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Saturday, October 19 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Hijacking YA

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Crossover appeal aside, most YA fiction is written primarily with young adults in mind – but is that changing? Within an already ambiguously defined genre, how might the interest of adult readers in YA affect the genre? Is there enough of a readership to motivate authors or publishers to create YA aimed at adults, and what are the ethics of adult-aimed fiction occupying a space nominally dedicated to teens? Is it ultimately necessary to draw a line between the two, or is this transformation all part of YA's very own coming-of-age story?

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Cortni Fernandez

Writer, Can*Con Junior Programmer
Cortni is a junior member of the Can*Con programming team, based in Toronto. She writes YA and Middle Grade SFF. This November will be her third time participating in NaNoWriMo. She's always happy to find supportive writing buddies.

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Amelinda Berube

Amelinda Bérubé writes about ghosts and monsters and other things that go bump in the night; she is the author of two spooky YA novels, The Dark Beneath the Ice and Here There Are Monsters. In her other lives, Amelinda is an editor, a mother of two, and a passionate gardener. She... Read More →
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'Nathan Burgoine

‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. Being "that tall queer guy who mostly writes short fiction," (almost always spec-fic), he released his first short fiction collection, Of Echoes Born, but has also written... Read More →
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Rati Mehrotra

Born and raised in India, Rati Mehrotra makes her home in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of epic science fantasies MARKSWOMAN and MAHIMATA. Her stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Apex Magazine, AE – The Canadian Science Fiction Review, IGMS, Podcastle, Cast of Wonders, and... Read More →
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DongWon Song

Literary Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit, a product manager for an ebook startup, and has taught as an adjunct... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Salon F - 60 seats