Boston Book Festival 2021 Boston Book Festival 2021

YA: Classics Remixed

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C. B. Lee
A Clash of Steel, Monday, October 18 | virtual

Artist BioC.B. Lee is a Lambda Literary Award nominated writer of young adult science fiction and fantasy. Her works include A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix, the Sidekick Squad series, Ben 10 graphic novels, and Out Now: Queer We Go Again. She loves to write about queer teens, magic, superheroes, and the power of friendship. Lee’s work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Wired, Hypable, Tor’s Best of Fantasy and Sci Fi and the American Library Association’s Rainbow List.

Bethany C. Morrow
So Many Beginnings, Monday, October 18 | virtual

Bethany C. Morrow is a recovering expat recently returning from six years in Montreal, Quebec, to live and write in north country, New York. A California native, Bethany graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in sociology. Following undergrad, she studied clinical psychological research at the University of Wales, Bangor, in Great Britain before returning to North America to focus on her literary work. She is the author of the adult novel Mem, So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix, and the national-bestselling young adult novel A Song Below Water, and the editor of the young adult anthology Take the Mic.

Laura Berestecki
Monday, October 18 | virtual


Laura Berestecki is a teen librarian at the Copley Branch of the Boston Public library. She graduated from Rutgers with her MLIS, and prior to that attended Boston College. She loves all YA lit, but is an especially big fan of retellings of any sort!


This fall, Macmillan launched an exciting new YA project, lining up some of the most talented authors for teens to “remix” works of classic literature and reinterpret them through their own cultural lenses, creating culturally relevant YA novels that make those dusty tomes feel brand-new. The first two books in the series have just been released this fall, and we’re pleased to host a conversation with C.B. Lee and Bethany C. Morrow, hosted by Laura Berestecki of the Boston Public Library. Lee’s book, A Clash of Steel, offers a queer re-visioning of Treasure Island centered on two young women and inspired by the legend of Chinese pirate queen Ching Shih. Morrow takes on New England classic Little Women in So Many Beginnings, setting her version in a community of newly freed Black people during the Civil War. Future volumes in the series will take on Wuthering Heights and Robin Hood—what classic works of literature would you want to remix? Sponsored by Simmons University.

Donations made during registration or during the session will go to support the Boston Book Festival's Shelf Help Partnership, providing brand-new books and an author/illustrator visit to Boston-area public schools. This year's recipient schools are Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown and Chelsea High School in Chelsea. Thank you for your support!

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