YA Rising

Rachel Hartman, Uzma Jalaluddin, Kim Purcell

YA Rising

Moderator: Susin Nielsen

Event Number: 70

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YA Rising

Rachel Hartman, Uzma Jalaluddin, Kim Purcell

Saturday, October 20
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Studio 1398

1398 Cartwright St, Vancouver

It’s the worst-kept secret in publishing that many—if not most—fans of young adult novels are not as young as one might expect. This addictive genre not only encourages a love of reading in future generations but also captivates older minds with its riveting plot lines and immersive new worlds. Youth and adults alike have revelled in the stories from Rachel Hartman (Tess of the Road), Uzma Jalaluddin (Ayesha At Last) and Kim Purcell (This Is Not A Love Letter)—three of Canada’s coolest authors. Find out more about the inspiration behind each author’s works, their take on why the genre is in its heyday and where it will go next.

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

 

Uzma Jalaluddin

Uzma Jalaluddin

Ontario

Uzma Jalaluddin writes “Samosas and Maple Syrup,” a culture and parenting column for The Toronto Star. Her debut novel, Ayesha At Last, is a revamped Pride and Prejudice set in a close-knit Toronto Muslim community. It features outspoken, hijab-wearing poet Ayesha (aka Lizzie Bennet) who falls for traditional, white-robe wearing, fan-of-arranged-marriage Khalid (aka Mr. Darcy). Together, they face family drama, community scandal, and professional scrutiny on their path towards love. Jalaluddin lives in Toronto with her family.

uzmajalaluddin.com, @UzmaWrites

Kim Purcell

United States

Kim Purcell has known that she wanted to be a writer since she was 10 years old. Though she started off with her sights on journalism, she realized that she wanted to return to the world of fiction. Before writing the acclaimed, Trafficked, she wrote two practice novels and also taught English as a second language. Her latest young adult novel, This Is Not a Love Letter, was was inspired by real events.

kimpurcell.com, @kimberlypurcell