Goodreads: YA Edition

Moderator: Shannon Ozirny

Event Number: 21
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00
Student Groups: $9.50

Goodreads: YA Edition

Wednesday, Oct 23
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

How do stories help us discover our own authenticity? Compassionate and intelligent, these three YA authors share the difficult—but undoubtedly rewarding—journey of finding yourself. Drag queen Miss Dee Dee La Bouche helps Nima Kumara-Clark come out of her shell in Tanya Boteju’s Kings, Queens and In-Betweens. In Brian FrancisBreak in Case of Emergency, Toby Goodman grapples with upsets in her family to create community on her own terms. Sarah Henstra’s We Contain Multitudes is an exhilarating and emotional novel about the growing relationship between two teen boys, told through letters. Witty and empowering, join these authors for a candid conversation that proves the hottest books for young adults are those that don’t shy away from tough questions.

About the moderator:
Shannon Ozirny (@shannonozirny)
is the Head of Youth Services at the West Vancouver Memorial Library. She has reviewed books for young people in The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire and worked as adjunct faculty at UBC, teaching a graduate course in Children’s Literature. She will occasionally read a book for adults, but it takes some convincing. 

Event Participants:

Tanya Boteju

British Columbia

Tanya Boteju is a teacher and writer living on unceded Coast Salish territories (Vancouver, BC). She spends much of her life in a classroom, teaching English to clever and sassy young people. When Boteju isn’t teaching or writing, she’s biking, reading, or drinking tea from unicorn mugs. Boteju is grateful for her extroverted wife who builds her bookshelves while also encouraging her to be social. Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens is her first novel.

Brian Francis


Brian Francis‘s second novel, Natural Order, was selected by the Toronto Star, Kobo and Georgia Straight as a Best Book of 2011. His first novel, Fruit, was a 2009 Canada Reads finalist and is an Amazon and 49th Shelf “100 Canadian Books to Read in a Lifetime” title. This fall, his YA novel debut, Break in Case of Emergency, will be published by HarperCollins Canada.

Sarah Henstra


Sarah Henstra is the author of the Governor General award-winning The Red Word as well as the YA historical fiction Mad Miss Mimic. She is a professor of English at Ryerson University, where she teaches courses in Gothic Literature, Fairy Tales & Fantasy, and Women in Fiction. Some of her best story ideas come from class discussions.