Bia­lik, Lu are among au­thors com­ing to the Texas Teen Book Fes­ti­val

Austin American-Statesman - - THE PLANNER - By Ni­cole Vil­lal­pando nvil­lal­pando@states­

Who is ready to see Amer­ica’s fa­vorite ac­tress/ au­thor/girl nerd or the au­thor of “The Young Elites” and “Leg­ends” se­ries? Mayim Bia­lik (which par­ents will re­mem­ber from “Blos­som” and kids know as Shel­don Cooper’s girl­friend in “The Big Bang The­ory) will be at the Texas Teen Book Fes­ti­val Oct. 7 talk­ing about her book “Gir­ling Up: How to be Strong, Smart and Spec­tac­u­lar.” Join­ing her is Marie Lu, who will present her new book “War­cross” and Ja­son Reynolds, who will talk about his new novel “Long Way Down.”

You also can see and get th­ese au­thors to sign your books:

Adam Sil­vera (“They Both Die at the End”)

Adi Al­said (“North of Happy”)

Aditi Kho­rana (“Li­brary of Fates”) Amy Tin­tera (“Avenged”) An­drew Sh­varts (“Royal Bas­tards”)

Anna-Marie McLe­more (“Wild Beauty”)

Ash­ley Pos­ton (“Geek­erella”)

Caleb Roehrig (“Last Seen Leav­ing”) Cindy Pon (“Want”) Cory Putman Oakes (“Witch­town”)

Cor­rie Wang (“The Take­down”)

David Bowles (“Feath­ered Ser­pent, Dark Heart of Sky— Bar­rio Writ­ers Spon­sor­ship”)

Diana Noble (“Evan­gelina Takes Flight”)

E. Lock­hart (“Gen­uine Fraud”)

Erin Bow­man (“Ret­ri­bu­tion Rails”)

Fran­cisco X. Stork (“Dis­ap­peared”)

Jenna Evans Welch (“Love & Luck”)

Jen­nifer Mathieu (“Moxie”)

Jes­sica Tay­lor (“A Map for Wrecked Girls”)

Julie Buxbaum (“What to Say Next”)

Julie Mur­phy (“Ra­mona Blue”)

Kathryn Orms­bee (“Tash Hearts Tol­stoy”)

Kerri Manis­calco (“Hunt­ing Prince Dracula”)

Lisa Maxwell (“The Last Magician”)

Lizzie Velásquez (“Dare to Be Kind”)

Mackenzi Lee (“Gen­tle­man’s Guide to Vice & Virtue”)

Mi­tali Perkins (“You Bring the Dis­tant Near”)

Pe­ter Bog­nanni (“Things I’m See­ing With­out You”)

Renée Wat­son (“Piec­ing Me To­gether”)

Ryan Graudin (“In­vic­tus”)

Sand­hya Menon (“When Dim­ple Met Rishi”)

S.J. Kin­caid (“The Em­press”)

Stephanie Perkins (“There’s Some­one In­side Your House”)

Til­lie Walden (“Spin­ning”) Zac Brewer (“Mad­ness”) The fes­ti­val is 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at St. Ed­ward’s Univer­sity, 3001 S. Congress Ave., and is geared to­wards fans of young adult books, as well as en­cour­age young readers to stay read­ing.

Last year, 4,000 peo­ple at­tended this free event, which is a pro­gram of the Texas Book Fes­ti­val, which col­lab­o­rates with BookPeo­ple, lo­cal li­brar­i­ans, and St. Ed­ward’s Univer­sity. It’s made pos­si­ble in part by a grant from Hu­man­i­ties Texas, the state af­fil­i­ate of the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Hu­man­i­ties.

Get up­dates and find more in­for­ma­tion on www. tex­as­teen­book­fes­ti­ and at Face­­as­Teen­Book­Fes­ti­val.

Kids who lose a fa­ther to death, di­vorce, jail feel it in their DNA, new study finds

A new study looked at the saliva of 2,420 chil­dren en­rolled in the fed­er­ally funded Frag­ile Fam­i­lies and Child Well­be­ing Study. Re­searchers won­dered: Would it mat­ter if chil­dren did not have a fa­ther ac­tively in­volved in their lives be­cause of death, prison or di­vorce?

The study “Fa­ther Loss and Child Telom­ere Length” will be pub­lished in the Au­gust issue of “Pe­di­atrics” from the Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atrics.

The 9-year-olds who were sep­a­rated from their fa­thers had an av­er­age of 14 per­cent shorter telom­eres — that’s the pro­tec­tive por­tion of the DNA at the ends of the chro­mo­somes.

Th­ese telom­eres nat­u­rally shorten with age. At some point, cell di­vi­sion stops when the telom­eres are short­ened enough. The con­cern is that hav­ing shorter telom­eres might mean that your health or life­span might be af­fected.

The big­gest ef­fect re­searchers saw was in the kids who had ex­pe­ri­enced a fa­ther’s death. Those kids had 16 per­cent shorter telom­eres. In­car­cer­a­tion led to 10 per­cent shorter telom­ers and sep­a­ra­tion or di­vorce, 6 per­cent shorter. How short the telom­eres were in the kids who had ex­pe­ri­ence di­vorce or sep­a­ra­tion de­pended on the ex­tent of in­come loss. The chil­dren whose fa­thers had died or been in­car­cer­ated didn’t vary by in­come loss.

What does all this mean? Chil­dren are af­fected by the loss of their fa­thers. They need you, Dad.


Mayim Bia­lik will be com­ing to Austin in Oc­to­ber for the Texas Teen Book Fes­ti­val.

Fran­cisco X. Stork wrote “Dis­ap­peared.”


Marie Lu will be at the Texas Teen Book Fes­ti­val. She wrote “War­cross.”

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