Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, (2012) where she writes about her life before and after she arrived in the United States from Mexico as an undocumented child immigrant. The much-anticipated sequel, A Dream Called Home , was released in 2018. Her other works include the novels, Across […]


Malaka Gharib

Malaka Gharib is a journalist, cartoonist and graphic novelist. She is the author of “I Was Their American Dream,” winner of the 2020 Arab American Book Award, and “It Won’t Always Be Like This.” By day, she works as an editor on NPR’s Life Kit podcast. Her comics and writing have been published in the […]


Natalia Sylvester

Natalia Sylvester is the award-winning author of several novels for adults and young adults. Chasing the Sun was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad, and Everyone Knows You Go Home won an International Latino Book Award and the 2018 Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of […]


Vesper Stamper

Born in Germany and raised in New York City, Vesper Stamper has been an illustrator for over 20 years and also writes and illustrates novels of historical fiction, including her newest novel, A Cloud of Outrageous Blue, about the Great Plague of 1348. Her debut illustrated YA novel, What the Night Sings, about the experience […]


Laura Ruby

Laura Ruby writes fiction for adults, teens and children. She is the author of the Printz Medal Winning novel Bone Gap, as well as the novel Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All, both National Book Award Finalists. Other works include the Edgar-nominated children’s mystery Lily’s Ghost, the ALA Quick Pick for teens Good Girls (2006), […]


Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary young adult fiction. A native of Southern California and fourth-generation Chinese American, she graduated from UCLA, then got her law degree from UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the […]

Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. Her book SHOUT, a memoir-in-verse about surviving sexual assault at the age of thirteen and a manifesta for the #MeToo era, has received widespread critical acclaim and […]


IW Gregorio

I. W. Gregorio (she/her) is a practicing surgeon by day, award-winning YA writer by night. Her debut novel, None of the Above was a Lambda Literary Finalist, a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, and named to the ALA Rainbow List, among other honors. It has also been banned by the Leander, TX School District, and is […]


Mandy Gonzalez

Mandy Gonzalez possesses one of the most powerful and versatile contemporary voices of our time. She is currently starring in the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton”. She is best known for her emotional portrayal of Nina Rosario in the Tony Award winning, Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway musical “In the Heights”, a role she originally created Off Broadway […]


Angeline Boulley

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Angeline lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be […]