University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

Teen Worlds: A Carousel of YA Authors


Meet a bunch of YA authors in 60 minutes and enter worlds of adventure and magic. Each author will be seated at a table to talk with a small group about their newest book. Every eight minutes the authors will rotate to a new table in our version of author speed-dating.


Panelists
Kwame Mbalia

Kwame Mbalia is a husband, father, writer, a New York Times bestselling author and pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. Mbalia's debut middle-grade novel is "Tristan Strong Punches a Hole In the Sky....

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Sandhya Menon

Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of "When Dimple Met Rishi," "Of Curses and Kisses" and many other novels that also feature lots of kissing, girl power and swoony boys. Her books have been included in several cool places, including The Today Show, Teen Vogue, NPR, BuzzFeed and Seventeen....

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Joanna Ruth Meyer

Joanna Ruth Meyer is the author of "Beneath the Haunting Sea," "Beyond the Shadowed Earth" and the critically-acclaimed "Echo North," which received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly and is a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2020 Nominee....

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Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the award-winning author of "Anger Is a Gift," which was a finalist in the 31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards for LGBTQ YA and a winner of the Schneider Family Book Award in 2019. When they are not writing, they run the online Mark Does Stuff universe and are trying to pet every dog in the world....

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Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of "The Shadow Society," the Kronos Chronicles series and the New York Times bestselling Winner's Trilogy, which has garnered starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and was included in lists for Best Books of the Year by Amazon, YALSA and Kirkus, among others....

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Crystal Smith

Crystal Smith is a writer, photographer and artist who developed an early love of storytelling in a family of voracious readers. Her books are "Bloodleaf" and "Greythorne." She resides in Utah with her high school sweetheart husband and two lively sons....

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Leah Thomas

Leah Thomas frequently loses battles of wits against her students and her stories. When she's not huddled in cafes, she's usually at home pricking her fingers in service of cosplay. Leah lives in San Diego, Calif....

Sylvia ZĂ©leny

Sylvia Zéleny is a bilingual author from Sonora, México. Sylvia has published several short story collections and novels in Spanish. Her latest novel is "The Everything I Have Lost." She received her master's of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Texas at El Paso, where she currently directs the online MFA....

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Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Party Rental Companies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
Tucson Electric Power Co.

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