2017 Mary Higgins Clark Chair: Young Adult Novelist, A.S. King

 Our 2017 Mary Higgins Clark Chair will be the wonderful young adult novelist A.S. King, who has been called “one of the best Y.A. writers working today” by The New York Times Book Review. But we know that some of you knew that already, as fans of her novels Still Life with Tornado, I Crawl Through It, Reality Boy, and others. This summer, join us for the Summer Read of her 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner, Ask the Passengers. In Ask the Passengers, high school senior Astrid Jones finds that strangers might be the best people to confide in, especially when you find yourself with so many secrets to keep. As it turns out, some of those strangers have secrets of their own to share.

Faculty members Glenn Hendler and Stacey D’Erasmo will be setting up an online book club space where students and faculty can discuss their reactions to the book—thoughts, ideas, feelings, and questions all welcome. We’ll let you know when it’s set up, and we look forward to turning the pages together.