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Montclair Literary Festival

The YA Phenomenon. 

Bestselling YA authors Gayle Forman (If I Stay Series etc.) and Arvin Ahmadi (Down and Across, Girl Gone Viral etc.) talk with Jim Nicosia about their hit novels and discuss who are the audience of Young Adult fiction and what are the secrets of its rapidly growing popularity. (Ages 12 and up)

Venue: Montclair Public Library Auditorium

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11:00am WNET YA Stage: Hope Nation

Panelists: Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Libba Bray, Gayle Forman.

Moderator: Dr. Rosemarie Brock

Hope Nation is a timely collection of essays, letters, and intimate stories by twenty-three influential YA authors, aimed at young people facing uncertain futures in a climate of oppression, alienation, and defeat. This panel, moderated by the collection’s editor, Rose Brock, will feature four of the authors discussing their ideas, contributions, and experiences surrounding the concept of hope.

2:00pm WNET YA Stage: The Impact of Female Authors on Young Adult Literature

Panelists: Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk, Robin Benway, Libba Bray, Gayle Forman.

Moderator: Dr. Rosemarie Brock

This panel will consist of female YA authors who will discuss their audiences, intentions, and themes in the YA genre. These women will specifically focus on their beliefs about the role of a female author writing about young adults in the current climate of teens today.

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