Books of Wonder YA Panel: Beyond Strong: writing vulnerable, tenacious characters in complex YA stories
Join me with fellow debut authors Kimberly Gabriel (Every Stolen Breath), Alexandre Villasante (The Grief Keeper), and Danielle Stinson (Before I Disappear) where will be discussing internally strong characters—and what that looks like—in complex young adult stories.
The 2011 passage of California’s FAIR Education Act mandated that LGBTQ accomplishments be taught in our history and social studies classrooms to show that gay Americans have been an integral part of our society and continue to shape our current world.* A few other states have joined in this movement, but still, we have a long way to go before LGBTQ+ history is fully integrated into school curriculum.
Moderated by YA author, Amy Spalding (THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ), join authors James Brandon (ZIGGY, STARDUST AND ME) and Abdi Nazemian (LIKE A LOVE STORY) for a roundtable discussion about why writing Queer History in Young Adult canon is not only an important aspect to the popular genre, but a necessity in documenting our history for young people today.
PRIDE COMES OF AGE WITH MUSIC, AN LGBTQIA PANEL:
There was a time when writing for and about LGBTQIA+ teens meant sad stories with tons of drama. While the difficulties faced by real-life teens are far from over, there’s also much more room now to celebrate, and teens of all identities are making their way into stories across genres. These authors will discuss writing for teens who are finding themselves and figuring out where they fit in a world that isn’t always nice, but can also be wonderful.
Join me for my Hometown Launch Party! A reading, a conversation, a signing, and a whole lot of fun! Free and open to the public. A purchase of Ziggy, Stardust and Me from Left Bank Books is required to enter the signing line.
And I’ve heard the in-house bartender’s creating a super special Ziggy cocktail/mocktail for the night!
Join me in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Traci Chee, author of the YA fantasy trilogy THE READER, THE SPEAKER, and THE STORYTELLER. I’ll read selections from ZIGGY—which will be on sale at the event—and sign copies following the talk. With special guest : BAAITS Board Member, Roger Kuhn.
A wine reception is included in the evening. Tickets are $5 for admission to the museum (and to help its future growth), but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Reserve your ticket here.
Join me alongside several prominent leaders and authors in the LGBTQ+ movement.
"Awakenings: Weaving Our Stories Through the Threads of Time," will be a powerful evening celebrating fifty decades of the LGBTQ+ movement, honoring Reverend Troy Perry as the founder of MCC, and commemorating Matthew Shepard. Performances, song, videos, and surprise special guests abound! With a reception catered by Project Angel Food. Get your FREE tickets before they're gone.