Laini Taylor is a beloved fantasy author who describes herself as a writer-artist-daydreamer-nerd-person. She is the winner of a Cybils Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction and was also a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. Her highly imaginative works such as the illustrated Night of Cake and Puppets and the faerie fiction Blackbringer have attracted a following of both young adult and adult readers. Additionally, Taylor is well-known for her Daughter of Smoke and Bone fantasy series. Her 2017 novel, Strange the Dreamer was selected as a Michael L. Printz honor book and is frequently taught in young adult literature courses here at Western.