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Saturday, October 28 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
YA: Fantasy Worlds

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Authors don’t create fantasy worlds in a vacuum; they draw from centuries of history and tradition to devise new and original premises or whole fantastic realms. In this session, three authors of fantasy novels for young adults will discuss their stories’ origins and inspirations. Tochi Onyebuchi draws on Nigerian folklore and hero legends in his BEA Buzz Book debut, Beasts Made of Night, which Kirkus calls “a paean to an emerging black legend.” In her debut, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Julie C. Dao reinterprets a character inspired by Snow White’s evil queen, setting her rise in an East Asian landscape. And YA fantasy juggernaut and Printz Award winner Libba Bray looks to the Roaring Twenties in New York City as the backdrop for the thrilling third installment in her Diviners quartet, Before the Devil Breaks You. Their conversation will be moderated by literary agent and debut YA novelist Lana Popović, whose Wicked Like a Wildfire is a magic-laden story set in Montenegro.

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Lana Popović

Lana Popović looks for the mysterious and fantastical in the young adult books she represents as an agent, and now she has put the things she values into her own debut novel, Wicked Like a Wildfire. In Wicked Like a Wildfire, two girls with powers of magical perception must untangle the curse that hangs over their family to save their mother as she hangs in between life and death. Popović is an agent at Chalberg... Read More →

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Libba Bray

Libba Bray is a best-selling and terrifically quirky author of books for young adults. Her first books were the Gemma Doyle trilogy of fantastical gothics. All three books were bestsellers and landed on a number of best book of the year lists. Her 2009 novel, Going Bovine, is notable for several reasons: it won the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award for Young Adult Literature, it was widely praised by critics, and Bray once appeared in a full cow costume for a video interview about the book. She is also the author of Beauty Queens (2011), as well as The Diviners (2012) and its sequel, Lair of Dreams (2015). Her newest book is the third installment of the Diviners series, Before the Devil Breaks You, which Entertainment Weekly called... Read More →
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Julie C. Dao

Julie C. Dao is a debut author but has spent years blogging about the writing process and the struggles of finding an agent. She studied medicine at her parents’ request, but found out the hard way that she didn’t quite have the stomach for it. After school, she worked in science news and research while writing fiction at night. She released a self-published, middle-grade novel, Pumpkin Patch Princess, in 2015 on the platform Wattpad. It was a Wattpad Featured Book and garnered a significant readership, but Dao still sought traditional publication. Her first book is the young adult... Read More →
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Tochi Onyebuchi

Tochi Onyebuchi is an Ivy League-educated lawyer who focuses on international and domestic human rights and organized crime. And he also happens to be a debut science-fiction author. Onyebuchi holds a BA in political science from Yale, an MFA in screenwriting from New York University (NYU), and a JD from Columbia. Onyebuchi is also a screenwriter and short-story writer. His work has been featured in Nowhere Magazine... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA