Eric Smith


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Biography

Eric Smith is a literary agent and author from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As an agent with P.S. Literary, he’s worked on New York Times bestselling and award-winning books. His novels include Don’t Read the Comments, You Can Go Your Own Way, and Battle of the Bands co-edited with Lauren Gibaldi. His latest, Jagged Little Pill: The Novel, was written with Alanis Morissette, Academy award-winner Diablo Cody, and Glen Ballard.

 


Schedule

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
State Library, Fifth Floor, Capitol View Room
Discussion
Aftermath: Trauma in Young Adult Fiction
with Kathleen Glasgow, Shaun David Hutchinson, Liz Lawson, and Eric Smith

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 pm
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
State Library, Fifth Floor, Capitol View Room
Discussion
Finding Love Where You Least Expect It: Young Adult Romance, Part 2
with Chris Clarkson, Adam Sass, Eric Smith, Heather Truett, and Julian Winters

3:00 p.m. to 3:45 pm
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


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Jagged Little Pill: The Novel

A timely and gutsy YA novel based on the Tony and Grammy Award winning musical from Alanis Morissette, Diablo Cody, and Glen Ballard!

Swallow it down—what a jagged little pill . . .

Jagged Little Pill: The Novel follows the intertwining lives of five teens whose world is changed forever after the events at a party.

Adopted Frankie struggles to see eye-to-eye with her mother—who would rather ignore a problem and preserve their “perfect” life than stand up for what’s right. Jo just wants her mom to accept her queer identity—and is totally crushed when Frankie, the only person who really gets her, finds herself infatuated with someone new. Phoenix tries to find his place at the new school and balance wanting to spend time with Frankie but knowing he also has to help out with his sick sister at home. Bella wants to enjoy the end of high school and just head off to college without a hitch. Everyone expects Frankie's brother Nick to be the golden boy, but even though he just got into his dream school, he’s not even sure he's a good person. Each of their stories intersects when Bella is sexually assaulted at a party, and it looks like the perpetrator might get away with it.

Moving, heartfelt, and raw, Jagged Little Pill: The Novel draws on the musical’s story and gives readers deeper glimpses of the characters. It’s a story about the power of voicing your pain, standing up for what’s right, and finding healing and connection.


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You Can Go Your Own Way

"A sweetly charming love story that leaves the reader with a lasting sense of hope.” —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star

"The perfect novel to snuggle up with.” —Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

A heartwarming and thoughtful enemies-to-lovers rom-com about two teens—one trying to save his family's failing pinball arcade, the other working for her tech genius dad who wants to take it over—who get trapped together in a snowstorm.

Adam Stillwater is in over his head. But the pinball arcade is the only piece of his dad that Adam has left, and he’s determined to protect it from Philadelphia’s newest tech mogul, who wants to turn it into another one of his cold, lifeless gaming cafés.

Whitney Mitchell doesn’t know how she got here. Her parents split up. Her boyfriend dumped her. And now she’s spending her senior year running social media for her dad’s chain of super successful gaming cafés—which mostly consists of trading insults with that decrepit old pinball arcade across town.

But when a huge snowstorm hits, Adam and Whitney find themselves trapped inside the arcade. Cut off from their families, their worlds, and their responsibilities, the tension between them seems to melt away, leaving something else in its place. But what happens when the storm ends?

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