SUN/4/18 :: 6:00p
Young Adult Fantasy: Magic & Mystery
Bookseller: MRS. NELSON'S BOOK COMPANY
Debut fantasy writers Tracy Deonn and Namina Forna mix it up with award-winning author Daniel Jose Older for this young adult fantasy panel that spans Arthurian legend, West Africa–inspired fantasy and enemies working together to save the Earth, moderated by young people’s literature reviewer, Sharon Levin.
Sharon Levin has been reviewing children's literature for 20 years. She founded and runs the Bay Area Children's Literature List. Her biggest passion (outside family) is getting books into the hands of children and teens, and getting non-readers to realize that they're readers. She has participated as a judge for several prize committees including the L.A. Times Book Prize in Young Adult Literature.
Tracy Deonn is the New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award winning author of Legendborn, and a second-generation fangirl. She grew up in central North Carolina, where she devoured fantasy books and Southern food in equal measure. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication and performance studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tracy worked in live theater, video game production, and K–12 education. When she’s not writing, Tracy speaks on panels at science fiction and fantasy conventions, reads fanfic, arranges puppy playdates, and keeps an eye out for ginger-flavored everything. She can be found at TracyDeonn.com.
Daniel José Older
Daniel José Older, a lead story architect for Star Wars: The High Republic, is the best-selling author of the upcoming young adult fantasy novel Ballad & Dagger, the sci-fi adventure Flood City, and the historical fantasy series Dactyl Hill Squad, The Book of Lost Saints, and the Young Adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, The World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Award, the Locus, and the Mythopoeic Award. You can find more info and read about his decade long career as an NYC paramedic at https://danieljoseolder.net/