First-time authors share work experience Three local...

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April 26, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

First-time authors share work experience

Three local first-time authors will speak tonight at the Children's Bookstore in Baltimore about writing and publishing their debut novels, all of which are geared toward young-adult readers. Here's the roster:

Garret Freymann-Weyr, author of "When I Was Older," the story of 15-year-old Sophie Merdinger, whose family life fell apart three years earlier when her younger brother died of leukemia and her parents' marriage dissolved. The book explores the efforts Sophie makes to crumble the defensive walls she's created.

Matthew Olshan, author of "Finn: A Novel," a modern telling of Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" - with girls in the main roles instead of boys. The story explores ethnic and religious stereotyping and racial prejudice in varying forms.

Jonathon Scott Fuqua, author of "The Reappearance of Sam Webber," the tale of an 11-year-old boy forced to move to a poor section of Baltimore after his father abandons his mother and him. Webber's biggest battle - aside from dealing with a new school, nervous nausea and hyperventilation - will be learning to trust again.

The authors, whose debut books each have an average 5-out-of-5-stars customer rating on Amazon.com, will sign copies of their works.

The event is for ages 12 and older. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., 737 Deepdene Road, Roland Park, 410-532-2000.

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