A (Teenage) Love Affair
DATE / TIME
3 Nov, Tue
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Festival Pass Event
This session is in English
Why are readers so enthusiastic about “shipping” a fictional couple in romance arcs? Does this change the way we talk about real relationships? Three YA novelists discuss how realistic representations of romance are in the YA genre, and how these narratives could impact readers in real life.
This is a pre-recorded session and will be available on video-on-demand replay.
This session was conceptualised by the SWF 2020 Youth Curators, and is co-presented with the Singapore Book Council.
Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Tehran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old. After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines and even some rather suspect tabloids. She started working on her first novel, City of Bones, in 2004, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan. She turned to writing fantasy fiction full time in 2006. Since then, she has written 21 novels.
Photo credit: Cassandra Clare LLC
Anittha’s debut novel, The Lights That Find Us, was shortlisted for the 2018 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. Efforts to keep herself and her dog alive include writing copy and tutoring English Literature. Some of her favourite things to do are walking her poodle and attempting to rap Twista in the privacy of her room. Anittha is currently working on her second novel.Anittha Thanabalan is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction including the Other Side of the Sky duology, The Starbound Trilogy, The Unearthed duology and The Elementals Trilogy. Together, they have taken home multiple Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, a Gold Inky, made multiple best-of lists and been shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Her work is slated for publication in over 30 countries and is in development for film and TV.
Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law, and conflict resolution, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, daughter and rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.
Photo Credit: Christopher TovoAmie Kaufman is featured in the following SWF event(s):