On Saturday, I attended the Sydney Writer’s Festival for the first time ever, for a panel called “The Rise and Rise of YA: A Look at the Fastest-Growing Category in Fiction.” It was moderated by Garth Nix (I got Clariel signed!) and featured authors Laurie Halse Anderson, Margo Lanagan, and Sally Gardner. It was a very interesting experience particularly because it was also my first time going to a bookish gathering. Unless you count that one time I went to Kinokuniya to get my books signed by Scott Westerfeld. The disadvantages of living in Australia. I used to read voraciously when I was a teen, particularly YA books, but during university, that passion was sucked dry. I read less, and the books I…