Celebrate AAPI Fantastic YA Fiction!

Celebrate AAPI Fantastic YA Fiction!

May 19th at 5PM ET

Fantastical Stories You Won't Forget!

Cruel monarchs, magical wishes, and incredible power come together in this fascinating virtual event! Join us online to shine a light on exciting AAPI fantasy stories!

Tune in for:

  • To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods by MOLLY X. CHANG. Ruying was born with the ability to pull the life right out of mortal bodies, a fact she tries desperately to hide. But then an enemy prince finds out and asks her to become his assassin, and to kill enemies "for the good of both their worlds." In exchange, her family is protected, but is the prince to be trusted? Will Ruying even survive, when her terrifying powers shave years off her own life?

  • Dragonfruit by MAKIIA LUCIER. Exiled for her father's crime of stealing a precious wish-granting dragon's egg — a dragonfruit — Hanalei takes solace in studying seadragons. When one presents her with a new dragonfruit, she returns home to right the wrong that banished her long ago. But when her childhood friend reveals that he desperately needs the enchanted egg, too, Hanalei must make a fatal decision, while also trying to survive the danger of the magical dragonfruit itself. 

  • A Bright Heart by KATE CHENLI. Mingshin brilliantly outwitted three princes in order to aid the man she loves in becoming king. But she never saw Ren's betrayal coming, until she was lying in a pool of her own blood on the palace steps. As she lay dying, she pleaded with the gods to rewind time and give her a second chance; a chance that she gets, and this time, Ren will not become king.

  • A Drop of Venom by SAJNI PATELAfter the king's warriors forced her people to scatter, Manisha became a priestess at one of the kingdom's holy temples. The king's mightiest warrior, Pratyush, visits the temple often, and when the two meet, each sees in the other the possibility to chart a new path. But when a temple visitor sexually assaults Manisha and pushes her off the mountain into a pit of vipers, neither of their paths will ever be the same.

  • Unbecoming by SEEMA YASMIN. In a not-too-distant America, abortions are prosecuted and the right to choose is no longer an option. But best friends Laylah and Noor are working on an illegal guide to abortion in Texas, despite the risks. Fighting for what they believe in may involve even more obstacles than they bargained for, but the two best friends will continue as they always have: together.

Sunday, May 19th at 5PM ET via Crowdcast!

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