Festival Info

Live Dinosaurs, Ghosts, and Gods, Oh My!

Claribel A. Ortega (GHOST SQUAD), Daniel José Older (DACTYL HILL SQUAD series), and Kwame Mbalia (TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY) will take readers along with them on a fantastical journey into the worlds of their novels. Whether they’re weaving magic in this world, another universe, or another time completely, these three middle grade authors will discuss the folklore and diverse magic that inspires their stories.

WHEN: 11:00AM EST on Friday, 1 May 2020


Claribel A. Ortega is a former reporter who writes YA & MG fantasy inspired by her Dominican heritage. When she’s not busy turning her obsession with eighties pop culture, magic and video games into books, she’s filming videos for her YouTube channel or making GIFS for her small graphic design business, GIFGRRL.

Daniel José Older is the New York Times bestselling author of the Middle Grade historical fantasy series Dactyl Hill Squad, The Book of Lost Saints, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, Star Wars: Last Shot, and the award winning Young Adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher, which won the International Latino Book Award and was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature, the Andre Norton Award, the Locus, the Mythopoeic Award, and named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read.

Kwame is a husband, father, writer, a New York Times bestselling author, and a former pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. His debut middle-grade novel, TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY, and the sequel TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD (October 6, 2020) are published by Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion. A Howard University graduate and a Midwesterner now in North Carolina, he survives on Dad jokes and Cheezits.