Alaya Dawn Johnson

Alaya Dawn Johnson is an award-winning author of fiction for adults and young readers. Her debut literary adult novel, Trouble the Saints, won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Her latest young adult novel, The Library of Broken Worlds, was published by Scholastic and Harper UK in 2023 and won the British Science Fiction Association Award for Young Readers. Her previous titles include The Summer Prince, which was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, and Love is the Drug, which won the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has also contributed to numerous young adult anthologies, including Zombies vs Unicorns, Three Sides of a Heart, Feral Youth, and Come On In. Her novelette, “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i” won the Nebula Award and appeared in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, guest edited by Joe Hill. Her first collection of short fiction, Reconstruction, was published by Small Beer Press. She is one of five authors who collaborated with singer Janelle Monáe on her New York Times bestselling collection of short fiction, The Memory Librarian. She lives in Mexico, where she attained her Masters in Mesoamerican Studies.


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