BOSTON: Malinda Lo with Sara Farizan, A SCATTER OF LIGHT

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition is excited to welcome National Book Award winning author Malinda Lo for the release of her latest book, A Scatter of Light! A starred review from Publisher's Weekly called it, "Raw and bittersweet ... [an] expansive tale of yearning, self-discovery, and first love." Sara Farizan, author of Dead Flip, will join the author in conversation.

This in person event will take place on Tuesday, October 4 at 7pm at Porter Square Books: Boston Edition. RSVPs and masks are required for all attendees- you can RSVP at the webform below!

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About the Book

Award-winning author Malinda Lo returns to the Bay Area with another masterful coming-of-queer-age story, this time set against the backdrop of the first major Supreme Court decisions legalizing gay marriage. And almost sixty years after the end of Last Night at the Telegraph Club, Lo’s new novel also offers a glimpse into Lily and Kath’s lives since 1955.

Aria Tang West was looking forward to a summer on Martha’s Vineyard with her best friends—one last round of sand and sun before college. But after a graduation party goes wrong, Aria’s parents exile her to California to stay with her grandmother, artist Joan West. Aria expects boredom, but what she finds is Steph Nichols, her grandmother’s gardener. Soon, Aria is second-guessing who she is and what she wants to be, and a summer that once seemed lost becomes unforgettable—for Aria, her family, and the working-class queer community Steph introduces her to. It’s the kind of summer that changes a life forever.



Malinda Lo is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of several young adult novels, including most recently Last Night at the Telegraph Club. Her novel Ash, a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book for Children and Teens. She has been a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda's nonfiction has been published by the New York Times Book Review, NPR, the Huffington Post, The Toast, the Horn Book, and in many anthologies. She lives in Massachusetts with her wife.

Sara Farizan (she/her) watches ‘90s cartoons and ‘80s commercials to relax, and loves pinball but is wary of certain games. She is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of the young adult novels Here to Stay, Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, and the Lambda Literary award winning If You Could Be Mine, which was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Best YA Books of All Time. Her upcoming novel Dead Flip is her favorite book she’s written. She has short stories in the anthologies Fresh Ink, All Out, The Radical Element, Hungry Hearts, Come On In, and Fools in Love. She also had a dream come true in writing a DC Comics middle-grade graphic novel, My Buddy, Killer Croc. She lives in Massachusetts and thanks you for reading her work.

Event date: 

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition
50 Liberty Drive
Boston, MA 02210

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ISBN: 9780525555285
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2022


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