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Avid Birthday Party with Jennifer Niven & Friends (virtual event)

Breathless by Jennifer Niven
Event date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location

Avid Bookshop on Zoom

Oct. 20, 2011:

Avid Bookshop had its long-awaited grand opening on Prince Avenue! A few hundred people came through our doors that night and the next to celebrate books and reading. 

Janet didn't know the name of author Jennifer Niven, and Jennifer Niven didn't know of Avid Bookshop! 

Oct. 20, 2020:

Avid Bookshop will have its 9th birthday (whhhaaaat?!), but the pandemic means we cannot gather in person to celebrate.

Author Jennifer Niven's career has exploded--her bestsellers include All the Bright Places [which Janet's mentor Mitchell Kaplan of Books and Books helped turn into a Netflix film!]. Janet read an early manuscript of ATBP and loved it so much she was personally introduced to Jennifer at a bookseller dinner before the book came out. Janet and Jennifer hit it off and became good friends.

So when Jennifer's new book, Breathless, came out, she and Janet knew they wanted to do something Avid-related to celebrate. When Jennifer learned that Oct. 20th was Avid's birthday, it was on: 

Breathless and Avid will have a Zoom party on 10/20/20 at 7pm EST. 


Avid Bookshop presents author Jennifer Niven in celebration of her brand-new novel, Breathless. This is a virtual event taking place on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, from 7pm - 8pm EST via Zoom. Jennifer will be joined by her friends and fellow authors Brittany Cavallaro, Kerry Kletter, David LevithanAdriana Mather, Angelo Surmelis, and Jeff Zentner. The event will be emceed by none other than Jennifer's husband Justin!

Jennifer knows which authors are involved, but she doesn't know in what order they'll appear--or what they might ask.

We'll also spend time talking a little about Avid and toasting to two friends' dreams come true: Janet's career as a bookstore owner, and Jennifer's career as a New York Times-bestselling author.

We'll also have some fun contests and giveaways for attendees, thanks to all involved. Want to win an Avid gift card, some found shark tooth jewelry, or one of the other mysterious prizes we've thought up? Join us!

It's gonna be fun. 


To attend this event, purchase a ticket (or select a no-cost ticket). You will receive a Zoom link via email approximately one hour before the event begins. Ticket sales will be cut off at 7pm on 10/20/20. We have 3 ticketing options:

  • Pay-What-You-Can ticket & book bundle
  • Pay-What-You-Can ticket only (no book)
  • No-cost ticket to get Zoom event access only (no book)

Please support our friend Jennifer Niven and Athens, Georgia's only independent bookshop by purchasing the book from Avid Bookshop here.


From Jennifer Niven, the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of All the Bright Places, comes an unforgettable new novel about a sensitive girl ready to live her bravest life--sex, heartbreak, family dramas, and all.

Before: With graduation on the horizon, budding writer Claudine Henry is focused on three things: college in the fall, become a famous author, and the ever-elusive possibility of sex. She doesn't even need to be in love--sex is all she's looking for. Then her dad drops a bombshell: he and Claude's mom are splitting up. Suddenly, Claude's entire world feels like a lie, and the ground under her feet anything but stable.

After: Claude's mom whisks them both away to a remote, mosquito-infested island off the coast of Georgia, a place where the two of them can start the painful process of mending their broken hearts. It's the last place Claude can imagine finding her footing, but then Jeremiah Crew happens. Miah is a local trail guide with a passion for photography, and a past he doesn't like to talk about. He's brash, enigmatic, and even more infuriatingly, he's the only one who seems to see Claude for who she wants to be. So when Claude decides to sleep with Miah, she tells herself it's just sex--exactly what she has planned. There isn't enough time to fall in love, especially if it means putting her already broken heart at risk.

Compulsively readable and impossible to forget, Jennifer Niven's luminous new novel is an insightful portrait of a young woman determined to write her own next chapter--sex, resilience, mosquito bites, and all.



Jennifer Niven is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe. Her books have been translated in over 75 languages, and have won literary awards around the world. When she isn't working on multiple books and TV projects, Jennifer also oversees Germ, a literary web magazine for high school age and beyond. Jennifer divides her time between coastal Georgia and Los Angeles. Find her at and on social.



Brittany Cavallaro is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Charlotte Holmes series and the poetry collection Girl-King. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She lives in Michigan. Find her at her website,, or on Twitter @skippingstones.

Kerry Kletter holds a degree in literature and is the critically-acclaimed author of the young adult novel The First Time She Drowned. She also has an extensive background in theater, having appeared in film, television, and onstage. She lives in Los Angeles and adores her friends, her partner David, dogs, neuroscience, funny people, Montauk, surfing, and French fries. East Coast Girls is her first adult novel. Follow her on Twitter @kkletter and Instagram @kkletter.

David Levithan is is a children's book editor with Scholastic Press in New York City, and the author of several books for young adults, including Every DayNick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (co-authored with Rachel Cohn); Will Grayson, Will Grayson (co-authored with John Green); and many others. He has been very dear to the Avid crew's heart for many years now; two former Avid booksellers (Will Walton & Caleb Huett) have existing or forthcoming Scholastic books edited by/with David. 

Adriana Mather is the author of the novels How to Hang a Witch and Haunting the Deep. She is also a full-time producer and actor. Adriana owns a production company called Zombot Pictures, which has produced the award-winning Honeyglue, among other films. She lives in Massachusetts with her family. Follow her at @AdrianaMather or @adrianamatherauthor.

Angelo Surmelis was raised in Greece until he immigrated to Illinois at the age of five. He currently lives in Los Angeles. An award-winning designer, Surmelis has been featured on over fifty television shows, including the Todayshow and Extra, as well as in magazines such as InStyleTV Guide, and Entertainment Weekly. He has worked as a host on networks like HGTV and TLC. He can be found online at

Jeff Zentner is the author of The Serpent King (a New York Times Notable Book), Goodbye Days, and Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinée. He has won the William C. Morris Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, the International Literacy Association Award, and the Westchester Fiction Award. He’s a two-time Southern Book Prize finalist, been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and UKLA, and was a finalist for the Indies Choice Award. He was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and an Indies Introduce pick. His books have been translated into fifteen languages. Before becoming a writer, he was a musician who recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.



Breathless Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524701963
Availability: May be on our shelves or available in 5-7 business days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

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