Lilliam Rivera

Lilliam Rivera is the author of the young adult novel The Education of Margot Sanchez.

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2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair Panels


Friday, February 10 @ 3pm.

Daddy’s Little Girl, and Other Misfortunes in Young Adult Books. (Lilliam Rivera, Laura Ruby, I. W. Gregorio, Isabel Quintero, Francisco X. Stork) Marquis Salon 3 & 4, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two.

For so long, parents in young adult novels were nonexistent, but not anymore. These five young adult authors write complex, three-dimensional parental characters that push the boundaries. In this panel, authors speak on the structural choices made in tackling youth and adult relationships while avoiding common tropes. Whether it’s daddy issues, mommy, or both, panelists discuss one another’s work and the choices that have inspired theirs, through the lens of contemporary YA and memoir.

Saturday, February 11 @ 9am

Young Adult Authors Tackle Social Justice and Activism. (I. W. Gregorio, Lilliam Rivera, Ibi Zoboi, Nic Stone, Leah Henderson) Room 208AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two.
Police brutality, gender discrimination, gentrification, and immigration policies are just some of the topics being written by these five young adult authors of diverse backgrounds, ranging from the Caribbean to the Middle East. In conversation with an established YA author, the four debut authors discuss incorporating social justice themes in their work, the struggle to portray honest teen responses to crisis, the path to hope, and how to write issue-based novels without sounding preachy.