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A Special Conversation with Christina June

Christina June, author of young adult fiction novels, will join in conversation with Bella Simons at Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore on Tuesday, July 24th, at 6pm. She'll meet readers, sign books, and help wrap up a fundraising effort for Riley Children’s Foundation.
Everywhere You Want to Be cover

This event came about as a collaboration between an author and an admirer connected through the book. June’s first novel, It Started with Goodbye, stars a teenage girl bombarded with problems, trapped by circumstance, and whose best hope is to simply work through all the hardship. Reading this turned Bella Simons – a 17 year old student who has been hospitalized for multiple brain tumors and a stroke – into an instant fan. Bella wrote to tell Christina just how much the novel meant to her, and in response Christina sent her an advance copy of her next novel, Everywhere You Want to Be, with the handwritten inscription “Slay your demons”. The two have been writing to each other ever since.

June and Simons (both Bella and her mother Tasha) teamed up to raise money for the Riley Children’s Foundation, the organization that supports Riley Children’s Hospital and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home, among other programs. This particular fundraiser offers one of five baskets of books donated by nationally-published writers, including Hoosier authors such as Mike Mullin and Saundra Mitchell. These baskets will be awarded to registered donors, and patrons may also simply donate to the cause in the store, or online at

Generous visitors have until July 24th at 7pm to register. Christina June and Bella Simons will be meeting in person for the first time at Kids Ink Bookstore, at which point they will announce the names of the lucky donors.

Everywhere You Want to Be Cover Image
ISBN: 9780310763338
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Blink - May 1st, 2018

It Started with Goodbye Cover Image
ISBN: 9780310758662
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Blink - May 9th, 2017

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