The Supernatural Self: Fantasy and Intrigue in YA Fiction

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Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


Jennifer Brody (Return of the Continuums), Brenda Drake (Thief of Lies), Shaun David Hutchinson (At the Edge of the Universe), and Eric Smith (Branded) talk about world-building, character development, mythologies, and their creative processes as young adult fiction writers.

Why should you attend?

“The follow up novel to The 13th Continuum is nothing less than a home run for author Jennifer Brody. It builds on a fully realized universe, dense with an ingenious mythology, from book one, yet manages to take readers to a whole new world (pun intended!).”—Kirby Howell, author of Autumn in the City of Angels

“Brenda Drake does a wonderful job juggling [story] elements with likable and interesting characters, while never slowing down the narrative. Thief of Lies is a perfect book not only for YA fantasy fans, but also adult bookworms and library lovers.”—By Hook or By Book

“Hutchinson’s excellent novel of ideas invites readers to wonder about their place in a world that often seems uncaring and meaningless. The novel is never didactic; on the contrary, it is unfailingly dramatic and crackling with characters who become real upon the page.”—Booklist, starred review

“Smith has done it again with this exuberant tale full of magic, political intrigue, epic battles and endearing romance.”—Kim Liggett, author of Blood & Salt