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STORY Chattanooga Book Launch

October 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

On October 8th, Chattanooga author and adjunct professor J. Kasper Kramer’s debut novel, THE STORY THAT CANNOT BE TOLD, will appear on shelves everywhere books are sold! Come celebrate with the author in UTC’s University Center, Chattanooga Room A, where there will be free food, delicious cake, a raffle with awesome book-themed prizes, as well as a reading, Q&A with the author, and her very first local book signing!

Star Line Books will be selling copies of Kramer’s novel on site, so bring your friends, bring your family (kids are more than welcome!), and come ready to share in the excitement!

An informal afterparty will follow at The Honest Pint.

“A powerful middle grade debut that weaves together folklore and history to tell the story of a girl finding her voice and the strength to use it during the final months of the Communist regime in Romania in 1989.

Ileana has always collected stories, but some stories can get you in trouble, like the dangerous one criticizing Romania’s Communist government that Uncle Andrei published—right before he went missing. Fearing for her safety, Ileana’s parents send her to live with the grandparents she’s never met, far from the prying eyes and ears of the secret police and their spies, who could be any of the neighbors. But danger is never far away. Now, to save her family and the village she’s come to love, Ileana will have to tell the most important story of her life.”
– Forthcoming from Simon and Schuster/Atheneum

“Kramer’s debut novel is rich with connections to today’s world while easily sidestepping the pitfall of heavy-handedness. Ileana is a charming, complex character who stumbles and makes mistakes as she builds up confidence, bravery, and wisdom against a wonderfully imagined backdrop populated with fascinating secondary characters. . . . A thrilling, emotional tale of one girl’s experience of the fall of Communism in Romania.”
– Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“By turns surprising, poetic, and stark, The Story That Cannot Be Told is one that should most certainly be read.”
– Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee

“Stories have immense power to change lives. J. Kasper Kramer’s beautiful novel is proof of that. A compelling story of a history that should never be forgotten.”
– New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen

“Romanian fairy tales and folktales are intertwined with historical fiction to create a tale rich in imagery, emotion, and strength when it’s most needed.”
– School Library Connection, recommended review

“Kramer captures the tense, frightening atmosphere in the months preceding the Romanian Revolution, as well as the different forms of bravery that went into toppling an oppressive government. . . . An affecting account of a historic event characterized by monsters, hope, and the power of words.”
– Booklist

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October 8, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Star Line Books


UTC University Center
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403 United States
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