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Friday, August 1 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Diversity in YA

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We wondered what to say about this panel, as the title sums up what we think.  We assume a lot of you agree. But how does this happen? What’s the reality of writing diverse characters in today’s publishing market? What do we even mean when we say diverse books? Are we all talking about the same thing? This panel gets into some of the specifics of past, present, and future.


Speakers
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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... Read More →
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Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library... Read More →
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Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
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... Read More →
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Cheryl Klein

Cheryl is the senior editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.). In her book Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, Cheryl leads readers to discover what must be done to polish a manuscript... 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... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
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