Game On Panel | Laura Silverman, Yamile Mendez, Nina Moreno and Shaun David Hutchinson


Laura Silverman, Yamile Saied Méndez, Nina Moreno and Shaun David Hutchinson will appear in conversation to discuss their new anthology Game On: 15 Stories of Wins, Losses, and Everything in Between.

  • This event is free to attend, but registration is required. You can register for the event here. We are using the Be Novel platform and look forward to seeing you there! You can learn more about Be Novel here.

  •  NOTE: Because this is a virtual event, you will need access a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet at a sufficient bandwidth to stream video.


Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM Central Time

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About the Authors:

Nina Moreno’s first novel, Don’t Date Rosa Santos, is available now from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and was a Junior Library Guild Selection, Indie Next pick for teen readers, and SIBA Okra Pick. Her next YA novel, Our Way Back to Always, and the illustrated middle grade Join the Club, Maggie Diaz will be available Spring 2022 from Scholastic. Nina’s first love is Garrus Vakarian and her entire Mass Effect squad, but she’s been known to spend many seasons on her Stardew Valley farm and is still in debt to Tom Nook.

Yamile Saied Méndez is the author of many books for young readers, including Furia, a Reese’s YA Book Club selection and the 2021 inaugural Pura Belpré Young Adult Gold Medalist. She was born and raised in Rosario, Argentina, but has lived most of her life in Utah with her family. An inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, she is also a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Connect with her at Yamile loves soccer and playing TENS! with her friends.

Shaun David Hutchinson is the author of numerous books for young adults, including A Complicated Love Story Set in SpaceThe Past and Other Things That Should Stay BuriedThe Apocalypse of Elena MendozaAt the Edge of the Universe, and We Are the Ants. He also edited the anthologies Violent Ends and Feral Youth and wrote the memoir Brave Face, which chronicles his struggles with depression and coming out during his teenage years. He currently lives in Seattle. Visit him at Shaun is a Beat Saber addict. Slicing virtual blocks with a light saber set to music is what got him through the year of isolation, no matter how silly he looks while doing it.

Laura Silverman (Editor & Contributor) is the author of Girl Out of Water (Sourcebooks Fire 2017), You Asked For Perfect (Sourcebooks Fire 2019), and Recommended For You (McElderry 2020). She is also the editor and contributor of It's a Whole Spiel (Knopf 2019) and Up All Night (Algonquin 2021). Girl Out of Water was a Junior Library Guild selection, and You Asked For Perfect was named to best teen fiction lists by YALSA, Chicago Public Library, and the Georgia Center for the Book. Laura has also been a freelance editor for seven years.


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Event date: 
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 7:00pm
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Game On: 15 Stories of Wins, Losses, and Everything in Between Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593352786
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - January 18th, 2022

A charming and inclusive YA anthology all about games—from athletic sports to board games to virtual reality—from editor Laura Silverman and an all-star cast of contributors.