Young Adult Author Speakers

Many people fondly remember a book or author that significantly impacted their life. These author speakers share their inspirations and personal stories to truly connect with young adult audiences.

John Green

#1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska; co-author of the New York Times bestseller Will Grayson, Will Grayson

E. Lockhart

New York Times-bestselling author of We Were Liars

Sabaa Tahir

#1 New York Times-bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes

Jacqueline Woodson

National Book Award and four-time Newbery Honor Winner, MacArthur Fellow, and bestselling author of Red at the Bone

Markus Zusak

#1 New York Times- bestselling author of The Book Thief

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Annie Barrows

Bestselling novelist of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and children's book author

Marc Brown

Award-winning and bestselling author of the popular Arthur series

Pierce Brown

Author of New York Times bestselling Red Rising series

Gayle Forman

Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller If I Stay

Adam Gidwitz

New York Times-bestselling author of the Grimm books and The Inquisitor's Tale

Jennifer L. Holm

Three-time Newbery Honor-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of Babymouse

Matthew Holm

Co-creator of two award-winning graphic novel series for children, Babymouse and Squish

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

National Book Award-winning historian and author of How to Be an Antiracist

Steve Lopez

Author of The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music

Mike Lupica

Prominent sportswriter and New York Times bestselling novelist of Travel Team and Heat

Chanel Miller

Artist, activist, and author of the New York Times bestseller Know My Name

Gary Paulsen

Prolific three-time Newbery Honor winner, hailed as "One of the Best Loved Writers Alive" by The New York Times

Matt de la Peña

New York Times bestselling author of books for children and young adults

Chris Raschka

Beloved two-time Caldecott Award and Honor Award winner

Louis Sachar

Newbery and National Book Award-winning author of Holes

Ruta Sepetys

International bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy

Nicola Yoon

#1 New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist