Less Than Three is a YA Lit/Anti-Bullying conference that will bring about teens, tweens, booksellers, teachers, administrators, parents, librarians, authors and more to rally against bullying. It will feature panels which focus on the various effects of bullying and positive approaches to tackling the issue. Less Than Three will bring people together, and get a dialogue going about bullying and how it affects everyone.
Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You, Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, and Keep Holding On. Susane has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Astrophysics/Earth and Space Science with a minor in psychology. She has a master’s degree from New York University in Science Education 7-12, Teachers of Physics. Before becoming a full-time author, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years.
As a teenage Jersey girl, Susane felt like her true home was across the water in New York City. The Knowing began when she saw Late Night with David Letterman for the first time in junior high. The show always started by zooming in on the Twin Towers, friends she carries in her heart. She now lives in downtown Manhattan.
We asked Susane why she’s coming to Less Than Three, and here’s what she had to say:
I was a total outsider in junior high and high school. Keep Holding On was inspired by my own experiences with being bullied every day for those six excruciatingly long years. I know how it feels to be relentlessly tormented. I know how it feels to constantly be anxious at school and at home, to feel like you’ll never fit in, like no one will ever understand you or love you. Writing Keep Holding On was my way of turning a negative experience into something positive.
Back in high school, I would have been mortified to admit what I was experiencing. But I’m not embarrassed anymore. If those horrible things happened to me, they’re happening to other people right now. Which means I have to do everything I can to reach out to teens and help make them feel less alone. Being a part of Less Than Three is one way I can move closer to achieving that goal.
New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a goddess, a force of nature, and a mess. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, turning garden gnomes into mad scientists, and making sense out of fairy tales.
Alethea is the co-author of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Companion, and penned the AlphaOops series of picture books. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines. She has done multiple collaborations with Eisner winning artist J.K. Lee, including The Wonderland Alphabet and Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome. Her debut YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012.
We here at Less Than Three ADORE Alethea! She recently shared with us (and all of you!) why she’ll be at the Less Than Three conference…
Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than 30 novels, including the immensely popular Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, and the Outcast Season series. She’s currently hard at work managing her successful Kickstarter campaign for a web series of Morganville Vampires, featuring Amber Benson (of Buffy fame).
But…why is Rachel coming to Less Than Three?
We asked her! And here’s what she had to say:
“I’m coming to LessThan 3 because I think this is important. The discussions we will have – are already having – are vital. The people we will see gathered together will make it clear that while bullying can make you feel alone, none of us are alone in it. At this event, we can reach out, form bonds and friendships, and most of all, just hear each others’ stories. I’m looking forward to being part of it – and very honored to be there.”
We’re honored to have you, Rachel!
You can meet and interact with the fabulous Rachel Caine at the Less Than Three conference on October 19, 2013. Buy your ticket(s) now!
Heather Brewer (founder of Less Than Three and NYT bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod) was recently interviewed by the New York Times about bullying – you can read the full article HERE.
After what’s felt like a long wait, we’re happy to announce that tickets are now available to Less Than Three! Please note that there are a limited number, and no more tickets will be available after these sell out. So get yours quickly!
Brewer and her committee expect between 200 and 300 kids to show up. “I hope everyone comes and shares their story,” she says. “This is a thing I knew was important and needed to happen. It should happen.”
In addition to energizing her creative outlet, Brewer’s passion as an anti-bullying advocate continues to manifest itself in activism. She is a dynamic public speaker on the topic and has organized an anti-bullying author conference for October 19, 2013, called Less Than Three (<3), inspired by the emoticon—a “less than” symbol and the number three—that forms a heart, meaning love. Plans are for 16 YA authors, including Brewer, A.S. King, David Levithan, Ellen Hopkins, and Susane Colasanti, to take part.