Young adult literature shapes our imaginations and our identities. On this show, we explore the world of young adult literature with help from some great authors.
We talk with Marni Bates, who wrote a memoir when she was just 19 that spelled out the reality of her teen life and her obsessive compulsive disorder. Then, the mother-daughter writing duo behind the best-selling supernatural YA series House of Night explain how their characters deal realistically with sexuality. Author Malinda Lo rounds out the show with discussion of her writing process while working on her debut novel Ash and her work researching diversity in YA. Finally, the Bitch staff has a roundtable conversation about the books that had a big personal impact on us as teens and read off some YA recommendations from Bitch readers.
This episode is sponsored by Powell’s City of Books, an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. If you’re not in Portland, be sure to visit Powells.com to shop the complete inventory of all Powell’s locations. And don’t miss the Powell’s books blog, featuring exclusive author interviews and playlists, staff recommendations, and more.
AUTHOR MALINDA LO
AUTHORS P.C. AND KRISTIN CAST
AUTHOR MARNI BATES
ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATION ON YA