Virtual: Mark Oshiro with Ann Davila Cardinal, Each of Us a Desert

Join Porter Square Books for a virtual event with Mark Oshiro, author of Each of Us a Desert, in conversation with Ann Davila Cardinal! Each of us a Desert is a powerful coming-of-age fantasy novel about finding home and falling in love amidst the dangers of a desert where stories come to life. This event is hosted on Crowdcast, and is free and open to all.







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Xochitl is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village's stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enigmatic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes.

Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.

One night, Xo's wish is granted—in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town's murderous conqueror. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match... if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.

Fresh off of Anger Is a Gift's smashing success, Oshiro branches out into a fantastical direction with their new YA novel, Each of Us a Desert.

Mark Oshiro is the Hugo-nominated writer of the online Mark Does Stuff universe (Mark Reads and Mark Watches), where they analyze book and TV series. Their debut novel, Anger Is a Gift, was a recipient of the Schneider Family Book Award for 2019. Their lifelong goal is to pet every dog in the world.

Ann Dávila Cardinal is a novelist and director of student recruitment for Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) where she earned her MFA in Writing. She also helped create VCFA’s winter writing residency in Puerto Rico. She comes from a long line of Puerto Rican writers, including poets Virgilio and José Antonio Dávila, and her cousin, award-winning fiction writer Tere Dávila. Ann lives north of Stowe, Vermont with her husband Doug and son Carlos, and likes to spend her free time cycling, doing fiber arts, and preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Five Midnights (Tor Teen) was her first solo novel; Category Five is he second.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Each of Us a Desert Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250169211
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Teen - September 15th, 2020

Category Five (Five Midnights #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250296122
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Tor Teen - June 2nd, 2020