Coming of Age (on the Page)

There’s no doubt that young adult fiction is a hugely popular genre—but what does it mean to be an adult writer writing stories about young people, for a majority adult audience? Heather O’Neill’s multi-award-winning novels often feature young girls as their protagonists. Kim Fu’s The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore paints intimate portraits of five girls. And readers witness the dark side of the suburbs through the eyes of young June in Carrianne Leung’s That Time I Loved You.

Event Type: Panel
Red Gate Revue Stage
Date: Saturday, March 16, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Kim Fu is an award-winning novelist, poet, and critic. Her most recent novel is The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore.


Carrianne Leung is a fiction writer and educator. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Equity Studies from OISE/University of Toronto. Her debut novel, The Wondrous Woo (Inanna Publications) was shortlisted for the 2014 Toronto Book Awards. Her collection of linked stories, That Time I Loved You, was published in 2018 by HarperCollins Canada.

Heather O’Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, screenwriter and journalist, and author of Lullabies for Little CriminalsThe Girl Who Was Saturday NightDaydreams of Angels, andWisdom in Nonsense – Invaluable Lessons From My Father.


Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV.


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