VIRTUAL: Janae Marks discusses On Air with Zoe Washington with Chrystal D. Giles

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

River Bend Bookshop is proud to host author Janae Marks on Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm. Janae will be discussing her sequel, On Air With Zoe Washington, with Chrystal D. Giles, author of Not An Easy Win.  This virtual event is free; registration is required.  Signed and personalized books are available - order via Eventbrite, directly on our website, or in the Bookshop.




About the Book

Two years ago, Zoe Washington helped clear Marcus’ name for a crime he didn’t commit. Now her birth father has finally been released from prison and to an outpouring of community support. So, everything should be perfect. Right?

With Zoe and Marcus now co-workers at Ari’s Cakes, it’s true life has never been better. But when Marcus reveals his lifelong dream of opening his own restaurant, Zoe becomes determined to help him achieve it—with her as his pastry chef of course. She still has a lot of new desserts to invent!

However, starting a new place is much more difficult than it looks, and despite being innocent—Marcus is having a harder time re-entering society than anyone expected. Determined to find a solution, Zoe starts a podcast to bring light to the struggles exonerees experience and fundraise for their restaurant.

Between hosting her show, testing recipes, managing shifting friend dynamics, and trying to make sure Marcus and her stepdad each have enough time with her—Zoe is stretched thin. She knows the power of using her voice. But with waning public interest in their story, will anyone still be listening?


About the Authors

Janae Marks is the author of bestseller From the Desk of Zoe Washington and A Soft Place to Land. She graduated from the New School with an MFA in Writing for Children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she’s spending time with her husband and daughter at home in Connecticut. Visit Janae online at

Chrystal D. Giles is a champion for diversity and representation in children’s literature. She made her debut with Take Back the Block, which received multiple starred reviews and was an NPR Books We Love selection. Chrystal lives outside Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and son and is currently working on her next middle-grade novel.

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On Air with Zoe Washington By Janae Marks Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063212312
Availability: Ships to our store in 3-8 Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 14th, 2023

Not an Easy Win By Chrystal D. Giles Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593175217
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 28th, 2023