It’s hard to believe that award-winning authors J.C. Burke (The Story of Tom Brennan, The Things We Promise), Amie Kaufman (Illuminae, These Broken Stars) and Mariko Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer) still have to battle stereotypes in their books and their careers. We unfortunately are still living in a time when female authors are pigeonholed and gender stereotypes affect readers as well as characters. Join Amie, Mariko and J.C. Burke as they look at the future of women in YA literature. With Bec Kavanagh.

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Amie Kaufman (Australian)

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Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in 30 countries, and has described as “a game-changer” (Shelf Awareness), “stylistically mesmerising” (Publishers Weekly) and “out-of-this-world awesome” (Kirkus). The Starbound Trilogy, co-authored with Meagan Spooner, began with These Broken Stars. Her latest series, co-authored with Jay Kristoff, began in 2015 with the international bestseller Illuminae and continued with the international bestseller Gemina. Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. 

J. C. Burke (Australian)

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JC Burke was an oncology sister, who started writing at 35. Since then, J.C. has published 11 novels. The Story of Tom Brennan was awarded the 2006 CBCA book of the year for older readers and is part of the HSC curriculum. Burke is working on an adaptation for screen. Pig Boy won the 2012 Ned Kelly award for Crime Fiction and her latest novel The Things We Promise is set in 1990 around the AIDS/HIV epidemic.

Mariko Tamaki (International)

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Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer living in California. Her books/collaborations include the graphic novels Skim and This One Summer (both with Jillian Tamaki) and YA novels (You) Set Me on Fire and Saving Montgomery Sole. This One Summer received Printz and Caldecott Honors, and the Ignatz and Eisner for Best Graphic Album (New) and was a New York Times bestseller. Mariko has also written for the comic series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tomb Raider and Adventure Time. Her more recent comics include Hulk: Deconstructed with Nico Leon and Supergirl: Being Super with Joëlle Jones. Mariko’s upcoming projects include a graphic novel about lesbian love and loss, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, with Rosemary Valero-O’Connell.

Bec Kavanagh (Australian)

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Bec Kavanagh is a Melbourne based freelance writer, reviewer and YA fiction specialist. Bec has appeared at the Melbourne Writers Festival, on Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily and has judged a number of literary prizes, including for the Victorian Premier’s Award. Her work has been published by Bookseller and Publisher, Australian Book Review, Killings, and a number of education publications. She has had fiction published by Seizure and the Review of Australian Fiction. Bec is currently the Manager of the Stella Schools Program and completing a Masters of Creative Writing at Melbourne University.