PBS Books, in collaboration with Virginia Public Media, is hosting a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Leslye Penelope, author of “The Monsters We Defy,” and Lucinda Roy, author of “Flying the Coop,” to discuss their work, their dedication to creating strong empowered female heroines, and their involvement in the festival. The authors will be interviewed by VPM’s Samantha Willis and Angie Miles.
About Lucinda Roy
Lucinda Roy is an award-winning novelist, poet and memoirist, and a lifelong advocate for diversity and inclusion. She’s lived and taught on three continents and is recognized for her keynotes on race and gender, creative writing, and education reform. Her commentaries and poetry have been published in numerous newspapers and journals, including USA Today, The Guardian, and The New York Times. She lives with her husband in Virginia, where, as a distinguished professor, she teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech. For “The Freedom Race,” she relocated to speculative fiction because it allows her to imagine what form hope would take inside a damaged future world. Roy’s latest novel, “Flying the Coop,” is featured at the 2022 National Book Festival.
About Leslye Penelope
Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author. Her novel “Song of Blood & Stone” was chosen as one of Time’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. Equally left- and right-brained, Penelope studied filmmaking and computer science in college and sometimes dreams in HTML. She hosts the “My Imaginary Friends” podcast and lives in Maryland with her husband and furry dependents. Her latest book, “The Monsters We Defy,” is featured at the 2022 National Book Festival.