Four authors, four novels, one night! Red Balloon welcomes David Oppegaard, Sara Biren, Andrew DeYoung, and Sonia Halbach to St. Paul for a YA roundtable and literary shenanigans! They'll be sharing from their novels The Firebug of Balrog County, The Last Thing You Said, The Exo Project, and The Krampus Chronicles. Whether you’re looking for stories of pyromania, love after tragedy, inter-galactic destiny, or world-hopping on Christmas Eve, we’ll have a book for you. Join us for a great discussion, Q&A, book signing, and refreshments!
David Oppegaard is the author of The Town Built on Sorrow, 2016 MN Book Award finalist The Firebug of Balrog County, the Bram Stoker-nominated The Suicide Collectors, And the Hills Opened Up, and Wormwood, Nevada. He holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University and a B.A. in English from St. Olaf College. He teaches the occasional fiction class at Hamline University and currently works at the University of Minnesota. He lives in St. Paul, MN.
Sara Biren earned an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is a member of the YA Buccaneers, the Swanky Seventeens, SCBWI, and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She lives outside of Minneapolis with her husband and two children. The Last Thing You Said is her first novel.
Andrew DeYoung is a writer, editor, and media project manager. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Sarah, and their feline companion, June Carter Cat. The Exo Project is his first novel.
Sonia Halbach was born in Minnesota, raised in North Dakota, and attended college in South Dakota. So naturally, a week after graduating from Augustana College, she hightailed it east to try New York City on for size. When she’s not trying new flavors of bubble tea, civilizing her cats, or conjuring up schemes to get locked inside The Morgan Library & Museum for a night, she can be found researching forgotten stories on the island of many hills, which inspired her to write The Krampus Chronicles.