[CANCELED] Healing Hard Feelings with Emily X. R. Pan and Adam Silvera

Conversation
07 May 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

Young adult novelists Emily X. R. Pan and Adam Silvera both deal with the hard stuff of teenage life today, including the impacts of depression and suicide on many young people’s lives. In More Happy Than Not, Silvera depicts a Latinx teen dealing with his emerging queer sexuality after losing his father to suicide. Pan’s story in The Astonishing Color of After addresses a similar theme as her coming-of-age, multiracial heroine travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents after her mother makes the same fatal choice. But these writers also recognize the power of resilience and the imagination to overcome our darkest times. Silvera’s forthcoming Infinity Cycle series uses fantasy to reflect on violence, death, identity and maturity, while Pan’s anthology, Foreshadow: The Magic of Reading and Writing YA (co-edited with Nova Ren Suma), encourages teens to harness the power to tell their own stories.

This event will take place at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre.

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for updates about future PEN World Voices Festival programming.

Emily X. R. Pan
Adam Silvera

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