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Thalia Kids' Book Club: Zombies Vs. Unicorns
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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 09/23/2010 at Symphony Space.

An all-star line-up of children’s book authors including Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier, Libba Bray, and Maureen Johnson debate the question, “Which are better: zombies or unicorns?”


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Holly Black is the author of Tithe, Valiant (winner of the Andre Norton Award), Ironside, the Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), the graphic novel series The Good Neighbors (with Ted Naifeh), and the new mobster fantasy series, The Curse Workers. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, artist Theo Black, and several odd cats in a house with a secret library.

Libba Bray is the author of such young adult novels as A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing, Kari, and Going Bovine, the winner of the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. She lives in New York City where she is currently working on a new novel.

Alaya Dawn Johnson lives, writes, cooks and (perhaps most importantly) eats in New York City. She is the author of Racing the Dark and The Burning City, the first two books in the Spirit Binder trilogy. Her most recent novel, Moonshine, is set in a 1920s alternative New York City.

Maureen Johnson is the author of Suite Scarlett, Scarlett Fever, The Key to the Golden Firebird, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Bermudez Triangle, and Devilish. She has been an occasional participant and a “secret sister” on John and Hank Green’s Brotherhood 2.0 project and is the founder of the political networking site YA for Obama. Johnson currently resides in New York City.

Justine Larbalestier is the author of Liar, How to Ditch Your Fairy and the acclaimed Magic or Madness trilogy. She has been a zombie enthusiast ever since she first saw George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead as a tiny tot. She was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and now divides her time between Sydney and New York City.

Naomi Novik received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the 2007 World Science Fiction Convention. She is the author of the Temeraire series, which has been optioned by Peter Jackson, the Academy Award—winning director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. She is a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era.

Scott Westerfeld is the author of the New York Times bestselling Uglies series. His other novels include The Last Days, So Yesterday (ALA Best Book for Young Adults), the Midnighters trilogy, and most recently Leviathan and Behemoth, the first two books in a new trilogy. He has also written five science fiction novels for adults. Westerfeld alternates his time between New York and Sydney, Australia.

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