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Friday, July 8 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Authenticity Matters: Diversity in YA Lit

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This panel will discuss industry trends, approaches in their own writing, best practices & next steps for diversity in YA lit, and why it matters for us all.

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Janella Angeles

Janella Angeles has been an aspiring YA novelist for as long as she’s loved Harry Potter—the books, the fandom, and the fanfiction. She’s a Filipina-American writer and a team member of the Boston Teen Author Festival who currently resides in Massachusetts. She recently graduated... Read More →
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Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is a South Asian fantasy writer. Her short stories have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Strange Horizons, Book Smugglers Publishing and Shimmer Magazine. Her first YA fantasy novel, THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN (MacMillan, May 2016), is a re-envisioning of the Hades and Persephone... Read More →
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Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author... Read More →
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Thao Le

Literary Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
THAO LE is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency. She also handles the agency’s financials and select contracts.Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators.For... Read More →
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Lily Meade

Lily Meade is an aspiring novelist, vlogger, and graphic designer. She has been a Potter fan since kindergarten, when an elderly shopkeeper gifted her an HP ornament to quell some soft hysterics. Harry Potter was the largest chapter book she’d ever completed and the beginning of... Read More →
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Axie Oh

Axie Oh is a graduate of the University of California-San Diego where she studied Korean history and creative writing. She was the recipient of Tu Books’ 2015 New Visions Award, awarded to an unpublished author of color. Her debut YA Sci-Fi novel, THE AMATERASU PROJECT, is scheduled... Read More →
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Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the force behind Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009 when Mark discovered Harry Potter, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter... Read More →

Friday July 8, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
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