Washington University Local Author Panel featuring:
Esme Symes-Smith, George Jreije, Catherine Bakewell, Emily Bain Murphy, Doan Phuong Nguyen
We are partnering with Washington University's In the Lou Programming (Campus Life) to provide a local author panel. Highlighting various genres and reading levels, there is something for everyone! Note: Any WashU student attending will need to show their student ID to receive one of the authors' books for free. Tonight's panel will be moderated by the Coordinator for In the Lou Programming, Ethan Miller.
Esme Symes-Smith: After cutting their teeth on a steady diet of fan fiction in the Southwest of England, Esme Symes-Smith wandered north to Wales for their degree in literature and creative writing, then promptly migrated to Missouri after meeting their wife on Tumblr. Esme has been a ghostwriter, an editor, a frozen-yogurt seller, and a caffeine purveyor. They now wrangle preschoolers for a living and have a severe tea problem.
George Jreije is the Lebanese American author of the Shad Hadid children's fantasy series as well as the upcoming graphic novel Tarik's Bazaar Adventure, both with HarperCollins. He has also written short stories published in collaboration with UNICEF. When not writing, George enjoys scouring the world for tasty Arab pastries, messing with new yoga poses, and meeting fellow bookworms.
Catherine Bakewell is a writer, artist, and opera enthusiast. She has lived in Spain and in France, where she romped through gardens, ate pastries, and worked on her novels.
Emily Bain Murphy was born in Indiana and raised in Hong Kong and Japan. She graduated from Tufts University and has also called Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California home. Murphy is the author of two critically acclaimed young adult novels: The Disappearances, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, and Splinters of Scarlet. Murphy lives in St. Louis with her husband and three children, where she's always on the lookout for beautiful old mansions hiding new stories.
Doan Phuong Nguyen was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States when she was in elementary school. After growing up in the South, she settled in the Midwest. Doan Phuong loves anything pink and cute but enjoys writing incredibly sad, emotionally evocative novels. She received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts