Meg Waite Clayton
Meg Waite Clayton, a New York Times and USA Today bestseller and book club favorite, is the author of seven novels. Her most recent, the Jewish Book Award finalist "The Last Train to London," is a national bestseller in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands, and is published or forthcoming in 19 languages. Her screenplay for the novel was chosen for the prestigious Meryl Streep- and Nicole Kidman-sponsored The Writers Lab.
A well-known, local fiction-writing teacher and coach, memoirist, co-author and developmental editor, Tom Parker is an O. Henry Prize-winning short-story writer and author of the novels "Anna, Ann, Annie" and "Small Business." His work has appeared in Harper's and has been reviewed in The New Yorker. He has taught at Stanford, the University of California, Berkeley, and Foothill and Ca?ada community colleges. His website is tomparkerwrites.com.
Judges for the Teen category
Nancy Etchemendy's novels, short fiction and poetry have appeared regularly for the past 40 years, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her work has earned a number of awards, including three Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award. "Cat in Glass and Other Tales of the Unnatural," her collection of short dark fantasy, was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Her most recent work is "Odd Company," an online publication about compassion and conversations between people who disagree (free to the public at nancyetchemendy.substack.com). Etchemendy lives and works in Palo Alto.
Marjorie Sayer writes books with a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective. Her middle-grade novel, "The Girl Mechanic of Wanzhou," is a winner of the Scholastic Asia Book Award. Her nonfiction for adults has appeared in O'Reilly Media, and her recreational math books have been used in clubs throughout the country. She enjoys bicycle travel, her family and the friendship of her cats. She blogs about her interests at marjoriesayer.com.
Caryn Huberman Yacowitz
Caryn Huberman Yacowitz is the author of children's books and plays. Her picture books are widely anthologized and included in the Junior Great Books and Junior Library Guild Selections. "Baby Moses in a Basket" (Candlewick Press) is her newest picture book. During the pandemic, she's been recording her misadventures in Hebrew school and caring for a Norwegian Forest Cat. For more information, go to carynyacowitz.com.
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