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Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynotes

Sunday, October 13

Chad Everett (@chadceverett) is a middle school literacy coach in north Mississippi. A self-proclaimed literacy and technology geek, Chad marries his knowledge of effective technology practices to enhance student learning with his passion for literacy. He's also deeply involved with community adult literacy initiatives and believes that the change needed to transform education extends beyond the school's walls.

Chad Everett

Linda Sue Park (@LindaSuePark) is the author of the best-selling A Long Walk to Water and the Newbery Medal–winning book A Single Shard, as well as many other acclaimed novels and picture books. Nya's Long Walk: A Step at a Time, the eagerly anticipated companion to A Long Walk to Water, publishes this fall. She lives in Rochester, NY.

Linda Sue Park

Lunch Keynotes

Sunday, October 13

Matt Mendez (@mattgmendez) grew up in central El Paso, TX, just like his characters. He received an MFA from the University of Arizona. He is the author of Barely Missing Everything, his YA debut novel, and the short story collection Twitching Heart. Matt currently lives in Tucson, AZ, with his wife and two daughters.

Matt Mendez

Ruta Sepetys (@RutaSepetys) is an internationally acclaimed author of historical fiction published in over 50 countries and 36 languages. Her novels Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy, and Salt to the Sea are all New York Times bestsellers, international bestsellers, and Carnegie Medal nominees or winners. Born and raised in Michigan, Ruta now lives with her family in Nashville, TN.

Ruta Sepetys

Please note: Presenters, dates, times, and topics are subject to change.