Authors in Conversation: Amy Spalding and Rebecca Podos

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 - 7:00pm

River Bend Bookshop is proud to host best-selling author Amy Spalding in conversation with Connecticut author Rebecca Podos on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 PM EST to celebrate Amy’s newest YA book, No Boy Summer. This virtual event is free; registration is required.

You can order Amy and Rebecca’s books directly on our website or in the Bookshop.






About the Books

  No Boy Summer

Lydia and her younger sister Penny make a pact to avoid boy drama for the summer—but Lydia can’t help looking for a loophole when she falls for a cute girl

Lydia Jones and her younger sister Penny have had it with boy drama. Last year was marred by relationship disasters for both of them, threatening Lydia’s standing with her school’s theater tech club and Penny’s perfect GPA. Penny has, naturally, diagnosed the problem and prescribed a drastic solution: a summer off from boys.

Lydia and Penny decide to stay with their Aunt Grace and her boyfriend Oscar in Los Angeles while their parents are off on a European cruise. Penny follows her future-business-school dreams with an internship at Oscar’s office, and Lydia gets a part-time job at Grace’s neighborhood coffeeshop, Grounds Control.

Even when they spent hours, days, weeks dissecting their various boy drama, Lydia’s never felt this connected to her sister before, and it makes her wonder what else in her life could be different. She finds herself drawn to a group of friends she meets through her Grounds Control coworker, Margaret, as well as an intriguing customer, Fran, an aspiring filmmaker and—while not the first girl Lydia finds herself attracted to—the first girl who has mutual feelings for her. But she’s not breaking her pledge to Penny, right? That was just about boys. Even though in her heart Lydia knows she’s bending the rules, she hasn’t had a connection with anyone as strong as her connection with Fran, so she thinks it can’t be wrong. And Penny won’t mind as long as she’s happy . . . Right?

 From Dust, a Flame:  

Lambda Literary Award–-winning author Rebecca Podos returns with a rich, transporting, genre-bending contemporary Jewish fantasy about the power of history, the complicated nature of family, and the search for identity amidst it all.

Hannah’s whole life has been spent in motion. Her mother has kept her and her brother, Gabe, on the road for as long as she can remember, leaving a trail of rental homes and faded relationships behind them. No roots, no family but one another, and no explanations.

All that changes on Hannah’s seventeenth birthday when she wakes up transformed, a pair of golden eyes with knife-slit pupils blinking back at her from the mirror—the first of many such impossible mutations. Promising that she knows someone who can help, her mother leaves Hannah and Gabe behind to find a cure. But as the days turn to weeks and their mother doesn’t return, they realize it’s up to them to find the truth.

What they discover is a family they never knew and a history more tragic and fantastical than Hannah could have dreamed—one that stretches back to her grandmother’s childhood in Prague under the Nazi occupation, and beyond, into the realm of Jewish mysticism and legend. As the past comes crashing into the present, Hannah must hurry to unearth their family’s secrets in order to break the curse and save the people she loves most, as well as herself.

Rebecca Podos, award-winning author of Like Water, returns with a contemporary fantasy of enduring love, unfathomable loss, and the power of stories to hold us together when it seems that nothing else can.

About the Authors

Amy Spalding is the author of several novels, including Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys), The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), and We Used to Be Friends, which Becky Albertalli called "complex, earnest, and unflinching." She lives in Los Angeles.


 Rebecca Podos is the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of YA novels, including The Mystery of Hollow PlacesLike Water, and The Wise and the Wicked, and co-editor of the YA anthology Fools in Love. Find her online at

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No Boy Summer: A Novel By Amy Spalding Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419757525
Availability: Ships to our store in 3-8 Days
Published: Amulet Books - April 18th, 2023

For Her Consideration: An Enchanting and Memorable Love Story (Out in Hollywood #1) By Amy Spalding Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496739513
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Published: Kensington - February 21st, 2023

We Used to Be Friends: A Novel By Amy Spalding Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419766589
Published: Amulet Paperbacks - April 4th, 2023

From Dust, a Flame By Rebecca Podos Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062699060
Availability: Available at One of Our Locations
Published: Balzer + Bray - March 8th, 2022