Eric Smith



Eric Smith is a literary agent and Young Adult author residing in Ann Arbor. His recent books include Welcome Home, an anthology of stories about adoption, and his standalone YA contemporary / fantasy The Girl & the Grove, both out now with Flux. You can listen to him talk YA every other week on Book Riot's HEY YA! podcast.

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11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Neurodiversity in YA Lit

12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
Tell Me a Story: YA Anthologies

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


The Girl and the Grove

Teenager Leila's life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she's never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve. But the voices in Leila's head are growing louder by the day. Ignoring them isn't working anymore. Something calls out to her from the grove at Fairmount Park.


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