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My Readercon schedule

June 26th, 2013 (02:23 pm)
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Originally published at Author Shveta Thakrar. You can comment here or there.

I’m super excited to be going to Readercon (www.readercon.org) for the first time! It’s a fun convention for people who love books, and it takes place in the Boston/Burlington, MA area from 11 to 14 July. Four whole days of talking to awesome people, eating good food, thinking about books, and generally having a blast! Some friends I can’t wait to see again, and others I’ll be meeting for the first time.

Here’s my schedule, in case you’re in the area. Hope to see you!

Saturday, July 13

10:00 AM    F    To YA or Not to YA. Jordan Hamessley, E.C. Myers, Phoebe North, Charles Oberndorf, Veronica Schanoes (leader), Shveta Thakrar. There are plenty of adult books with teen heroes, like Jeffrey Eugenides’s Middlesex and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. Some books that were not aimed at teens when they came out are mostly read by them today, like Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. Some books are marketed as YA in one country and adult in another. So what makes a book “a YA book”? Do we just know it when we see it, or is there a way to pin this down beyond listening to marketing campaigns?

Sunday, July 14

12:00 PM    G    Writing for Younger Readers. Lisa Janice (LJ) Cohen, Jordan Hamessley, Alaya Dawn Johnson, E.C. Myers (leader), Phoebe North, Shveta Thakrar. How do middle grade (MG) and young adult (YA) authors and editors write for children and teen readers? How do they make science fiction more accessible for kids, build complex fantasy worlds, and develop authentic characters with diverse backgrounds? This panel is ideal for anyone writing MG or YA or interested in finding books with plots as rich and complex as any novel targeted to adult readers.
Proposed by E.C. Myers.
2:00 PM    G    Teen Violence, Teen Sex. Steve Berman, Gwendolyn Clare, Jack M. Haringa (leader), Donald G. Keller, Phoebe North, Shveta Thakrar. As seen in bestsellers like The Hunger Games and The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, today’s literary teen heroes, and especially its heroines, are more likely to commit violence than to have sex. Coming of age and coming into your own is often marked in YA spec fic by survival and destruction rather than sexual awakening. How is the exploration of violence in books related to consensual sexual exploration, and cultural anxieties and mores around it, in real teens’ lives?

Comments

Posted by: Erik Amundsen (cucumberseed)
Posted at: June 26th, 2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
Countferatu

Oh cool! I will see you there!

Posted by: Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ (shveta_thakrar)
Posted at: June 26th, 2013 03:54 pm (UTC)
Party in India

Erik, even better--I'm staying at Julia's, too! :D

Posted by: Erik Amundsen (cucumberseed)
Posted at: June 26th, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)

Cool!

Posted by: Kari Sperring (la_marquise_de_)
Posted at: June 26th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)

Have a lovely time. One day, I am going to get to Readercon.

Posted by: Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ (shveta_thakrar)
Posted at: June 26th, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
Summer Faerie

And Sirens, yes? Yes? ♥

Posted by: Kari Sperring (la_marquise_de_)
Posted at: June 26th, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC)

That's the other one I really, really want to get to.

Posted by: Rachel M Brown (rachelmanija)
Posted at: June 26th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)

COME TO SIRENS. It is delightful and low-key.

Posted by: Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ (shveta_thakrar)
Posted at: June 26th, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
Durga Ma winking

*sneaks you onto a plane for Readercon, too*

Posted by: Kari Sperring (la_marquise_de_)
Posted at: June 26th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)

I would love to, but the UK to Portland is a long, long way and the flights are expensive :-(

Posted by: That Chick with the Evil Laugh (sparkymonster)
Posted at: June 26th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)

I will be there too. I'm so excited

Posted by: Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ (shveta_thakrar)
Posted at: June 26th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
Party in India

*grabs Julia and dances with her*

Eeee, I can't wait!!!

Posted by: beth_bernobich (beth_bernobich)
Posted at: June 26th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
balloon heart

Yay! See you there!

Posted by: Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ (shveta_thakrar)
Posted at: June 27th, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
Party in India

I am totally bringing my copy of Fox and Phoenix for you to sign. :D

Posted by: beth_bernobich (beth_bernobich)
Posted at: June 29th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)

I will totally sign it! :D

Posted by: E.C. Myers (ecmyers)
Posted at: June 27th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)

Some of your post didn't get mirrored over here...

Posted by: C.S.E. Cooney (csecooney)
Posted at: June 27th, 2013 01:01 pm (UTC)
Sol Claire

We will WRAP each other in rainbows of affection.

Posted by: Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ (shveta_thakrar)
Posted at: June 27th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
Deepavali

Ribbons and rivers of rainbows, no less! ♥

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