Excited to announce my second book deal with Entangled Teen!
Come stop by and snag some free, signed swag including bookmarks, pins, stickers, and bookplates!
Come hang out with YA authors and readers at this "Prom Through the Ages"-themed ball and see whether Lydia ends up wearing her high school prom dress.
With authors Alexandra Bracken, Rachel Cohn, Kimberly Derting, Anna Carey, Jennifer Bosworth, Chris Howard, Karri Thompson.
Say hi to Lydia on Facebook and Twitter as she celebrates the release of CONTROL!
Come celebrate the release of CONTROL! There will be swag giveaways, a reading by Lydia, a Q&A session, and cupcakes!
Come hear readings from the most recent participants of the Seven Doctors Project. Lydia's book will be on sale for signings at intermission and following the event.
With authors Antony John and Cole Gibsen.
In Defense of YA
Too light, too shallow, too this or too that. YA literature – like Science Fiction and Fantasy - has joined the ranks of genres that often include explanations such as “It’s good…for a YA book,” by those new to it. But for those in the know YA is just as complex, dark, emotional and beautifully written as any other category of literature.
Join authors Seth Fishman (The Well’s End), Lydia Kang (Control), April Genevieve Tucholke (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea), Kendare Blake (Antigoddess) and E.C. Blake (Masks) as they discuss the appeal of YA (whether it be SF/F, Horror or Dystopian YA) and why it rules the school.
Geek Geek Revolution
GEEK GEEK REVOLUTION is a no-holds-barred geek culture game show featuring six science fiction/fantasy authors competing for the chance to be TOP GEEK. In addition the audience members will be asked to 'write-in' questions in hopes of stumping the authors and winning a prize pack of books. Hold onto your hats, nerf herders, this might get ugly. Featuring authors: Marjorie Liu, Mark Frost, Seth Fishman (The Well’s End), Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicles), Lydia Kang (Control) and Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles).
Tuesday May 13, 10:55 PM-11:55 PM: YA Spooky Sleepover Party
Wednesday, May 14, 1:15 PM -2:15 PM: YA: "The Total Experience: Diversity in YA" Panel
Wednesday, May 14, 3:45 PM-4:45 PM: InterGalactic Bar and Grille
Thursday, May 15, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM: SCI-FI: It's Not Easy Being Green: Writing Non-Human Characters
Friday, May 16th, 10:00 AM-11:00 PM: Mind, Bodies and Believability: Turning Science into Fiction
Saturday May 17, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM: Book signing in YA Alley
Saturday May 17, 6:45 PM- 8:00 PM: Teen Day Party
With Paula Stokes, Phil Siegel, Bethany Hagen, Heather Brewer, Cole Gibsen, Sarah Bromley, Lydia Kang, Victoria Schwab, Lindsay Cummings, Whitney Miller
With Paula Stokes, Phil Siegel, Robin Bridges, Victoria Schwab, Courtney Stevens, Lindsay Cummings
In the literary world, there are mystical beings, futuristic landscapes, magic and mayhem, heroes and villains and slowly but surely, more diversity in our heroes. Our panel participants are the creators that have made a more diverse world with their novels. Join authors Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero), Josephine Angelini (Trial by Fire),Sherri L. Smith (Orleans), Adele Griffin (The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone), Greg Weisman (Spirits of Ash and Foam: A Rain of the Ghosts Novel), and Lydia Kang (Control) as moderator David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy leads the discussion of what is "diversity" in genre writing, what it looks like, and why it is important!
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA08, 11:30—12:30 PM
Over fifty young adult and middle grade authors will be offering signed and finished books, swag, Skype visits, query and writing crits! All to raise money to fund research and help patients with CCHS (Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome, aka Ondine's Curse--the breathing ailment that the main character in CONTROL has).
Join other readers to win books, prizes, and read exclusive content from tons of your favorite YA Authors!
Lydia will be posting (somewhere on the Blue Team hunt) an exclusive bonus scene to CONTROL and will be giving away a signed copy of CONTROL plus deluxe swag on her blog. For details about how the Scavenger Hunt runs, click here.
Join us in celebration of Teen Read Week! Our feature event will be an author visit: a panel of local Omaha Young Adult novelists who will participate in a discussion and Q&A about their newest novels. Golden Sower nominee John Kalkowski ('Red Cell'), Lydia Kang ('Control'), Tonya Kuper ('Anomaly') and Chris Raabe ('Phenomenon' trilogy) will lend their talents to the panel. This year’s theme “Turn Dreams into Reality” is a perfect fit as they share with us the thrill of being a published author. Let them inspire YOU to turn your dreams into reality!
Authors will sign books after the event.
Come meet Lydia for a signed copy of CONTROL and a chance to chat about her books!
With Ted Kooser and Stephanie Grace Whitson
Panel Discussion: Reality Need Not Apply, with Megan Miranda, Kristen Simmons, Tommy Wallach, and Scott Westerfeld
Wednesday, April 15th
2:00 – 3:50 PM: YART Panel: Explore Science in the Young Adult Science Fiction and Dystopian Genres with LYDIA KANG, Jessica Brody, Kiera Cass, Cecil Castellucci, and Lauren Oliver
What is the difference between science fiction and dystopian literature, and how is science affecting both genres? Some of today’s top YA authors answer these questions and discuss their works.
4:00 – 5:20 PM: Young Adult Round Table (YART) Tea with Texas Librarians
Thursday, April 16th
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM: Meet & Greet at Texas Teens 4 Libraries (TT4L) Event
12:30 – 1:30 PM: Signing Control and Catalyst in Author Aisle
With NK Traver (DUPLICITY) and Susan Adrian (TUNNEL VISION).
In celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, I'll be signing copies of Control and Catalyst. Meet Ted Kooser and Stephanie Grace Whitson, who will also be signing that day.
Join Lydia for a book signing and lots of panels and events in Dallas!
Tuesday May 12, 10:15pm to 11:55pm : YA Spooky Slumber Party
Wednesday, May 13, 3:45pm to 4:45pm : The Author-Publicist Relationship
Thursday, May 14, 10:00am to 11:00am : Oops--Your Research is Showing!
Thursday, May 14, 11:15am to 12:15pm : SCI-FI: THE STRANGENESS BUDGET — Overloading on Weird
Thursday, May 14, 2:45pm to 3:45pm : YA: You're Never Too Old!
Saturday, May 16, 11:00AM to 2:00pm: Book Fair and signing
Saturday, May 16, 3:00pm to 4:15pm : Author Speed Reading
With YA authors Tonya Kuper, Chris Raabe, Daniel Kenney, Tamara Taylor, and John Kalkowski
Dr. Kang will speak about her journey towards an overlapping career in both medicine and publishing, the revelations along the way, and how using both sides of your brain can expand your world and work life. A Q&A will follow.
Join the authors of Among the Shadows, our YA anthology of all things creepy! Hosted by myself, Demitria Lunetta, Mindy McGinnis, Kate Karyus Quinn, and Kelly Fiore!
Lydia will be reading from her YA science fiction novels for the John H. Ames Reading Series for Nebraska's Heritage Room, a repository of books by Nebraska authors. The event will be televised and recorded by the CityTV5 archive. She will join fellow YA author Tonya Kuper!
Lydia will do a reading and Q&A session, as well as a book signing. Open to UNMC personnel and the public!
Meet the Artist and Writing Awards
Lydia will be on a panel with other authors on Young Adult Science Fiction and STEM.
Whether it takes place in the here and now or imagined far flung futures, YA novels are often complex and layered with problems. With an ever increasing focus on STEM in schools, how do we tackle the use of real science in YA novels. What do we learn about our contemporary selves as a result of the use of science in YA fiction and how does the age of the protagonists influence how one tells the story? Join a group of dynamic YA authors tackling all sides of science in fiction in a discussion of the process involved in how they create their worlds and use current science, politics and history to create nuanced characters and stories for us all to think on.
Come for a book signing of CONTROL & CATALYST, as well as an author Q&A for all things publishing and writing!
Review of CONTROL in Iowa’s Nonpareil Newspaper
Lydia and Tonya Kuper are interviewed for the John H. Ames Reading Series for the Jane Pope Geske Nebraska Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors.
Lydia is interviewed on Nebraska Public Radio along with fellow Omaha YA author, Tonya Kuper.
CATALYST is a recommended read by School Library Connection (Formerly Library Media Connection)!
Lydia is interviewed on KMTV’s The Morning Blend and discussed Catalyst, science, and more.
Omaha World Herald reviews Catalyst: “Excitement, Good Themes, More in Omaha Author’s Latest.”
Read Lydia’s article on Designing Superbabies, as well as an excerpt from CATALYST on LiveScience.com.
Lydia was interviewed by Nebraska Public Radio about her dual medical and writing career, and her beginnings in the Seven Doctors writing workshop. Hear her read an excerpt from CATALYST, too.
CONTROL is an official 2015 Quick Pick by YALSA and ALA!
CATALYST receives its first glowing trade review from Kirkus Reviews! Read the entire review here.
CONTROL is nominated for the Arkansas Teen Book Award
CONTROL is nominated for the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s Compton Crook Award for 2015
Lydia teaches at the La Vista Library Teen Writing Workshop
Lydia is interviewed on the University of Nebraska’s KVNO about a transformative book gift for her father.
CONTROL reviewed by GirlsLife.com
SciFiChick.com reviews CONTROL
Glitter Magazine includes CONTROL in their Books that Rock: Winter Reading list! Click here to download PDF.
Omaha World Herald: Omahan Lydia Kang’s ‘Control’ a book about science, sisterhood and more
The New Twilight? What Inspired YA Novelist Lydia Kang’s CONTROL in Mochi Magazine
Lydia Kang is in Control in Omaha Magazine
How a Doctor and Lawyer Ended Up Writing Young Adult Novels in Hyphen Magazine
Beth Revis’ “Top 10 Modern YA Science Fiction Novels” on Bookshelves of Doom
“When Medical School Meets Creative Writing Class” Omaha World Herald
“Poets Packed the House” Omaha World Herald
ON WRITING AND PUBLISHING
Advice from Lydia and other kidlit authors debuting 2013 (The Lucky 13s) at WriteOnCon
The Lucky 13s also have a spotlight on the publishing process on the blog Ink & Angst.
More Luckies dish on The First Sale, Expectation vs Reality on YA Highway.