Celebrate Dhonielle Clayton’s Birthday With Author Friends!

05/26/2023 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM America/Chicago Timezone
Second Line Brewing
433 N Bernadotte St
New Orleans
LA 70119

Tubby & Coo’s Book Shop is pleased to throw a birthday bash for Dhonielle Clayton’s birthday! The party will be at Second Line Brewing on Friday, May 26 from 5-7PM, and Dhonielle is bringing some author friends!

Alys Arden, Patrice Caldwell, Zoraida Cordova, Marti Dumas, Tessa Gratton, and Natalie C. Parker will all be at this event to celebrate with Dhonielle. All authors will sign books as well. The signing line will begin at 5PM, and you MUST purchase at least one of the authors’ books directly from Tubby & Coo’s OR make a donation of at least $10 to register for the signing line.

All donations will go to We Need Diverse Books, the nonprofit organization that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. Dhonielle Clayton is the COO, and Zoraida Cordova is on the board of this terrific organization! Learn more about We Need Diverse Books here.

You can register for this event by clicking the button below to order any of the books or to make a donation.

Please note Tubby & Coo’s has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during our events.

About the Authors

Dhonielle Clayton is a New York Times Bestselling author of The Belles series, Shattered Midnight, co-author of Blackout, and the co-author of the Tiny Pretty Things duology, a Netflix original series. She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side. She taught secondary school for several years, and is a former elementary and middle school librarian. She is COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books, and President of Cake Creative, an IP story kitchen dedicated to diverse books for all ages. She’s an avid traveler, and always on the hunt for magic and mischief. Up next: The Marvellers, her middle grade fantasy debut. You can find her on social media @brownbookworm. 

Alys Arden was raised by the street performers, tea leaf-readers, and glittering drag queens of the New Orleans French Quarter. She cut her teeth on the streets of New York and has worked all around the world since. She either talks too much or not at all. She obsessively documents things. Her hair ranges from eggplant to cotton-candy colored. One dreary day in London, she missed home and started writing The Casquette Girls. Her debut novel garnered over one million reads online before it was acquired. (Skyscape) The fifth book, The Immortal Saint-Germain is due out in 2023. Her first graphic novel, Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend (DC Comics) illustrated by Jacquelin de Leon is out now!

Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder of People of Color in Publishing–a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Born and raised in Texas, Patrice was a children’s book editor before becoming a literary agent at New Leaf Literary & Media. She’s been named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” media list, a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree, and featured on Bustle’s inaugural “Lit List” as one of ten women changing the book world. Patrice is the editor of two anthologies published by Penguin Random House’s Viking Children’s imprint: A Phoenix First Must Burn, 16 stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope (out now) and Eternally Yours, a YA Paranormal Romance anthology out September 20, 2022. Her debut novel, Where Shadows Reign—the first in a YA fantasy duology—is out in 2024 from Wednesday Books, an imprint of Macmillan. Visit Patrice online at patricecaldwell.com, Twitter @whimsicallyours, and Instagram @pncaldwell.

Zoraida Cordova has written more than two dozen novels and short stories, including The Inheritance of Orquídea DivinaValentina Salazar Is Not a Monster Hunter, and Star Wars: The High Republic: Convergence. Her 2016 novel Labyrinth Lost, book one in the Brooklyn Brujas trilogy, won an International Latino Book Award. When she’s not writing, Zoraida serves on the board of We Need Diverse Books, cohosts the writing podcast, Deadline City, and develops intellectual property for Cake Creative & Electric Postcard Entertainment as a Tastemaker. She’s the editor of the SFF anthology, Reclaim the Stars, co-editor of the bestselling anthology Vampires Never Get Old, and occasionally writes adult romance novels as Zoey Castile and other pseudonyms. Zoraida was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and calls New York City home. When she’s not working, she’s roaming the world in search of magical stories.

Marti Dumas is a mom, teacher, writer, and creative entrepreneur from New Orleans. An expert in childhood literacy, Marti has worked with children and teachers across the country for the last 15 years to promote an early love of reading both in and out of the classroom. Her best-selling Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest series combines literacy with STEM skills, and humor, and adds much-needed diversity to the children’s chapter book landscape. Her nonfiction book, Women in the Old West received a coveted Kirkus star, and Charmed Life, the latest offering in her Wildseed Witch series, debuts May 2, 2023.

Tessa Gratton is the New York Times Bestselling author of adult and YA SFF novels and short stories that have been translated into twenty-two languages, nominated twice for the Otherwise Award, and several have been Junior Library Guild Selections. Her most recent novels are the dark queer fairy tales Strange Grace and Night Shine, and queer the Shakespeare retelling Lady Hotspur. Her upcoming work includes the YA fantasy Chaos and Flame (2023), and novels of Star Wars: The High Republic. Though she has lived all over the world, she currently resides at the edge of the Kansas prairie with her wife. Queer, nonbinary, she/he/they.

Natalie C. Parker is the author and editor of several books for young adults among them the acclaimed Seafire trilogy. Her work has been included on the NPR Best Books list, the Indie Next List, and the TAYSHAS Reading List, and in Junior Library Guild selections. Natalie grew up in a navy family finding home in coastal cities from Virginia to Japan. Now, she lives with her wife on the Kansas prairie.