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‘Kidlit’ authors to talk about genre and community

This Saturday at 7 p.m., Brookline Booksmith will host a larger than usual event. Rather than the standard one or two authors, the night will feature seven — count ’em! — writers. Rachele Alpine (“Canary”), Erin Bowen (“Taken”), Mindy Raf (“The Symptoms of My Insanity”), Justina Ireland (“Vengeance Bound”), Alex Lidell (“The Cadet of Tildor”), Kit Grindstaff (“The Flame in the Mist”), and Elisabeth Dahl (“Genie Wishes”) are all members of the Lucky 13s, a group united in their status as first-time authors of books for children and young adults.

Alpine, who spoke with the Globe from her home in Cleveland, where she teaches high school, says the Lucky 13s have been invaluable. “I don’t know how I would have survived my road to publication without them,” she says. “They’ve really been a lifesaver.”

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