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Sabaa Tahir and Renée Ahdieh
Renée Ahdieh and Sabaa Tahir have been shaping the landscape of YA fantasy since the release of their debut novels in 2015. Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn folded elements of the Thousand and One Nights and Beauty and the Beast into a lush, sensuous love story, about a girl who’s more than she seems telling stories to her husband, a murderous caliph, to stay alive. Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes kicked off a bloody, addictive fantasy epic set against the brutal backdrop of the Martial Empire, built on the backs of the oppressed Scholar people. Their work explores, among other things, magic dark and light, fascinating villains, oppression and colonialism, and moral rot. Recently Tahir released A Reaper at the Gates, the third book in the Ember quartet, and Ahdieh released Smoke in the Sun, her fourth book and the second in her Flame in the Mist duology, set in a magic-infused version of Feudal Japan. We spoke to them about their books, their teen years, and the fast friendship that started with a two-hour phone call and has been going strong ever since.
|Jun 14, 2018|
Gayle Forman is an author best known for demolishing readers’ hearts. In books like If I Stay ( adapted as a film in 2014) and Just One Day Forman creates characters who feel utterly real, as they wrestle with everything life can throw at them: the explosive power of first love, the wrenching grief of a friend’s suicide, or the impact of cold reality on creative dreams. Her latest, the instant bestseller I Have Lost My Way, centers on the fateful meeting of three teens in New York City, each on the verge of a personal cataclysm. In this episode, Gayle Forman joins us to talk about the new book, her world travels, getting real for Seventeen magazine, and celebrating the connections that just feel like fate.
|May 31, 2018|
Cassandra Clare is the creator behind the sprawling, beloved Shadowhunters universe, which launched in 2007 with City of Bones. The dark, unforgettable series centers on a race of angel-blooded warriors tasked with defending mundane society from demonic takeover. More than a dozen books later, Clare’s is one of modern fantasy’s richest worlds, populated with deeply human, wickedly funny characters, and boasting a mythology that fans (and other writers) can’t stop exploring. To kick off the B&N YA Podcast, Clare sat down with host Melissa Albert to talk about what made her a writer, how her ideas develop, and why she’s still mad at C.S. Lewis.
|May 10, 2018|