Kidsbiographer is coming to Boston this spring! I’ll be a member of a panel about young adult biography at the Compleat Biographer, Biographers International Organization’s (BIO) annual conference, which will take place on May 16-18th at UMass-Boston’s campus. Fellow panelists include acclaimed YA biographers Mary Martin Cowan and Kem Knapp Sawyer, both of whose books I’ve reviewed for this site; our moderator is award-winning biographer Catherine Reef. I have had the pleasure of interviewing her on a few occasions, and she has also contributed to Kidsbiographer as a guest blogger. We’ll be discussing current trends in the genre as well as the elements that make a strong YA biography. We’re eager to hear from children’s biographers, aspiring biographers, and all those interested in children’s biography.
The conference promises other delights to those interested in biography: panels on research, writing, and publishing, masterclasses on interviewing and self-publishing, and a keynote address by Stacy Schiff, best known for her Cleopatra: A Life, which topped the New York Times (NYT)’ bestseller list in 2010 and made the newspaper’s Top Ten Books of 2010 list.
Hope to see you in Boston this may!