David Valdes, author of Finding My Elf, in conversation with Ashley Waring

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition is delighted to welcome David Valdes, author of Finding My Elf, for an event in conversation with children's librarian Ashley Waring! Plus, drag queen Lucille will perform! This event will take place on Tuesday, November 7 at 7pm at PSB: Boston Edition (50 Liberty Dr. Boston, MA 02210).

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Single All the Way meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this festive romcom about Cam, who’s trying to find the “the one” and also trying to find himself—while spending winter break working at a hectic Santa’s Village. 

Escaping to NYU for college didn’t turn out the way Cameron planned—he’s flunking his theater classes, about to lose his scholarship, and he still hasn’t found anyone he can call his “people.” When he gets home for winter break, he’s so desperate to avoid a Conversation with his dad that he takes the first acting job he can get—as a mall elf. Despite how Scroogey he feels, the plus side is that there’s a cash prize for the most festive of Santa’s helpers.

But the competition is fierce—especially from fellow elf Marco. Christmas spirit oozes out of his veins. At first Cam is determined to see him as nothing but a rival, but as they spend more time together, Cam starts to second-guess himself. What if he’s finally found his people here—in the fakest consumerist nightmare place on Earth, where he least expected it?


David Valdes is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and essayist. He is the author of young adult novels Spin Me Right Round (Indie Next Pick, Junior Library Guild pick, New York Public Libraries Best Book for Teens), Brighter than the Moon (Starred reviews Booklist and School Library Journal), as well as the nonfiction books (under the name David Valdes Greenwood) Homo Domesticus, A Little Fruitcake (a Today Show Top 10 Holiday Books pick), and The Rhinestone Sisterhood. He is the author of more than a dozen plays staged coast to coast and overseas, including Mermaid Hour. His essays and columns have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Huffington Post. Gay and Cuban-American, he is especially interested in work that is intersectional, uplifting LGBTQ and BIPOC life. Learn more at www.davidvaldeswrites.com.

Ashley Waring is a Children’s Librarian at Reading Public Library. She has served on panels for some of the most important awards in children’s literature, including the Randolph Caldecott Award and the Robert F Sibert Award, both part of the American Library Association’s Association of Library Service to Children, as well as being appointed to the Liaison with the National Organizations Serving Children and Youth Committee.

Lucille is a drag queen from Boston, MA. She’s been performing and hosting shows for over 10 years in various shows and events across New England. At the start of the pandemic (when live drag shut down), she also began streaming on Twitch, where she would play video games and host virtual drag shows for charity. Through these, she was able to raise $19k for charity and was recognized by brands such as Twitch, Tiltify, and Behaviour Interactive. She also had the opportunity to partner with the major makeup brand Anastasia Beverly Hills as a featured streamer and makeup artist. Currently, you can find her continuing to twirl (and stumble) across the Boston drag scene, trying to track down spare dollar bills and get compliments whenever she can.

Event date: 

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition
50 Liberty Dr.
Boston, MA 02210

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Finding My Elf By David Valdes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063288881
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: HarperTeen - November 7th, 2023


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