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THEME: "Kill Your Darlings: Why Writers Imperil Their Heroes"
Fifteen years ago, five ordinary teenagers were singled out by a prophecy to take down the Dark One, an impossibly powerful entity wreaking havoc across North America. After the Dark One fell, the world went back to normal...for everyone but them. When the unthinkable happens and one of the Chosen Ones dies, they realize the Dark One’s goal was much larger than they had previously thought.
AUTHOR: Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Divergent series and the Carve the Mark duology. Divergent received the 2011 Goodreads Choice Award for Favorite Book, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2011, and was the winner of the YALSA 2012 Teens’ Top Ten. The trilogy has been adapted into a blockbuster movie series starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James.
She is a board member of YALLFest, the biggest YA book festival in the country, and YALLWEST, its sister festival. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and their dog, Avi, whose adorable existence is well-documented on Instagram.
AUTHOR: Charlie Jane Anders is the former editor-in-chief of io9.com, the popular Gawker Media site devoted to science fiction and fantasy. She is the author of the highly acclaimed science fiction novel, City in the Middle of the Night. Her debut novel, All the Birds in the Sky, won the Nebula Award for Best Novel and was a Hugo Award finalist. Her story, "Six Months, Three Days" won a Hugo Award. She has also had fiction published by McSweeney's, Lightspeed, and ZYZZYVA. Her journalism has appeared in Salon, the Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, and many other outlets.