10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
A new perspective or two can complicate and enrich the stories we think we know. Laurel Croza, Susan Glickman, and Lori Weber situate characters outside the limits and conventions of teen drama.
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
First loves, forbidden loves, and learning to love yourself – teens go through it all and more. Check out stories by Hadley Dyer, Chantel Guertin, Isabelle Laflèche, and Alisha Sevigny that capture the beauty and pain of loving deeply.
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
V. S. McGrath, Sarah Raughley, and David A. Robertson offer up the next chapters of their successful teen fantasy sagas.
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Organized entirely by teenagers themselves, Inspire Teen Reads challenges 13 to 18-year old competitors to convince a panel of authors, publishing professionals, and you, the audience, to pick up the books they will champion through 5-minute prose, poetry, or spoken…
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
How can today’s teens navigate grief, mourning, and shame in a difficult period of their lives? Writers Adam Garnet Jones, Regan McDonell, and Star Spider offer young adults heartfelt narratives that explore life, death, and the spaces in-between.
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
BAM! Toronto Youth Slam is Toronto’s only monthly youth poetry slam providing a platform for young spoken word poets, rhyme-slingers, and wordsmiths across Toronto and the GTA. From a collection of spoken word poetry workshops in schools, to monthly local…