AUTHOR OF INTERNMENT, LOVE, HATE & OTHER FILTERS, AND MAD, BAD, & DANGEROUS TO KNOW (FORTHCOMING)
Bio: Born in Bombay, India and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois, Samira spent countless hours at the library. She received her BA and MAT from the University of Chicago and went on to teach high school English in both the suburbs of Chicago and the New York City Public Schools. After she left the classroom, she worked in education non-profits, helping to create more than seventy small high schools in New York City and fought to secure billions of dollars in public school funding throughout New York State. These days, Samira lives in Chicago, Illinois. When she’s not writing or reading, she can be found on her lifelong quest for the perfect pastry.
AUTHOR OF THE HAZEL WOOD
Bio: Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of BN.com. She has written for McSweeney’s, Time Out Chicago, MTV, and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Hazel Wood is her first novel.
Melissa's Twitter: @mimi_albert
AUTHOR OF WHAT IF IT’S US (WITH ADAM SILVERA), LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT, THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED AND SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA
Bio: Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, among others. She is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children and teens. She also served for seven years as the coleader of a support group for gender-nonconforming children in Washington, DC.
Becky's Twitter: @beckyalbertalli
Awards and Honors: TAYSHAS Reading List 2018 Nominee (The UpSide of Unrequited), TAYSHAS Reading List 2016 (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda)
AUTHOR OF DREAMING OUT LOUD
Bio: Baby Ariel is an American singer and social media personality, known for her videos on TikTok (formerly known as Musical.ly). Ariel is recognized as one of the most influential people on the internet by Time magazine. In 2015, Ariel launched an anti-bullying campaign called #ArielMovement. She won the Teen Choice Award for “Choice Muser” in 2016 and 2017.