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Saturday, February 8 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Diverse Fantasy: Beyond Harry Potter! (K-12)

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Harry Potter has dominated the KidLit fantasy landscape for two decades. Now, authors of diverse backgrounds who grew up reading Harry Potter are producing fantasies of their own. In 2019, Kirkus Reviews wrote an article about the “current effervescence of non-European fantasy” which brings to light the “thematic limitations of the traditional canon.” This panel of diverse authors explores both the legacy of Harry Potter in their own work and the ways that they sought to differentiate and personalize the fantasies they created.

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Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop, Seattle. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning PEASPROUT CHEN middle grade fantasy series, which he began writing under the guidance of George R.R. Martin, Kelly Link, and Chuck Palahniuk at Clarion... Read More →

Saturday February 8, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST