Demetra Brodsky

Author of DIVE SMACK (Available Now!) & LAST GIRLS (coming 5/5/20) • Tor Teen/Macmillan

to Sep 22


  • Central Branch of Pasadena Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A schedule of panels will be posted this summer so you can plan your day.
The event is free, for all ages, and will be held at the Central Branch of Pasadena Public Library:

Featured authors for Pasadena Loves YA 2019:
Nikki Barthelmess, The Quiet You Carry
Julie Berry, Lovely War
Demetra Brodsky, Dive Smack
Dana L Davis, The Voice in My Head
Alexa Donne, Brightly Burning
Maurene Goo, Somewhere Only We Know
Mary McCoy, I, Claudia
Maura Milan, Eclipse the Skies
Derek Milman, Swipe Right for Murder
Lauren Morrill, Better Than the Best Plan
Abdi Nazemian, Like a Love Story
Christine Riccio, Again, but Better
Caitlin Seal, Twice Dead
Andrew Smith, Rabbit & Robot
Amy Spalding, The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

Panel moderators:
Jennifer Brody, The Continuum Trilogy
Catherine Linka, What I Want You To See
Nicole Mainardi, A Curse of Thorns
Gretchen McNeil, #murdertrending

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7:00 PM19:00

53rd Annual San Diego Author Showcase Reception

 The event will be taking place on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 7pm to 9:30pm at Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. The doors will open at 6:45pm.  RECEPTION BY INVITATION ONLY to authors and their guests. See public display information below.

The evening will begin with brief remarks from the Library Director, Misty Jones, and the Friends of the Central Library. Our Keynote speaker, an investigative immigration reporter for KPBS, Jean Guerrero, has won an Emmy award for her reporting, and she has been the recipient of the PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize. You may also find her on NPR, PBS, PRI’s The World, and other public media.

THE SHOWCASE RUNS PUBLICLY throughout the entire month of February. Qualified books are displayed in the Dickinson Popular Library at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Participants are invited to attend a special preview prior to the public unveiling. Submitted publications are also showcased in an Online Gallery that lasts throughout the year and features author information, cover images, and title and publishing information. In addition, the books will be available for public to check-out for the remainder of the year.

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2:00 PM14:00

San Diego SCBWI Debut Authors chapter meeting

  • University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event will include member news followed by each author/illustrator speaking for 20 minutes, sharing something they have learned during the process of getting their debut children’s book published.  The meeting will be followed by  questions from the audience.

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12:20 PM12:20

Southern California Writers' Conference Guest Speaker

In Demetra Brodsky’s arresting Dive Smack, Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match. Gretchen McNeil (Ten) calls the debut novel, “A tense psychological drama with a voice that pulls you in and a twist you won’t see coming.” “Strong characters and a compelling mystery make this a real page-turner,” effuses Publishers Weekly. And Booklist raves, “Brodsky’s debut combines an engaging school story, filled with best friend shenanigans, first love, and a fascinating look at competitive diving, with a tense psychological mystery.” Demetra will join us in September to discuss her path to publication, and the bumpy journey that’s followed.

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3:00 PM15:00

Comic Con International


Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

Readers turn the pages of mystery, suspense, science fiction, and thriller novels for a variety of reasons including the tension of the pursuit, the challenge of unmasking the villain, and the satisfaction of justice served.


Moderator Brendan Reichs (Nemesis, The Darkdeep) investigates process with Edgar Cantero(Meddling Kids and This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us), W. L. Goodwater (Breach), Alex Grecian(The Saint of Wolves and Butchers), Kerri Maniscalco (Escaping from Houdini), Marie Lu (Wildcard), and Demetra Brodsky (Dive Smack).

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