Shanthi Sekaran & Shideh Etaat at Pegasus on Solano

Oct 14 2023 - 4:00pm

FREE TO ATTEND. No registration required. 

Join us Saturday, October 14th at 4pm at Pegasus on Solano for a special reading and conversation with critically-acclaimed middle-grade and YA authors Shanthi Sekaran and Shideh Etaat! Shanthi Sekaran is author of The Samosa Rebellion and Boomi’s Boombox (in addition to her award-winning novel for adults, Lucky Boy). Shideh Etaat is author of the young adult novel Rana Joon and the One and Only Now. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

About the authors:

Shanthi Sekaran is a novelist and television writer. Her most recent adult novel, Lucky Boy, was named an Indie Next Great Read, an Amazon Editor's Pick and a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Library Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Rumpus and Salon. In 2021, her middle grade debut, The Samosa Rebellion, won the Northern California Book Award and was named an Amazon Editor's Pick for readers aged 9-13. Her second middle grade novel, Boomi's Boombox, came out in Spring 2023. She recently wrapped up her work on the acclaimed NBC medical drama, New Amsterdam. She lives in Berkeley with her family and a cat named Frog.

Shideh Etaat is an Iranian American writer living in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University. She is the author of Rana Joon and the One and Only Now and has also had her work published in Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers, Day One, Foglifter, Nowruz Journal, and My Shadow Is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora. When she isn’t busy writing, you can find her helping her young son navigate life.

About the books:

Boomi’s Boombox: Shanthi Sekaran delivers a powerful story about grief, family, dance, and friendship that follows a young girl who accidentally travels back in time to meet her dad as a child that will change her life forever. Perfect for fans of The Thing About Jellyfish and The Ethan I Was Before. A Junior Library Guild Selection!

The Samosa Rebellion: Sekaran’s middle grade debut is a timely and stunning novel in which a young boy and his friends must rescue his grandmother from a relocation camp after their country’s descent into xenophobia.

Rana Joon and the One and Only Now: Shideh Etaat’s lyrical coming-of-age novel for fans of Darius the Great Is Not Okay and On the Come Up, set in Southern California in 1996, follows a teen who wants to honor her deceased friend’s legacy by entering a rap contest. 

Event address: 
Pegasus on Solano
1855 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707
The Samosa Rebellion By Shanthi Sekaran Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063051546
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 23rd, 2023

Boomi's Boombox By Shanthi Sekaran Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063051584
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 23rd, 2023

Rana Joon and the One and Only Now By Shideh Etaat Cover Image
ISBN: 9781665917629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 25th, 2023

Event Category: 
Solano Location