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Friday, August 1 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
I Love Trash

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Is there such thing as a bad book? Or a book you should feel guilt for reading? Why is one person’s trash another person’s treasure? Should we ever feel guilty about reading? And why do so many of those books labeled as “guilty pleasure” seem to be written by women? What roles do sexism, snobbery, and taste play in our reading choices?


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Amber Benson

Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s Daughter, as well as her children’s book, Among the Ghosts, were published. She made her very first LeakyCon appearance in Chicago as a... Read More →
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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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Alaya Dawn Johnson

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Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning season. She has published five novels for adults and young adults, including The Summer Prince, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2013.
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Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky to be able to do what she loves and actually get paid for it, and she is hugely honored by the response of her fans, who call her books "awesome" and "soooooo... 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.
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Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true story. She met her husband in junior high and can hardly get him to read her books, let alone her emails. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park &ndash... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
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