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Panel Discussion: Canít You Write About Something More Pleasant?

YA panelist photos Event Type: Library-sponsored Adult Event
Date: 10/21/2017
Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Time: 1:45 PM
 Blue Hill Public Library and Word: Literary Arts Festival will co-sponsor a panel discussion, "Canít You Write About Something More Pleasant? Acknowledging Reality in Novels for Kids." Saturday, October 21 at 12:30 PM. Four award-winning Maine authors, whose books address topics ranging from autism to substance abuse, will discuss how they approach difficult subjects with humor and compassion. Panelists are middle-grade novelists Cynthia Lord and Ellen Booraem, middle-grade and young-adult author Megan Frazer Blakemore, and young-adult novelist Maria Padian. There will also be time for audience questions.

MEGAN FRAZER BLAKEMORE is a school librarian as well as an author for children and young adults. She is most well-known for her novels The Water Castle (2013) and Secrets of Truth & Beauty (2009). Megan lives in Maine with her husband and two children as well as a cat and (sometimes) a hive of bees.

ELLEN BOORAEM, a native of Massachusetts, is a former Hancock County journalist and an award-winning fantasy author for young teens. Ellen is the author of The Unnameables (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults), Small Persons With Wings, and Texting the Underworld. In addition to being a writer, Ellen is also a mentor and a long-time volunteer writing coach. She lives in Brooklin with a cat, a dog, and an artist.

MARIA PADIAN is a young adult novelist whose titles include Out of Nowhere, and her most recent book, Wrecked. Before devoting herself full-time to fiction she worked as a news reporter, congressional aide, radio essayist and freelance writer. She lives with her family in Brunswick, Maine.
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Location: Howard Room