Ya’ll Fest

Lineup Announcement: Saundra Mitchell

Blue Bike Books is happy to welcome our Carolina Neighbor Saundra Mitchell, to the YALLFest!

Saundra Mitchell is an author of YA novels including SHADOWED SUMMER, THE VESPERTINE, THE SPRINGSWEET, the forthcoming AETHERBORNE and MISTWALKER. She’s also the editor of the forthcoming YA anthology, DEFY THE DARK.

For almost fifteen years, she was the sole screenwriter for the Book of Stories, On the Road, Fresh Films and Girls in the Director’s Chair short film series. In 2008, she headed and instructed the first Fresh Films Emerging Screenwriters program, and she was the Head Writer and an Executive Producer for Fresh Films and Sprite Refreshing Films, and Head Writer for Skintimate Studios.

SHADOWED SUMMER was the 2010 winner of The Society of Midland Authors Book Award for Children’s Fiction and a 2010 Edgar® Award Nominee. It was chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection and an ALAN Pick in 2009.

Her short story “Ready to Wear” was nominated for a 2007 Pushcart Prize after appearing in Vestal Review Issue 27. Her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in anthologies TRUTH & DARE and DEAR BULLY.

Her films have been selected for competition at many national and international film festivals, including the juried Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. In 2006, “Goodbye, Howard” and “Last Time We Met” were selected as part of the inaugural Chicago International New Filmmakers Festival. “No. 72″ and “The Super Dupers” were selected to premiere at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival.

These festivals are recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as Academy AwardTM qualifying events.

In other arenas, Ms. Mitchell was interviewed by the New York Times and the BBC for her part in exposing the Kaycee Nicole hoax, and she’s been tapped by morning radio shows all over the United States as a guest expert on Urban Legends & Folklore.

In her free time, she enjoys studying history, papermaking, and spending time with her husband and her two children.