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Friday, June 28 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
The Cover-Up: The secret message of YA book covers

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Let’s be honest: We all judge books by their covers. And publishers know it. Which is why books get the covers they do—because publishers are judging readers by the covers they’ll buy. What does that mean for books? How and why does a book get a “boy cover” or a “girl cover”—and what’s the difference? Why is this anything we should care about…and how is it something we can fix?


Moderators
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has been nominated... Read More →

Speakers
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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 for children and young adult readers. Her impressive editorial experience includes award-winning novels and picture books, such as the final books of the Harry... Read More →
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Barry Lyga

Barry Lyga is the author of the young-adult works The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl and I Hunt Killers, whose sequel Game was recently released. A Leaky first-timer, Barry graduated with a degree in English from Yale University. He worked in the comic book industry for ten years before he began publishing his novels. He has also written a graphic novel, Mangaman, illustrated by Colleen Doran. You can read more about Barry and his... Read More →
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Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is a young adult novelist and author of Ball Don’t Lie, which was adapted into a film starring Ludacris, Nick Cannon and Emilie de Ravin. His most recent work was the illustrated A Nation’s Hope-The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis. Matt attended the University of the Pacific on a basketball scholarship and earned his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University. He now teaches creative... Read More →
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Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins is the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and soon Isla and the Happily Ever After, which comes out this fall. This will be her third LeakyCon after joining us for LeakyCon 2011 and 2012. She is married to Wizard Rocker Jarrod of Gred and Forge, and she believes all books and movies need more kissing. Read more about Stephanie on her website, stephanieperkins.com.
avatar for Rainbow Rowell

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 email. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park &ndash... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm
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