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Opening Session

 

 

ROSHANI CHOKSHI is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, "The Star Maiden," was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she studied West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. Visit her at tomiadeyemi.com. Follow her @tomi_adeyemi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners series: Steelheart, Firefight, and Calamity and the e-original Mitosis; the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy; and he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Brandon lives and writes in Utah. To learn more about him and his books, visit him at brandonsanderson.com or follow @BrandSanderson on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tochi Onyebuchi holds a B.A. from Yale, an MFA in Screenwriting from Tisch, a Masters degree in Global Economic Law from L’institut d’études politiques, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. His writing has appeared in Asimov’s and Ideomancer, among other places. Tochi resides in Connecticut where he works in the tech industry and is currently writing the epic sequel to Beasts Made of Night.

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Session

 

 

Jesse Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and the screenwriter of that book’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize–winning movie adaptation. He’s also the author of The Haters, which Booklist called “effortlessly readable, deeply enjoyable,” in a starred review.

 

 

 

 

Brendan Kiely is the New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, was twice awarded Best Fiction for Young Adults (2015, 2017) by the American Library Association, and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in New York City. Tradition (forthcoming May 2018) is his fourth novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the acclaimed and best-selling author of three books in the Feral series, as well as the Tantalize quartet and two graphic novels based on the Tantalize series, both illustrated by Ming Doyle. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, author Greg Leitich Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Smith is the author of several novels for young adults, including WingerStand-Off100 Sideways Miles, and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Grasshopper Jungle. He lives in a remote area in the mountains of Southern California with his family, two horses, two dogs, and three cats. He doesn’t watch television, and occupies himself by writing, bumping into things outdoors, and taking ten-mile runs on snowy trails.

 

 

 

 

 

Morris Program

 

Candice Montgomery is an LA transplant now residing in Seattle. By night, she writes YA lit about Black teens across all their intersections. By day, she teaches dance and works in the land of early childhood Deaf education. It is the goal of her stories to integrate the spaces of race, love, the body, gender, and sexuality, all while being a witness of life. Visit her at candicemontgomery.com, and find her on Twitter @CandiceAmanda

 

 

 

A former high school English teacher, Lucia DiStefano currently works as an editor, ghostwriter, and writing coach. Borrowed, her young adult novel, won the 2018 YA Sheehan Book Prize (Elephant Rock Books YA). First-generation Sicilian and daughter of an olive farmer, she admits to experiencing recurring pasta dreams. Hailing from central Connecticut, Lucia lives near Austin, Texas with her husband (and more cats than her lease allows).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gloria Chao is an MIT graduate turned dentist turned writer. She currently lives in Chicago with her ever-supportive husband for whom she became a nine-hole golfer (sometimes seven). She is always up for Dance Dance Revolution, cooperative board games, or spontaneous dance parties. She was also once a black belt in kung-fu and a competitive dancer, but that side of her was drilled and suctioned out. Visit her tea-and-book-filled world at GloriaChao.Wordpress.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caitlin is a writer and compulsive reader living in Northern California. She graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in International Politics and Economics, and quickly learned that she preferred making up her own governments to working with real ones. When not writing she GMs tabletop games, practices aikido, and hunts for portals in old wardrobes. She started writing when she was six and her parents were kind enough to encourage her even though her stories involved things like haunted jukeboxes luring people to their deaths.

 

 

 

Tanaz Bhathena is the debut author of A GIRL LIKE THAT, an incredible #OwnVoices YA novel that has received two starred reviews. Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. You don't want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that. This beautifully written novel reveals a rich, new world to readers; tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion; and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal. Tanaz Bhathena was born in Mumbai and raised in Riyadh, Jeddah and Toronto. Her second standalone novel, The Beauty of the Moment, will be available in February 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

Author Luncheon

 

 

Ally Condie is the author of the bestselling novel Atlantia and the critically acclaimed Matched trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. The series has been published in more than 30 languages. A former English teacher, Ally lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, writing, running, and listening to her husband play guitar.   allycondie.com Twitter: @allycondie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Berry (julieberrybooks.com) is the author of The Passion of Dolssa, All the Truth That’s in Me, The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, Secondhand Charm, The Amaranth Enchantment, and the Splurch Academy series.

 

 

 

 

 

Book Blitz

 

Gordon Jack is a high school librarian and lives in San Francisco with his family. The Boomerang Effect was his first novel and and a YALSA Quick Pick for reluctant YA readers. You can visit him online at www.gordon-jack.com and on Twitter @gordojack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jo Schaffer was born and raised in the California Bay Area in a huge, creative family. She is a YA novelist, speaker and a Taekwondo black belt.
 
She’s a founding member of the nonprofit organization that created Teen Author Boot Camp, one of the nation’s biggest conferences for teens where bestselling authors present writing workshops to nearly a thousand attendees.
 
Jo loves being involved in anything that promotes literacy and family. She is passionate about
community, travel, books, music, healthy eating, classic films and martial arts. But her favorite thing is being mom to three strapping sons and a neurotic cat named Hero. They live together in the beautiful mountains of Utah.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Ingrid Palmer writes young adult fiction in the small Colorado mountain town where she lives with her husband and two sons. When not writing books or enjoying the great outdoors, Ingrid works as a freelance editor. She has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute. ALL OUT OF PRETTY is her debut novel. Visit Ingrid online at www.ingridpalmer.com or follow her on Twitter @IngPalmer 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Vigen Phillips   nds passion in creating realistic  fiction told in verse, to o  er hope to teens and their families who face mental or physical health challenges. Her debut novel, Crazy, depicts the struggles of a teenage girl in the 1960’s coming to terms with her mother’s bipolar disorder. It earned
numerous accolades, including Foreword Reviews lndieFab Book of the Year Finalist, the short-list for SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and an Honor book for the Paterson Prize forBooks. Linda’s writing has been praised as “beautiful” and “emotionally impactful” (School Library Journal); her brave
storylines “resonate with teens” (Booklist) and “speak to many, many readers” (San Francisco Book Review).  Linda enjoys conducting writing workshops, spending time with her grandkids, and advocating for better mental health through her involvement with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She lives in Charlotte, NC where she and her husband love to sit on the screened porch to watch the grass grow.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Krista Van Dolzer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vince Vawter