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I'll Be Waiting For You: Author Talk with Mariko Turk

I'll Be Waiting For You: Author Talk with Mariko Turk In-Person

Join us for a book launch and author talk with Mariko Turk!

Perfect for fans of the tearjerker You’ve Reached Sam, the emotional will-they-won’t-they romance I'll Be Waiting For You follows Natalie and Leander, two teens who navigate love, loss, and everything in between during a fateful summer internship. Natalie and Imogen are inseparable, and wildly different—Imogen is infuriatingly humble and incredibly intelligent, while Natalie is brave, jumping into danger and new adventures. Still, one thing ties them together: their love of the supernatural. Every summer, they vacation with their parents at the famously haunted Harlow Hotel. Imogen is a true believer, while Natalie sees ghost stories as nothing but pure fun. Then, Imogen suddenly passes away from an undiagnosed heart condition that no one saw coming, and Natalie is left to take on the summer before senior year alone. Without Imogen, Natalie throws herself into her senior project. Her passion is still horror, so she plans to spend her summer back at the Harlow Hotel recording fun fake footage that will get her on the teen ghost hunting show of her dreams. And her plans would be a lot less complicated if Leander, her irritatingly attractive arch rival from school, wasn’t working on his senior project at the very same hotel. The longer Natalie stays at the Harlow Hotel, the more she realizes that Leander might be helpful for her project. After all, she could use an extra hand to help record her fake footage. But, when strange things start happening at the Harlow, Natalie wonders, could there really be something to these ghosts after all?

Readers of Emily X.R. Pan, Nina LaCour, and Dustin Thao will fall for this story that explores what it means to believe—in ghosts, in the people you love, and in yourself.

Mariko will be available afterwards to sign copies of her books which will be available onsite for purchase from MacDonald's Book Shop

I’m pleased to share that Mariko will be joined by author Jessie Weaver: 

Before writing about flawed, funny teens with big hearts, Jessie Weaver spent ten years teaching them English. She completed the Stanford University online novel writing program in 2019. Though she’s an East Coast girl at heart, originally from Baltimore, MD, she currently lives just outside Denver, Colorado with her husband and two daughters.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Time Zone:
Mountain Time - US & Canada
Estes Valley Library Fireside Theater
Breanna Vegas
Mariko Turk
  Adults (18+)     Teens (13-17)     Tweens (9-12)  

Registration is required. There are 75 seats available.

About the Author: Mariko Turk grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in creative writing. She received her PhD in English from the University of Florida, with a concentration in children’s literature. She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter, where she enjoys tea, walks, and stories of all kinds. 

Her debut novel, The Other Side of Perfect, is a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2022 pick and a Bank Street Best Children's Books of the year selection.