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Virtual Conversation with Debut Authors Tamika Burgess, Meg Eden Kuyatt, Sydney Dunlap, and Karen S. Chow

Join us for a virtual conversation and Q&A with debut authors Tamika Burgess, Meg Eden Kuyatt, Sydney Dunlap, and Karen S. Chow on Sunday, May 21st at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET!

You can sign up for the event below, or sign up directly on eventbrite here:

About the authors:

Tamika Burgess is a storyteller with over a decade of novel, TV/film, and personal essay writing experience. Born to parents who migrated from Panamá, Tamika has always taken a particular interest in writing themes that explore her Black Latina identity. Because of her passion for spreading the knowledge of Black Panamanian culture, Tamika has been featured on various websites, podcasts, and panels. When she is not writing, Tamika is somewhere cozy online shopping and listening to a podcast. Tamika resides in sunny Southern California. Sincerely Sicily is her first novel, a middle grade story about a Black Panamanian girl who strives to change the world through her writing.

Meg Eden Kuyatt is a 2020 Pitch Wars mentee, and teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the author of the 2021 Towson Prize for Literature winning poetry collection Drowning in the Floating World and children’s novels, most recently Good Different. Find her online at or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal and Instagram at @meden_author. Meg's first middle grade novel Good Different is a novel-in-verse about a neurodivergent girl who comes to understand and celebrate her difference.

Sydney Dunlap is a former elementary school teacher who has worked with at-risk youth in a variety of settings, and she enjoys reading and writing heartfelt, hopeful fiction that expands young readers’ awareness of tough topics. She is a published poet and has also written for a newspaper. A lifelong animal lover, Sydney lives with her family in a home where the dogs and cats outnumber the people. Her debut middle grade novel is It Happened On Saturday, a cautionary tale which tackles the loneliness of adolescence and the dangers of the online world.

Karen S. Chow started writing novels as a college sophomore at Arizona State University, while earning a degree in electrical engineering. Now, she is an engineer by day and middle-grade novelist by night. She lives in Gilbert, AZ, with her family. Her debut middle grade novel Miracle is about finding your way back to the things and people you love when you lose someone important to you.

You can purchase/preorder these amazing books for the virtual event below!

Event date: 
Sunday, May 21, 2023 - 12:00pm
Event address: 
5225 Canyon Crest Dr.
Riverside, CA 92507
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Sincerely Sicily By Tamika Burgess Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063159600
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - January 3rd, 2023

Good Different By Meg Eden Kuyatt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338816105
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 4th, 2023

It Happened on Saturday By Sydney Dunlap Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631636943
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Jolly Fish Press - February 21st, 2023

Miracle By Karen S. Chow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316333726
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - March 28th, 2023