News & Events



News:

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

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS is reviewed by the New York Times

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS is longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award in Young People's Literature

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS is a finalist for the 2016 Int'l Latino Book Awards 

My third book, WILD BEAUTY, is slated for 2017! Thrilled to keep working with Kat Brzozowski and the Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press and Griffin Teen team! 
 

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS is named to YALSA's 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults list

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS is a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS is named best debut of 2015 by the Latinidad List

Upcoming Events:

I'm currently working away on my third book, but please stay tuned for future events!


Past events: 

2016

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

11am
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.   

12:30pm
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

2015

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. 


3-4pm  
Moscone Convention Center, Macmillan Booth #1009

4:30-5:30pm
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.