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Thursday, June 23 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Tackling Tough Topics in Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction (Loc. Embassy RM)

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Sex. Abortion. Suicide. Rape. Alcoholism. Mental Illness. Gender Issues. Racism.
Some of the topics listed above are easily found in middle grade and young adult books. Others are never discussed. Why? What makes one topic okay to address in literature, and others a “no go zone”? Who decides that and why? Do authors have a responsibility to be a part of the larger conversation or only to the story?
The goal of this panel is not to give some magical solution. The goal of the panel is to open the conversation, and find ways to keep it open online and off, without it getting distorted to fulfill political agendas or get lost down a rabbit hole. These topics are important and real, and are faced daily by today’s youth. Keeping them cloaked in fiction could be our best chance at reaching the next generation.
This is a panel that is suited for both fans/readers and authors.

Moderators
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Amy Evans

Creator of Kisses, Defender of Dolphins, Author of Clicks
This is my FIFTH UTOPiA. I keep coming back because it is a joyful moment in my year, filled with friends and inspiration. I'm moderating the "Tackling Tough Topics" panel Thursday at 3 pm so I hope to see you there. I'll be signing books immediately after the panel, and I'll also be at table number F7 on Friday with books and swag. | | Come and talk to me about anything - my books, your books, the event. Even if you have nothing to say... Read More →

Speakers
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Shana Benedict

Blogger/Reviewer, A Book Vacation Reviews
I began blogging in 2011, and I have loved every step of the journey! Not only have I read many fabulous books, but I've also forged strong bonds and friendships with many of my favorite authors. Though life sometimes gets in the way anf has slowed down my ability to read and blog as of late, I'm working on getting back into it full swing.
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Shawn McGuire

Author, Brown Bag Books
Self-published author of 3 young adult novels in The Wish Makers series. Also a mom, wife, and all-around good person. :)


Thursday June 23, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard Nashville, TN, 37228

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