Join Laura Gao, Lyla Lee, Crystal Maldonado, and Jas Hammonds for a discussion on F/F YA centering BIPOC girls and why it's so incredibly great. Moderated by Amanda (bookish brews).
Amanda is a mixed Vietnamese American writer who firmly believes that stories can change the world and that protest happens in small everyday disruptions consistently over time. She's based on unceded Tongva land and is the Chief Editor at Bookish Brews and an associate editor at Cast of Wonders and GigaNotoSaurus.
Laura Gao (she/they)
Laura Gao is a queer artist, author, bread lover, and everything in between. Gao published their best-selling debut graphic memoir, MESSY ROOTS, based on their viral webcomic, The Wuhan I Know, tackling anti-Asian racism during COVID-19. Originally from Wuhan, China, Gao immigrated to Texas where their art career began by doodling on Pokémon cards and has since blossomed to be featured on NPR, the Museum of Chinese in America, and most notably, their parents’ fridge. Nowadays, Gao teleports between the Bay Area and Asia with their two precious babies: an iPad Pro and a silver racing bike.
Lyla Lee (she/her)
Lyla Lee is the bestselling author of YA books about K-pop and K-dramas as well as the Mindy Kim series and the upcoming Gigi Shin books for younger readers. Her books have sold more than 40,000 copies and have been translated into multiple languages around the world. Originally from South Korea, she’s lived in various cities throughout the United States, worked various jobs in Hollywood, and studied Psychology and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. She now lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit Lyla at lylaleebooks.com or on social media (IG, Twitter, and TikTok @literarylyla).
Crystal Maldonado (she/her)
Crystal Maldonado is a young adult author writing inclusive stories about fat, brown girls. She is the author of The Fall of Whit Rivera, coming Oct. 10, 2023; Fat Chance, Charlie Vega, which was a New England Book Award winner, a Cosmopolitan Best New Book, and a Kirkus Best YA Fiction of 2021; and No Filter and Other Lies, which was named a Seventeen Best New YA. Follow her @crystalwrote.
Jas Hammonds (they/she)
Jas Hammonds (they/she) was raised in many cities and between the pages of many books. They have received support for their writing from the Highlights Foundation, Baldwin for the Arts and more. They are also a grateful recipient of the MacDowell James Baldwin Fellowship. Their debut novel, We Deserve Monuments, won the 2023 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent. She lives in New Jersey.