Presenters for 2022 Conference

A.S. King
A.S. King

A.S. King has been called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by the New York Times Book Review. King is the author of highly-acclaimed novels including 2020 Michael L. Printz Award winner and LA Times Book Prize finalist DIG, 2016’s Still Life with Tornado, 2015’s surrealist I Crawl Through It, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, Reality Boy, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the Passengers, Everybody Sees the Ants, 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz among others. She also writes Middle Grade fiction as Amy Sarig King.She is a faculty member of the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

E. B. Lewis
E. B. Lewis

E. B. Lewis is a decorated illustrator, or artistrator as he calls himself. He has published more than 70 books for which he has won countless awards, including a Coretta Scott King Illustrator award and three CSK honors. Lewis’s longtime partnership with Jacqueline Woodson has produced such titles as Each KindnessThe Other Side, and Coming On Home Soon, for which he received a Caldecott Honor. His recent picture book biography of John Lewis, Preaching to the Chickens with text by Jabari Asim was a New York Times and Kirkus best illustrated book and a Golden Kite Honor.

Linda Sue Park
Linda Sue Park

When Linda Sue Park was nine years old, she published her first haiku in a children’s magazine.  It earned her a dollar, which she gave to her father for Christmas.  Since then, Park has published a collection of poetry, multiple picture books, and a plethora of novels for young people such as Forest of Wonders and A Long Walk to Water.  Her renowned work, A Single Shard, won the 2002 Newbery Medal and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Park’s novel, Prairie Lotus, won the 2021 ALA Asian/Pacific Award. Her newest book, The One Thing You’d Save, captures diverse voices using the Korean poetry form sijo.

Bahni Turpin
Bahni Turpin

Bahni Turpin has given us remarkable characters–nuanced, indelible, and unforgettable—in books like Children of Blood and Bone, and Everything Everything and The Sun is Also a Star. She won her first Odyssey award in 2011 for The True Meaning of Smekday and won the Odyssey again in 2018 for The Hate You Give. She is a two-time winner of the Audie Award for Best Solo Female Narration. We’re so excited to bring you the CLC’s first audiobook narrator!