Cold Girls: An In-Store YA Writing Workshop with Author Maxine Rae (Co-Sponsored by Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District)

We are delighted to partner with Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District to welcome Young Adult author Maxine Rae to the store for an after-school writing workshop. Teen writers will have the opportunity to hear about Ms. Rae's writing process and participate in author-led writing exercises. Ms. Rae will also discuss and sign her debut Young Adult novel, Cold Girls. After witnessing the death of her best friend and nearly dying herself, Rory is forced to confront the trauma and grief affecting every aspect of her life, despite the cold façade she uses to pretend everything is fine.  This workshop is perfect for teens ages 14 to 18. 

This event is free with registration. To register, please CLICK HERE! 

More About the Book: Eighteen-year-old Rory Quinn-Morelli doesn’t want to die; she wants refuge from reality for even a minute: the reality where she survived the car crash eight months ago, and her best friend, Liv, didn’t. Yet her exasperating mother won’t believe the Xanax incident was an accident, and her therapist is making it increasingly hard to maintain the detached, impenetrable “cold girl” façade she adopted from Liv. After she unintentionally reconnects with Liv’s parents, Rory must decide: will she keep Liv’s and her secrets inside, or will she finally allow herself to break? And if she breaks, what will she unearth amid the pieces?

Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review, says, “A heart-wrenching story of friendship, grief, and identity. . . .The heart of Liv and Rory’s story, the painstaking confrontation of loss, and the unconditional embrace of a parent’s love are deftly threaded through the pristine prose. However, it is Rory’s teetering between then and now that tethers all this unbearable beauty as she tackles the exquisiteness of healing, acceptance, and love. A vibrant and poignant must-read.” 

More About the Author: Maxine Rae attended Tulane University where she was taught and singled out for commendation by two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward. While working on Cold Girls, Maxine received feedback and mentorship from National Book Award Finalist Charles Baxter. She later revised and workshopped the manuscript in the selective Novel-In-a-Year program at StoryStudio Chicago, whose artistic director is Pulitzer Prize in Fiction Finalist and Andrew Carnegie Medal winner Rebecca Makkai. As a young, queer woman from the Chicago area, Maxine has written a debut molded by personal experience and emotional truth. When not writing or working, she enjoys dancing around to alternating ballet and disco music in her apartment and snuggling with her two cats. You can find her on Instagram at @maxinerae_author.

Event date: 

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Cold Girls By Maxine Rae Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635830897
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Flux - August 22nd, 2023

Eighteen-year-old Rory Quinn-Morelli doesn't want to die; she wants refuge from reality for even a minute: the reality where she survived the car crash eight months ago, and her best friend, Liv, didn't.