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YA Panel: Ayana Gray, Kalynn Bayron, and Namina Forna!

YA Panel: Ayana Gray, Kalynn Bayron, and Namina Forna!

Wednesday, August 03, 2022 - 6:00PM ET
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Celebrate three of the best names in YA fantasy! Join us for a virtual conversation with Ayana Gray (Beasts of Ruin), Kalynn Bayron (This Wicked Fate), and Namina Forna (The Merciless Ones)!


Ayana Gray is a New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy author and a lover of all things monsters, mythos, and magic. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she reads avidly, follows Formula One racing, and worries over the varying moods of her adopted baby black rhino, Apollo, and her mini goldendoodle, Dolly. Her debut novel, Beasts of Prey, is being adapted for feature film.

In Beasts of Ruin, the much anticipated follow up to New York Times bestselling Beasts of Prey, Koffi’s powers grow stronger and Ekon’s secrets turn darker as they face the god of death.



Kalynn Bayron is the author of Cinderella Is Dead and This Poison Heart, and is a classically trained vocalist. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. When she’s not writing you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, attending the theater, watching scary movies, and spending time with her kids. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her family. www.kalynnbayron.com @KalynnBayron

In This Wicked Fate, sequel to This Poison Heart, bestselling author Kalynn Bayron continues the story of Briseis and her family's unique magic.



Namina Forna is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Gilded Ones, the first book in an epic fantasy trilogy. She has an MFA in film and TV production from USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA from Spelman College. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, she moved to the US when she was nine and has been traveling back and forth ever since. She now works as a screenwriter in Los Angeles and loves building fantastical worlds and telling stories with fierce female leads. Visit her on twitter at @NaminaForna and on Instagram at @namina.forna.

The Merciless Ones is the epic, hotly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller The Gilded Ones, a story about a girl with the power to remake her world—or destroy it.