Tamora Pierce is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of 28 fantasy novels for teenagers. Mastiff, her most recent book, was published in 2011. She lives in upstate New York with her husband Tim Liebe and their numerous cats, two parakeets, and various freeloading wildlife residing in their back yard.
Tamora is the recipient of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award, administered by YALSA and sponsored by SLJ. The award honors her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for the “Song of the Lioness” and “The Protector of the Small” quartets.
Real Life Mysteries and Thrillers Panel
D.J. MacHale is the author of the bestselling book series Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and
Space, the spooky Morpheus Road trilogy, and the whimsical picture book The Monster Princess. He has written, directed and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Flight 29 Down, and Tower of Terror. D.J. lives with his family in Southern Carolina.
Tim Shoemaker is a speaker and author of eight books, including Dangerous Devotions for Guys; Smashed Tomatoes, Bottle Rockets, and Other Outdoor Devotionals; Mashed Potatoes, Paint Balls, and Other Indoor/Outdoor Devotionals. He has three grown sons and has been happily married for over thirty-two years.
Elizabeth Stewart lives in Vancouver, B.C., where she is a screenwriter for feature films and movies for television. Following the publication of The Lynching of Louie Sam, Elizabeth is in the planning stages of a second YA novel. She is active in the screenwriting community as a mentor and instructor.
Allen Zadoff has multiple identities. By day, he’s the author of acclaimed books such as Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have, which won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, and the soon to be released Boy Nobody. We can neither confirm nor deny that he is an international super spy. Decide for yourself by visiting www.BoyNobody.com.
Historical Fantasy Panel
Sharon Cameron was awarded the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work for her debut, The Dark Unwinding. The second title in the series, A Spark Unseen, is an incredible adventure full of spies, intrigue, and heart-racing romance that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats. Sharon lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Robin LaFevers is the author of two successful middle-grade series—Theodosia Throckmorton and Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist—both published under the name R. L. LaFevers, as well as the His Fair Assassins trilogy for young adults. Readers can visit www.robinlafevers.com to learn more.
Deb Noyes has worked all manner of day jobs to support the fiction writing habit – from bartender and book reviewer to children’s book editor and zookeeper. She says her restless early life set the stage for the kind of writer she is today. She publishes a wide range of books – from picture books and creative nonfiction to YA and adult historical fiction – and works as an editor/anthologist and photographer. Deb lives in Western Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.deborahnoyes.com.
Elizabeth Wein was born in New York City in 1964 and spent her early childhood in England and Jamaica, until her family settled in Pennsylvania. She has a BA in English from Yale and a PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. Her first five books for young adults are set in Arthurian Britain and sixth century Ethiopia. The Lion Hunter, her fourth novel, was short-listed for the Andre Norton Award in 2008. Elizabeth’s latest novels for teens, Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire, are both thrillers set in the second World War. She currently lives in Scotland with her husband and two children.
Technology in Teen Lit Panel
Sara Grant was born and raised in Washington, IN and graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with degrees in journalism and psychology, and later she earned a master’s degree in creative and life writing Goldsmiths College, University of London. In both her first book for Young Adults, Dark Parties, and her newest title Half Lives, Sara explores how teens react to how technology and adult political decisions impact their own lives.
Alex London writes books for adults, children and teens. At one time a journalist who traveled the world reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he now is a full time novelist living in Brooklyn.
Annabel Monaghan is the author of A Girl Named Digit and Double Digit (2014). She grew up in Los Angeles, bought her first winter coat when she left for Duke University and has lived on the east coast ever since. She has an MBA from The University of Pennsylvania and a brief history as an investment banker. She lives in Rye, New York with her husband and three sons.
Embracing Diversity Panel
Karen Arthurton is a coordinator of Young Women’s Programming and Academic Support at St. Stephen’s Community House in Toronto. She recently worked with twelve mixed race young people to create It’s Not All Black and White: Multiracial Youth Speak Out. As a mixed race woman herself, she is incredibly pleased to have had the opportunity to produce a book that explores and celebrates the many facets of being of mixed race.
Jonathan Friesen is an author, speaker, and youth writing coach from Mora, Minnesota. His first young adult novel, Jerk, California, received the ALA Schneider Award. When he’s not writing, speaking at schools, or teaching, Jonathan loves to travel and hang out with his wife and three kids.
James Klise is a high school librarian in Chicago, where he advises his school’s book club and gay-straight alliance. He also writes novels for young people, including Love Drugged, a Stonewall Honor book, ALA Rainbow List selection, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.
Amanda Sun was born in Deep River, a small town in Ontario. An archaeologist by training, she speaks several languages and will write your name in Egyptian Hieroglyphic if you ask. Her debut novel, Ink, is the first in The Paper Gods series and is a romantic paranormal adventure inspired by her time in Japan. She loves knitting, gaming, and cosplay (a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea), and has won awards for her short fiction. She currently lives in Toronto with her family.
Humor Me! Panel
Don Calame is the author of the YA novels Swim the Fly, Beat the Band and Call the Shots. A screenwriter whose film projects include Employee of the Month and Hounded, he lives in British Columbia. Visit him online at www.doncalame.com.
Louise Rozett is an author, former actress and playwright whose work has won awards and been produced in festivals and Off Broadway. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. Visit her at www.LouiseRozett.com and follow her on Twitter @LouiseRozett.
Paul Rudnick is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly, as well as an Obie Award-winning playwright. David Sedaris called Paul “a champion of truth and love and great wicked humor.” Gorgeous, his debut YA novel, is a juicy and utterly addictive look at the worlds of fashion, celebrity, and royalty from someone who knows.