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Thursday, June 18 • 11:45am - 12:00pm
AN ARTHURIAN WRITER IN A YANKEE MARKET: From “Wellies” and “Jumpers” to underage drinking and promiscuity. (Maxwell's)

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A lot of British teens cut their teeth on American TV and movie culture, but the reverse is not as widespread. I myself am a writer of ‘very English’ YA – Arthurian based legends and Celtic folklore. I underestimated the consumption of ‘shared’ culture, and have had to learn to adapt to this new world market. While JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter” has been a very successful example of a British export, things such as book title change, language and some cultural bridging had to occur.
It is interesting to take a very familiar territory such as the YA form and explore it from a completely different cultural angle – especially with the emerging e-book market and a greater fluidity of publishing across continents. It’s important to understand first hand cultural social contexts surrounding English / British Teen fiction, and the sometimes conflicting American standards and language. This talk will attempt to bridge the divide and discuss opportunities available.

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Katie M. John

Author, Little Bird Publishing House

Thursday June 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

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