F151. YA and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction: What's at Stake?

Room 211 A&B, Level 2
Friday, April 10, 2015
10:30 am to 11:45 am


The world of speculative fiction for kid and teen readers is diverse and deep. This moderated panel, composed of middle grade and young adult fantasy and science fiction authors, will discuss the special craft and genre concerns of MG and YA speculative fiction and the direction(s) in which they see the field headed.



Heather Bouwman is the author of the children’s middle-grade novel The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap, and she is the recipient of a McKnight fellowship in writing for children. She teaches at the University of St. Thomas.

Pete Hautman is the author of eight novels for adults, thirteen novels for young adults, including National Book Award-winner Godless and Los Angeles Times Book Prize-winner The Big Crunch. He is a four-time Minnesota Book Award winner. His most recent novel is The Klaatu Terminus.

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

Justina Ireland is the author of Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows.

Anne Ursu


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