It doesn’t take a great deal of observation to know that Young Adult fiction is thriving among readers all ages, not just the 12-to-18-year-olds for whom young adult authors primarily write.
The Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans on Thursday March 22 takes visitors into the world of Young Adult fiction by welcoming two authors—Daniel José Older and Jimmy Cajoleas—to campus to discuss their work.
Older is the award-winning author of both YA and adult books. His forthcoming books are “Star Wars: The Last Shot” (Del Ray, April 2018) and “Dactyl Hill Squad,” his first middle grade novel, to be published by Scholastic in September 2018. Older’s New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel, “Shadowshaper” (Scholastic), was a New York Times Best Book of the Year.
His other books include the Bone Street Rumba novels, including Midnight Taxi Tango and Half-Resurrection Blues (Penguin). Winner of the International Latino Book Award, Older also 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 lives and composes music in New Orleans.
Cajoleas was born in Jackson, Miss. He spent years traveling the country playing music before earning his MFA from the University of Mississippi. He is author of the novels “Goldeline” (2017) and “The Good Demon” (2018). He lives in New York.
The reading will take place at 6 p.m. in the auditorium in Liberal Arts Room 140. The public is invited.