Sessions

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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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Middle Grade: COVID and Communities

When the world falls apart … This session explores the effects of the global pandemic on both coasts of the Pacific. In bestselling novelist Kelly Yang’s latest standalone novel, New From Here, Knox Wei-Evans stands up to anti-AAPI racism…
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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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Young (Adult) Love

Love is in the air… literally. In this panel, YA authors will share their recent novels that offer plenty of romance, regardless of the state of your own love life. New York Times–bestselling author Casey McQuiston makes their YA debut with…
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The Invincible Power of Wattpad Authors

Wattpad Books turns the digital stories its community loves into published books. The result? Stories you can't find anywhere else, by young writers from all over the world. Come listen to these two magnificent young authors as they tell the…
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Can't Stop Won't Stop: Learn Your Hip-Hop History

Hip-Hop, one of America’s most influential and constantly evolving musical genres, is about so much more than infectious beats, and you’re about to get schooled by the experts! Cinnamongirl Madison Harvey, 15, leads this electrifying conversation…
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Who Says Geniuses Can't Dance?

Newbery Medalist Meg Medina's new book, Merci Suárez Can't Dance (a Kirkus “Most Anticipated Book of 2021”), re-introduces us to her touching, funny titular character, now a seventh-grader. Joining her in conversation is celebrated author…
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Now We're Cooking: A Top Chef on Making the Food of Your Dreams

From a difficult upbringing in the Bronx and Nigeria to Top Chef stardom and a place on Food & Wine’s “best new chef” list, Kwame Onwuachi's muse and first love has always been food. His memoir Notes From a Young Black Chef takes us…
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I AM THE DREAM: Voices of a New Generation, Presented by Cinnamongirl, Inc.

Summer 2020 marked the start of Write Your Story, an exciting year-long collaboration with Cinnamongirl, Inc, that brought creative-writing workshops and artistic mentorship to young women of color, ages 12 to 18. Our amazing inaugural cohort…