5/1: The All Ages Show:  RU’s 1st Annual YA & Juvenile Fiction Conference

Presented by Rutgers University & The Writers House.

Featuring Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Catherynne Valente (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland), Aaron Starmer (The Riverman), and Clay McLeod Chapman (The Tribe), among others.

Readings/Signings/Panel.

In addition to readings/signings by the above guests, the conference will discuss and debate the controversies surrounding books that defy easy categorization (considering questions like: What exactly is a children’s book? Can a book be too smart for kids? Shouldn’t grownups read grownup books?).

FREE & open to all!

Plus complimentary Starbuck coffee & baked goods throughout the event!

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Readings
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Meet & Greet/Signings
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM Panel/Audience Q&A
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM Signings

Note: The RU Barnes & Noble is pretty palatial. Their event area is on the second floor in front of a giant clock window (with the green of the RU campus behind); it's all very Hugo Cabret.

LEV GROSSMAN is a novelist and journalist, notably the author of The Magicians and The Magician King. He is a senior writer and the head book critic for Time Magazine. Grossman has written for The New York Times, Wired, Salon.com, Lingua Franca, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, The Wall Street Journal, and The Village Voice. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle and as the chair of the Fiction Awards Panel. In writing for Time, he has interviewed Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, and J.K. Rowling. He wrote one of the earliest pieces on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. "The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. Hogwarts was never like this.”George R. R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones. Visit him at levgrossman.com

CATHERYNNE VALENTE is a Tiptree–, Andre Norton–, and Mythopoeic Award–winning novelist, poet, and literary critic. Her novels have been nominated for Hugo, Haiku WorldCup Fantasy, and Locus Awards. In 2011, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making debuted at #8 on the New York Times Best Seller List. Its sequel, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, was featured at #5 on Time Magazine’s Best Fiction of 2012 list. She is a regular panelist on the multiple Hugo Award winning podcast SF Squeecast. “A mad, toothsome romp of a fairy tale -- full of oddments, whimsy, and joy." Holly Black, author of Doll Bones, and the Spiderwick Chronicles. Visit her at catherynnemvalente.com.

AARON STARMER is a novelist, notably the author of the acclaimed YA novel, The Riverman. His works is dark and sophisticated and often compared to that of Neil Gaiman. Visit him at aaronstarmer.com.

CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN is an adult and middle grade novelist, playwright, screenwriter, performer, and freelance writer for Marvel Comics. Described as a “tattletale psychiatrist turned rodeo clown” by author Tom Robbins, Chapman has spent the past decade in New York theaters reinventing the art of the campfire tale with his critically acclaimed Pumpkin Pie Show, a rigorous session of theatrical tale telling. He’s been called “hauntingly poetic” by Time Out New York and "intense...gripping, often unnerving," by the New York Times. He’s been compared to William Faulkner by The Village Voice and The Scotsman, Scotland’s leading newspaper, called him “Stephen King transformed into a punk, preacher poet.” He’s currently finishing up book three of his dark, middle-grade trilogy, The Tribe (Disney), described as “Fight Club meets The Boxcar Children.” His screenplay, The Boy, (based on his short film, Henley) is presently in production with Elijah Wood's production company, The Woodshed. He teaches writing at The Actors Studio MFA Program at Pace University. Visit him at claymcleodchapman.com.

More details soon.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

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