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Picturing a Life: Graphic Memoirs

Blockbuster works like Fun Home, Maus, and Persepolis have made it clear that graphic memoirs are a game-changer in the world of literature. What makes this literary genre–-blending the disciplines of cinema, writing, and visual art—so gripping?…
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Middle Grade: Solving Big Problems

Small, but mighty! This session will feature young protagonists tackling big problems with the spirit and determination of a butterfly flying against the wind. In Cathy Camper’s Lowriders to the Rescue, Lupe, Flapjack, and Elirio must join…
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YA: Growing Up Queer Then and Now

Discovering and embracing your identity as a queer young person can be joyful, confusing, or downright dangerous, depending on when and where you’re growing up. These three authors offer historical and more contemporary narratives of growing…
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Dust Off Those Classics: Innovative and Inclusive Retellings

If you think the classic tales of yore have nothing relevant to say to today’s young readers, these three fabulous creators are here to prove you wrong. In their new works, they challenge and transform those dusty (and sometimes problematic)…
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The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza!

During COVID lockdown, when many of us were just trying not to lose it entirely, author Mac Barnett and artist Shawn Harris kept their sanity and exercised their zany brand of creativity with a series of wildly popular live cartoon shows about…
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cancelled: Wordplay with Jon Agee

Have you heard of TACO CAT or UFO TOFU? Have you eaten an EVIL OLIVE or STRESSED DESSERTS? You might think you have ailihphilia (that’s a love of palindromes) but only Jon Agee, a true prodigy of palindromes, would have the audacity to write…
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How to Write a Mystery

What elevates a mystery beyond the predictable and into the realm of edge-of-your-seat, stay-up-until-3 a.m. enthrallment? Four experts in suspense unravel the secrets to making pages turn and spines tingle. Your mentors in mystery are Dale…