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HPEF - Ascendio 2012
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Schools of Magic: A Staple in Fantasy
Track : Sessions
Program Code: 230
Date: Friday, July 13, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM  EST
Location: Venetian III
Panelists: Lev Grossman, Cecilia Tan - J.K Rowling was far from the first, and won't be the last, to write a fantasy using a magical school setting. From A Wizard of Earthsea's Roke to the Unseen University in Discworld, from Jane Yolen's Wizard Hall to Tamora Pierce's Carthak University, the magical school or university is a staple in fantasy literature. Why? In books intended for a young audience and featuring young protagonists, school may seem a logical setting for the age group, but there are many more reasons why an educational setting lends itself to fantasy storytelling. Lev Grossman sends his main character to Brakebills in upstate New York, while Cecilia Tan hides her Magic University inside Harvard.

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