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Friday, June 28 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Is YA Lit “Literature”?

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Some schools teach modern YA lit alongside The Great Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye; some teachers wouldn’t be caught dead saying the words “Young Adult.” You can now get an MFA in YA writing…unless you go to one of the top MFA programs in the country, where they say “that’s not real writing.” But what is “real” writing? What is literature, and what makes a book “literary”? What does it mean that half the audience for YA is over 18? And what are you supposed to say to your teachers/parents/friends when they tell you drop the kid stuff and try a “grown-up” book? (Other than “#$&@ you!”)


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Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out.) She grew up in Philadelphia, moved to New York as soon as she got the chance, and, for her very first task at her very first job out of college, was assigned... Read More →

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Coe Booth

Coe Booth was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from college, she worked with teenagers and families in crisis, which inspired her first novel, Tyrell, which won the LA Times Book Prize. Her other books for teenagers include Kendra and Bronxwood. Coe lives in the Bronx, working as a full-time writer and a part-time writing teacher at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults... Read More →
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Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequel The Magician King. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has also written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Portland will be Lev’s third... Read More →
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David Levithan

David Levithan is the author of Boy Meets Boy and, most recently, Every Day and Invisibility (co-written with Andrea Cremer). He is the co-author of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which in 2008 was adapted into a film starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. He also co-wrote Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green. He is a two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award, which honors LGBT works. David also... Read More →
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E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart writes books for kids, young adults, and grown ups too. She’s the author of National Book Award finalist Disreputable History, as well as her most recent novel, Real Live Boyfriends. She also co-wrote How to Be Bad with Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski. Emily grew up in Cambridge, MA and Seattle, WA. She got her PhD in 19th Century English Literature from Columbia University in New York, where she currently... Read More →
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Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is the author of the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times and The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, which is currently in preproduction for a film with Universal Studios. She has a degree in English from UC Berkeley and studied illustration at California College of Arts & Crafts. Laini attended LeakyCon 2012 in Chicago and is joining us again this year in Portland, where she currently... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Portland 252/253