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International Reading Association (IRA) Co-Sponsored Session
USBBY holds a co-sponsored session at the Annual Convention of the International Reading Association featuring an international author or other expert in the field of literature for children and young adults.

The USBBY co-sponsored session at the International Reading Association conference in St. Louis is confirmed for Monday, July 20. Our room capacity is 122. Please plan to join us if you can!

Here is the exact information:
Learning About Lives Transformed: Promoting International Understanding Through Historical Fiction
USBBY Co-Sponsored Session
Speaker: Ruta Sepetys, Penguin
Monday July 20 11:00-12:00
America's Center St. Louis, Room 140

Award-winning author Ruta Sepetys has captivated readers around the world with her engaging stories of young adults' lives transformed by historical events. Readers' world knowledge and intercultural understanding can itself transform through reading her books. In this session, Sepetys will discuss elements of craft involved in her creation of high-quality domestic and international historical fiction. She will focus on three areas: the extensive research behind her works, issues of accuracy and authenticity in writing historical fiction for young adults, and the reception and interpretations of her work in countries other than the United States.