LIVE PANEL: Disability Representation in Kidlit
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Caitie Flum joined Liza Dawson Associates in July 2014 as assistant and audio rights manager. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2009 with a B.A. in English with a concentration in publishing studies. She interned at Hachette Book Group and Writers House. She was an editorial assistant then coordinator for Bookspan, where she worked on several clubs including the Book-of-the-Month Club, The Good Cook, and the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club.
Caitie is looking for commercial and upmarket fiction with great characters and superb writing, especially historical fiction, mysteries/thrillers of all kinds, romance, and book club fiction. She is open to science fiction and fantasy that crosses over to a young adult market.
She is also looking for Middle Grade and Young Adult projects, particularly romance, historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, and contemporary books with diverse characters.
Cindy Baldwin is a fiction writer, essayist, and poet. She grew up in North Carolina and still misses the sweet watermelons and warm accents on a daily basis. As a middle schooler, she kept a book under her bathroom sink to read over and over while fixing her hair or brushing her teeth, and she dreams of writing the kind of books readers can’t bear to be without. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter, surrounded by tall trees and wild blackberries. Her debut novel, Where The Watermelons Grow, is forthcoming from HarperCollins Children’s Books in 2018. You can visit her at www.cindybaldwinbooks.com.
Sally J. Pla is the award-winning author of The Someday Birds and Stanley Will Probably Be Fine, middle-grade novels about kids facing new adventures and learning to feel more at ease in the world. The Someday Birds received the 2018 Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award, and was named a Bank Street Best Children’s Book, NYPL Best Children’s Book, Goodreads Choice Nominee, and Nerdies Award lister, as well as appearing on state award lists. Both books are Junior Library Guild Selections with starred reviews.
Sally’s new picture book, Benji, The Bad Day, and Me is about sibling rivalry and neurodiversity, all wrapped in a big blue blanket.
Sally has appeared on local television and radio as an author and autism advocate. She believes in kindness, respect, and the beauty of different brains. We are all stars shining with different lights!