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North Texas Teen Book Festival
FREE book festival in North Texas showcasing YA and MG authors. Brought to you by March 7, 2020
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
. on which character would be most enthusiastic about voting: "Every single one of them!"
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
. likes the story of the Jersey Devil (and yes, there is a sports team named for it, but THIS IS TEXAS: WE ARE FANS HERE)
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
YO , did you just mention QUOKKAS??? BRB, booking a flight to Australia ASAP.
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
.: "I don't play with demons." HI, YES, SAME.
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
.: telling a real life ghostly experience me:
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
ACK. I forgot has a main podcast about writing with called Deadline City!
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
. says main characters are the most difficult because it's their story, and they often have some of the same bruises. The side characters get to be the fun ones!
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
. LOVES the easy characters! It's hard to write characters who are super smart.
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
Replying to @NTTBFest
Zoraida emphasizes there is no ONE Latino mythology. She made it up for this system! There are many!
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
Replying to @NTTBFest
The culture of what it is to be Latinx is hard to capture because of the differences in experience, so many Indigenous languages. Zoraida said she could only include how she grew up & her own experiences & superstitions.
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
. loves building magical systems! In Latin America, superstition is built into Catholicism. That went into the creation of the Brooklyn Brujas. Z's brujas embody the Latin Am diaspora. She couldn't write them without the colonization of LA & slavery.
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
Replying to @NTTBFest
Shelby says EMPATHY is the answer
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
When was writing Serpent & Dove, she didn't set out to write such a stark world. In S&D she wanted to explore what good looks like, what evil looks like. Nothing is black & white, there are 4-5-6 sides to every story. Think about it fr the other side
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
Replying to @NTTBFest
Kalynn loved fairy tales as a kid, but she never saw herself in them. There were never Black peoples. There were never queer people. Of Cinderella is dead: "This is not the same old story."
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
Replying to @brownbookworm
Kalynn says it's not a retelling. (love her) called it a remix, and that's way more accurate. Who is most vulnerable among us? People in the LGBTQ+ community, people with intersecting marginalized identities such as queer Black girls. That was her way in.
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
To , Cinderella feels inaccessible because we're still doing stories about just a white princess & her prince. There are no Black people in sight, and it's a story about villainous women, being distrustful of women around you. That stood out to her.
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
Replying to @NTTBFest
the impact is how they affect the other characters. No spoilers, but the ghosties in the present of Watch Over Me serve a very different purpose than in the past. *spooky ghost sounds* (that's me editorializing)
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Oct 22
This is 's first story outside of the "explainable world" but she's been looking to include ghosts for a long time. She knew this would be her true ghost story, and she used Turn of the Screw as her initial inspiration. The ghosts show up & don't do much but...
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