THERE YOU ARE by Mathea Morais

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Growing up in the '80s and '90s in St. Louis, Octavian Munroe and Mina Rose found a future in music. Between the stacks at Rahsaan's Records, the two fell in love to the sounds of Prince and A Tribe Called Quest. But in the wake of grief and heartbreak, they drifted apart, ultimately leaving the city for fresh starts.

Decades later, Rahsaan's Records is closing for good. Seeking closure of their own, Octavian and Mina travel homeward, reckoning with the ghosts of the past they left behind and the uncertain future they must create.

Insightful and nostalgic, There You Are is a wise novel of love, loss, and the power of community, backed by a phenomenal soundtrack of hip hop, soul, and jazz.

About the Author


Mathea Morais grew up in St. Louis and earned a degree in Literature from NYU. She began her career writing about hip hop culture and music for The Source and Trace Urban Magazine. Her work has gone on to appear in The New Engagement, Slush Pile Magazine, Arts & Ideas, and Anti-Heroin Chic. She is the Director of the Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha's Vineyard and has taught creative writing to children and young adults for over fifteen years. She lives with her husband, her three daughters, and a beloved dog.

Praise For…


Author featured in article on her position as director of the newly reopened Noepe Center for Literary Arts —Vineyard Gazettehttps://vineyardgazette.com/news/2019/03/27/next-chapter-noepe-returns
 
 
Article on author's position as director of the newly reopened Noepe Center for Literary Arts —Martha's Vineyard Timeshttps://www.mvtimes.com/2019/03/27/noepe-center-literary-arts-reopens-featherstone/
 
Author quoted on the Roots' album Things Fall Apart in "Things Fall Apart: A Critics Roundtable" —Red Bull Music Academy, http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/
 
"Mathea Morais is a really gifted writer. It is a special joy for those of us who are fortunate enough to have read her coming-of age, personal and intimate story of a time in St. Louis circling the death of Michael Brown." —Harry Belafonte, activist, actor, singer, author

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Book talk and signing with Jennifer Blecher

Bring your favorite middle-grade readers to hear debut novelist Jennifer Blecher talk about her book OUT OF PLACE, set here on the Vineyard - a perfect summer read!

When twelve-year-old Cove Bernstein becomes the target of a school-wide bullying campaign, she sets out to find a way to leave her home on Martha's Vineyard for New York City, where her best friend lives. But Cove discovers that friends can appear in the unlikeliest places, and maybe home isn't the worst place to be after all.

Jennifer Blecher's debut novel is a voice-driven story about bullying, friendship, and self-reliance that hits the sweet spot for fans of Ali Benjamin's The Thing About Jellyfish and Erin Entrada Kelly's You Go First.

Twelve-year-old Cove Bernstein's year has gone from bad to worse. First, her best friend, Nina, moved from Martha's Vineyard to New York City. Then, without Nina around, Cove became the target of a bullying campaign at school. Escape seems impossible.

But opportunities can appear when you least expect them. Cove's visit to a secondhand clothing store leads her to a surprising chance to visit Nina, but only if she can win a coveted place in a kids-only design competition. Cove doesn't know how to sew, but her friend at the retirement home, Anna, has promised to teach her. And things start really looking up when a new kid at school, Jack, begins appearing everywhere Cove goes.

Then Cove makes a big mistake. One that could ruin every good thing that has happened to her this year. One that she doesn't know how to undo.

Jennifer Blecher's accessible and beautifully written debut novel explores actions and consequences, loneliness, bullying, and finding your voice. This voice-driven friendship story is for fans of Rebecca Stead's Goodbye Stranger and Jodi Kendall's The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City.

Event Date: 
Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Address: 
23 Main Street
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062748591
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Published: Greenwillow Books - June 4th, 2019