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NOTE: WLA members and members of the Wisconsin library community-at-large, who are conference presenters, are not included in this listing. Nevertheless, their participation is critical to the success of our conference, and we are grateful for their participation! For contact information, members may consult the online directory at http://wla.memberclicks.net/. For non-member contact information, please refer to the printed Conference Booklet, which will be available at the conference and posted on the website as soon as it's available.



Andrea Davis Pinkney is the Youth Services Section Luncheon speaker for the WLA Conference this year!  Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times best-selling and award winning author of numerous picture books, novels, and narrative nonfiction for children and teens (including The Red Pencil, A Poem for Peter, Hand in Hand:  Ten Black Men Who Changed America, and Let it Shine:  Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters).  Ms. Pinkney is a respected children’s book publisher and editor. Her love of libraries, her perspective on diversity, and her energetic and inspiring speaking style will leave you ready to continue your terrific work in libraries across Wisconsin!


nickpetrieNick Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington and won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. His first novel, The Drifter, was nominated for 2016 Edgar, International Thriller Writer, Barry Awards for Best First Novel and the 2016 Hammett Prize for Best Novel. He was also named one of Apple's 10 Writers to Read in 2017.  Nick Petrie is the 2017 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award Winner and will be receiving his honor at this year's WLA Conference Awards Reception.


Wildgen Michelle image006Michelle Wildgen is a writer, editor, and teacher in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to being an executive editor at the literary journal Tin House, Michelle is the author of the novels Bread and Butter: A Novel, But Not For Long and You’re Not You, and the editor of an anthology, “Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast.” You’re Not You has been adapted for film, starring Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum.