ahac katie coylePhoto: Author Katie Coyle is lecture series speaker 

Part of Atlantic Highlands Arts Council Author Lecture Series

Atlantic Highlands, NJ - On Friday, January 23 at 7:30 pm join the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council in an author lecture series featuring Katie Coyle. Katie is the author of the novel Vivian Apple at the End of the World, and awarded the winner of the 2012 Guardian/Hot Key (UK) Young Writer’s Prize. This author lecture series will take place in the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council’s new home…the Arts Corner; 135 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands.

Katie’s debut novel (a sequel is in the writing), already named one of Rolling Stone's best YA novels of all time, was published first in the UK, introducing what Hot Key Books publisher Emily Thomas wrote was “the arrival of a fantastic new voice in young adult fiction.” It is being published in the US by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; the publication date is January 6, 2015.

Set in the modern-day US, the book describes the Church of America, a cult proclaiming the world will end in a rapture and that only believers will be spared. Vivian Apple, both of whose parents are believers, is the protagonist. When her parents and thousands of others disappear, Vivian and her friends are left to confront the chaos as their society slowly unravels and the end of the world appears nigh. Their road trip to discover the explanation for this upheaval and to find her parents is a rite of passage about transformation, empowerment, friendship, betrayal, relationships and coming of age set against the backdrop of very real events in contemporary American life.

Chairperson of Programs for the AHAC, Mary Rawlinson comments, "We are very excited to have Katie speak here in Atlantic Highlands at the start of her national book tour and so proud that she began learning her craft here in Monmouth County. Katie’s remarkable writing has tremendous appeal not only to teenagers and young people, but also to anyone who is interested in the craft of creating a great story, compelling characters, and emotional truths that resonate universally.”

Katie grew up in Fair Haven and graduated from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in 2004. She has a BA in English from Marymount Manhattan College and an MFA in fiction from the University of Pittsburgh. Her short fiction has appeared in One Story, The Southeast Review, Cobalt, and Critical Quarterly. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, and blogs at katiecoyle.com

Her second novel, Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle, also published by HMH Books for Young Readers, will be published in September 2015.

Follow Katie at: www.katiecoyle.tumblr.com or on Twitter: @krcoyle

Tickets are $10 and available at the door or online at www.aharts.org.  Tickets are limited. 

The AHAC is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts.  For further information on the Arts Council, visit aharts.org.

This program is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.