Stephanie Kuehnert has a couple launch parties upcoming for her new novel, Ballads of Suburbia. The first is at the Beacon Pub in Forest Park (where Kuehnert tends bar) on Tuesday, July 21, 8 PM; the second at Women & Children First in Andersonville on Friday, July 24, 7:30 PM. Like Kuehnert’s 2008 debut, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, Ballads is a musically inflected novel depicting teen angst, but it’s decidedly darker than her first.