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Author Event: Jesse Andrews
April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Help us celebrate the release of Munmun, the new YA novel by Pittsburgh-native bestselling author Jesse Andrews! Jesse is also the author Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl, which was made into a movie last year. Light refreshments will be served.
About the book:
In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person’s physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers.
Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute–and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning, but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger richer people don’t ever have to think about, from being mauled by cats to their house getting stepped on. There are no cars or phones built small enough for them, or schools or hospitals, for that matter–there’s no point, when no one that little has any purchasing power, and when salaried doctors and teachers would never fit in buildings so small. Warner and Prayer know their only hope is to scale up, but how can two littlepoors survive in a world built against them?
A brilliant, warm, funny trip, unlike anything else out there, and a social novel for our time in the tradition of 1984 or Invisible Man. Inequality is made intensely visceral by an adventure and tragedy both hilarious and heartbreaking.
About the author:
Jesse Andrews is an author, screenwriter, and former German youth hostel receptionist. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and is a graduate of Schenley High School and Harvard University. He currently makes his home in Berkeley, CA.