Ray Shepard

Now or Never! 54th Massachusetts Infantry's War to End Slavery

Ray Shepard, author of Now or Never!, began his career as a middle school history and English teacher in Iowa. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education where he received a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

Speaker's Website Genre: Children/Youth

Nic Stone

Dear Martin

Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin, was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, Ga., and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the U.S. to write full-time.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Children/Youth