author images of Susan Devan Harness and Kelley Baker and cover photo of their book When We Become Ours

Books Inc. Chestnut proudly welcomes Susan Devan Harness and Kelley Baker to the shop for a reading from the YA anthology When We Become Ours!

A groundbreaking and must-read young adult fiction anthology written by adoptees of all backgrounds, for adoptees, that inclusively represents diverse experiences of youth adoptees, edited by award-winning authors Shannon Gibney and Nicole Chung. Includes a letter from the editors as well as a foreword by Rebecca Carroll and an afterword by JaeRan Kim. 

Two teens take the stage and find their voice . . .

A girl learns about her heritage and begins to find her community . . .

A sister is haunted by the ghosts of loved ones lost . . .

 There is no universal adoption experience, and no two adoptees have the same story. This anthology for teens edited by Shannon Gibney and Nicole Chung contains a wide range of powerful, poignant, and evocative stories in a variety of genres. These tales from fifteen bestselling, acclaimed, and emerging adoptee authors genuinely and authentically reflect the complexity, breadth, and depth of adoptee experiences.

This groundbreaking collection centers what it’s like growing up as an adoptee. These are stories by adoptees—for adoptees, reclaiming their own narratives. 



Susan Harness, author of Mixing Cultural Identities Through Transracial Adoption and the award-winning Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption, is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes as well as an American Indian transracial adoptee. She holds MAs in both cultural anthropology and creative nonfiction from Colorado State University.

Kelley Baker is a transracial adoptee born in Colorado and raised in Northern California. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find her on Instagram @kelleydbaker.

Event date: 
Sunday, November 19, 2023 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
2251 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
When We Become Ours: A YA Adoptee Anthology By Shannon Gibney, Nicole Chung, Mariama J. Lockington, Meredith Ireland, Mark Oshiro, Stefany Valentine, Eric Smith, Kelley Baker, MeMe Collier, Susan Harness, Lisa Nopachai, Matthew Salesses, Sun Yung Shin, Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom, Jenny Heijun Wills Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063144408
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Published: HarperTeen - October 24th, 2023