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Love in America with Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli

Part of London Literature Festival

Collaborative authors Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli discuss their new novel, What If It's Us, the reality of living and loving in America today and the growing acceptance of LGBTQ themes in literature.

What If It's Us introduces Ben and Arthur. Ben is a battered dreamer who's shipping his ex-boyfriend's things back to him. Arthur is new to New York and struggling to fit in. After a memorable meet-cute in a New York post office, the boys lose touch only be brought back together via a 'missed connection' advert. Is it fate? It looks like it. But after a series of disastrous first dates, Ben and Arthur may have to accept the universe should've minded its business.

Adam Silvera has worked in the publishing industry as a children's bookseller, marketing assistant and book reviewer. His novels More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me and They Both Die At The End are New York Times bestsellers. History Is All You Left Me was selected for the Zoella and Friends Book Club in summer 2017, reviewed by Juno Dawson.

Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited and Leah on the Offbeat. A former clinical psychologist who specialised in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta.

The talk is chaired by Juno Dawson, the multi award-winning author of 11 books who regularly contributes to news items concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education on BBC Woman's Hour, Front Row, This Morning and Newsnight. Juno's new book, Clean, follows the story of a young girl's battle with heroin addiction.

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This event is part of Young Adult Lit Day, which brings together the most exciting authors of YA fiction, new and emerging poetry and spoken word, and a fanzine fair.

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