Alternate Realities

Rachel Hartman, Ashley Little, Paula Morris, David A. Robertson

Alternate Realities

Moderator: Anna Ling Kaye

Event Number: 21
Tickets: $20.00

$9.50 for student groups

Alternate Realities

Rachel Hartman, Ashley Little, Paula Morris, David A. Robertson

Wednesday, October 17
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

Four young adult novelists share their brave new worlds with students and ponder how they both create and sustain these wildly creative locations. Celebrated award-winner Ashley Little’s depiction of high school in Confessions of a Teenage Leper may feel familiar… but there’s a bizarre, deadly disease at its heart. In David A. Robertson’s supernatural tale, Monsters, set on the Wounded Sky Nation reserve, teenager Cole Harper struggles to fit in. Further afield, Rachel Hartman shares a tale of knights in armour—and brave girls bucking gender roles—in Tess of the Road. Finally, Paula Morris reimagines Rome as a place for duelling gods and goddesses in The Eternal City. Students will be enthralled by these charismatic writers sharing their techniques for world-building.

Anna Ling Kaye is a fiction writer who has been short-listed for the Journey Prize, former editor at PRIMS International and Ricepaper magazines and co-founder of Hapa-palooza Festival.

Grades 8–12 & adults.

Event Participants:

Rachel Hartman

Rachel Hartman

British Columbia

Rachel Hartman is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of three YA fantasy novels: SeraphinaShadow Scale, and the recent Tess of the Road. She received the 2013 William C. Morris YA Debut Award which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. She lives and writes in Vancouver, BC.

rachelhartmanbooks.com, @_rachelhartman

 

Ashley Little

Ashley Little

British Columbia

Ashley Little writes from the Okanagan Valley. Her fifth novel, Confessions of a Teenage Leper, was released this fall with Penguin Random House. Her work has won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, The Vancouver Writers Festival Short Story Prize and has been a finalist for the ReLit and the City of Vancouver Book Award as well as longlisted twice for the International Dublin Literary Prize.

ashleylittle.com

Paula Morris

Paula Morris

New Zealand

Paula Morris is an author of English and Ngati Wai descent, with a career spanning from writing ad copy to teaching creative writing at universities in the USA, the UK and New Zealand. Her fiction has earned her various awards, including the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book of Fiction, the Fiction Award at the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards. False River, a collection of essays and stories, is her most recent book.

paula-morris.com, @pjkmorris

Paula Morris is presented in partnership with Creative New Zealand.

David Robertson

David A. Robertson

Manitoba

David A. Robertson is an award-winning writer. His books include When We Were Alone (Governor General’s Literary Award), Will I See?Betty7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga and the YA trilogy, The Reckoner. He educates as well as entertains through his writings about Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, reflecting their cultures, histories, communities, as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. He is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.

darobertson.ca, @DaveAlexRoberts