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Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00PM pt

in conversation with HOWARD GORDON

Perfect for fans of Ruta Sepetys and Elizabeth Wein, this lyrical portrait of hidden identities and forbidden love is set against the harrowing backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition.
Isabel Perez carries secrets with her every day.

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As a young woman in 1481, Trujillo, Spain, she should be overjoyed that the alguacil of the city wants to marry her, especially since she and her family are conversos -- Jews forced to convert to Catholicism -- leaving them low in the hierarchy of the new Spanish order. Yet she longs to pursue an independent life filled with poetry and a partner of her own choosing: Diego Altamirano, a young nobleman whose family would never let him court someone with tainted blood like hers.


But Isabel's biggest secret is this: Though the Perezes claim to be New Christians, they still practice Judaism in the refuge of their own home. When the Spanish Inquisition reaches her small town determined to punish such judaizers, Isabel finds herself in more danger than she could ever have imagined. Amid the threat of discovery, she and Diego will have to fight for their lives in a quest to truly be free.


A timeless love story about identity, religious intolerance, and female empowerment, The Poetry of Secrets will sweep readers away with its lush lyricism and themes that continue to resonate today.

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Cambria is the co-author of the The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming (Scholastic, 2007), winner of The Green Earth Book Award, a CCBC Choices selection, and translated into 11 languages. She has spoken to adults and children all over the country about climate change and how they can reduce their carbon footprint. Cambria has written articles for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Boys Life, Parent Guide News and The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. Her one-act play Within Reach was produced by Jewish Women's Theatre. A former award-winning advertising copywriter, Cambria woke up one morning and realized she no longer cared about dual overhead camshafts and mileage specs. When she thought about her favorite place in the world, it was in the children's section of a bookstore. She quit her day job and began writing for young people.

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Howard Gordon is a television writer, producer and author whose credits include some of TV’s most prolific series. Gordon co-created Homeland, one of the biggest hits in Showtime’s history. The series has broken ratings records and won multiple honors, including the Emmy Awards for Best Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, two Golden Globe Awards for Best Drama Series, Program of the Year at the AFI Awards, Best New Series at the Writers Guild Awards, Outstanding New Program at the Television Critics Association Awards, Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television Drama at the Producers Guild Awards and received the prestigious Peabody Award for Outstanding Achievement in Electronic Media.