Covering the Land of Lincoln

An Evening with Author Joel Shoemaker

Meet author Joel Shoemaker! He will read and discuss his lighthearted and hopeful young adult novel, Bacon Grief.

“Readers will root for Charlie and Tim to find their way through the thicket of anxieties and droll snark to happiness.” – Kirkus Reviews

After meeting online and given the green light to attend a youth group at another church, Tim and Charlie become fast friends with more and more in common. When they consider more than friendship, Tim is faced with his reality and the choice to reconcile faith and sexuality or walk away from it all.

JOEL SHOEMAKER has been a librarian for a decade. He currently serves as Associate Director of Library Services at Methodist College in Peoria, Illinois. He previously served as the director in multiple library disctricts and as the president of YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association). Joel is a magician and lives in central Illinois with his husband and dog, Maximus.

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