S250. YA in the Era of #MeToo: Changing the Conversation about Sexual Assault

B114, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Four novelists who write about sexual assault will discuss their approach to this difficult topic—as well as how young adult literature gives teen readers new tools to understand the devastating effects of rape culture, empathize with its victims and survivors, and create change in their own lives. The panel will also touch on the possible pitfalls of the movement as it relates to YA literature, such as the lack of representation and intersectionality, and the risk of retraumatizing readers.


Mary Crockett Hill is author of the young adult novel How She Died, How I Lived. Her second book of poetry, A Theory of Everything, won the Autumn House Prize. Mary's work has been featured on Best of the Net and Poetry Daily. She edits Roanoke Review and teaches creative writing at Roanoke College.

Amy Reed is the author of eight contemporary YA novels, including BeautifulClean, and her most recent, The Nowhere Girls, about three misfit girls who start a movement to fight rape culture at their school. She also edited Our Stories, Our Voices, an anthology of personal essays by YA authors.

Amber Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be (Amelia Bloomer List, TAYSHAS List, Bank Street Best Book of the Year) and The Last to Let Go, which received starred reviews from Booklist and VOYA, and has contributed to the anthology Our Stories, Our Voices.

Nicole Maggi is the author of the young adult novels What They Don't Know, The Forgetting (a 2016 International Thriller Writers Thriller Award finalist and a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection), and the Twin Willows Trilogy.

Brendan Kiely is The New York Times bestselling author of Tradition, All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), and other titles. His work has been published in ten languages and received awards including a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction, and Kirkus Reviews Best of 2014.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center