Carley Moore and Madeleine George will visit Prendergast Library at 6 p.m. Monday to talk about their new young adult novels in the library's teen area.
A native of Jamestown, Ms. Moore chose Lakewood as the setting for her book, "The Stalker Chronicles," published in March by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
"My whole family still lives in Jamestown, and we are all great fans of the library. I worked as a page in high school, and my mother also worked there when she was a young woman," Ms. Moore said.
Ms. Moore is also a published poet and co-curator of the POD reading series with poet Matt Longabucco. She recently became the book review editor for Writing in Public, a website which promotes the art of the essay. She is a full-time faculty member in the Liberal Studies Program at New York University, where she teaches writing. She is a founding member of the Brooklyn Writers Collaborative and a long-time associate for Bard College's Institute for Writing and Thinking.
Ms. Moore lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. Her appearance at Prendergast Library is part of an Upstate New York book tour that begins with appearances in Ithaca and Lakewood.
"The Stalker Chronicles" is the story of Cammie Bliss, who has been labeled a stalker by her peers, but has a chance to be "normal" when a cute new boy named Toby arrives at her high school. Readers learn whether she can change her behavior and what will happen after her younger brother starts dating a very popular girl, her parents separate, and her father begins to watch their house at night.
Accompanying Ms. Moore is her friend Madeleine George, whose second young adult book also came out in March.
Ms. George's two novels, "Looks" and "The Difference Between You and Me," are published by Viking Children's Books.
Her plays, including The Zero Hour, Precious Little, and Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, have been developed and produced at theaters across the country. She's a founding member of the Obie-winning playwrights' collective 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.) and a resident playwright at New Dramatists.
She grew up in Amherst, Mass., and now lives in Brooklyn.
Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.