcoming. Selene holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School and a B.A. in English from New York University. She is a member of the Bank Street College Writers Lab and the PEN American Children’s Book Committee. She is the Long Island Liaison for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Metro-NY Chapter, and a former chair of the Long Island Children’s Writers and Illustrators. Jacqueline Woodson, Selene’s teacher at The New School, calls Selene “a writer worth watching.” Visit