Alexandra Duncan

Science Fiction. Fantasy. Feminism.

12:00 PM12:00

AWP Conference Panel: Young Adult Literature and the Female Body

  • Minneapolis Convention Center & Hilton Hotel (map)
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Minneapolis Convention Center & Hilton Minneapolis Hotel

Room M100 F&G, Mezzanine Level

With Megan Atwood,  Brandy Colbert,  Christine Heppermann, and Steve Brezenoff. In this panel, we will discuss the ways in which young adult literature tackles the landscape of the teenage female body and brings to light the inherent cultural messages that are bucked or enforced through young adult fiction and poetry. The panel will encourage a dialogue about the ways in which current and past young adult literature trends across genres explore agency, sexuality, identity, and representations of the teen female body.

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6:00 PM18:00

Teen Read Week Author's Cafe

  • Burke County Public Library - Morganton (map)
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Turn dreams into reality this Teen Read Week!

Meagan Spooner, author of the Skylark trilogy and These Broken Stars, and I will be speaking at the Burke County Public Library in Morganton, NC.

Learn more about Teen Read Week at

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2:00 PM14:00

Girl Power! Panel

Girl Power!: A Panel on Powerful Women in Young Adult Literature featuring Jessica Spotswood, Nathan Kotecki, Meagan Spooner, and Alexandra Duncan

Sometimes the women in YA books can feel a little confined: they need a guy to rescue them, or if they're powerful, they must be evil. Fortunately, there are plenty of great female protagonists to read - girls and young women who don't wait for a man to save them, and who wield their power (personal and supernatural) unapologetically. This panel will discuss the evolution of empowered female protagonists in young adult literature using the examples of some exciting recent titles in the genre, and share in the fun of reading about "sisters who are doing it for themselves."

Meet the panel:

Alexandra Duncan - Author (based in Western NC) of the new YA novel Salvage, an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce pick.

Nathan Kotecki - Author (based in Durham NC) of YA novels The Suburban Strange and Pull Down the Night

Meagan Spooner - Author (based in Asheville NC) of the YA Skylark Trilogy (Skylark, Shadowlark, third title TBA) and co-author with Amie Kaufman of the YA Starbound Trilogy (These Broken Stars, second and third titles TBA)

Jessica Spotswood - Author (based in Alexandria VA) of the YA Cahill Witch Chronicles (Born Wicked, Star Cursed, and the forthcoming Sisters' Fate)  

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