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Live from the Conroy Center with Kalynn Bayron, author of This Poison Heart

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Bestselling author Kalynn Bayron discusses her YA fantasy novels Cinderella Is Dead and This Poison Heart in conversation with Holland Perryman, Millie Bennett, Alisha Arora, members of Beaufort High School's DAYLO: Diversity Youth Literary Organization, moderated by Jonathan Haupt, executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center--originally presented as part of the Bluffton Book Festival

“Bayron weaves science and Greek mythology into a captivating lore that lends weight to this fantastical contemporary story. She conjures entertaining and realistic dialogue and attentive characterization, while incisive descriptions and sumptuous prose evoke a wonderfully gothic atmosphere.”--Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This Poison Heart masterfully weaves a unique story grounded in the depths of Greek mythology and Black girlhood, ideal for lovers of folklore or those who enjoy the thrill of a well-paced and unanticipated adventure.” --Booklist, starred review

Kalynn Bayron is the bestselling author of the award-winning YA fantasy Cinderella Is Dead and the recently published This Poison Heart. She is a classically trained vocalist and when she’s not writing you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, attending the theater, watching scary movies, and spending time with her kids. 

The first student intern of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, Beaufort High School senior Holland Perryman is the founder of DAYLO: Diversity Awareness Youth Literacy Organization, winner of the Ann Head Literary Prize for Short Story, and a book reviewer and author interviewer for the Charleston Post and Courier, Beaufort Lowcountry Weekly, and the Southern Review of Books. Beaufort High School junior Millie Bennett and senior Alisha Arora are also Conroy Center interns and members of DAYLO. 

Video: https://youtu.be/Kj2kc5id3x8 

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