VIRTUAL - YA Community Panel moderated by Tricia Levenseller

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 7:00pm

Join us as we host six YA authors to discuss the Young Adult genre, both as its own community and in the context of the broader publishing world. Our authors will be discussing trends in YA that have impacted publishing as a whole, the implications of YA being such a female-dominated genre, and the relationship between author and audience.

This event is part of Brazos' Summer of Women 2021. To learn more about our summer line up, click here.

This event will be hosted on Zoom. To register, click here.

Moderated by Tricia Levenseller, author of the Daughter of the Pirate King duology, Warrior of the Wild, and The Shadows Between Us, is from a small town in Oregon, but now lives next to the Rocky Mountains in Utah with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English language and editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she's not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and watching her favorite TV shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.


S. K. Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits, a finalist for the American Library Association’s 2018 William C. Morris Award and the winner of the APALA Honor Award and Middle East Book Honor Award; and Love from A to Z, a Today show’s Read with Jenna Book Club selection. Both novels were named best YA books of the year by various media including Entertainment Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. You can find Sajidah online at, and follow her on Instagram @SKAlibooks and on Twitter at @SajidahWrites.


Margaret Owen was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail and has worked in everything from thrift stores to presidential campaigns. The common thread between every job can be summed up as: lessons were learned. She now spends her days writing and negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. She is the author of the Merciful Crow series. In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations. She resides in Seattle, Washington. You can find her on Twitter!


Randi Pink is the author of Girls Like Us, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2019, and Into White, also published by Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan. She lives with her family and two rescue dogs in Birmingham, Alabama.


Of Jamaican heritage, Ciannon Smart grew up in a small town in the south-east of England. As the only daughter in a house full of boisterous sons, she developed a voracious appetite for reading from an early age, preferring anarchy in stories rather than real life. In YA she loves her heroines exactly as she loves her villains: wilful, wily, and unpredictable. When not writing, Ciannon can be found reading, painting, or taking the long way home to listen to a good song more than once.


Amélie (yes, like the movie!) has adored putting pen to paper since she was in kindergarten. Born in Paris and raised in a multicultural community in Beijing, Amélie Wen Zhao has a bone-deep love for traveling and immersing herself in new worlds and cultures. She lives in New York City, working as a full-time financial professional by day, and writer at night.

She hopes to empower young readers with messages of acceptance, strength, and courage through her works, and to continue to push the boundaries of young adult literature by exploring new, cross-cultural themes.


Blade of Secrets (Bladesmith #1) By Tricia Levenseller Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250756800
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 4th, 2021

Misfit in Love (Saints and Misfits) By S. K. Ali Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534442757
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - May 25th, 2021

Little Thieves By Margaret Owen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250191908
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 19th, 2021

Angel of Greenwood By Randi Pink Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250768476
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 12th, 2021

Witches Steeped in Gold By Ciannon Smart Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062945983
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Published: HarperTeen - April 20th, 2021

Blood Heir By Amélie Wen Zhao Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525707820
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Published: Ember - December 1st, 2020

Red Tigress (Blood Heir #2) By Amélie Wen Zhao Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525707837
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 2nd, 2021