MALAVIKA KANNAN at Books Inc. Palo Alto

Author images of Malavika Kannan and Grace Li and cover photo of Kannan's book All the Yellow Suns

Books Inc. Palo Alto is thrilled to welcome Malavika Kannan to the shop for a celebration of her debut YA novel All the Yellow Suns!

Malavika will be joined in conversation by best-selling author Grace Li.

A coming-of-age story about a queer Indian American girl exploring activism and identity through art, perfect for fans of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
Sixteen-year-old Maya Krishnan is fiercely protective of her friends, immigrant community, and single mother, but she knows better than to rock the boat in her conservative Florida suburb. Her classmate Juneau Zale is the polar opposite: she’s a wealthy white heartbreaker who won’t think twice before capsizing that boat.
When Juneau invites Maya to join the Pugilists—a secret society of artists, vandals, and mischief-makers who fight for justice at their school—Maya descends into the world of change-making and resistance. Soon, she and Juneau forge a friendship that inspires Maya to confront the challenges in her own life.
But as their relationship grows romantic, painful, and twisted, Maya begins to suspect that there’s a whole different person beneath Juneau’s painted-on facade. Now Maya must learn to speak her truth in this mysterious, mixed-up world—even if it results in heartbreak.

“The protagonist’s passion, outrage, and longing are vividly expressed through ruminative first-person prose and sharp dialogue ... A turbulent and cathartic account of self-discovery, activism, and first love.”—Kirkus

"Emotionally raw … a socially conscious self-love story about identity, family, and belonging."—Publishers Weekly

"The breakneck plot will grab readers, while Maya's personality will carry them to the end."—Booklist

"Amidst intensely intimate moments both emotionally and physically, Maya’s struggle toward equilibrium and forgiveness is hard-won and satisfying.” —BCCB


Malavika Kannan writes about Gen Z and identity for Teen VogueWashington Post, and Refinery29, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She grew up in Central Florida and currently attends Stanford University. Malavika invites you to visit her online at or @malavika.kannan on Instagram

Grace Li grew up in Pearland, Texas, and is a graduate of Duke University, where she studied biology and creative writing. Her debut novel, Portrait of a Thief, was an instant New York Times bestseller, USA Today bestseller, and #1 international bestseller. She currently attends medical school at Stanford University. Say hi on social media @gracedli or sign up for updates at

Event date: 
Sunday, October 8, 2023 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Palo Alto
855 El Camino Real #74
Palo Alto, CA 94301
All the Yellow Suns By Malavika Kannan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316447324
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Please allow up to 48-hours for Curbside Pickup orders to be processed.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 11th, 2023

Portrait of a Thief: A Novel By Grace D. Li Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593186060
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Please allow up to 48-hours for Curbside Pickup orders to be processed.
Published: Tiny Reparations Books - April 4th, 2023