FanX® 2019 Guest Author

VALYNNE E. MAETANI

  • GUEST INFO

    NAME: GAMA RAY MARTINEZ
    APPEARING: Both Days
    KNOWN FOR:  Author of Ink and Ashes
    PANEL: TBA*
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    *Guests appearances and Panels are subject to change or cancellation. 

  • GUEST BIO

    Valynne E. Maetani grew up in Utah and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She was once a project manager, developing educational software for children with learning disabilities, and is currently a member of the We Need Diverse Books team. Valynne is dedicated to promoting diversity in children’s literature because all children should grow up believing their stories deserve to be told. Her debut novel, Ink and Ashes, is the winner of the New Visions Award 2013, a spring 2015 Junior Library Guild selection, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015, Best Fiction Book in Salt Lake City Weekly’s Best of Utah Arts Award for 2015, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction, the APALA Honor for Youth Adult Fiction 2015, Whitney Award for Best New Author 2016, Cybils Award Nominee 2015 and the Paterson Prize 2016.