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Friday, June 28 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Making &%@$ up: The Art of Fantasy

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Wizards, vampires, werewolves, cannibalistic sea horses...the magical creatures of YA are so terrifyingly (and/or swooningly) real that it’s sometimes hard to believe they don’t exist. What does it take to create a magic system or a supernatural menagerie? Where do you even start, when you’re creating an entire fantastical universe from scratch? Is this panel really happening, or did you just imagine it?


Moderators
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Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo, who is joining us for her first LeakyCon, is the New York Times bestselling author of Shadow and Bone, the first book in The Grisha Trilogy. The second book, Siege and Storm, will be released on June 4. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. When she isn’t writing, Leigh works as a make-up artist in Los Angeles under the name L.B. Benson and... Read More →

Speakers
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Heather Brewer

Heather Brewer writes young adult novels featuring vampires and other fantastic things. She didn’t start trying to publish until after she had married and had a baby, but she is now the author of the New York Times bestselling The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and The Slayer Chronicles. “Auntie” Heather doesn’t have fans, she has minions, and she dresses up in costume for Renaissance Fairs... Read More →
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Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is the New York Times bestselling author of the werewolf-centric Nightshade trilogy. She most recently released the prequel, Rise. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota, and when she isn’t writing, she does yoga and pairs her books with playlists. Her book Invisibility, which she co-authored with David Levithan, was released May 7. To learn more about Andrea and her writing... 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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Maggie Stiefvater

After a tumultuous past as a history major, calligraphy instructor, wedding musician, technical editor, and equestrian artist, Maggie Stiefvater is now a full-time writer living in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, four neurotic dogs who fart recreationally, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki. She is the author of the bestselling Shiver trilogy, the Printz Honor Book The Scorpio Races, and The... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am
Portland 252/253