LitWorks, our annual teen book fest in cooperation with Ridgewood High School is going online.

This winter and spring, look for virtual discussions with YA authors including Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Chris Crutcher, Mayra Cuev, and Kiku Hughes. Register for each of our author discussions to join us on Zoom.


Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Friday, January 29, 1:45 PM

Meet Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of Hey, Kiddo, a graphic memoir of his father’s disappearance, his mother’s addiction, his life with his grandparents, and how art saved his life. Hey, Kiddo is a powerful book that also happens to be a National Book Award Finalist, the 2019 Harvey Awards Book of the Year, and one of Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of 2018.

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Hey Kiddo: Book | Overdrive Ebook | Hoopla Audio | Overdrive Audio

Jarrett will also present his story and answer your questions in an online chat open to the entire community on January 29,th at 6:00 PM. Find Out More.
You’ve read the book and met the author. Now let’s get together to talk about Hey, Kiddo on February 5th. Find Out More.


Chris Crutcher
Friday, March 05, 1:45 PM

Chris Crutcher’s books are strikingly authentic and unflinchingly honest. His autobiography King of the Mild Frontier is the story of his life growing up in Idaho. Losers Bracket is the story of Annie, her foster family, and her search for her missing nephew. Chris has received a number of awards, starting with his high school designation as “Most Likely to Plagiarize.” His favorites are his Intellectual Freedom awards, one from the National Council for Teachers of English and the other from the National Coalition Against Censorship.

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King of the Mild Frontier: Book | Hoopla Ebook | Audiobook CD
Losers Bracket: Book | Hoopla Ebook | Hoopla Audiobook


Mayra Cuevas
Friday, April 09, 1:45 PM

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mayra Cuevas is a professional journalist and fiction writer who adores love stories with happy endings. Her book Salty, Bitter, Sweet was selected as one of the “YA Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2020” by BuzzFeed. It’s a slow-burn romance in a cutthroat kitchen for 17-year old Isabella Fields who is trying to realize her dream of becoming a top chef.

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Salty, Bitter, Sweet: Book | Overdrive Ebook | Hoopla Ebook | Hoopla Audio


Kiku Hughes
Friday, May 07, 1:45 PM

This month, meet Kiku Hughes. Kiku is a cartoonist known for her science fiction and fantasy stories in various anthologies, including Avatar: The Last Airbender – Team Avatar Tales. Her new book, Displacement, her first full-length project as a writer and artist, tells the story of a teenager pulled back in time to experience the Japanese American incarceration camps alongside her grandmother.

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Displacement: Book