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Fantasy Author Grant Hamilton presented by the LGBTQ-Autism Utah Project
June 2 @ 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Grant Hamilton is the author of Heroes of Karth series, a fascinating and gripping tale of suspense and mystery filled with fantastic beings and stunning landscapes. The series weaves themes of family, LGBTQ, autism, tolerance, and racism throughout a fantasy setting.
Grant’s lecture will expand on his experiences as a new author in the fantasy genre and how his life experiences have informed his writing. Growing up in a small town in Quebec, Grant was exposed to intolerance in many forms. Essentially, anyone who was “different” in that type of rural setting had a difficult life and as a child, when that’s all they saw around them every day.
His son with autism was bullied in school and he experienced his pain and frustration, seeing him realize that he wasn’t the same as everyone else but not understanding why. This experience hurt Grant to his soul. It solidified in his mind that he had to do something, and it had to be more than just give money.
The decision to create LGBTQ and autistic heroes in the Heroes of Karth series was not taken lightly. This was not a frivolous addition nor a way to troll for financial gain. Grant’s belief is that everyone needs heroes as role models and the only way he could fill that role for his son was by engaging his passion to create something that his son could read and understand that autism is a super power. Along the way, his life experiences and time spent reading other books in this genre convinced him that the time has also come for LGBTQ heroes.