The following description comes from the event organizer.In Anthony Nerada’s YA pop punk debut about queer romance and destroying labels, a teen risks everything to write his own story. Stonebridge High’s resident bad boy, seventeen-year-old Wesley “Big Mac” Mackenzie, is failing senior year — thanks to his unchecked anger, rowdy friends, and a tendency to ditch his homework for skateboarding and a secret photography habit. So when his mom drags him to a production of The Nutcracker, Wes isn’t interested at all… until he sees Tristan Monroe. Mr. Nutcracker himself. Wes knows he shouldn’t like Tristan; after all, he’s a ballet dancer, and Wes is as closeted as they come. But when they start spending time together, Wes can’t seem to get Tristan out of his head. Driven by a new sense of purpose, Wes begins to think that — despite every authority figure telling him otherwise — maybe he can change for the better and graduate on time. As a falling out with his friends becomes inevitable, Wes realizes that being himself means taking a stand — if only he can blow up the bad-boy reputation he never wanted in the first place. From a debut author to watch, Skater Boy (Soho Teen) delivers a heart-wrenching, validating, and honest story about what it means to be gay in a world where you don’t fit in. Nerada will be joined in conversation by Rosiee Thor, author of Tarnished Are the Stars.