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.

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 …

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 …

M T Anderson

M. T. Anderson, author of books ranging from comic fantasy adventure to Gothic historical fiction, has just purchased a haunted house very cheaply. What could go wrong? In the past, he has journeyed into the Taklamakan Desert with friends to find the ruins of an ancient temple to a rat …

Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. All efforts to make her produce “normal” stories failed. Today, …

Don Calame

Don Calame is an author, screenwriter and amateur dog trainer. He has managed to teach his dogs to sit, stay, lie down, do a figure 8, play dead, and jump over hurdles. He is currently working on teaching his dogs how to do his wash and clean his bathroom. When …

Rose Cooper

Completely normal and random and true facts about Rose: She suffers from spontaneous laughter syndrome, often triggered from a joke told several days earlier. And sometimes she snorts. But let’s not talk about that. Actually, let’s forget that was ever mentioned, ok? For as long as she can remember, people …

Cory Doctorow

I can pick locks, make rubber bands pass through each other, and perform the most astounding feat of finger-magic you have ever seen. http://craphound.com/ 2017 Workshop: Inspiration Sucks Writing through inspiration sucks: it’s a recipe to make you miserable as you wait for the inspiration to strike. Writer’s block is no …

Dan Gemeinhart

Hi! I’m Dan Gemeinhart. I’m way taller than I need to be, but it comes in handy when a bird poops on my head (which happened to me at lunch in high school…I was tall enough to just stand straight and no one could see it. I rushed to the …

Jessica Day George

Jessica Day George lives outside of Salt Lake City with her husband, three children, and a fluffy white dog. She got so jealous when she enrolled her two oldest kids in Irish dance that she started taking lessons, too. Even though she’s older than the teacher, and only okay at …

April Henry

April comes from bad blood. In 1656, one of her ancestors was charged with pig bewitchment. One great-grandfather was in an arson gang. Another gunned down her grandmother’s boyfriend for kissing her. Don’t worry – April only burns things down and kills people on paper. In third grade, April was …

Bill Konigsberg

Bill Konigsberg was born in New York City. Expectations were high based on his highly athletic birth; he stuck the landing and received a 5.8 from the Russian Judge, but he was later disqualified when it was determined he was doping. He blamed his mother, a practice that continued for …

Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson never thought she was going to be a writer. She planned on being a marine biologist, until she spent a summer at oceanography camp and realized that she got seasick, didn’t like boats, and that fish creeped her out. (And that was day one.) Instead, she now spends …

Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. He was also architect for the Spirit Animal series and wrote the first book. Brandon lived in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile for two years where he learned Spanish and juggling. …

Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann is proudly left-handed when it comes to things like writing, but she’s ambidextrous when it comes to sports. Her favorite foods are bacon and avocados, and she doesn’t eat sugar. She lives in the Sonoran Desert outside of Phoenix, and her backyard is home to various way-ward cats …