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Saturday, October 13 • 10:30am - 11:30am
YA: Hard Truths

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In recent novels by this quartet of superb writers, the truth is either difficult to define, slippery to grasp, or impossible to face. In Lambda Literary Award-winner Sara Farizan’s Here to Stay, Bijan is on the verge of basketball stardom and hard-won popularity at his prep school--until an online bully paints him as a terrorist and forces him to address bigotry he had hoped to ignore. In Mark Oshiro’s debut novel Anger Is a Gift, Moss, who lost his father to police brutality, must stand up and speak truth to power when his school perpetuates systemic violence and white supremacy. School violence also factors in Kody Keplinger’s That’s Not What Happened, in which Lee, an eyewitness to a school shooting, finally feels compelled to tell the truth even when it risks disrupting the tidy narrative her small community has been telling itself. And finally, in Printz Award-winner An Na’s A Place Between Breaths, the truth may be more painful than it’s possible to bear, as young researcher Grace strives to find a cure for the schizophrenia that claimed her mother, even as she fears she herself may be succumbing to mental illness. Moderator Candace McDuffie will lead a heartfelt and honest discussion among these talented writers.

Moderators
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Candace McDuffie

Candace McDuffie is a dedicated journalist and teacher who holds a master's degree in education specializing in Critical and Creative Thinking from the University at Massachusetts Boston. Her work has been featured in publications such as Marie Claire, Forbes, Glamour, Teen Vogue... Read More →

Presenters
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Sara Farizan

Sara Farizan is an Iranian American YA author giving voice to Iranian and queer characters in her novels. Her debut novel, If You Could Be Mine (2013) is about two girls living in Tehran, Iran, who are very much in love, but their love is both forbidden and very dangerous. The book... Read More →
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Kody Keplinger

Kody Keplinger is the bestselling author of the young adult novel The DUFF. Keplinger wrote the book when she was a seventeen-year-old high school student in Kentucky; the book was published when she was nineteen. It was named a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers... Read More →
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An Na

An Na was born in South Korea and grew up in San Diego, California. She is the author of A Step from Heaven, which won the Michael L. Printz Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award; Wait for Me; and The Fold. Her most recent novel is The Place Between Breaths. In one... Read More →
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Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the Hugo finalist (in the Fan Writer category) creator of the online Mark Does Stuff universe (Mark Reads and Mark Watches), where he analyzes book and television series unspoiled. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the coeditor (with... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, USA

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