On April 17, BU Wheelock hosted it’s fourth annual Wheelock Reads event, centered on author Malinda Lo‘s YA novel A Line in the Dark. Lo joined the BU Wheelock community on campus for the event, which was also live-streamed for students and alumni who couldn’t make it to campus for the evening. (Note: A recording of this live stream will be available until 7 p.m. on April 29, via this page. A BU username and password are required to access the recording.)
In addition to being a critically acclaimed Young Adult novelist, Lo is also a researcher who studies diversity in young adult literature publishing. Lo is the co-founder of the website Diversity in YA, a space where young adult books about all kinds of diversity, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity and disability, are celebrated.
The evening began with a light reception in the lobby at Two Silber Way, followed by Lo’s research presentation and lecture addressing the importance of complex and compelling stories for teen readers. After the lecture, Lo fielded questions about her latest psychological thriller A Line in the Dark, which many of the attendees had read before the event. Following the Q&A session, the author signed copies of her books.
“I thought it went great,” says Dr. Laura Jiménez, chair of BU Wheelock’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and primary organizer of the event. “Malinda Lo provided us a terrific mix of research and personal experiences to give us a truly insider look at what the field of Young Adult literature looks like when we focus on LGBTQIA characters. I’m especially grateful to Malinda Lo for agreeing to allow us to provide a live stream to our students who could not make it to the event.”
Dr. Jiménez also expressed her hope for the Wheelock Reads series to continue as an annual community engagement. Both as EDIC chair and member, she has played an essential role in the series’ creation and continuance. “We have a rich and varied cohort of children’s literature authors in the Boston area that helps make the connection between education and literature alive and present,” says Dr. Jiménez.
To learn more about Malinda Lo, click here.