Valynne E. Maetani
Ink and Ashes
Valynne E. Maetani grew up in Utah and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She was once a project manager, developing educational software for children with learning disabilities and is dedicated to promoting diversity in children’s literature because all children should grow up believing their stories deserve to be told. Her debut novel, Ink and Ashes, is the winner of the New Visions Award 2013, a spring 2015 Junior Library Guild selection, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015, Best Fiction Book in Salt Lake City Weekly’s Best of Utah Arts Award for 2015, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction, the APALA Honor for Youth Adult Fiction 2015, Whitney Award for Best New Author 2016, Cybils Award Nominee 2015 and the Paterson Prize 2016.
Claire Takata has never known much about her father, who passed away ten years ago. But on the anniversary of his death, she finds a letter from her deceased father to her stepfather. Before now, Claire never had a reason to believe they even knew each other. Struggling to understand why her parents kept this surprising history hidden, Claire combs through anything that might give her information about her father . . . until she discovers that he was a member of the yakuza, a Japanese organized crime syndicate. The discovery opens a door that should have been left closed. The race to outrun her father’s legacy reveals secrets of his past that cast ominous shadows, threatening Claire, her friends and family, her newfound love, and ultimately her life. Winner of Tu Books New Visions Award, Ink and Ashes is a fascinating debut novel packed with romance, intrigue, and heart-stopping action.
10:15-10:45am: Panel – Choose Your Own Adventure
1:35-2:15pm: Signing in SKyPAC Lobby
1:00-1:50pm: Panel Seven – Fangirls, the Sequel @ Art Matters Community Studio & Gallery
2:00-3:00pm: Signing in D93 Radio Station Parking Lot