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Thank You for Joining Us at ILA 2019!

Lunch and Awards

The Children's Literature Day Lunch and Awards are included in your registration. Emceed by the Crazy Reading Ladies, Mary Cotillo and Erin O'Leary, this event includes a plated lunch, the presentation of the ILA 2019 Children's and Young Adults' Book Awards, and keynotes Matt Mendez and Ruta Sepetys.

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.