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Friday, June 28 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
How Books Saved Me

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Let’s talk troubles. We’ve all got them: Readers, writers, and most definitely characters. (Pro tip: If you want a happy, uneventful, well-adjusted life, do not live in a book.) Reading and writing can be an escape from the real world, or they can be a field trip straight into your darkest pain. This panel offers straight talk on how sometimes writing hurts…and how it can make life hurt less. 


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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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 →
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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.
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Anthony Rapp

While best known for originating the character of Mark Cohen (off-screen and on) in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent, Anthony is also a writer, musician, activist, humanitarian and director. Anthony made his Broadway debut in 1981 in a musical based on The Little Prince. Since then he has also created memorable roles Adventures in Babysitting, Dazed and Confused, A Beautiful Mind, Six Degrees of Separation (stage and film), and more. He... 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 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Portland 256/257/258