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Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the award-winning author of both YA and adult books. His most recent adult novel is The Book of Lost Saints (Macmillan, 2019), which Publisher’s Weekly, in a starred review, called, “thoroughly transportive,” and Marlon James called “spellbinding.” He recently published two books in the Dactyl Hill Squad series of middle grade books: Dactyl Hill Squad and Dactyl Hill Squad Book 2: Freedom Fire, both from ScholasticThe third book in the series, Dactyl Hill Squad: Thunder Run, will be published by Scholastic in June 2020.

His New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel, Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2016), was a New York Times Best Book of the Year. The final book in the Shadowshaper series, Shadowshaper Legacy, will be published by Scholastic in January 2020. His other books include the second book in the Shadowshaper series, Shadowhouse Fall (Scholastic, 2017,) Star Wars: Last Shot (Del Ray, April 2018), and the Bone Street Rumba novels, including Midnight Taxi Tango and Half-Resurrection Blues (Penguin). Winner of the International Latino Book Award, he has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Locus and World Fantasy Awards, and the Andre Norton Award. Shadowshaper has been optioned by Tony-winning actress Anika Noni Rose. His journalism on social justice, diversity, and gentrification appears regularly in The Guardian.
He offers multiple workshops on storycraft, as well as a series of workshops entitled, “Shape Your Shadow,” which engages diversity and literature in a much needed conversation. In a description of the workshop, Older notes, “Moving into a new era of a more equitable book world means strategizing new ways to change the demographics of writing and publishing, and lifting up voices that haven’t been heard enough.”

He lives, writes, and composes music in New Orleans.