“Just for the Summer” by Abby Jimenez – Library of Congress National Book Festival 2024

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Episode Description:

In partnership with Virginia Public Media and other local PBS stations, PBS Books presents a conversation hosted by VPM’s Keyris Manzanares with author Abby Jimenez to discuss her latest book Just for the Summer as the 2024 Library of Congress National Book Festival author featured this week by PBS Books.

Are things too good to be true when a Reddit thread post leads to an intentional quick fling? It’s not long before this couple is suddenly navigating a lot more than they expected — including catching real feelings for each other. What if this time fate has actually brought the perfect pair together?

The 24th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, August 24, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

About the Book:

Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez

Justin has a curse, and thanks to a Reddit thread, it’s now all over the internet. Every woman he dates goes on to find their soul mate the second they break up. When a woman slides into his DMs with the same problem, they come up with a plan: They’ll date each other and break up. Their curses will cancel each other’s out, and they’ll both go on to find the love of their lives. It’s a bonkers idea… and it just might work.

Emma hadn’t planned that her next assignment as a traveling nurse would be in Minnesota, but she and her best friend agree that dating Justin is too good of an opportunity to pass up, especially when they get to rent an adorable cottage on a private island on Lake Minnetonka.

It’s supposed to be a quick fling, just for the summer. But when Emma’s toxic mother shows up and Justin has to assume guardianship of his three siblings, they’re suddenly navigating a lot more than they expected–including catching real feelings for each other. What if this time Fate has actually brought the perfect pair together?

Guest Biography:

Abby Jimenez

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Abby Jimenez is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling romance author. Her novels have sold over 1.5 million copies and been translated into 28 languages. She has received a Good Morning America Book Club pick, a Book of the Month’s Book of the Year Award and a Minnesota Book Award. Before her writing career, Jimenez was in the national spotlight as a Cupcake Wars champion and founder of Nadia Cakes bakery, which has gone on to win numerous Food Network competitions and amass an international following. Her latest novel, “Just for the Summer,” is featured at the 2024 National Book Festival.

Host Biography:

Keyris Manzanares, Multimedia Reporter at Virginia Public Media

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Keyris Manzanares is a dynamic, bilingual, 2x Emmy-award winning multimedia journalist at VPM, Virginia’s Home for Public Media. Passionate about stories that impact underserved communities, she previously worked at WRIC ABC 8News, where she created and anchored HOY EN RVA to inform Central Virginia’s Latino community. A Virginia Commonwealth University alumna, she’s covered major issues like health disparities, housing, education, immigration, COVID-19, and justice reform. Keyris was born and raised in Virginia.

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