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Author Line-Up
March 25, 2023

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Nick Brooks is an author and award-winning filmmaker from Washington, DC. He is a 2020 graduate of USC's TV and Film Production program. His short film, Hoop Dreamin', earned him the George Lucas Scholar Award and was a finalist in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Film Fest. He is currently in development for his first feature film, We Were Born Kings, with Mandalay Pictures. Before becoming a filmmaker, Nick was an educator working with at-risk youth and many of his stories are colored by his experiences with the children and families of his community. He is also the author of Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont. 

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Nick Brooks

Morning Keynote

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Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels, including the Novels of Elfhame, THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, the Spiderwick Chronicles, and her adult debut, BOOK OF NIGHT. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library.

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Holly Black

Evening Keynote

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The resident Afrofuturist at the Khewprw Institute and editor at Apex Magazine, his work has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Magazine of F&SF, Uncanny Magazine, & Beneath Ceaseless Skies (some stories collected in The Voices of Martyrs). His books include Unfadeable, Pimp My Airship, Buffalo Soldier, and The Usual Suspects. (MauriceBroaddus.com.)

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Maurice Broaddus

Special Guest