Wednesday, July 13, 2022
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Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in the Unstoppable trilogy, Even Greater Mistakes: Stories, Never Say You Can’t Survive, The City in the Middle of the Night, and All the Birds in the Sky. She’s won the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, Lambda Literary, Crawford, and Locus Awards. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, McSweeney’s, Mother Jones, Tor.com, Tin House, and other places. Her TED Talk, “Go Ahead, Dream About the Future” got 700,000 views in its first week, and she co-hosts the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct.


Karen Walrond

Karen Walrond

Karen Walrond is a lawyer, leadership coach, photographer, author, and activist. Her latest book, The Lightmaker’s Manifesto: How to Work for Change Without Losing Your Joy, beckons readers toward lives of integrity, advocacy, conviction, and joy. She is a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and serves on the board of the Houston Coalition Against Hate. Karen has been featured on PBS, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She curates the award-winning blog Chookooloonks, is the host of The Make Light Show, and is the author and photographer of The Beauty of Different. Karen and her family live in Houston, Texas.


Faith Harper

Dr. Faith Harper

Dr. Faith G. Harper, LPC-S, ACS, ACN is a bad-ass, funny lady with a PhD. She’s a licensed professional counselor, board supervisor, certified sexologist, and applied clinical nutritionist with a private practice and consulting business in San Antonio, Texas. She’s been an adjunct professor, a TEDx presenter, and is proud to be a woman of color and uppity intersectional feminist. She is the bestselling author of the book Unf*ck Your Brain and many other popular works. She publishes in academic spaces as well, most recently with a chapter in the book Understanding Indigenous Perspectives.


Brenna Connor

Brenna Connor

Brenna Connor has been working with data and analytics for nearly a decade in roles including marketing, analysis, and product development. Her lifelong passion for books and reading combined with deep analytical expertise enables Brenna to provide actionable insights for publishers and retailers across the book market. Brenna joined The NPD Group in 2014 as part of the marketing department and moved to the NPD Books team in 2018. Prior to joining NPD, she held marketing and program management positions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.


Danielle Greendeer

Danielle Greendeer

Danielle Greendeer is a citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Nation and works in the areas of tribal governance, cultural perpetuation, and food sovereignty. Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story is her debut book, co-written with Anthony Perry and Alexis Bunten. She lives in Mashpee.


Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the bestselling author of books for all ages, including the AIYLA winning Hearts Unbroken; she is also the anthologist of Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids. Most recently, she was named the 2021 NSK Neustadt Laureate, and is the author-curator of Heartdrum, a Native-focused imprint at HarperCollins Children’s Books. She serves on the MFA faculty in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a citizen of the Muscogee Nation and lives in Austin, Texas.


Traci Sorrell

Traci Sorell

Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction for children featuring contemporary characters and compelling biographies. Her books include We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga and We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know, and she is a multiple-time AIYLA Honor and Sibert Honor winner. A former federal Indian law attorney and policy advocate, Traci is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma where her tribe is located.



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