Someone Like Me: Seeing Ourselves in the Books We ReadSaturday, May 4 | 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
- Writing & Publishing
Cindy Pon and Lee Wind, moderated by Riya Kataria
When you open a book, do you see yourself in its pages? Do the characters look or think like you? Cindy Pon fought hard to publish one of the first Young Adult fantasy novels with an Asian protagonist on the U.S. market. Lee Wind’s queer history book was canceled by the publisher for being too controversial, but he found a way to publish it anyway. The two dig into why kids (and adults) need diverse characters and how they fight against the bias and blindspots of the publishing world.
Florence Schwimley Little Theater