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Friday, August 1 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Writing the Tough Stuff

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YA literature doesn’t shy away from hard topics. Sexual assault, death, substance abuse, eating disorders, violence, unplanned pregnancy…these are things that play a role in many lives. How do you about writing about some of these real-life problems? How do you research such a book? How do you negotiate some of these rough scenes in the most effective way possible? How can books help people heal? And why do so many people want to ban books that discuss the realities of life? This panel will contain discussion of topics that may be difficult for some—but these are things that need to be talked about.


Laurie Halse Anderson

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 →

Varian Johnson

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 →

Lauren Myracle

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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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