Pride Book Fest (PBF) is one week away, and the final panel reveals are here! Over the past few weeks, PBF has shared several exciting panels that will part of the festivities. This week, they announced the last few panels along with the PBF trailer! Check out the announcements and trailer below.
Writing Across Demographics
Join Simon James Green, Eric Geron, Michael Sarais, and e.E. Charlton-Trujillo as they discuss their experiences writing for multiple age groups, from picture books to adult fiction. Maya (@antonique_reads on Instagram) moderates.
The Body Positive: Writing at the Intersection of Fat & Queer
In this panel, Claire Kann, Alechia Dow, Cassandra Newbould, Alex Gino, and Rebecca Sky will discuss fat representation, the fat and queer intersection, as well as delve into the importance of fat books to fight against stigma. All authors on the panel contributed stories to Every Body Shines, which releases on June 8. Pre-order it here.
What Is Pride to You?
The Pride Book Fest trailer is here, and for it, several participating authors for the event share what pride means to them. The trailer features Leah Johnson, Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, P.J. Vernon, Kalynn Bayron, Aiden Thomas, Claribel A. Ortega, Jason June, Nic Stone, Maulik Pancholy, C.B. Lee, Mason Deaver, H.E. Edgmon, Daniel Aleman, and many more. Watch it below.
Storytelling & Queer Narratives in Graphic Novels & Comics
Claudia Aguirre, Terry Blas, Josh Trujillo, Steve Orlando, D.J. Kirkland, and Ethan Aldridge join together to discuss creating queer stories through writing and illustrating comics and graphic novels. They will talk creating new queer characters, working for Marvel and DC, and the work that still needs to happen to create equity.
The College Years: Discoverability of Queer Lit for New and Young Adults
Join Pride Book Fest co-founder Jacob (@a.veryqueerbookclub on Instagram) as they talk with Julian Winters, Dahlia Adler, Arvin Ahmadi, Z.R. Ellor, and T.S. Ferguson about bridging the gap between YA and adult audiences, books about post-high school and set in college, and the importance of college-aged protagonists for queer readers.
The Changing Landscape of Queer Lit
Alex Sanchez, David Levithan, Malinda Lo, Kelly Quindlen, Ryan Douglass, and Nita Tyndall join to discuss the history of queer lit and how it’s changed throughout the years, especially within publishing and for up-and-coming queer authors.
Those who watch this panel will also have the chance to enter a giveaway to win a query critique by a literary agent. Five winners will be chosen. Viewers can enter the giveaway by following the link that will be available in the panel’s YouTube description. More details and guidelines will be announced at a later date.
Make the Yuletide Gay: Sapphic Christmas Romances
Deck the halls early this year as Jake Maia Arlow, Meka James, Adriana Herrera, Becca Podos, Courtney Kae, Otoja Abit, and Helena Greer ring in the summertime Christmas cheer by discussing Christmas stories told from a sapphic/queer perspective and the need for more sapphic/queer representation in Christmas romance stories. They bring a wide perspective covering self-published, YA, adult, and film viewpoints.
Pride Book Fest will take place virtually from June 11-13. The event will feature over 100 queer authors, illustrators, and creators joining together to discuss all things queer lit in pre-recorded panels and other live events. The official schedule will be released on Monday, June 7. In the meantime, follow PBF on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel.