This live, virtual panel celebration will include a discussion with award-winning, notable, and new YA novelists, Natasha Díaz, I.W. Gregorio, and Leah Johnson, as well as give attendees the opportunity to ask the authors about their writing process.
A lot is different this year including the dates for YANovCon! Our 6th annual Young Adult Novelist Convention (#YANovCon) includes three panels on Saturday, March 20, and a Short Story Contest. What's the same? #YANovCon is still your exclusive connection to some of today's top young adult authors.
About the Panelists
Natasha Díaz is a born and raised New Yorker, award-winning author and screenwriter, and currently residing in Brooklyn, NY with her tall husband and tenacious daughter. Her debut novel, Color Me in is out now.
I. W. Gregorio is a practicing surgeon by day, masked avenging YA writer by night. After getting her MD at Yale, she did her residency at Stanford, where she met the intersex patient who inspired her debut novel, None of the Above (Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins), which was a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Award, a Spring 2015 Publishers Weekly Flying Start, an ALA Booklist Top Ten Sports Book for Youth, and a 2015 ABC Children’s Group Best Book for Young Readers. It was also named to the 2016 American Library Association Rainbow List. Her second novel, This Is My Brain in Love, was released in April 2020 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She is proud to be board member of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, and is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books™ and its former VP of Development. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Newsweek, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, New York Daily News, Scientific American and Journal of General Internal Medicine, among others. A recovering ice hockey player, she lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
Leah Johnson is an editor, educator, and author of books for young adults. Her bestselling debut YA novel, You Should See Me in A Crown was a Stonewall Honor Book, the inaugural Reese's Book Club YA pick, and named a best book of the year by Amazon, Kirkus, Marie Claire, Publishers Weekly, and New York Public Library. Leah's essays and cultural criticism can be found in Teen Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Cosmo among others. Her sophomore novel, Rise to the Sun is forthcoming from Scholastic in 2021.