- March 8 9– 10 am (Pacific Time): International Bipolar Foundation Webinar on Mental Illness and YA Literature. With mental illness on the rise for adolescents, join us for a discussion on portrayals and treatment in YA literature and other media. I will join YA author Karen Fortunati, YA librarian Jaina Shaw, and child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Frank Fortunati in discussing representations, stigma, and the impact on seeking treatment. This webinar is now available through the archives.
- May 6: Teen Lit Con, Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, Mendota Heights, MN. 1 in 5 teens will be diagnosed with some type of mental health issue. This could be you, a friend, a family member, or someone you just know from somewhere. Seeing these stories told and knowing you’re not alone can be powerful. There are a number of compelling YA novels tackling mental illness, helping bring light and understanding to this topic. Come build your reading list and learn about what books get it right. I will be presenting this breakout session, It’s Okay to Not be Okay: Mental Health in YA Lit, from 12-12:45. More information here.