ITHACA—Tompkins County Public Library invites the public to meet author Michael Barakiva, Friday, February 14, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room Michael Barakiva is the author of Hold My Hand and One Man Guy, the TCPL YA Book Club selection for February. Barakiva is an Armenian/Israeli American theater director and writer based in New York City. His first novel, One Man Guy, published by Macmillan (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), was ranked the #1 Gay Young Adult novel on Goodreads in 2014, was named to the Rainbow List and Family Equality Council’s Book Nook, and was released in Brazil by LeYa. The stand-alone sequel, Hold My Hand, was released in May 2019. He is currently working on this third novel, as well as an adaptation of Paradise Lost for the stage commissioned by Red Bull Theatre Company in NYC. Barakiva also serves both as Artistic Director of The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY since 2016, and as Artistic Director of The Upstart Creatures (www.upstartcreatures.com), a theater company dedicated to creating (meta)physical feasts combining theater and food. He is an avid board-game player, and a proud member of the New York Ramblers, the world’s first openly-gay soccer club. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about this and other young adult programming, contact Teen Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.