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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 (they/them) is an author of contemporary young adult literature with characters and settings inspired by their own Tejane, Chicane, and queer identities. Whatever the storyline, Jonny ultimately hopes Latines, and, more specifically, queer Mexican American young people will feel seen in their writing. Their debut YA novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun was a Pura Belpré Honor Book and a Kirkus Best YA Fiction of 2021 selection. When not writing, Jonny enjoys reading, playing Dungeons and Dragons, visiting taquerías, listening to Selena, and caring for their many cacti children. They live in San Antonio.


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.
Jonny Garza Villa


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