November 25, 2022

Young adult book authors head to Winston-Salem for the Festival of Books and Authors

Young adult book authors head to Winston-Salem for the Festival of Books and Authors



THANKS BRIAN. WE APPRECIATE THAT. WELL, WHETHER YOU’RE A BOOK LOVER OR A CASUAL READER, YOU WANT TO CHECK OUT SOME OF THE EVENTS GOING ON FOR THE BOOK AND AUTHORS FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND, A VARIETY OF BIG AUTHORS ARE IN TOWN TO SHARE THEIR COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE. AND IT’S SO GREAT TO HAVE TWO OF THESE AUTHORS JOIN US LIVE NOW. I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME TJ AND JENNIFER LYNN BARNES. TJ IS KNOWN FOR HIS BOOKS THE EXTRAORDINARY AIR UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR AND MUCH MORE. AND JENNIFER IS THE AUTHOR OF MORE THAN 20 ACCEPTED YOUNG ADULT NOVELS, INCLUDING THE FINAL GAMBIT. HELLO TO BOTH OF YOU. HELLO. THANK YOU FOR RECEIVING US. WE ARE GOING TO BE HERE AND SO GREAT TO HAVE BOOKMARKS HERE, WINSTON-SALEM. SO TELL ME, TJ, WE’LL START WITH YOU. WHAT REALLY ATTRACTS YOU BOTH TO YOUNG ADULT AUDIENCE? WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS TO BE YOUR KIND OF WORK? WELL, ON THIS TOPIC, I THINK IT’S INTERESTING HOW THE YOUNG ADULT GENDER IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION. AND WE SEE MORE MORE MARGINALIZED CREATORS BEING ABLE TO TELL THE STORIES WHERE THEY GET TO SHOW THEMSELVES IN THE BOOKS, THERE IS SOMETHING MAGIC ABOUT BEING ABLE TO SEE YOU IN FICTION. AND I LOVE BEING ABLE TO DO THAT FOR THE YOUNG ADULT READER. AND TELL US ABOUT IT. YOU HOST AND. OH, I WILL BE DOING A SESSION ON OTHER WORLDS WHERE I WILL BE WITH AMAZING AUTHORS ON FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. I ALSO JUST FOUND I WILL BE ON A PANEL WITH A PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR, SO THAT’S JUST AMAZING. THE ENLARGEMENT OF AUTHORS WE HAVE AT THIS FESTIVAL. WOW. SO AWESOME TALENT TOO. AND JENNIFER, YOU CAN ANSWER THIS YOUNG ADULT QUESTION TOO. SO ALSO, TELL US ABOUT YOUR ADULT GENDER AND TELL US ABOUT THE SESSION YOU HOST CALLED FIND YOUR PEOPLE. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU. SO SHARING THE QUESTION IN TERMS OF HOW WAS ATTRACTED TO THE YOUNG ADULT GENRE AND I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 26 YEARS. I STARTED WHEN I WAS AN ACTUAL TEEN, SO I WAS A TEEN WRITING FOR TEENS. SO THE REASON I’M REALLY STAYING WITH IT, I THINK, AND THE THING THAT MAKES IT SO ATTRACTIVE TO ME IS THAT IT’S A WHOLE CATEGORY OF ORIGINS WITH ADULT FICTION. SOMETIMES GET AN ORIGIN STORY, BUT SOMETIMES YOU JUST IN. AND SHERLOCK HOLMES IS ALREADY THE GREATEST DETECTOR IN THE WORLD. BUT WITH YOUNG ADULTS, BECAUSE THEY ARE TEENS, IT’S ALMOST ALWAYS AN ORIGIN STORY WHERE YOU ARE. THIS IS A STORY OF ASK AND BECOMING, I THINK TAKING SOMEONE THROUGH THAT SPECIAL PERIOD IN THEIR LIFE WHERE YOU END THE STORY BY SHOWING WOW THIS IS WHO THEY ARE GOING TO BE IN A BIG WAY IS REALLY EXCITING . AND THEN MY SESSION TOMORROW AT 330 IS CALLED FINDING YOUR PEOPLE, WHICH I ABSOLUTELY LOVE BECAUSE WHEN I WAS A TEEN, I DIDN’T HAVE THIS PLACE YET WHERE I HAD THE PLACE AND PEOPLE I ME WITH FELT LIKE BLOGGING AND PEOPLE LOVED ME BECAUSE OF WHO I WAS INSTEAD OF DESPITE WHO I WAS. AND I THINK, AS TJ SAID EARLIER, YOUNG ADULT GIVES THAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE IT IN PERSON, YOU CAN HAVE IT THROUGH THESE BOOKS. AND I THINK THAT’S PART OF WHAT WE WILL TALK ABOUT IN THE PANEL IS, YOU KNOW, I’M A PSYCHOLOGIST BY TRAINING. SO WHAT DOES PSYCHOLOGY CALLS FOR THE NEED FOR BELONGING AND HOW CAN ONE FIND ONE’S PEOPLE IN THE PAGES OF A BOOK? HMM. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS. I LOVE IT. AND AS AUTHORS AND READERS, WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING MOST FROM THIS WEEKEND? THIS IS SO EXCITING FOR YOU BOTH BUT TJ WE WILL START WITH YOU THERE ARE SOME AUTHORS I CAN’T WAIT TO FAN BOY LIKE THE PEOPLE ARE HERE I WANTED TO MEET I HAVE BEEN READING FOR YEARS AND IT’S INTERESTING TO BE AND TO BE THE AUTHOR OF AN EVENT LIKE THIS, BECAUSE I KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL COME TO TELL ME THE SAME THING. BUT IT’S JUST AWESOME TO BE ABLE TO GO AND FIND AN AUTHOR THAT I CAME HERE TO SEE AND JUST GO TO THEM AND FUNDAMENTAL FANBOY ON ALL OF THEIR WORK AND THEN I’M REALLY, REALLY HAPPY TO SEE THE READERS. I THINK IN PARTICULAR OF THE LAST YEARS WE HAVE HAD. WHEN YOU WRITE IN SUCH ISOLATION AND YOU ARE, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE READERS WHO READ BOOKS AND LOVE THE BOOKS, BUT IN REALITY, SEEING THEM AND CONNECTING WITH THEM IS JUST AMAZING AND IT WILL BE SO GREAT ALL THE TIME. FESTIVAL IN. SO YOU CAN REALLY SEE THE FACE BEHIND THE PAGES AND YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU KNOW AWESOME IN

Young adult book authors head to Winston-Salem for the Festival of Books and Authors