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Local Author Night: Young Adult

The History of Jane Doe by Michael Belanger

A poignant, deeply funny coming-of-age story about first love, first loss, and the power of history to give life meaning.

History buff Ray knows everything about the peculiar legends and lore of his rural Connecticut hometown. Burgerville's past is riddled with green cow sightings and human groundhogs, but the most interesting thing about the present is the new girl--we'll call her Jane Doe. 

Inscrutable, cool, and above all mysterious, Jane seems as determined to hide her past as Ray is to uncover it. As fascination turns to friendship and then to something more, Ray is certain he knows Jane's darkest, most painful secrets and Jane herself--from past to present. But when the unthinkable happens, Ray is forced to acknowledge that perhaps history can only tell us so much. 

Mixing humor with heartache, this is an unmissable coming-of-age story from an exciting new voice in YA.

Michael Belanger is a debut young adult author and high school history teacher. He is a member of the Westport Writers’ Workshop and faculty advisor to Greenwitch, a high school literary magazine that has published talented young writers–including Truman Capote–for over a hundred years. He currently lives in Connecticut.


Imagine waking up to discover that the life you thought was real never was. That your real life is actually lived somewhere else, and the love you thought was lost will go on forever. Explore the afterlife with this unique young adult romance - Enlightened

When Veronica lost the love of her life in a horrible accident she was sure he was gone forever, and she would never love again. Then, five years later she meets her own tragic demise leading her back to the man she loves, but, with an unexpected twist...

In Divided, the sequel to Enlightened, Kaleb has left for Earth, without Harmony's knowledge, and is now on Earth as Curtis Parker -  suffering a dark depression and trying to end his life. With Harmony on the other side, along with their spirit guides Luke and Jack, will they be able to come up with a plan to help Curtis (A.K.A. Kaleb)?

Billie Kowalewski has always been a story teller. She spent her childhood and well into her adult years playing in her imagination, dreaming up stories and characters. Although she loves many authors work, none of them ever came close to what she was longing for. She slowly came to realize that in order for her to ever be able to read it, she would have to create it herself. Billie presently lives in Connecticut with her own soul mate, and her wonderful daughter and son. She drives a school bus for the town of East Haddam and she couldn’t be happier.

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Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 7:00pm EDT
Event address: 
R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
The History of Jane Doe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735228818
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Published: Dial Books - June 5th, 2018

Enlightened Cover Image
ISBN: 9781535604505
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Published: Billie Kowalewski - November 10th, 2016

Divided (Enlightened #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692046432
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Published: Billie Kowalewski - December 21st, 2017