Announcing Art Boss


Artist Piper Perish has moved from her hometown of Houston, Texas, to New York City. Her days are spent exploring; her nights are filled with painting. It’s her lifelong dream come true . . . . Except life in the city isn’t as glamorous as it looks from afar. Piper’s high-pressure work as an assistant to a famous modern artist takes away time from her own art. And Piper’s new friend Grace, a budding activist, has Piper beginning to wonder if making great art is really enough.

In a story that stands alone but can be read as a companion novel to Piper Perish, acclaimed author Kayla Cagan returns with Piper’s powerful and utterly authentic journey of growing up into a strong, independent young woman—as she learns how to make life about art, and how to make that art matter. Art Boss will have readers asking big questions along with Piper. What is art for? What can art do? And how can a young artist change the world?

To Pre-order Art Boss at your favorite independent bookstore, click here. If you’re ready to pre-order at Barnes and Noble, try this link. And if you shop Amazon, here ya go!

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about kayla

Kayla Cagan’s first book, PIPER PERISH, received universal praise and was a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month in 2017. PIPER PERISH was also picked as a Spirit of Texas High School Reading Program 2018 selection. Her second book, ART BOSS, called “an engaging portrait of the artist as a young woman” by Kirkus Review, came out in October from Chronicle Books. Her short plays and monologues have been published by Applause Books and Smith and Kraus. She has also contributed comics and essays to assorted collections, including Girl Crush Zine, Womanthology, and Unite and Take Over: Stories Inspired by the Smiths. She’s a proud PAL member of SCBWI.

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