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Catherine Linka

Catherine Linka isthe author of A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS, which was an ABA Indie Next Pick and won the Young Adult Novel Award 2014 from the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association. A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS and the sequel, A GIRL UNDONE (St. Martin’s Griffin; June 23, 2015), are currently in development for a television series with Universal Cable Productions. A frequent speaker at writing and teen conferences, Catherine received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and worked as a young adult book buyer for an independent bookstore for seven years. 

Jonathan Rotsztain


Jonathan Rotsztain is Toronto, Ontario based writer, cartoonist and graphic designer with ALL CAPS Design. He completed his MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont in May, 2015. Since December 2013, Jonathan has produced a one page daily journal comic, which he posts online at Learn more at

Shirleyka H.

Shirleyka H. is a junior at the International High School at Lafayette in Brooklyn, New York. She is originally from Haiti, and writes mostly poetry and memoir. 

Suzanne van Rooyen

Suzanne is a tattooed storyteller from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland and finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When not writing, she teaches dance and music to middle schoolers and entertains her shiba inu, Lego. Suzanne is represented by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency.

Graphic Novel Picks for Summer 2015

Cole Gibsen

Cole Gibsen first realized she different when, in high school, she was still reading comic books while the other girls were reading fashion magazines. It was her love of superheroes that first inspired her to pick up a pen. Her favorite things to write about are ordinary girls who find themselves in extraordinary situations. You can learn more about her at

Melissa E. Hurst

Melissa lives in the southern US with her husband and three kids. She writes YA science fiction and fantasy, which means she considers watching "Star Trek" and "Firefly" to be research. She dreams of traveling around the world and maybe finding Atlantis one day. You can usually find her with a book in one hand and a Dr. Pepper in the other. Or consuming lots of chocolate.

Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? THE UNDOMESTIC GODDESS, REMEMBER ME? TWENTIES GIRL, I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER and WEDDING NIGHT. She lives in England.

At last night's Tony Awards, the stage adaptation of Alison Bechdel's contemporary graphic memoir classic, FUN HOME, took home five awards, including Best Musical.