The Evolution of LGBTQ+ Young Adult Lit: From Sad-Eyed Loners to Superheroes
Discover exciting trends in young adult literature, expand your reading list, and play a trivia game with prizes! Christine Jenkins, co-author of Representing the Rainbow in Young Adult Literature, will take you on a whirlwind tour of five decades of this exciting and now booming genre. Author Rachel Gold will read from the new edition of her groundbreaking novel, Being Emily, and explore the future of YA literature with queer and trans content.
We welcome young adults, parents, school staff/educators, therapists, as well as aspiring, emerging and published YA authors! Bring your ideas! Bring your questions!
Reception to follow. Books will be for sale and authors will be available for signing!
Christine A. Jenkins is Associate Professor Emerita in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is co-author (with Michael Cart) of three books on young adult literature with LGBTQ+ content, most recently Representing the Rainbow in Young Adult Literature: LGBTQ+ Content since 1969 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). She and her wife Sue live in Minneapolis, with two cats, one dog and many, many books.
About Rachel Gold
Raised on world mythology, fantasy novels, comic books and magic, Rachel is well suited for her careers in marketing and writing. She is the award-winning author of Just Girls (Bella Books 2014) and Being Emily (Bella Books 2012), the first young adult novel to tell the story of a trans girl from her perspective. She has a B.A. in English and Religious Studies from Macalester College and an MFA in Writing from Hamline University. Learn more on her website.
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