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The keynote authors are tremendous. Padma is one of my favorites. If you don't know her, catch up, now! I still consider Climbing the Stairs to be one of my all time favorite historical YA novels. The Bridge Home is taking the reading world by storm as a middle school selection for the global read aloud program.
Sure, there are a good number of good African American woman writing young adult literature who have had an impact during the last 30 years. Sharon Draper, Sharon Flake, Nikki Grimes, Jacqueline Woodson, Rita Williams-Garcia and Angela Johnson and Sheila P. Moses all come to mind. I would love to hear from any or all of them. However, when I consider that we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Award, I can't think of anyone more uniquely placed to review this history and talk about the impact of the award that Andrea Davis Pinkney. She is a winner of the award an editor, and a writer of both children's and YA literature. Her reputation as a writer is significant and important. Add that to her influence and knowledge as an editor and there is little more one could ask.
I am sure that you will find both speaker engaging and inspirational. Both are authors I admire and I asked for them. I was thrilled that they were available and willing to do it.
From the day I was nominated, I knew I was going to try to include Jo Knowles. I have been a long time admirer and I just don't think enough people read her works. I wanted to do my part. The other five authors are emerging stars. I don't believe any of them been featured solo speakers at the ALAN workshop. True to my promise to host a workshop focused on the theme of identity and diversity, I think these authors deliver on that score in terms of who they are and based on the themes and characters that inhabit their novels.
Hang on, this workshop is going to be a wild ride.
Other Individual Speakers
A Special Conversation
Elizabeth Acevedo (winner of the Walden Award) in conversation with Susan Groenke (Editor of the The ALAN Review)
Kwame Mbalia and Kimberly Gabriel
Breeana Shields and Brigid Kemmerer
Ibi Zoboi and Lawrence Goldstone
Spencer Hyde and Angie Manfredi
Katia Raina and J. L. Powers
Sarah Deming and Chris Meyer
Alan Gratz and Sharon Cameron
Raina Telgemeir and A. S. King
Josh Allen and Steve Banks
Helene Dunbar and Leah Thomas
Alex London and Lauren Shippen
Suzanne Young and Becky Wallace
Silva Aguilar-Zeleny and Maria Padian
K. A. Holt and Julia Drake
S. K. Ali and Abdi Nazemain
You didn't see someone you are expecting? Hold on there is one more release coming in a few days.