As Florida girls we’re thrilled that not only did we get ALA in June, but we’re also getting GeekyCon July 29-31st! You bet we’re taking advantage of all this literary goodness happening in our home state. GeekyCon Lit focuses on “unique and inspiring stories in YA Literature” with authors like Daniel Jose Older, Renee Ahdieh and Becky Albertalli to name just a few. Get ready to GEEK OUT because here’s the full GeekyCon Lit line-up:
GeekyCon Lit Authors:
KATIE RAIN HILL
Katie Rain Hill is a graduate of the University of Tulsa majoring in anthropology and sociology. She wrote her memoir while studying for exams, writing term papers, working part-time as a pharmaceutical technician, and advocating for LGBTQA rights.Rethinking Normal is her first book.
Megan Morrison began as an editor and active staffer of The Leaky Cauldron. She was an avid writer of fan fiction and co-founded The Sugar Quill. Her debut novel Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel was published by the same imprint as the US Harry Potter books!
DANIEL JOSÉ OLDER
Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), a New York TimesNotable Book of 2015.
Zac Brewer grew up on a diet of Twilight Zone and books by Stephen King. He chased them down with every drop of horror he could find. The most delicious parts of his banquet, however, he found lurking in the shadowed corners of his dark imagination. Zac doesn’t believe in happy endings . . . unless they involve blood. He lives in Missouri with his husband and two children.
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age” list, and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book.
Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009) and Serpentine (Month9Books, 2015). The sequel, Sacrifice, releases this September. WANT, a near-future thriller set in Taipei, will be published by Simon Pulse in summer 2017. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Learn more about her books and art at cindypon.com.
Malinda Lo is the author of the young adult novels Ash, Huntress,Adaptation, and Inheritance. She has been a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda is co-founder with Cindy Pon of Diversity in YA, a project that celebrates diversity in young adult books. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their dog. Her website is www.malindalo.com.
Jason Reynolds is crazy. About stories. Jason is the author of critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely); and As Brave as You, his middle grade debut. JasonWritesBooks.com.
MEGAN WHALEN TURNER
Megan Whalen Turner is the author of the Newberry Honor BookThe Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings. A Conspiracy of Kings won the 2011 LA Times Book Award for Young Adult Literature and the series of books was awarded the 2011 Mythopoeic Award for Children’s Literature. meganwhalenturner.org.
Renée Ahdieh is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and its sequelTHE ROSE & THE DAGGER. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds.
Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novel Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. She is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children and teens. Currently, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta, where she spends her days writing books for teens. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.
Anna-Marie’s debut novel, THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a finalist for the William C. Morris Debut Award, and named to YALSA’s list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. Her second novel, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, will be released on October 4, 2016, and WILD BEAUTY is forthcoming in 2017.
Sona Charaipotra is a journalist and author who’s written for everyone from the New York Times to Teen Vogue. The co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent. She’s the co-author of the dance drama Tiny Pretty Things and its sequel Shiny Broken Pieces, due in July from HarperTeen. She is VP of content for We Need Diverse Books. SonaCharaipotra.com
Julie Murphy is the #1 New York Times bestselling young adult author of DUMPLIN’ and SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY. She lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. Before writing full time, she held numerous jobs such as a wedding dress consultant, purified water saleswoman, failed barista, and ultimately a librarian. Her next book, RAMONA BLUE, will be out in 2017. Learn more about her at www.juliemurphywrites.com.
Dhonielle Clayton spent most of her childhood under her grandmother’s table with a stack of books. She is co-founder of CAKE Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent — and decidedly diverse — books for middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction readers. She is COO and Sr. VP of Librarian Services for the non-profit We Need Diverse Books. She is the co-author of Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces with Sona Charaipotra, and the author of the forthcoming fantasy series The Belles coming Fall 2017.
Kat Zhang loves traveling to places both real and fictional–the former allows for better souvenirs, but the latter allows for dragons, so it’s a tough pick. HarperCollins published her first YA trilogy, the Hybrid Chronicles, which are about a girl struggling to survive in an alternate universe where people are born with two souls, and one is doomed to disappear. You can learn all about Kat at her site, or listen to her ramblings on Twitter.
Kendare Blake holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Award finalist; Girl of Nightmares; Antigoddess;Mortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into 18 languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Kent, Washington.
With so many amazing authors at one event, you do not want to miss GeekyCon 2016. If you haven’t got your GeekyCon ticket yet, what are you waiting for?!