Natalie C. Parker



Natalie C. Parker is the author of the Southern gothic duology Beware the Wild and Behold the Bones (HarperTeen) as well as the editor of the forthcoming young adult anthology filled with love triangles. She is the founder of Madcap Retreats, an organization offering a yearly calendar of writing retreats and workshops. She has never ridden on the back of an alligator but that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t. Learn more about her at





2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
State Library of Louisiana, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
Spooky Southern Legacies

3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
B&N Jr. Tent
Book Signing


Behold the Bones

A haunting, chilling, and atmospheric southern swamp tale—perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver.

In this companion to Beware the Wild, the book New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White called “American myth at its very best,” Natalie C. Parker takes readers on a journey back to an eerie Louisiana swamp town.

Candace “Candy” Pickens has been obsessed with the swamp lore of her tiny Louisiana town for . . . forever. Name any ghostly swamp figure and Candy will recite the entire tale in a way that will curl your toes and send chills up your spine.

That doesn’t mean Candy’s a believer, however. But with swamp haunts appearing in town every day, a suspicious new family in town, and her own mind starting to betray her, Candy must come to terms with the one piece of swamp lore she’s never heard before. It’s a tale that’s more truth than myth, and may hold all the answers . . . and its roots are in Candy’s own family tree.


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