F278. Growing Up in a Magical Space: Magical Realism in Contemporary Young Adult/Children's Literature

Room 205 C&D, Level 2
Friday, April 10, 2015
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Magical realism is a genre in which magical elements occur naturally in a realistic environment—much as they do in childhood. As the popularity of dystopian fiction wanes in young adult/children's literature, other genres take its place, including a blend of the contemporary and the fantastic: magical realism. Five published authors will discuss the unique place of magical realism in young adult/children’s literature and share their reasons and methods for working in this underrepresented genre.



Laura Ruby writes fiction for kids, teens, and adults including the YA novels Good Girls, Bad Apple, and the forthcoming Bone Gap. She is on the faculty of Hamline University's MFAC program.

Janet Fox is the author of books for young readers, including three young adult historical novels: Faithful, Sirens, and Forgiven, a WILLA Literary Award finalist. She has taught high school literature, and her books have been recognized on lists of the ALA and the Junior Library Guild.

Nikki Loftin writes novels for young readers, including The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, Nightingale’s Nest, and Wish Girl. Her books have received awards and starred reviews. A former teacher, Nikki holds an MA in English/fiction writing from the University of Texas at Austin.

Nova Ren Suma is the author of the YA novels Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has been awarded fellowships from NYFA, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Djerassi, the Millay Colony, and the Hambidge Center. She teaches YA writing workshops.

Samantha Mabry's debut novel Leaves will be published by Algonquin Young Readers in the spring of 2016.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center