Join Q Center on Thursday, July 18th at Powell’s Bookstore in Portland as we host another in our series of author spotlights! This time we’ll be hosting award-winning filmmaker and novelist, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo. She’ll be with us to present her new novel (aimed at a young adult audience), Fat Angie. The book deals with many issues including war, death, suicide, cutting, bullying, and being LGBTQ.

About Fat Angie

Her sister was captured in Iraq, she’s the resident laughingstock at school, and her therapist tells her to count instead of eat. Can a daring new girl in her life really change anything?  Angie is broken – by her can’t-be-bothered mother, by her high-school tormenters, and by being the only one who thinks her varsity-athlete-turned-war-hero sister is still alive. Hiding under a mountain of junk food hasn’t kept the pain (or the shouts of “crazy mad cow!”) away. Having failed to kill herself – in front of a gym full of kids – she’s back at high school just trying to make it through each day. That is, until the arrival of KC Romance, the kind of girl who doesn’t exist in Dryfalls, Ohio. A girl who is one hundred and ninety-nine percent wow! A girl who never sees her as Fat Angie, and who knows too well that the package doesn’t always match what’s inside. With an offbeat sensibility, mean girls to rival a horror classic, and characters both outrageous and touching, this darkly comic anti-romantic romance will appeal to anyone who likes entertaining and meaningful fiction.

Watch the Fat Angie book trailer here:


About e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

A small-town Texas native, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo has worked on over thirty short films, recently Executive Produced the film Home and has been featured on the Huffington Post for directing NOW for GLSEN-Cincinnati. Charlton-Trujillo began her career at Killer Films (Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven) and later worked with directors Betty Thomas, Douglas McGrath and Lucy Walker.

Charlton-Trujillo won the prestigious Delacorte Dell Yearling Award for her first novel Prizefighter En Mi Casa which garnered a number of accolades. Her second novel, Feels Like Home, received critical praise and earned a host of awards. Charlton-Trujillo took the top prize at the 2009 Cincinnati Fringe Festival for Vanessa Rising. The following year she directed Rhonda Pettit’s The Global Lovers, a poetic drama about sex trafficking for the stage at the Fringe, being the first crossover in Cincy Fringe history. She served as head writer for Cincinnati Innovates 2010 Finalist AccelerateFX. All the while, she has managed to curate a number of film festivals.

The multiple award-winning author, filmmaker and poet was nominated for the Oscar Armstrong III Service Award in 2012 for tirelessly pursuing her goals while demonstrating an unwavering commitment to family and community. Her third novel, Fat Angie, releases through Candlewick in March 2013. Early buzz from authors Gregory Maguire (Wicked), Pat Schmatz (Bluefish) and Jo Knowles (Lessons From A Dead Girl) have made Fat Angie the must read of 2013.

Charlton-Trujillo is currently co-writing the feature to her short film One Day Summer with Sara St. Martin-Lynne and two additional novels. All the while, she remains the gal wearing hoodies and sporting Vans while running Piñata Productions in Ohio.