The poet Shelley said that writers are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. In this way, young adult literature with its focus on racism, inequality, social injustice, war, and challenged politics, functions as activism. This panel, comprised of four writers and a professor in the field, explores the renaissance of political and social issues in YA fiction. Contemporary culture skates a more dangerous landscape, and in its unsparing honesty, the fiction becomes a form of social action.
Panelists: Pamela L. Laskin, Brendan Kiely, Caroline Bock, Suzanne Weyn, Renée Watson
Location: Liberty Salon L, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four, Washington, DC