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Fri, Aug 02



Author Event: Jeff Zentner with Rob Rufus

Yes, friends, Jeff Zentner is back! With a YA novel in verse, and will be in conversation with fellow author and musician Rob Rufus.

Author Event: Jeff Zentner with Rob Rufus
Author Event: Jeff Zentner with Rob Rufus

Time & Location

Aug 02, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Cookeville, 48 W Broad St, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA


About the event

Plenty is so excited to welcome back bestselling author Jeff Zentner with his new YA collaborative release, Sunrise Nights. Jeff and cowriter Brittany Cavallaro are two rock star authors; Brittany's beloved Charlotte Holmes series hit the New York Times bestseller list. And Jeff of course we already know and love. They originally worked together to create the verse for Jeff’s novel In the Wild Light, and Sunrise Nights is their first official collaboration. Jeff will be in conversation at Plenty with fellow author Rob Rufus. Rob is also a musician and writer living in Nashville, so it will be really fun to see these two author/musicians in conversation with one another at Plenty! Read more about their novels below. Signed copies of Rob's novel Die Young With Me will also be available at the event. ABOUT THE BOOK: Sunrise Nights:  Two teens have a chance encounter on the last night of sleepaway camp. Jude loves photography—it’s the only time he knows he’s in control. Between his parents fighting and his near-constant anxiety, he feels powerless in the face of the future. When his camera is in his hands, he can capture individual moments in time. Florence’s friends don’t understand why she stopped dancing—because they don’t know she has a degenerative eye disease. Given how overprotective her parents have become, she’s not in any hurry to tell people about her condition. She’s just trying to make the most of her life before her sight fades completely. The two meet at their sleepaway camp’s closing celebration, called Sunrise Night, and decide to take a chance. Their one rule? Don’t contact each other after the sun has risen. Will Florence and Jude be able to trust each other and learn who they are--and what they could be together? Die Young With Me: A Memoir:  In the tradition of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes the incredibly moving true story of a teenager diagnosed with cancer and how music was the one thing that helped him get through his darkest days. Punk’s not dead in rural West Virginia. In fact, it blares constantly from the basement of Rob and Nat Rufus—identical twin brothers with spiked hair, black leather jackets, and the most kick-ass record collection in Appalachia. To them, school (and pretty much everything else) sucks. But what can you expect when you’re the only punks in town? When the brothers start their own band, their lives begin to change: they meet friends, they attract girls, and they finally get invited to join a national tour and get out of their rat box little town. But their plans are cut short when Rob is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that has already progressed to Stage Four. Not only are his dreams of punk rock stardom completely shredded, there is a very real threat that this is one battle that can’t be won. While Rob suffers through nightmarish treatments and debilitating surgery, Nat continues on their band’s road to success alone. But as Rob’s life diverges from his brother’s, he learns to find strength within himself and through his music. Die Young With Me is a raw, honest account of a brave teen’s fight with cancer and the many ways music helped him cope through his recovery.

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