YOU: The Story — An Evening with Ruta Sepetys


NOTE: This is a change in venue to the Mission Valley Library

Peer through the lens of memory and discuss creative writing with #1 New York Times bestselling author Ruta Sepetys. Sepetys will present her new book on writing and also discuss the approach to her novels. Presentation followed by a Q & A and book signing. The first 50 copies sold of YOU: The Story will come with a complimentary custom writing journal.

Preorder a copy of YOU: The Story here to reserve your seat at the event. This event is free and open to the public but seating and signing line priority will be given to those who purchase a copy of the book from the Library Shop SD.


Ruta Sepetys (rutasepetys​.com) is an internationally acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Sepetys is considered a crossover” novelist, as her books are read by teens and adults worldwide. Her novels Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy, Salt to the Sea, The Fountains of Silence, and I Must Betray You have won or been shortlisted for over forty book prizes and are included on more than sixty state award lists. Between Shades of Gray was adapted into the film Ashes in the Snow, and her other novels are currently developing for TV and film. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Ruta is passionate about the power of history and literature to foster global awareness and connectivity. She has presented to NATO, to the European Parliament, in the United States Capitol, and at embassies worldwide. Ruta was born and raised in Michigan and now lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Follow her on Twitter @rutasepetys and on Instagram @RutaSepetysAuthor.


The nonfiction debut by #1 New York Times bestselling and Carnegie Medal-winning author Ruta Sepetys. Life is a story in motion. Each day, you add to your story, revise it, and view it differently. You erase things. Tear pages out. And sometimes, in hindsight, you wish you could put them back. A day is a story. A year is a story. Life is a story. You are a story. Ruta Sepetys is known for creating vivid characters and harrowing plots. After five award-winning works of historical fiction and countless hours of meticulous research, she can affirm that the secret to strong writing is embedded within your life experience. You: The Story is a powerful how-to book for aspiring writers that encourages you to look inward and excavate your memories to discover the authentic voices and compelling details waiting to be put on the page. Masterfully weaving in humorous and heartfelt stories from her own life that illustrate an aspect of the craft of writing (such as plot, character development, or dialogue), Sepetys then inspires readers with a series of writing prompts and exercises. Perfect for fans of Burn After Writing and Bird by Bird, You: The Story awakens the emerging writer and reveals that with some reflection, curiosity, and courage, you have a story to tell.


Library Shop SD is a well-curated book & gift shop catering to librarians, library lovers, literary obsessives and book nerds inside the Central Library since 2013. We are owned and operated by Library Foundation SD. All proceeds benefit the San Diego Public Library system.