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For the past three years, readers and authors alike have looked forward to BookCon, an event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Each year, authors, publishers, celebrities and creators converge with readers to discuss the latest trends in storytelling and the future of reading with fellow booklovers. In addition to panels and signing opportunities, BookCon features Q&As, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and, of course, the chance to meet fellow readers and make tons of new friends. Teen Board Member F. attended BookCon in Chicago this year and told us a bit about her experience --- and even shared some photos!
For the past three years, readers and authors alike have looked forward to BookCon, an event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Each year, authors, publishers, celebrities and creators converge with readers to discuss the latest trends in storytelling and the future of reading with fellow booklovers. In addition to panels and signing opportunities, BookCon features Q&As, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and, of course, the chance to meet fellow readers and make tons of new friends. Teen Board Member Brynn S. attended BookCon in Chicago this year and told us a bit about her experience --- which sounds like a blast!
Author Jeff Wheeler is no stranger to the shifting demands of the adult and young adult fantasy markets. When he wrote his first book, there was a call for darker, grittier fantasies for adults who had grown up reading the genre. Wheeler, however, avoided this trend by keeping gratuitous sex and violence scenes out of his work. In this post, he discusses the need for a books that both teens and adults feel comfortable reading --- a genre he calls "Entryway" fantasy, and how he has helped other authors find homes for their "clean" works. 
We've all heard the old adage "write what you know," but some authors, like Joe Hart, are much more interested in what they don't know --- or, more specifically, what totally terrifies them. Hart is the author of several books and has recently released THE LAST GIRL, the first installment of a trilogy that imagines a world without females. In this post, Hart discusses how he found inspiration for his new book and what it means to be truly afraid.
Last Thursday evening, I had the privilege of attending my first ever book signing of Siobhan Vivian’s THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD with Teenreads.com’s own Rebecca Munro at the Books of Wonder bookstore in New York City.