Moderator: Shannon Ozirny
Free (Pay What You Can)
Thanks to the support of the Y.P. Heung Foundation, Government of British Columbia and Raincoast Books.
(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street
Tickets will be available at the door on a first-come first-serve basis. Arrive early!
All advance reservations have been booked.
Full of immersive, emotional trials, young adult novels are beloved by readers of all ages for tackling issues of identity and belonging with spirit and passion. Three of YA’s most exciting voices are from our own province: Nafiza Azad (The Candle and the Flame), Sabina Khan (The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali) and Governor General’s Award winner Kit Pearson (Be My Love). In this enchanting afternoon event, these cherished writers share their newest works, the inspiration behind them, their own insights on why YA transcends boundaries to captivate diverse audiences and where the genre will go next. Together, they demonstrate the undeniable power this genre has to change hearts and empower readers.
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.