News & Events


My fourth book, BLANCA & ROJA, is slated for 2018! Thrilled to keep working with Kat Brzozowski and Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan!

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS is the winner of the 2016 James Tiptree Jr. Award

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS is a 2017 Stonewall Honor Book

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS is a 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults Book and a 2017 Rainbow List Top Ten Book

Upcoming Events:

September 23, 2017
Tea with Todd Mitchell
Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO

October 3-8, 2017
Fierce Reads Tour
Dates & cities here

October 13-15, 2017
Southern Festival of Books

October 18-20
NCIBA Fall Discovery Show

November 3-5, 2017
YALSA's 2017 Young Adult Services Symposium

November 17, 2017
2017 NCTE Annual Convention, St. Louis, Missouri

Past events:


American Library Association 2017 Annual Conference, Chicago
Sunday, June 25, 2-3pm Signing at Macmillan Children's Booth
Monday, June 26 Stonewall Awards Program 

BookExpo America
Friday, June 2, 2pm Signing, Autographing Area Table #5

WisCon, Madison, WI
Sunday, May 28, 10-11:15am "Borders, Boundaries, and Liminal Spaces" Panel
Sunday, May 28 Tiptree Ceremony

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
April 22, 2017


Miami Book Fair, November 18-19, 2016
National Book Award Teen Press Conference, hosted by George O'Connor, with Caren Stelson and Kate Dicamillo
An Evening with the National Book Award Nominees
National Book Award Nominees Reading

Signing with I.W. Gregorio, October 24, 2016, Avid Reader at the Tower, Sacramento

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS Book Launch, October 6, 2016, Avid Reader, Davis

GeekyCon 2016, July 29-31, Orlando, FL
Literary Track, July 29-30

Barnes & Noble Plaza Venezia, Orlando, FL, July 29, 7:30pm
7900 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Discussion/Signing with Renee Ahdieh, Becky Albertalli, Kendare Blake, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, Lauren Gibaldi, Varian Johnson, Malinda Lo, Anna-Marie McLemore, Julie Murphy, Daniel José Older, Cindy Pon, Jason Reynolds, Adam Silvera, & Kat Zhang

Sacramento Comic Con, June 18

BookCon, Chicago, IL, May 14, 2016

WNDB Panel: Love and Loss in Literature 
Children's literature encompasses some of the most heartwarming and heart rendering material by exposing the readers to new worlds, feelings, and experiences they may recall from their youth or even today. Join We Need Diverse Books to discuss love and loss in all its forms with award-winning, best-selling, and critically acclaimed authors Jenny Han, Gene Luen Yang, Francisco X. Stork, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Leigh Bardugo. Moderated by Sona Charaipotra.   

Signing at St. Martin's Press Booth

January 8-11
2016 ALA Midwinter Conference, Boston, MA

Sunday, January 10, 2pm
Signing at Macmillan Booth #1806

Monday, January 11
10:30am - Morris and Nonfiction Finalist Speeches
12pm - Signing


November 19
Bookstore event at Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA

November 6-8

Diverse Teen Fiction: Getting Beyond The Labels

Diverse YA fiction can often be segregated into niches based around tags -- LGBTQIA, Disabled, Latino, etc -- limiting circulation. Join members of the We Need Diverse Books team to discuss how librarians can emphasize the universal, highlight how texts can be “windows” for some and “mirrors” for others, and repurpose tags to maximize circulation. Participants will be presented with a “toolkit,” including comparative title strategies, event connections, creative shelf-labeling, and the art of the enticing one-line pitch.  Participating authors:  Ilene Wong, Stacey Lee, Anna Marie McLemore, Renee Watson, Swati Avasthi, Fonda Lee, Dhonielle Clayton. 

Moscone Convention Center, Macmillan Booth #1009

Moscone Convention Center, Room 2001 (W)

NYT Bestselling author Marie Lu moderates a panel of eight debut authors who are committed to bringing diverse stories to readers everywhere. Participating authors include Stacey Lee, I.W. Gregorio, Sabaa Tahir, Kelly Loy Gilbert, Dhonielle Clayton, Holly Bodger, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Renee Ahdieh.