Brilliant Books Presents: Tirzah Price and Wendy Heard

 

 

We had a fantastic evening with authors Wendy Heard and Tirzah Price as we celebrated the launch of their new books: She's Too Pretty to Burn and Pride and Premeditation, respectively.  If you weren't able to join us live, we've put together the video so you can watch it at your leisure.  You can also check out their mini author-interviews and, of course, both their books (and all those they recommended during the event!) are available below.

 

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An Evening with Tirzah Price & Wendy Heard

In celebration of Tirzah Price's debut novel, Pride and Premeditation, and Wendy Heard's YA debut, She's Too Pretty to Burn, both authors sat down with Brilliant Books' own Anthony Ascione to talk Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, murder, mayhem, and more!

Posted by Brilliant Books on Wednesday, April 21, 2021

 

P.S.  Here's the link Wendy mentions for the original illustration by Max Reed that was the basis for her gorgeous cover! 

Event date: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 8:30pm
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Pride and Premeditation (Jane Austen Murder Mysteries #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062889805
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperTeen - April 6th, 2021

She's Too Pretty to Burn Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250246752
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 30th, 2021

Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Editor), Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Tony Tanner (Introduction by), Vivien Jones (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439518
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The inspiration for Pride and Premeditation.


The Picture of Dorian Gray Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall (Editor), Robert Mighall (Introduction by), Robert Mighall (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439570
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Classics - February 4th, 2003

The inspiration for She's Too Pretty to Burn.


The Kill Club Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780778309031
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Mira Books - December 17th, 2019

Also by Wendy Heard.


Hunting Annabelle Cover Image
$18.69
ISBN: 9780778369349
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Mira Books - December 18th, 2018

Also by Wendy Heard.


Jane Steele Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425283202
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 14th, 2017

Recommended by Tirzah as one of her favorite adaptations.


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Beowulf: A New Translation Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374110031
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MCD x FSG Originals - August 25th, 2020

Mentioned by Anthony as a translation that provides a new lens to an old story via context.


The Face on the Milk Carton (The Face on the Milk Carton Series) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385742382
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ember - May 22nd, 2012

Tirzah mentioned author Caroline B. Cooney as one of her favorite writers for younger readers and a source of Tirzah's love of mystery.


The Midnight Club Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442460546
Availability: Special Order - Check for Availability
Published: Simon Pulse - May 3rd, 2012

Wendy mentioned author Christopher Pike as one of her favorite authors from her teen years.


Homecoming (The Tillerman Cycle #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442428782
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 6th, 2012

Another highly recommended title from Wendy, who recalled reading it as a early teen and enjoying how much it shows the range of YA as a genre, from the kind of family and societal drama found in books like Homecoming, to, as she puts it, delightfully trashy horror: "YA is just a really interesting and cool genre."


Lost in the Never Woods Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250313973
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Swoon Reads - March 23rd, 2021

A newly released Peter Pan retelling.  In the words of Wendy Heard: "It's awesome!"


Pride: A Pride & Prejudice Remix Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062564054
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Balzer + Bray - December 17th, 2019

One of Tirzah's favorite adaptations of Pride and Prejudice: "Just a tremendous, amazing adaptation!"


Where the Rhythm Takes You Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063018525
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 11th, 2021

A new retelling of Persuasion and high on Tirzah's list of books to watch.


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Fresh Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419748134
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Amulet Books - August 3rd, 2021

A retelling of Emma—Tirzah says "If you like Jane Austen retellings in YA, this is your year!"


His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe's Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined Cover Image
By Dahlia Adler (Editor)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250302779
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - September 10th, 2019

Wendy recommends this adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic stories, as retold by some of YA's top authors.


That Way Madness Lies: 15 of Shakespeare's Most Notable Works Reimagined Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250753861
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Flatiron Books - March 16th, 2021

Tirzah seconds the above recommendation, and adds the newest batch of retellings edited by Dahlia Adler, this one based on Shakespeare's work.


Foul is Fair: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250239549
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Published: Wednesday Books - February 18th, 2020

Wendy: "Ooh, Shakespeare retellings!  Foul is Fair.  That's a good one.  It's very lyrical."


These Violent Delights Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534457690
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - November 17th, 2020

A retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in Shanghai in the 1920s.  Wendy: "This cracked the New York Times bestseller list and has the title that I am most jealous of of any title that has ever existed.  Such a great title."


White Rabbit Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250294753
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Square Fish - January 29th, 2019

Keep an eye out for Caleb Roehrig's queer take on Romeo and Juliet (scheduled for release in 2022).  Meanwhile, check out White Rabbit, which Tirzah says is "So good."


1984 Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780452262935
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Berkley - April 1st, 1983

Wendy: "I would be really interested to read a modern retelling of something like 1984 or Brave New World because I'd be really interested to read a book like that written by a modern author.  Like, what do those themes look like to us now?"


Brave New World Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060850524
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - October 17th, 2006

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A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes Novel #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062398918
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 3rd, 2017

One of the favorites from Tirzah's days as a librarian hosting a teen book club, this is also a favorite here at Brilliant Books!


Between Perfect and Real Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419746017
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 27th, 2021

Wendy's current must-read title: A trans boy is cast in Romeo and Juliet and, through art, learns to navigate reality.

"Really, really beautiful.  I highly recommend this bad boy right here."


The Girls I've Been Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593353806
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2021

Tirzah's current must-read title: The daughter of a con artist with her own bag of disreputable tricks and skills finds herself in a bank just as it's being robbed.

"I really enjoyed this one.  I liked the bi representation, and it's already been optioned for a film.  Great book."


The Gilded Wolves: A Novel Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250144553
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wednesday Books - September 22nd, 2020

"I do love a good heist," Anthony said in response to Tirzah's selection of The Girls I've Been.  For further heist adventures, he recommends The Gilded Wolves.