Young Adult genre going strong at Oblong in Rhinebeck

 Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck next hosts the Hudson Valley YA (Young Adult) Society, a literary series for teens, on September 16.    Four authors writing books in the young adult genre—Andrea Cremer, Mariah Fredericks, Jillian Larkin and Kat Rosenfield—will read from their most recent creations.    Suzanna Hermans, manager of Oblong, said that the Hudson Valley YA is a monthly series now well into its second year.    The authors talk about their books and then read a passage.  Hermans said the crowd that turns up seems interested in the authors, or maybe they see themselves as potential authors.  “We see 30 to 50 people.  Just last month, there were over 200.”    As for advertising, Hermans said the store has a strong e-mail list. Oblong also has a Facebook page and a Twitter account. The bookstore also sends out postcards.    Oblong is capitalizing on the interest in the young adult genre, which includes series such as Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games.  All four authors in this month’s event have solid resumes.     According to the press release, Andrea Cremer is a New York Times “bestselling” author.  Cremer’s new novel Rift is the prequel to her internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy.  The novel is about 16-year-old Ember Morrow, who is promised to a group called Conatus after a healer saves her mother’s life.  Once she arrives, she finds adventure in sword fighting, magic, and fighting the darkness that surrounds her in her new world. She also finds romance by falling for her mentor, leading to sensuality.  Morrow and her love interest have to decide whether they will pledge their lives to destroying the dark magic that one of their leaders is found to be performing in another world.       
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