Morning Speaker: Lisa Papademetriou
Bestselling author Lisa Papademetriou is the author of A TALE OF HIGHLY UNUSUAL MAGIC, the CONFECTIONATELY YOURS series, MIDDLE SCHOOL: BIG, FAT LIAR (with James Patterson), and many other novels for middle grade and young adult readers. Her books have appeared on many prestigious lists, including the Bank Street Best Books of the Year list, the NYPL Books for the Teen Age, and the Texas Lone Star Reading list.
A former editor, Lisa has worked for Scholastic, HarperCollins, and Disney Press, and holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She currently serves on the faculty of the MFA (Writing for Children and Young Adults Track) program at Sierra Nevada College in Nevada.
Afternoon Speaker: Carole DeSanti
Carole DeSanti is Vice President, Executive Editor at Viking Penguin, where she is known as a champion and curator of outstanding, original voices. Her publishing credits include Dorothy Allison’s contemporary classic Bastard out of Carolina, Booker Prize finalist Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, Melissa Bank’s Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Marisha Pessl’s Special Topics in Calamity Physics, George Hodgman’s award-winning memoir Bettyville, and the #1 New York Times bestselling novels of Terry McMillan and Deborah Harkness.
DeSanti is the author of THE UNRULY PASSIONS OF EUGÉNIE R, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2012. The novel has been described by Publishers Weekly as “a sweeping, fascinating epic full of drama and beauty.” The New York Times Book Review called it “provocative … the poem of female desires: sexual, artistic, political, intellectual, maternal. All these unfold amid a richness of historical detail, rendered in elegant 19th-century-style prose that convincingly transports us … through the siege of Paris and the fall of the Second Empire, to the hope-filled yet tragic Paris Commune and beyond.” She has been profiled in Poets & Writers, published in the Women’s Review of Books, the Guardian, and The New York Times, awarded the Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award, and received fellowships at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center and Hedgebrook.