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Keynote and Special Speakers

Please join us in Pittsburgh, PA next July as we welcome our invited speakers.



Keynote Speaker - Malinda Lo


Malinda Lo is the critically acclaimed author of several young adult novels, including the upcoming A Line in the Dark (Dutton, Oct. 17, 2017). Malinda's first novel, Ash, a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and the Lambda Literary Award for Children's/Young Adult, and was a Kirkus 2009 Best Book for Children and Teens. Her nonfiction has been published by The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Toast, The Horn Book, and AfterEllen.

Malinda's novel Huntress, a companion novel to Ash, was a Lambda Award finalist, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and was longlisted for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Her novel Adaptation was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Book Award and named a Bank Street College Best Children's Book of 2013, and the sequel, Inheritance, was the winner of the 2014 Bisexual Book Awards for Bisexual Teen/Young Adult Fiction.

Before she became a novelist, Malinda was an economics major, an editorial assistant, a graduate student, and an entertainment reporter. She was awarded the 2006 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association for her work at AfterEllen. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has master's degrees from Harvard and Stanford Universities. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their dog.


Special Speaker - TBD



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