Cavalcade’s Mission

The Cavalcade of Authors is dedicated to providing the secondary students of our region access to some of the best Young Adult authors of our modern era. Our special interest is to celebrate Pacific Northwest Authors while introducing students to a variety of genres and subject matter and to furthermore, promote reading and writing within our community. We provide for our participants an authentic writing conference experience where students can learn from the ultimate mentors: the authors of the books they are reading.

Michael Buckley

At an early age I realized that all I wanted in life was to have a job where I didn’t have to wear shoes all the time. I hate shoes. I call them foot prisons. My feet have committed no crimes! Socks, are a different matter entirely. I like to …

Cinda Williams Chima

Cinda has a degree in philosophy and two degrees in nutrition. Therefore, she may be totally unqualified to teach anybody anything about writing. Cinda once took a ride in a hot air balloon. It was fantastic except for the part about landing in the middle of the Interstate. It was …

Ally Condie

Ally Condie used to work at a shave-ice shack as a teenager. She ate so many tigers’ blood shaved-ices that it now runs through her veins. She likes to hike and isn’t afraid of falling, which is good because she’s not the most coordinated person on the planet. She’s really …

Kazu Kibuishi

Kazu Kibuishi was born in Tokyo and moved to the United States when he was very young. He grew up in southern California, and graduated with a degree in Film Studies from UC/Santa Barbara. Then he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Kazu is …

D. J. MacHale

I write stories that kids like; my most creative ideas come when I first wake up in the morning; I never read my books once they’re published; my writing partner is my dog who is incredibly sweet but not a rocket scientist; and most notably, I’m terrified of clowns. Learn …

Jennifer Nielsen

As a child, Jennifer Nielsen rode bicycles no-handed, cliff jumped, was the entire outfield on a three-person baseball team, and climbed trees with power lines running through them (that fortunately, she never touched). She somehow became a semi-responsible adult who now only writes about reckless young heroes. She is the …

Trent Reedy

Although he now lives in Spokane, Washington, Trent Reedy spent most of his life in small towns in Iowa, including nine years in Riverside, a town designated as the official future birthplace of Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk. After he returned to Riverside from a deployment to Afghanistan with …

Paige Mckenzie

Check out Paige’s Youtube channel! www.youtube.com/user/hauntedsunshinegirl and The Haunting of Sunshine Girl website at: thehauntingofsunshinegirl.com

Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan has to buy a new toy or action figure that ties in to whatever new project he’s about to write. Visit Jonathan Maberry’s website at www.jonathanmaberry.com

Matthew Kirby

Matthew J. Kirby went to three different elementary schools and three different high schools. This was not his choice. His father was in the Navy. But he loved each of the places he lived for different reasons. He is colorblind, and owns several instruments he does not play, but wishes …