Tuesday, January 30th 7:00 PM

Book Launch!

The Dangerous

Art of Blending In


Angelo Surmelis

In Conversation

with Jennifer Niven

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In a raw, powerful, but ultimately uplifting debut YA novel, Angelo Surmelis draws on his own experiences growing up as a young immigrant in an abusive household, in The Dangerous Art of Blending In.


Seventeen-year-old Evan Panos doesn’t know where he fits in. His strict immigrant Greek mother refuses to see him as anything but a disappointment. His quiet, workaholic father is a staunch believer in avoiding any kind of conflict. And his best friend, Henry, has somehow become distractingly attractive over the summer.

Tired, isolated, scared—Evan finds that his only escape is to draw in an abandoned monastery that feels as lonely as he is. And yes, he kissed one guy over the summer. But it’s Henry who’s now proving to be irresistible. Henry, who suddenly seems interested in being more than friends. And it’s Henry who makes him believe that he deserves more than his mother’s harsh words and terrifying abuse.

Angelo Surmelis was raised in Greece until he immigrated to Illinois at the age of five. He currently lives in Los Angeles. An award-winning designer, Surmelis has been featured on over 50 television shows, including The Today Show, Extra, as well as in magazines such as InStyle, TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly.

There to discuss the book with Mr. Surmelis will be New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Niven, whose work includes, Holding Up The Universe, All The Bright Places, and American Blonde. Ms. Niven's books may appear to be all over the map, but if you look closely they share a common theme: stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

BONUS: Sprinkled Donuts for all attendees!