Edge of Seventeen - San Antonio Book Festival
May 21, 2022

Edge of Seventeen

  • 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Coates Chapel
  • Young Adult (YA) Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 4:00 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

It’s hard out here for a teen! A YA fantasy inspired by ancient Mesoamerica, Romeo and Juliet meets Chinese folklore, and a teen with hip dysplasia auditions to become a mermaid. New York Times bestselling author Emily X.R. Pan (An Arrow to the Moon) joins fellow YA novelists Lizz Huerta (The Lost Dreamer) and Natalia Sylvester (Breathe and Count Back from Ten) to discuss how cultural expectations, family dynamics, and identity shape their character trajectories. Don’t miss these three empowering voices on one stage!

This session will be introduced by students from the Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

About the Author

 Lizz Huerta - The San Antonio Book Festival

Lizz Huerta

Lizz Huerta is a widely-admired Mexi-Rican short story writer and essayist, published in Lightspeed, The Cut, The Portland Review, The Rumpus, Miami Rail, and more. Her short story “The Wall” is included in the anthology A People’s Future of the United States. Huerta has also been a 2018 Bread Loaf Fellow, a five-time VONA Fellow, and the winner of the LUMINA fiction contest, selected by Roxane Gay, who called her writing “a menacing inescapable seduction.” She has appeared on CSPAN’s BookTV to discuss the erasure of Mexican American Studies in Arizona, and has taught creative writing to homeless youth through San Diego nonprofit So Say We All. The Lost Dreamer is Lizz Huerta’s debut novel.

Emily X.R. Pan - The San Antonio Book Festival

Emily X.R. Pan

Emily X.R. Pan lives on Lenape land in Brooklyn, New York, but was originally born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. Her debut novel, The Astonishing Color of After, was a New York Times bestseller, winner of the APALA Honor and Walter Honor awards, a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and featured on over a dozen best-of-the-year lists. An Arrow to the Moon is her second novel.

Natalia Sylvester - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Eric Sylvester

Natalia Sylvester

Natalia Sylvester is the author of Running, her YA debut, as well as two novels for adults, Everyone Knows You Go Home, which won an International Latino Book Award, and Chasing the Sun. Born in Lima, Peru, she grew up in Miami, Central Florida, and South Texas, and received a BFA from the University of Miami. She currently lives in Austin, Texas. Natalia’s latest book is Breathe and Count Back from Ten.


Natalia Sylvester - The San Antonio Book Festival

Sheryl Stoeck

Sheryl Stoeck is the librarian at O’Connor High School in Northside ISD. She is the planning committee chair for San Antonio’s LibraryPalooza, an annual Young Adult author festival for teens.

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