Greetings, Adventurers and Scientists!
Unfortunately, we have to announce that Alaya Dawn Johnson will not be able to join us this year, because of some happenings in the school system where she teaches.
However! We are excited to announce a few additions who have graciously agreed to take her place!
Mary Anne Mohanraj
Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins), The Stars Change (Circlet Press) and ten other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. The Stars Change is a science fiction novella, and finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards. Previous titles include Aqua Erotica,Wet, Kathryn in the City, The Classics Professor, The Best of Strange Horizons, Without a Map, The Poet’s Journey, and A Taste of Serendib (a Sri Lankan cookbook).
Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons, and was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010 and Maneki Neko Con. She serves as Executive Director of the Speculative Literature Foundation (speclit.org), has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is Clinical Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Sherri L. Smith
By day she works in a monster factory, at night she writes by the glow of her laptop. Sherri L. Smith is the author of five award-winning young adult novels, including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl—a World War II adventure the Washington Post named a best book of the year. Her latest novel is Orleans, a “cli-fi” adventure set in a future, post-disaster New Orleans where the survivors have gone tribal, separated by blood type to stem the spread of deadly disease. Sherri was a judge for the 2014 National Book Awards in Young People’s Literature and a three-time writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook, a women writers’ retreat in Washington State. She’s worked in comic books, animation and construction. Her newest book, The Toymaker’s Apprentice, is an historical clockwork fantasy based on “The Nutcracker,” in stores this fall. Learn more at www.sherrilsmith.com
James A. Owen
James A. Owen is an author, illustrator, and speaker. He created two dozen StarChild comics, and was named to trade magazine Hero Illustrated’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the Comic Book Industry in 1994 and 1995.
James drew over 200 illustrations, as well as the covers, for his epic seven book series of young adult novels, the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica. More than a million copies of his publications are in print, and are sold all over the world.
Often asked to speak at schools, James rarely discusses his books, instead focusing on stories from his own life – examples of overcoming obstacles and adversity, how making choices in life is like drawing a Dragon, and how he came to do what he loves most for his job. These stories are the inspirational non-fiction book, Drawing Out The Dragons, the first of three books called The Meditations.
Fool’s Hollow, the first of a five-volume YA series, will come out in 2013. It’s both a literary homecoming for James as well as a starting point for a bold, new adventure, because Fool’s Hollow will be a grand retelling and completion of the StarChild saga with dozens of new, original illustrations
James is the founder and executive director of the Coppervale Studio, a 14,000 square foot, century-old restored church in Arizona.