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Sunday, August 20 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Writing Out, Not Down: Speaking Authentically to Queer Teen Audiences
Never before have we seen such a demand for diverse and complex characters in young adult literature. But with an influx of queer representation in our stories, how do we make sure to avoid condescension while keeping stories authentically "teen" in tone? Ten librarian Amanda Jacobsen will talk with YA authors about how some of today's top authors avoid clichés, tap into their inner child, and find a way to convey some truth in fiction.

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Amanda Jacobsen

Amanda Jacobsen is a member of Geeks OUT and a teen librarian. She is out and proud as a bisexual mom, and is a forever fan girl of The Raven Cycle.

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Soman Chainani

Soman Chainani’s debut series The School for Good and Evil has sold more than 1.5 million copies, been translated into 25 languages across six continents, and will soon be a film from Universal Pictures, with Soman co-writing the screenplay. He was nominated for the Waterstones... Read More →
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Mackenzi Lee

Mackenzi Lee is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, a queer historical adventure novel, and its sequel, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, both from HarperCollins, among others. She is also the curator of Bygone Badass Broads... Read More →
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Alex London

Alex London has written more than 20 books for children, teens, and adults. His young adult debut, Proxy, was an American Library Association Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, a Best Fiction For Young Adults and Rainbow List selection and appeared on many state award lists... Read More →
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Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera is the New York Times Bestselling author of More Happy Than Not and History Is All You Left Me. His next book They Both Die At The End releases on September 5th. He is tall for no reason and writes in NYC.

Sunday August 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room B