Hi! I’ll be in town this weekend for the NYC Teen Author Fest! If you’re in or near NYC, I’d love to see you. I’ll be at many of the events from Friday-Monday, but mine are as follows:
Saturday March 21, Symposium (42nd Street NYPL, Bartos Forum, 5th Ave at 42nd St)
4:10-5:00 – Creating Strong Characters
Explanation: We often talk about “strong” characters – but what does that mean? Don’t characters also have to be vulnerable for readers to connect to them? And why is there so often talk of “strong female characters” but not “strong male characters” – what’s left assumed there, and how can we counterbalance that? Each of these authors has created complex protagonists grappling with issues of strength. We’ll discuss how they created these characters, and what balances needed to be achieved.
Sarah Beth Durst
moderator: Terra Elan McVoy
Saturday, March 21 (McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St, 7pm):
The Mutual Admiration Society Reading
Explanation: A wide range of stories will be represented here, in our usual McNally Jackson slot. Readings followed by conversation – always lively!
Jennifer A. Nielsen
moderator: David Levithan
Sunday March 22: Our No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder (Books of Wonder, 18 W 18th St)
Jessica Spotswood, Sisters’ Fate
VC Stanley & CL Gaber, Jex Malone
Aaron Starmer, The Whisper
Robin Talley, Lies We Tell Ourselves
Yvonne Ventresca, Pandemic
Tommy Wallach, We All Looked Up
Sandra Waugh, Lark Rising
Scott Westerfeld, Afterworlds
Suzanne Weyn, Faces of the Dead
Alecia Whitaker, Wildflower
You can find the whole amazing schedule for the Festival here.