I was a child writer-dreamer who never strayed far from that path. Today I’m the award-winning author of fourteen books—dreaming my way toward more by night, while running a boutique marketing communications firm by day. I'm privileged to teach creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania on chosen semesters. Always and most importantly, I am privileged to be a mom. SMALL DAMAGES, a southern Spain infused novel, was recently released from Philomel and has received three starred reviews. HANDLING THE TRUTH, a book about the making of memoir, will be published by Gotham in August. DR. RADWAY'S SARSAPARILLA RESOLVENT, an illustrated prequel to DANGEROUS NEIGHBORS featuring 1871 Philadelphia, will be released in April from NCCP/Temple. Two new YA novels are under way for Chronicle Books. My work has been or is being translated into sixteen languages. All content Copyright 2007-2013 Beth Kephart Books.
Absolutely honored to be included in the upcoming Philadelphia Literary Legacy Exhibition at Philadelphia International Airport. For details, click on the Philly image above.
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Lamp Lighters and Seed Sowers: Tomorrow's YA
To read the full text of my keynote talk on the future of young adult literature, click the image.
New York Times Book Review feature, BookPage feature, LA Times Summer Reading Guide Selection, Starred Review, Publishers Weekly. Starred Review, Kirkus. Starred Review, Shelf Awareness. "Stunning."— Ruta Sepetys Click the image for more information and reviews.
Dr. Radway's Sarsaparilla Resolvent
STARRED Kirkus: "An outstanding and ultimately life-affirming tale." For more, tap the image..
HANDLING THE TRUTH: on the making of memoir
Starred Review, Library Journal! "With infectious passion and hard-won wisdom, Beth Kephart eloquently celebrates the rigors and rewards of the creative process and – equally necessary – the art of crafting a meaningful life. Part memoir and part memoirist’s manifesto, this small, urgent book inspires on many levels. Read it and learn how to tell your story. Better yet, read it and begin to understand why your story matters. " Katrina Kenison, author of Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment. For more on this book, due out August 2013 from Gotham, please tap the link.
"Breathtaking in its beauty and with great heart, You Are My Only brings readers the story of a kidnapped young girl that they will never want to forget."— Amy Riley. "... a psychologically taut novel...readers will be on the edge of their seats." — Publishers Weekly. "Kephart's prose is poetry in motion." — Family Circle. "Readers will eat up this realistic variant of the youthful fantasy about finally finding one's real parents and being properly appreciated." — BCCB To pre-order, or for more reviews, click on the cover.
May 22, 2013, 2 PM Strange and Familiar Places in YA Fiction (a panel) Drexel University Week of Writing Philadelphia, PA Details here.
July 2, 2013 Philadelphia Literary Legacy Unveiling Details here July 18, 2013, 9 AM to Noon Coffee Klatch Leader Philadelphia Business Journal Third Annual Women's Conference Crystal Tea Room Wanamaker Building Philadelphia, PA
July 27, 2013, 3:30 - 5:00 PM Launching Small Damages paperback/Memoir Workshop with Debbie Levy Hooray for Books Old Town Alexandria, VA
August 6, 2013 Launching Handling the Truth with a memoir workshop Free Library of Philadelphia (details to come) Philadelphia, PA
September 7, 2013, 10 AM - noon BookPassage Memoir Workshop 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera, CA 94925
September 7, 2013, 3 PM Books Inc. Memoir Workshop Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness San Francisco, CA
September 8, 2013 Redwood Writers Workshop Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa Santa Rosa, CA 95405
September 22, 2013 Chestnut Hill Book Festival Chestnut Hill, PA (details to come) October 3, 2013, 6 PM University of Pennsylvania Bookstore Memoir Workshop/Handling the Truth Philadelphia, PA (details to come)
October 20, 2013 Talking Memoir with Linda Joy Myers @ Rosemont College Rosemont, PA (details to come)
to move my story (for the moment) into a new tense. It was the only way for me to see the story new, to get the characters moving more quickly, to take a landscape and give it shape and meaning, to accelerate the plot.
Here, then, is where I have been since 5 AM, along the great wall of Fort Belvedere. Four new paragraphs for the Florence novel, a book that I had left untouched for weeks.