Sharon Flake

Young Adult

Sharon G. Flake is the author of more than ten books for young adults. Her debut novel, The Skin I'm In (1999), won the John Steptoe Award for New Talent. Her recent books include Pinned (2014), Unstoppable Octobia May (2015), and The Life I'm In (2021). Flake's many honors include the Coretta Scott King Honor Award, the YWCA Racial Justice Award, and an NAACP Image Award nomination; her books have been included on notable lists such as the Detroit Public Library Outstanding Book of the Year, the Kirkus Review Top Ten Books of the Year, and the American Library Association Best Books for Young Young Adult Readers.

Festival Years: 2010