Closing Keynote: Erin Entrada Kelly In Conversation


Erin Entrada Kelly, in conversation with Josh Berk, Bethlehem Area Public Library Director

New York Times–bestselling author Erin Entrada Kelly was awarded the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe and a Newbery Honor for We Dream of Space. She grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and now lives in Delaware. She is a professor of children’s literature in the graduate fiction and publishing programs at Rosemont College, where she earned her MFA, and is on the faculty at Hamline University. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut novel, Blackbird Fly, was a Kirkus Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, an ALSC Notable Book, and an Asian/Pacific American Literature Honor Book. She is also the author of The Land of Forgotten Girls, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature; You You Go First, a Spring 2018 Indie Next Pick; Lalani of the Distant Sea, an Indie Next Pick; and Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey, which she also illustrated. The author’s mother was the first in her family to immigrate to the United States from the Philippines, and she now lives in Cebu.

Josh Berk, BAPL Director, and author of multiple books, most recently Camp Murderface, Doom in the Deep (Harper Collins 5/21).  Josh Berk is the author of the teen novels The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin (best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews) and Guy Langman: Crime Scene Procrastinator (2012) as well as the middle-grade mysteries Strike Three You’re Dead (2013) and Say It Ain’t So (2014). He is also the co-author of the horror/comedy CAMP MURDERFACE series for kids, co-written with Saundra Mitchell.