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Saturday, August 2 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
The War Against YA

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There seems to be a certain trend in the media to portray YA books in a dismissive light. Why is the narrative? Time to ask some big questions about what YA is, how we judge the value of a book, and how media coverage of books affects reading behavior.


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Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. You can follow her adventures on Twitter... Read More →
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Gayle Forman

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Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day, Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.
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Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has also written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Portland... Read More →
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Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her novel Huntress was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda is co-founder... Read More →
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Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
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