Featured Speakers

Ally Condie


Ally Condie is the author of the international bestseller Matched, and its sequel, Crossed. In a starred review for the sequel, Crossed, Kirkus called the Matched series an “addictive, layered dystopic trilogy.”

A former English teacher who still keeps her license current, just in case!), she lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, writing, running, and listening to her husband play guitar.

During her talk, Condie will discuss her exciting series and why her work resonates with the YA audience.

Michael Cart


Michael Cart is a writer, lecturer, consultant, and a longtime Booklist contributor. Cart couples an extensive knowledge of literature with a passion for getting teens to read and is widely acknowledged as an expert on all things related to Young Adult literature.

Cart will discuss the category of readers referred to as “New Adults” who cross easily back and forth between YA and adult readerships and how this widens the audience for YA writers.

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan


Cindy Dobrez & Lynn Rutan have each chaired the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults committee and the Michael L. Printz Award committee. Cindy and Lynn co-author the Bookends Blog for Booklist Online from Holland, Michigan, reviewing and recommending books for preschoolers through teens.

They will reprise their popular talk about the latest and greatest books and what’s on the horizon for tweens and teens.

Robin Brenner


Robin Brenner is the Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. When not presenting programs and reading guidance, she writes for publications including VOYA, The Horn Book, Library Journal, and Knowledge Quest. She is the editor-in-chief of the graphic novel review website “No Flying No Tights.”

Brenner will be discussing the controversial role women play in comics: as creators; how women are portrayed; and female fan acknowledgment.