Catherine Hernandez (Crosshairs) and Jordan Ifueko (Raybearer) discuss their works of speculative fiction for YA and adult audiences, as well as their experiences as women of color writing BIPOC characters in science fiction and fantasy.

As part of the all-virtual 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book, this event is FREE to attend and open to the public. To attend, please register below or simply make plans to watch on The video recording from this event will also be available to watch after the event concludes, on

This event will offer captions.

Thanks to our bookseller for this event, M. Revak & Company.

“Ifueko’s mesmerizing debut stuns as it weaves a tale of loyalty, fate, destiny, family, and revenge. Moreover, it places a dark skinned heroine front and center, who is beautiful and powerful, deadly and compassionate, and vulnerable and tough, giving YA literature more of the diverse representation teens need.”—Booklist

Crosshairs tells a story of battling against the insidious nature of fascism and white supremacy by being unabashedly yourself.”—USA Today

Community Partners

Thanks to The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, Charlottesville Pride Community Network, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, and the UVA LGBT Committee for Faculty and Staff for sharing information about this event.

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