Jul 26, 2016
This weekend I’m heading down to Orlando, Florida, to be part of GeekyCon, which I’m really looking forward to. If you live in the Orlando area and won’t be at the convention (or even if you will be at the convention), I’ll also be part of a big YA book event at Barnes & Noble on Friday night. Here are details:
What: Discussion/Signing with Renee Ahdieh, Becky Albertalli, Kendare Blake, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, Lauren Gibaldi, Varian Johnson, Malinda Lo, Anna-Marie McLemore, Julie Murphy, Daniel José Older, Cindy Pon, Jason Reynolds, Adam Silvera, and Kat Zhang
When: Friday, July 29th, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Barnes and Noble Plaza Venezia, 7900 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando
I’m also excited to share the news that I’ll be contributing to a new anthology from We Need Diverse Books called Lift Off, edited by Lamar Giles. The other contributors include Melissa De La Cruz, Sara Farizan, Sharon Flake, Eric L. Gansworth, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Gene Luen Yang, and Nicola Yoon. This anthology comes out in summer 2018.
Last but not least, I just got back from two days of teaching at the Alpha Workshop, an annual summer workshop for teens who write science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I loved meeting this year’s twenty talented writers, and I know that if this workshop had existed when I was a teen, I would have killed (at least fictionally) to go there. If you’re a teen SFF writer or you know any teen SFF writers, tell them about Alpha. It’s ten days of hanging out with your kind of people and geeking out about writing. Plus it is probably among the most queer-friendly writers’ spaces I’ve encountered, outside of the Lambda workshops.
Here’s this year’s class, the staff, and me outside the dorms:
I hope to see some of you in Orlando!