A.S. KingWe’re thrilled to have a special #LitChat with award-winning Y. A. author A. S. King, moderated by fellow author Pablo Cartaya, live from the Writer’s Room at the Betsy Hotel on Friday, March 20, 2015.

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A. S. King is best known for her award-winning young adult novels, though she writes novel-length and short fiction for adults as well. After more than a decade in Ireland dividing herself between self-sufficiency, restoring her farm, teaching adult literacy, and writing novels, she returned to the US in 2004.

Amy’s newest YA novel, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future has garnered six starred trade reviews and landed on several end of year best lists since its release in October 2014. Reality Boy (October 2013) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice,Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, a Junior Library Guild Selection, Amazon Best Books for October, and a Winter 2013-2014 Kids’ Indie Next List Top Ten pick. 2012’s Ask the Passengers (Little, Brown October 2012) is a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner, a Junior Library Guild selection, a Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal Best Book of 2012, an Indie Next List pick and has been called “Another thoughtful, and often breathtaking achievement” by Booklist in one of six starred trade reviews for the book. Everybody Sees the Ants (Little, Brown October 2011) was an Andre Norton Award finalist, a Cybils finalist, and a 2012 YALSA Top Ten book for young adults. Her 2010 Y. A. novel, Please Ignore Vera Dietz was a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, an Edgar Award Nominee, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book for Teens 2010, a Junior Library Guild selection and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick. Her first Y. A. novel, The Dust of 100 Dogs, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an Indie Next pick and a Cybil award finalist. Her next novel, I Crawl Through It, is due in Fall 2015.

Her short fiction for adults has been widely published and was nominated for Best New American Voices 2010. Her short fiction collection, Monica Never Shuts Up is available in paperback and all ebook formats. Amy lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children, teaches  writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program, and is a huge fan of Kurt Vonnegut, corn on the cob, libraries, and roller skating.

Follow A. S. King on Twitter: @as_king.

Pablo CartayaPablo Cartaya is an author of books, Knight Literary Programs Manager at The Betsy-South Beach and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is a lover of books, family, food, and random quotes. He calls Miami home.

Follow Pablo on Twitter at @phcartaya.

About The Betsy-South Beach and The Writer’s Room: The Betsy-South Beach is an award-winning 61-room boutique hotel that expansively embraces community through a program called PACE (philanthropy, arts, culture and education). The Betsy-South Beach is a 2012 Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grand recipient for its cornerstone program, The Writer’s Room (betsywritersroom.com), and is also the host hotel for LitChat’s bi-annual global retreat. The Betsy is located at 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida.

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