Will be part of two panels:
Knowing Your Place: Identity and Space in Young Adult Fiction
with Samantha Mabry, Ibi Zoboi, Dhonielle Clayton and moderator Andrew Boryga.
Bad Girls Do It Well: Creating Flawed and Fully Formed "Bad" Girl Characters in YA Fiction
with Nova Ren Suma, Erika Sánchez, Brandy Colbert, and Amy Reed.
Find the schedule below:
I'll also be signing books over at the Latinx Writers Caucus Booth #1503
Saturday from 2pm-3pm!
How exactly does one make a career in comics and pop-culture industries? You will be introduced to the path and skill sets needed to define and set your goals. Strategies for success will include marketing yourself, and turning your ideas into viable realities. Focus will be on showing direct parallels, influences, and strategies for pursuing these goals. Panelists will include authors, literary managers, illustrators, and editors, all doing what they love for a living! Audience Q&A encouraged.
Join Jack Jones Literary Arts at Lit Crawl L.A. Poets Allison Conner, Shauna Barbosa (Cape Verdean Blues), Ashaki M. Jackson (Language Lesson), and Natalie J Graham (Begin With a Failed Body) will read varied selections from their work that focus on the segregation of southern California, the cruel beauty of the deep south, murdered black children, surveillance, domestic violence and what it means to be black, female, alive, determined, bruised. Come for the mourning, leave with the joy! Lilliam Rivera, author of the buzzed-about The Education of Margot Sanchez and a 2017 Los Angeles Times Face to Watch, to host. DJ Peter Woods to spin.
So excited to host Meg Medina at Vroman's Bookstore as we both talk about her latest young adult novel Burn Baby Burn, and more!
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
More info here!
Join us on August 9, 2017 for SLJ’s 6th annual SLJTeen Live!, an online conference highlighting the biggest upcoming YA books and important issues impacting your teen materials and programming. You’ll hear directly from authors and innovative librarians in an engaging conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience.
Author panels will tackle topics, including immigration, gender, and how to foster reluctant readers.
Social Justice & Equity
Angie Thomas, author, The Hate U Give
Dick Lehr, author, Trell
Sarah Carroll, author, The Girl in Between
Lilliam Rivera, author, The Education of Margot Sanchez
Renée Watson, author, Piecing Me Together
Nic Stone, author, Dear Martin
I'll be teaching a one-day seminar for Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Information of the seminar below:
As writers, we strive to capture the truth on the page. We conjure up painful and sometimes exhilarating moments from our own lives and translate them into the experiences of three-dimensional characters. This one-day seminar introduces ways writers can unearth the intimately personal and repurpose those moments into compelling fiction. Participants will explore their own histories with in-class exercises that urge them to write bravely. The most personal experiences make for the most powerful fiction. This seminar is an interior mixtape where fiction and authenticity will flow freely.
This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Los Feliz, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.
Limited to eight students! Register here!
I will be visiting the Felipe de Neve Library as part of the Los Angeles Public Library Summer Author Series. There will be refreshments and a chance to win a copy of the novel!
I Will Not Be Defined by Your Expectations: Strong and Diverse Female Protagonists in Books for Children and Young Adults
with Renée Watson, Ruth Behar, Terrell Young
Saturday, July 15 at 1pm
The Putting Books to Work
Monday, July 18 at 8am
with Nikki Grimes, Mary Cotillo, Tonya Bolden, Erin O'Leary
Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819