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Welcome to the schedule for BBF 2016! Please note that with the exception of the following sessions (Life without Envy, The Art of Perspective, Writing with Risk, Sound Advice, and Lore), absolutely every session at the BBF is free, and no tickets or preregistration are required. Thanks, and enjoy your day!
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Saturday, October 15 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
YA: Give Me the Creeps

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October’s dark and chilly evenings are the perfect time to put on a big sweater, grab a pumpkin latte, and open up a book that’s guaranteed to scare the living daylights out of you. How do writers create settings, plots, and characters that terrify? We’ll find out from Kim Savage, whose After the Woods makes the Middlesex Fells seem positively sinister; Dawn Kurtagich, whose And the Trees Crept In might also make you think twice before your next woodsy hike; and Margot Harrison, whose psychological thriller The Killer in Me will keep you guessing (and jumping at strange noises) late into the night. Don’t be too scared, though! The Boston Public Library’s Laura Koenig is here to guide the discussion—and hopefully keep us safe, too.

Moderators
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Laura Koenig

Laura Koenig is the team leader for children’s services at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library. In addition to reading children’s and young adult fiction (and blogs about the same), Koenig enjoys baking, contra dancing, traveling, watching Cardinals baseball, and playing the banjo very poorly. | Links: Simmons College interview with Koenig Interview with Koenig about BPL renovations

Presenters
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Margot Harrison

Margot Harrison reviews films and books for Seven Days, a Vermont-based independent newspaper, and is also a movie critic for the film site Rotten Tomatoes. With a self-described “lifelong habit” of creeping herself out, Harrison focuses particularly on thriller and horror genres. With The Killer in Me--described in a starred review from Publishers Weekly as an “expertly shap[ed]” “standout mystery”--Harrison... Read More →
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Dawn Kurtagich

Dawn Kurtagich is an author of psychologically sinister young adult novels, including The Dead House. She writes for YA Scream Queens, a blog for all things horror and thriller in young adult, and vlogs about books and writing on her YouTube channel, WritaholicDK. Her newest novel, And the Trees Crept In, is a darkly compelling gothic that Kirkus says “will easily sweep fans up into its creeping sense of... Read More →
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Kim Savage

Kim Savage is the author of After the Woods, an acclaimed thriller for young adults that Booklist calls a “remarkable, engrossing debut about what it means to be a survivor and the many ways to take control of your own destiny.” Links: More About After the Woods Savage’s Twitter Interview on WBUR Interview with MTV on After the Woods’s heroine


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA