(Don’t) Leave the Past Behind:
Historical YA

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 6:00 pm EST

Lindsay Smith (lindsaysmith.net) is the author of Sekret and other novels for young adults. She writes for Serial Box’s Marvel’s Black Widow, Orphan Black: The Next Chapter, and The Witch Who Came in from the Cold. Her comics and short stories have appeared on Tor.com and in the anthologies Shout Out! an LGBTQ YA Anthology, A Tyranny of Petticoats, Toil & Trouble, and That Way Madness Lies. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and dog, where she works in cybersecurity. You can follow Lindsay Smith on Twitter and Instagram @LindsaySmithDC.

Caroline Tung Richmond is the award-winning author of The Only Thing to Fear, The Darkest Hour, and Hungry Hearts. She is also the program director of We Need Diverse Books. A self-proclaimed history nerd and cookie connoisseur, Caroline lives in Maryland with her family. https://www.carolinetrichmond.com

Jessica Spotswood is the author of the fantasy trilogy The Cahill Witch Chronicles and the contemporary novels Wild Swans and The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls. She is the editor of A Tyranny of Petticoats and The Radical Element and co-editor of Toil & Trouble. Jess lives in Washington, DC, where she works for the DC Public Library. http://jessicaspotswood.com

L.M. Elliott was an award-winning magazine journalist in Washington, D.C. covering women’s issues, before becoming a New York Times best-selling author of historical and biographical young adult novels. Her works include Hamilton And Peggy!, Under a War-torn Sky and its sequel A Troubled Peace, Da Vinci’s Tiger, Suspect Red, and her most recent, Walls, which follows two cousins in 1960 Berlin—an American Army teen in the West and his cousin, trapped in the East, as the infamous Berlin Wall goes up, named a Kirkus Reviews’ 100 Best Young Adult Novels for 2021. 

Later this month, HarperCollins will release her Louisa June and the Nazis in the Waves, a homefront story set in Tidewater Virginia during the U-boat attacks of 1942. https://www.lmelliott.com

Ibi Zoboi is the New York Times Bestselling author of MY LIFE AS AN ICE CREAM SANDWICH (Penguin, 2019), a middle-grade debut; the Young Adult novels, AMERICAN STREET (HarperCollins, 2017), a National Book Award Finalist and New York Times Notable Book, and PRIDE (HaperCollins, 2018), a contemporary remix of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. She is also the co-author of PUNCHING THE AIR (HarperCollins, 2020) with prison reform activist, Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five, and editor of BLACK ENOUGH: STORIES OF BEING YOUNG & BLACK IN AMERICA (HarperCollins, 2019).

Ibi holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others. As an educator, she is the recipient of several grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council for her community-based programs for teen girls in both Brooklyn and Haiti. She’s worked for arts organizations such as Teachers & Writers Collaborative and Community Word Project as a writer-in-residence and teaching artist in New York City public schools.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and raised in New York City, Ibi now lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and their three children. https://www.ibizoboi.net