On May 22nd, some of the biggest talents in science fiction and young adult literature will be converging at Foyles for Worlds of Tomorrow, a wonderful think-in about the relationship between the two genres.
The event is hosted by the Society of Authors and, specifically, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. This sort of cross-genre, takin'-geeky-stuff-seriously event is Kitschies catnip, and we'll be there with bells on.
The young adult category is booming, but, more than that, the lines between children's and adult's reading are blurrier than ever. Over the next two weeks, we'll be looking at the issue from a variety of different perspectives. What makes a book a children's book? What books inspired us as children? How do books express ideas to children, and how to they use children to express ideas to adults?
These are big questions and, thankfully, we're not going to be the only ones tackling them (whew). We've got some great guests lined up to discuss their favourite works of children's literature, starting this afternoon with Department 19's Will Hill.
Because art and illustration are such an important part of both children's books and science fiction, we'll also be highlighting a few of our personal favorites on the blog. For more arty whatnot, you can follow along on our Tumblr page.
To learn more about The Kitschies, the prize for progressive, intelligent and entertaining genre fiction for readers of all ages, please see www.thekitschies.com.