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Saturday, October 13 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
YA: What's the Inspiration?

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Novelists find inspiration wherever life takes them--these three talented writers transform classic stories and symbols into something entirely fresh and new. In Blanca & Roja, Anna-Marie McLemore combines elements of “Snow White and Rose Red” and Swan Lake, transforming them into an original Latinx fairy tale that Kirkus Reviews calls “a poignant retelling” in a starred review. As she did previously in Saving Hamlet, Molly Booth finds inspiration in Shakespeare, this time recasting Much Ado About Nothing as a queer summer camp romance, in Nothing Happened, praised by Booklist for its “vibrant, diverse cast and respectful depiction of mental health issues.” And Nova Ren Suma, in A Room Away from the Wolves, infuses a foreboding story of abuse and escape with classic elements of Gothic mysteries and dark fairy tales, in the process, according to NPR, making “the Gothic bitingly modern.” Where will you find your inspiration? Perhaps in this rich discussion, moderated by Laura Koenig of the Boston Public Library.

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Laura Koenig

Laura Koenig is the Team Leader for Children’s Services at the Central Library of the Boston PublicLibrary, where she was an integral part of the redesign of their award-winning children’s and teenspaces. She is an active presenter and committee member for the Association for... Read More →

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Molly Booth

If there is one thing you should know about Molly Booth, it is that she really likes Shakespeare. The various work of this young adult novelist, theater director, and podcaster all has to do with the Bard. In her first book, Saving Hamlet (2016), Emma Allen unwittingly time travels... Read More →
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Anna-Marie McLemore

Anna-Marie McLemore grew up in a Mexican American family, and she writes her YA books from that space. She attended the University of Southern California on a Trustee Scholarship. A Lambda Literary Fellow, her work has been featured by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and... Read More →
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Nova Ren Suma

Nova Ren Suma is a bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her novel The Walls Around Us (2015) was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for an Edgar Award. She is also the author of Imaginary Girls (2011) and 17 & Gone (2013). She is the cocreator, with Emily X.R. Pan, of... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, USA