September 24, 2016


Rachel Caine

Portrait of Rachel Caine

New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Rachel Caine discusses the enormous (and radical) idea of how libraries began, developed, and changed the world … and how what we now take for granted continues to be an irreplaceable ideal for the world. She’ll also talk about how the history of libraries factored into her critically acclaimed series The Great Library, and the continued value of printed works and curation in a world full of data.


Amy Nichols

Portrait of Amy Nichols

Amy Nichols has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, but she took the long route to becoming an author. She earned a Master’s in literature and worked for years in a bunch of oddball professions (tech writer, web designer, political aide), before finally gathering up the courage to pursue her real dream. Her first novel, YA sci-fi thriller Now That You’re Here, was published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in December, 2014. The follow-up, While You Were Gone, hit shelves in August 2015.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram. She writes weekly at her own blog and at The Parking Lot Confessional, as well as monthly at YA Outside the Lines. She also participates in The Parking Lot Confessional’s bi-monthly podcast, Curb Chat. Come find her and say hello!


Chris Grabenstein

Portrait of Chris Grabenstein

Chris Grabenstein is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Island of Dr. Libris and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library as well as the co-author (with James Patterson) of the number one bestselling series I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters.

Winner of all sorts of awards, Chris writes fast-paced and fun page-turners for children and adults. He’s also a playwright and screenwriter not to mention a former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. Sometimes he sleeps.


Alan Gratz

Portrait of Alan Gratz

Alan Gratz’s first novel, Samurai Shortstop, was named one of the ALA’s 2007 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults. His second novel, Something Rotten, was a 2008 ALA Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers, and was followed by a sequel, Something Wicked, in October 2008. His first middle grade novel, The Brooklyn Nine, was one of the ALA’s Top Ten Sports Books for Youth and Top Ten Historical Books for Youth, and his middle grade Holocaust novel Prisoner B-3087 was one of YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Readers and has won seven state awards. His latest novels are the YA thriller Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and The Monster War, the third book in his middle grade steampunk League of Seven trilogy.

Alan’s short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, online at, and in the anthologies Half-Minute Horrors and Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction, which benefitted victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E’s City Confidential, Alan has taught catapult-building to middle-schoolers, written more than 6,000 radio commercials, sold other people’s books, lectured at a Czech university, and traveled the galaxy as a space ranger (One of these, it should be pointed out, is not true). He now lives with his wife Wendi and his daughter Jo in the high country of Western North Carolina, where he enjoys playing games, eating pizza, and, perhaps not too surprisingly, reading books.


Erin Lange

Portrait of Erin Lange

Erin Lange writes facts by day and fiction by night. As a journalist, she is inspired by current events and real-world issues and uses her writing to explore how those issues impact teenagers. She is an only child, so she spent a lot of time entertaining herself as a kid. This required her to rely heavily on her own imagination, which is probably why she became a writer.

Erin grew up in the cornfields of northern Illinois, along the Mississippi River in one of the few places it flows east to west. She now lives in the sunshine of Arizona and will forever be torn between her love of rivers and her love of the desert.


Tom Leveen

Portrait of Tom Leveen

Tom Leveen is the author of several young adult novels, including Zero, an ALA/YALSA Best Book of 2013. He is a frequent speaker and teacher, from high school writing classes to national conventions. He has spoken or taught previously at NCTE, AZLA, Kennesaw State University, Western New Mexico University, Arizona State University, the Tucson Festival of Books, Los Angeles Book Fest, and many others.


Charline Profiri

Portrait of Charlene Profiri

Charline Profiri is a “desert rat” who grew up in Phoenix. After graduating from ASU with a BA in Education, she taught kindergarten through third grade in Phoenix, Saudi Arabia, and Tucson. She began her writing career after taking an early retirement from teaching. In 2003, she was awarded a scholarship which allowed her to attend the weeklong Highlight’s Foundation Writing Workshop in Chautauqua, NY. Her first publishing credits were in the children’s magazines Highlights for Children, Highlights High Five, My Friend, and Pockets. Her board book Counting Little Geckos debuted in 2005. That was followed in 2013 by a picture book Guess Who’s in the Desert. Charline’s writing has also appeared in Chicken Soup: Inspiration for the Young at Heart and Courage to Thrive, and has won numerous awards. She enjoys sharing her books and writing tips during school and library presentations.

Charline is a night owl who loves to sleep late, read, write, learn, laugh, and travel. She collects giraffes, and savors dark chocolate and red wine. Charline has two daughters, has lived in five states (Arizona, California, New Mexico, New York, and Wisconsin) and has traveled in 19 countries. She now lives in Sun City West.

Carew Papritz

Portrait of Carew Papritz

As the bestselling author of the 5-time award-winning inspirational book, The Legacy Letters, Carew Papritz thrives on the incurable combination of an undying curiosity and an adventurer’s heart. He truly lives his book’s central message to “live life to the fullest.” He is still determined to be a Renaissance Man in an age that lauds the specialist. The Huffington Post says Carew “intrigues and enlightens, charms and catalyzes change for every reader.”

Want to find out about Carew’s next adventure? Or wild book signing? Or TV show? Or even next book? Please check out his website and sign up to receive email updates, or just enjoy a moment with Carew and The Legacy Letters!


Aprilynne Pike

Portrait of Aprilynne Pike

Aprilynne Pike is the author of the bestselling young adult novels Wings, Spells, and Illusions. The three novels, often referred to as the Wings series, tell the story of Laurel, a 15-year-old girl who discovers she’s a faerie sent to live among humans so she can protect the gateway to the magical land of Avalon. Pike lists Lois Lowry and Stephenie Meyer among her writing influences, and critics have favorably compared Wings to Meyer’s popular Twilight series. Pike now lives in Glendale, Arizona, with her husband and four children.


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