If you weren’t already aware, Myra McEntire, who was our first keynote speaker at the very first UTOPiAcon back in 2012, is joining us for our five year anniversary next year and hosting a special Wednesday night kickoff keynote event.
And now we are thrilled to announce that bestselling author, Alex Flinn, will also be a keynote speaker at #UTOPiA2016!
The Miami-based Flinn is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Beastly, a spin on Beauty and the Beast that was named a VOYA Editor’s Choice and an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Beastly became a major motion picture starring Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer and Mary-Kate Olsen in 2011.
A lover of fairy tales, Flinn has been at the helm of several re-interpretations, including her latest, Mirrored, a modern twist on Snow White; A Kiss in Time, a modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty; Cloaked, a humorous fairy tale mash-up; Bewitching, a re-imagining of fairy tale favorites, including Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, and The Little Mermaid, all told by Kendra, the witch from Beastly; and Towering, a darkly romantic take on Rapunzel.
Her other books for teens include the critically-acclaimed Breathing Underwater, a hard-hitting, gut-wrenching first person narrative about a teenage boy who physically and emotionally abuses his girlfriend, and his struggle to break the cycle of abuse; Breaking Point; Nothing to Lose; Fade to Black; and Diva.
Alex will not only be delivering a keynote you don’t want to miss, but she will also be signing books and participating on a panel. Get #UTOPiA2016 schedule updates here: https://utopia2016.sched.org/
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