89 WALLS COVER SMALL   (St. Paul) – One of the best teaching tools at our disposal is storytelling, and Twin Cities author Katie Pierson has spun a tale sure to spark conversations among young people.

   The launch party for her debut young adult novel, ’89 Walls, takes place on Sun., June 14, beginning at 4 p.m. at Common Good Books, located at 38 Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, and the public is invited. The event will have a true feel of the time with 80s music and snacks on hand. At the reading, teenagers will take on the roles of the main characters with Pierson offering commentary.

   ’89 Walls is a story about two high school students who have very strong political opinions. College is not in the cards for Seth. He spends his minimum wage on groceries, and fakes happiness to distract his mom from the MS they both know will kill her. It’s agony to carry around a frayed love note for a girl who’s both out of his league and beneath his dignity. Quinn is finishing high school on top. But that cynical, liberal guy in her social studies class makes her doubt her old assumptions. Challenging the rules now, though, would a) squander her last summer at home, b) antagonize her conservative dad, and c) make her a hypocrite.

   Seth and Quinn’s passionate new romance takes them both by surprise. They keep it a secret: it’s too early to make plans and too late not to care. But it’s 1989. As politics suddenly get personal they find themselves fighting bare- fisted for their beliefs—and each other—in the clear light of day.

    About the Author

    Katie Pierson freelances for local non-profits, using her background in public policy and grassroots organizing to overthrow the patriarchy one introverted step at a time. When she’s not writing fiction, she returns library books, makes soup, and tries to be cooler than she really is by hip-hopping at the YMCA. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in American History from the University of Pennsylvania (where she dabbled briefly in being a College Republican) and a Master’s in American History from the University of Minnesota.

   Her published work includes political Commentaries in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, articles for Minnesota Journal (a public policy monthly) and Nebraska Humanities journal, and a chapter for an anthology called Nebraska Voices: Telling the Stories of our State. She is a member of SCBWI, MNSCBWI and the Authors Guild. She also blogged on comparative culture and politics during her family’s sabbatical year in London, England. She grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and now lives with her family in a suburb of Minneapolis. ’89 Walls is her first novel. You can reach her through her website, www.katiepierson.net, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/89walls/ and on Twitter @katiedoodles58. 

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