PHIL STAMPER will Introduce his debut young adult novel, The Gravity of Us. In it, we meet Cal, who wants to be a journalist and he already has half a million followers on his FlashFame app, but his plans are derailed when his pilot father is selected for a NASA mission to Mars. Within days, Cal and his parents leave Brooklyn for Houston. The nation suddenly wants to know all about the new astronauts, while he and his parents are struggling with their roles as the “perfect American family.”
In the meantime Cal meets Leon, whose mother is another astronaut on the mission, and he finds himself falling head over heels for him. As their relationship grows, so does the frenzy surrounding the Mars mission, and when secrets are revealed about ulterior motives of the program, Cal must find a way to get to the truth without hurting the people who are most important to him. BLOOMSBURY
Phil Stamper grew up in a village near Dayton, Ohio. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing. He works in the publishing industry in New York City and lives in Brooklyn with his husband and their dog.
During the program, Phil will be "In Conversation" with BROOKE MOORE, co-anchor of 2 NEWS, who has known him since the time he lived in the Dayton area.