First daughters spotted buying alumna’s novel

First daughters spotted buying alumna’s novel - Antioch College

Nova Ren SumaThe word got out early last week that alumna Nova Ren Suma ’97 had quite an honor bestowed upon her on Sunday, July 15, when President Barack Obama’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, were spotted at Manhattan’s Strand Bookstore buying Suma’s latest novel, Imaginary Girls.

The young adult novel, for ages 14 and up, was released in paperback on June 14 from Speak, a division of Penguin Books.

Suma commented on the news on her blog. “I am thrilled to think of the Obama sisters reading the book I wrote for my very own, beloved little sister Laurel Rose,” she said. “We think of it as the ‘sister book,’ and we both love when sisters read it. My sister is amazingly supportive of my writing and this book, and I adore her!”

The news made the rounds on most gossip and celebrity websites, including the New York Daily News,, and even

Cover of the paperback edition of Imaginary Girls“I discovered my name on the gossip page of the NY Daily News…something I never thought I’d see in this lifetime!” Suma said on her blog.

Suma’s Dani Noir (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin) was reissued for a young adult audience in a newly updated trade paperback edition as Fade Out from Simon Pulse on June 5, 2012.

Her third novel, 17 & Gone, is forthcoming from Dutton/Penguin in spring 2013. Suma got her MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She earned a BA in writing and photography from Antioch College.

She’s been awarded fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and, twice, from the MacDowell Colony. She will be a resident at the Millay Colony in fall 2012 and was recently selected to attend the Launch Pad Workshop this summer, a NASA-funded astronomy workshop for established writers to encourage use of modern science in novels. She grew up in small towns across the Hudson Valley and now lives in New York City.

Imaginary Girls is available via Visit her website at and her blog at For more about Imaginary Girls, visit the book’s official website