Finding and Fostering Family

Sisterhood and Connection in YA
with Dhonielle Clayton, Bethany C. Morrow, and Nafiza Azad

Saturday, October 2nd, 10:00 am Central

Family can be complicated, especially sisterhood. But whether it’s forged by blood, friendship, circumstance, or all of the above, the connections we make to our families, found and physical, can get us through the toughest times. This panel will feature Dhonielle Clayton (The Mirror: Shattered Midnight), Bethany C. Morrow (So Many Beginnings), and Nafiza Azad (The Wild Ones) discussing how the relationships that buoy us built their books. Moderated by Rain Taxi Managing Editor Linda Stack-Nelson.

Free to attend, registration required. We hope to “see” you there!


Copies of the books featured on this panel can be purchased in advance using the button below!  Books are provided by Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul; purchasing here helps support them AND Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival—thank you!

Praise for The Mirror: Shattered Midnight:

Shattered Midnight dazzles with romance and danger . . . Clayton creates a magical New Orleans every bit as tempting as a fresh beignet. How could anyone resist?

Marie Rutkoski

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Price: $20

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Praise for So Many Beginnings:

Bethany C. Morrow is reinvigorating the canon one book at a time—her work isa gift to us all. If there’s one writer I trust to take on the iconic March sisters and make Black girls the center of their timeless story, it’s her. This remix is a hit.

—Leah Johnson

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Price: $19

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Praise for The Wild Ones:

Utterly unique storytelling. The Wild Ones is just as magical as the girls and cities found within its pages, weaving together a tale that refuses to flinch.

—Chloe Gong

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About the Authors:


Dhonielle Clayton is the bestselling author of The Belles series, the co-author of the Tiny Pretty Things duology (which debuts as a Netflix original series soon!), and the author of the forthcoming MG fantasy series The Marvellers. Originally from the Washington, D.C. suburbs, 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 co-founder of CAKE Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent and diverse literary confections for middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction readers. 


Bethany C. Morrow writes for adult and young adult audiences, in genres ranging from speculative literary to contemporary fantasy to historical. In addition to So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix, she is author of the novels Mem, A Song Below Water and A Chorus Rises, as well as editor/contributor to the young adult anthology Take the Mic, which won the 2020 ILA Social Justice in Literature Award. She is included on USA Today‘s list of 100 Black fiction writers you should read.


Nafiza Azad is a self-identified island girl. She has hurricanes in her blood and dreams of a time she can exist solely on mangoes and pineapple. Born in Lautoka, Fiji, she currently resides in British Columbia, Canada where she reads too many books, watches too many K-dramas, and writes stories about girls taking over the world. Her debut YA fantasy was the Morris Award–nominated The Candle and the FlameThe Wild Ones is her second novel. 


Linda Stack-Nelson is the managing editor at Rain Taxi and the exhibit coordinator for the Twin Cities Book Festival. She received bachelors’ degrees in Literature and International Studies from the University of Oklahoma, where she worked with World Literature Today, before moving home to Minnesota. She is passionate about helping innovative and astute books reach young readers. She is an Assistant Editrix of Fiction for Storm Cellar Quarterly as well as a contributor to other publications.