The Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Branch of the Door County Library will hold a reading by Wisconsin author Debra Leea Glasheen at 11 am, March 3. She’ll read a selection from Backbiters, her young-adult dystopian novel, which follows a 15-year-old mutant girl 54 years after a corporate world war decimates human and animal populations on Earth. This free event is open to the public and is for young adults and not-so-young adults.
“Young adults need to process the conflict occurring in their lives, their country and countries all over the world,” said Galsheen. “Dystopian novels offer young adults an opportunity to reflect on issues affecting them while being far enough removed to give them perspective, not to mention that dystopian plots are entertaining enough to keep their attention in a world of fast-paced entertainment.”
The Backbiters protagonist is relatable to local youth because she balances personal and societal concerns as they do. She hopes to fit in at a high school filled with unevolved beings in the north of the former state of Wisconsin while she protects mutant babies born all over the world, but to do so, she will have to overcome widespread prejudice and a very greedy and dangerous politician.
Glasheen is a Wisconsin native and former middle and high school teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in English with a creative writing emphasis from Mount Mary University.
Backbiters was released in July by Montag Press of Oakland, Cali., and is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. Books will be available to purchase at the March 3 reading. For more information visit debraleeaglasheen.com.