Kick off the festival with a live welcome from authors Melanie Conklin, Ellen Oh, and Christina Soontornvat. Join in and let us know where you are, wherever you are! With live shout-outs to attendees and exciting announcements. It’s time to let the celebration begin!
Melanie Conklin grew up in North Carolina and worked as a product designer for ten years before she began her writing career. Her debut middle grade novel, Counting Thyme, is a Bank Street Best Children’s Book, winner of the International Literacy Association Teacher’s Choice Award, and nominated to four state reading lists. Her second novel for young readers, Every Missing Piece, publishes with Little, Brown in May, 2020. When she’s not writing, Melanie spends her time doodling and dreaming up new ways to be creative. She lives in New Jersey with her family. Connect with her on twitter @MLConklin.
Christina Soontornvat is a storyteller, engineer, and STEM educator. She is the author of the fantasy middle grade series, The Changelings, and the early chapter book series, Diary of an Ice Princess. Her newest books include the middle grade fantasy, A Wish in the Dark, and All Thirteen, a nonfiction account of the Thai Cave Rescue.
Anti-social curmudgeonly author, former college instructor, recovering attorney, addicted to diet coke. Can be bribed with donuts. Krispy Kreme only.