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August Third Thursday: “Writing YA Today”

August 19, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT

August Third Thursday "Writing YA Today" August 19, 2021 / 8 PM CDT
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WLT hosts Third Thursday each month, featuring discussions focusing on specific topics of interest to writers and readers, bringing together distinguished panelists for conversations moderated by a WLT staff member.

The publishing industry is constantly changing. It’s important to stay up-to-date with things like trends, best sellers, and sales, but there’s so much more that goes into writing a book, especially when you’re an adult writing for teens. Join us in August as we dive into what it takes to write YA today with three debut YA authors.

The conversation will be moderated by WLT Program Director Sam Babiak.

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Buy our panelists books and support indie bookstores! You can find our August Third Thursday booklist here.

Featured Presenter(s)

Jonny Garza Villa headshotJonny Garza Villa is a product of the great state of Texas, born and raised along the Gulf Coast, and a decade-long resident of San Antonio. Jonny is an author of contemporary young adult fiction that maintains a brand of being proudly Latinx, and the most queer, and embracing the power and beauty of the chaotic gay. Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun is their debut novel. For more information, visit www.jonnygarzavilla.com.

Jason June headshotJason June (it's a two-name first name, like Mary-Kate without the hyphen or the Olsen twin) is a genderqueer writer mermaid who loves to create picture books that mix the flamboyantly whacky with the slightly dark, and young adult contemporary rom-coms full of love and lust and hijinks. His debut queer YA rom-com, JAY'S GAY AGENDA, about gay Type A Virgo listmakers, is out now. When not writing, JJ zips about Austin, Texas, with his Pomeranian, Pom Brokaw, and daydreams about fashions inspired by Laura Dern.
Sajni Patel headshot Award-winning author, Sajni Patel, was born in vibrant India and raised in the heart of Texas. She draws on her personal experiences, cultural expectations, and southern flair to create worlds centered around strong Indian women. Once in MMA, she’s now all about puppies, rainbows, and tortured love stories. She divides her time between Hawai’i (where honu is her #1 obsession) and Austin (where she not-so-secretly watches Mathew McConaughey from afar during UT football games.) Queso is her weakness and thanks to her family’s cooking, Indian/Tex-Mex cuisine is a real thing. She’s a die-hard Marvel Comics fan, an ube fanatic, and is always wrapped up in a story.


August 19, 2021
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
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