A Night in with Dean Atta
To mark the publication of Only On The Weekends
Join Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Dean Atta as he celebrates the publication of Only On The Weekends - the highly anticipated follow-up to his debut The Black Flamingo, which won the prestigious Stonewall Book Award.
Mack never thought he'd find love, but now two boys want to be with him. Will he choose Karim or Finlay? And can true love last for ever? Fifteen-year-old Mack is a hopeless romantic - he blames the films he's grown up watching. He has liked Karim for as long as he can remember, and is ecstatic when Karim becomes his boyfriend - it feels like love.
But when Mack's dad gets a job on a film in Scotland, Mack has to move, and soon he discovers how painful love can be. It's horrible being so far away from Karim, but the worst part is that Karim doesn't make the effort to visit. Love shouldn't be only on the weekends. Then, when Mack meets actor Finlay on a film set, he experiences something powerful, a feeling like love at first sight. How long until he tells Karim - and when will his old life and new life collide?
In conversation for this virtual event, Dean will explore the inspiration behind his new book, why he decided to write a romance in verse, and consider its themes of gender, identity, race and growing up. Do not miss it.
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