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November 10, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with David Valdes


November 10, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books presents…


in conversation with

Lissette Fernandez


Finding My Elf

(HarperTeen, $19.99)

Friday, November 10th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with David Valdes discussing his YA holiday novel: Finding My Elf (HarperTeen, $19.99).

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

Single All the Way meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this festive romcom about Cam, who’s trying to find the “the one” and also trying to find himself—while spending winter break working at a hectic Santa’s Village.

Escaping to NYU for college didn’t turn out the way Cameron planned—he’s flunking his theater classes, about to lose his scholarship, and he still hasn’t found anyone he can call his “people.” When he gets home for winter break, he’s so desperate to avoid a Conversation with his dad that he takes the first acting job he can get—as a mall elf. Despite how Scroogey he feels, the plus side is that there’s a cash prize for the most festive of Santa’s helpers.

But the competition is fierce—especially from fellow elf Marco. Christmas spirit oozes out of his veins. At first Cam is determined to see him as nothing but a rival, but as they spend more time together, Cam starts to second-guess himself. What if he’s finally found his people here—in the fakest consumerist nightmare place on Earth, where he least expected it?


About the Author:

David Valdes is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and essayist. He is the author of young adult novels Spin Me Right Round (Indie Next Pick, Junior Library Guild pick, New York Public Libraries Best Book for Teens), Brighter than the Moon (Starred reviews Booklist and School Library Journal), as well as the nonfiction books (under the name David Valdes Greenwood) Homo Domesticus, A Little Fruitcake (a Today Show Top 10 Holiday Books pick), and The Rhinestone Sisterhood. He is the author of more than a dozen plays staged coast to coast and overseas, including Mermaid Hour. His essays and columns have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Huffington Post. Gay and Cuban-American, he is especially interested in work that is intersectional, uplifting LGBTQ and BIPOC life.

About the Moderator:

Lissette Fernandez, Co-founder of Moms for Libros, is a concerned activist who fights for the right of children to receive the education they deserve, and who wants to protect and expand public education in the state of Florida.