Find Yourself: Identity and Mental Health in YA Lit

Sat. March 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sponsored by: CFA Institute

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Laura Lee Gulledge (The Dark Matter of Mona Starr), Maria Padian (How to Build a Heart), and Morgan Parker (Who Put This Song On?) discuss their young adult novels and graphic novel tackling questions of identity and mental health, for readers of all ages. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“Heartfelt, emotionally vulnerable, and visually stunning, The Dark Matter of Mona Starr is a story that takes the inner life of a teenager seriously, while giving readers a new way to look at the universal quest for meaning and connection.”—Amulet

“Padian creates a world that the reader can easily dive into. Anyone who’s ever been a self-conscious teen will see themselves in Izzy.”—Book Riot

“Drawing on her own teen experiences, Parker adroitly touches upon matters of respectability and ‘presentableness,’ stigmas against discussing mental health issues in the black community and among young adults, and internalized and societal racism.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review