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The three Santa Monica young adult authors taking part in the panel: Holly Goldberg Sloan (from left), Ava Dellaira and Margaret Stohl.
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The three Santa Monica young adult authors taking part in the panel: Holly Goldberg Sloan (from left), Ava Dellaira and Margaret Stohl.

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Young Authors To Lead Panel At Santa Monica Main Library This Tuesday Evening

Posted Jul. 7, 2014, 2:11 pm

Jesse Merchant / Mirror Contributor

A young adult author panel titled “Books to Bond Over: YA Authors in Conversation” will take place from 7-9 pm this Tuesday, July 8 at the Santa Monica Main Library. It will include six successful young authors – three hailing from Santa Monica.

“It’s special when you can see a group of authors at an event,” said Holly Goldberg Sloan, author and Santa Monica local. “The opportunity is there to hear different ways and reasons for how and why we write.”

Sloan’s most recent book, “Counting by 7s,” was published last August. Sloan began as a screenwriter two decades ago. Recently back from a book tour in the UK, she is “happy to be seeing old friends and to be at home in my city.”

Up next? A new novel called, “Just Call My Name,” coming out next month on Aug. 5.

As a final note, Sloan adds, “The Santa Monica Public Library system is a gift to the city. I’m hopeful that people take advantage of the programs they offer.”

Another Santa Monica author who will be attending the event is Ava Dellaira.

After receiving her MFA in poetry rom the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Dellaira moved to Los Angeles to work in film.

“I wrote the first draft of ‘Love Letters to the Dead’ while working as an associate producer on The Perks of Being A Wallflower movie,” Dellaira said. “I am now writing the screenplay for Love Letters to the Dead.”

At the panel Dellaira will be discussing “Love Letters to the Dead,” which she describes as “an epistolary coming of age novel that begins with an English assignment: write a letter to a dead person.”

Dellaira, like Sloan, said she was excited for the panel discussion as she “really admires the other authors on the panel and is excited for the chance to talk with them.”

She is “honored to be asked to participate in an event the Santa Monica Public Library,” which, she says, she “adores.”

The third Santa Monica local is Margaret Stohl. She is co-author with Kami Garcia of the best-selling “Beautiful Creatures” series and solo author of the dystopian “Icons” series.

The panel will be held at Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium at the library branch, which is located at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica. For more information, call 310.458.8600 or visit

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