A Better Bad Idea: Authors in Conversation

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Best-selling author Laurie Devore will discuss her new YA thriller, A Better Bad Idea, with Courtney Summers, author of Sadie

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Join us for an evening of authors in conversation featuring Laurie Devore (A Better Bad Idea) and Courtney Summers (Sadie, The Project ). The authors will cover a range of topics, from what it takes to write gripping thrillers to how they have been working, entertaining themselves, and reaching readers during COVID times. The discussion will be followed by audience Q&A (questions can be submitted in advance or through the live chat feature).

This event will be broadcast live on our YouTube channel; a copy of the link will be sent in the confirmation email.

Copies of both authors' books are available for purchase from Itinerant Literate.


A Better Bad Idea by Laurie Devore Signed Copies!:

The Project by Courtney Summers:Signed Copies!

Also by Laurie Devore:

How to Break a Boy -

Winner Take All -

Also by Courtney Summers:

Sadie | Cracked Up to Be | This Is Not a Test | All the Rage | Fall for Anything | Some Girls Are | What Goes Around

About the Books

A Better Bad Idea

When Evelyn’s whole world goes up in flames, the only thing left to do is run. But some secrets refuse to stay left behind in this thrilling contemporary YA.

Evelyn Peters is desperate. Desperate for a way out of McNair Falls, the dying southern town that’s held her captive since the day she was born. Desperate to protect her little sister from her mother’s terrifying and abusive boyfriend. And desperate to connect with anyone, even fallen golden boy Ashton Harper, longtime boyfriend of the girl Evelyn can never stop thinking about — beautiful, volatile, tragically dead Reid Brewer.

Until a single night sends Evelyn and Ashton on a collision course that starts something neither of them can stop. With one struck match, their whole world goes up in flames. The only thing left to do is run—but leaving McNair Falls isn’t as easy as just putting distance between here and there and some secrets refuse to stay left behind.

A reckoning is coming . . . and not everyone is getting out alive.

The Project

"The Unity Project saved my life."

Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo's sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there's more to the group than meets the eye. She's spent the last six years of her life trying--and failing--to prove it.

"The Unity Project murdered my son."

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its charismatic and mysterious leader, Lev Warren, he proposes a deal: if she can prove the worst of her suspicions about The Unity Project, she may expose them. If she can't, she must finally leave them alone.

But as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members, and spends more time with Lev, it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her--to the point she can no longer tell what's real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn't know if she can afford not to.

Welcome to The Unity Project.


A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial—like podcast following the clues she's left behind.

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

About the Authors

Laurie Devore

Laurie Devore was born and raised in small-town South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University. She now lives and works in Chicago, where she misses the charms and contradictions of the South every day. In her spare time, she reluctantly runs marathons, watches too much TV, and works a "y’all" into every conversation. She is the author of Winner Take All and How to Break a Boy.

Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers is the best-selling and critically acclaimed author of several novels for young adults, including Cracked Up to Be, All the Rage, and Sadie. Her work has been released to multiple starred reviews, received numerous awards and honors—including the Edgar Award, John Spray Mystery Award, Cybils Award and Odyssey Award—and has been recognized by many library, 'Best Of' and Readers' Choice lists. She lives and writes in Canada. Learn more at

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