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Saturday, October 13 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
YA Keynote

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YA superstars Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera have both attracted critical praise and devoted fandoms alike for their thoughtful, inclusive approach to writing about the messy but rich realities of young readers’ lives. When two young writers of this caliber combine their talents to jointly write a novel, the result is kind of a Big Deal. That’s why we’re thrilled to welcome Albertalli and Silvera as this year’s YA Keynote, to celebrate the publication of their collaborative novel What If It’s Us. In a starred review, Kirkus praises What If It’s Us as a “joyful romance” that’s both “sweet and substantial.” Readers will adore this big-hearted novel about a couple of boys who meet cute at the post office and then come to terms with the complexities that ensue after the initial spark of attraction. Collaborative writing projects have become a big part of the YA publishing scene, so we’re curious to ask these co-authors about what the experience was like for them. What were the ground rules? What did they disagree about? What surprised them about the process? Moderator Kim Parker will certainly have some questions of her own, but you’ll also have a chance to bring up those burning questions you’ve been dying to ask Becky, Adam, or both!

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Becky Albertalli

Becky Albertalli is the author of the young adult novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which was made into the successful 2018 film Love, Simon. Simon was Albertalli’s debut novel and won her the 2015 William C. Morris Award for the year’s best debut novel for teen readers... Read More →
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Kim Parker

Kim Parker is the assistant director of the Teacher Training Course (TTC) at Shady Hill School in Cambridge. She is a literacy activist and cofounder of #DisruptTexts, a grassroots efforts for teachers to challenge the traditional literary canon and create a more inclusive, representative... Read More →
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Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera wasn’t always a bestselling young adult author, but he has always worked with literature for young people. Initially a children’s bookseller and book reviewer, Silvera later worked for a creative literary company and a website that mentored teenage writers. When he... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116, USA