Daniel José Older

I think storytelling is our deepest form of expression. It’s something we all do as humans, and I think it very often saves our lives. It’s how we process the world. It’s how we understand things and muddle through the problems we’re going through, whether they’re personal problems or gigantic, world-changing problems.

International Latino Book Award Winner

New York Times Bestselling Author

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Shadowshaper was a book I couldn’t put down. At a time when so many are feeling powerless, Sierra Santiago is a young Afro-Latina heroine who finds her power within herself. Through a strong spiritual connection to her ancestors, the discovery of the magic living in her art, and with the help of some amazing friends, she saves her family, and her Brooklyn neighborhood from certain destruction. A face and culture we rarely see on screen; she is the heroine we’ve been searching for, only to find she lives right next door.
— Anika Noni Rose
In the best urban fantasy, the city is not just a backdrop, but functions as a character in its own right, offering up parallels between personal histories and histories of place. That is certainly true in Daniel José Older’s magnificent “Shadow­shaper,” which gives us a Brooklyn that is vital, authentic and under attack.
New York Times Book Review

Daniel José Older is the award-winning author of both YA and adult books. His forthcoming books are Star Wars: Last Shot (Del Ray, April 2018)  and the historical fantasy Dactyl Hill Squad, his first middle grade book, to be published by Scholastic in September 2018. His New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel, Shadowshaper (Scholastic), was a New York Times Best Book of the Year. His other books include the Bone Street Rumba novels, including Midnight Taxi Tango and Half-Resurrection Blues (Penguin). Winner of the International Latino Book Award, he has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Locus and World Fantasy Awards, and the Andre Norton Award. Shadowshaper has been optioned by Tony-winning actress Anika Noni Rose. His journalism on social justice, diversity, and gentrification appears regularly in The Guardian.

He offers multiple workshops on storycraft, as well as a series of workshops entitled, “Shape Your Shadow,” which engages diversity and literature in a much needed conversation. In a description of the workshop, Older notes, “Moving into a new era of a more equitable book world means strategizing new ways to change the demographics of writing and publishing, and lifting up voices that haven’t been heard enough.”

He lives and composes music in New Orleans.



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