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It’s Complicated: LGBTQ+ YA

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 11:45 am - 12:45 pm PST
1422 SW 11th Ave Portland, Oregon 97201

Teenagers trying to figure out who they are, all while dealing with complicated families, bullies, first loves, and first heartbreaks. Nina LaCour’s novel We Are Okay explores grief and loneliness as the life—and the girl—she tried to outrun catch up to Marin. In Ramona Blue, best-selling author Julie Murphy introduces us to Ramona, who begins to question her sexual identity when she finds herself falling for a childhood friend. In the graphic memoir Spinning, Tillie Walden recounts her youth as a figure skater, when she finds herself questioning the path she has been on for so long. Moderated by Alicia Tate of Multnomah County Library.

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Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour is the author of the widely acclaimed Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. She is the coauthor, with David Levithan, of You Know Me Well. Her most recent work is We Are Okay. Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in Martinez, California.
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Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time. When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure. Her most recent book is Ramona Blue. She is also the author of Dumplin’ and Side Effects May Vary.
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Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden is a two-time Ignatz Award–winning cartoonist from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a recent graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies, a comics school in Vermont. Her comics include The End of Summer and I Love This Part, an Eisner Award nominee. Her most recent work is the graphic memoir, Spinning
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Alicia Tate

Alicia Tate (they/them) is a librarian with Multnomah County Library, a member of the Portland Book Festival Advisory Board and a lifelong fan of YA fiction. In their professional life, Alicia is part of the library's Black Cultural Library Advocates team, a team of dedicated library staff who work to provide services, culturally relevant programming and materials for the Black community. Outside of their work as a librarian, Alicia enjoys starting art projects that rarely get completed, shopping at thrift stores, and listening to too much k-pop.
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