Brad Meltzer

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Brad Meltzer

Nonfiction, suspense novels for adults, children’s books, comic books, and TV shows, and 2016 Honorary Chair of ALA’s Preservation Week—the multi-talented New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer does them all and more. A core belief underpins and runs through each of his projects: ordinary people change the world. He was recently added by The Hollywood Reporter to their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors, and his television work includes hosting the History Channel shows “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded” and “Lost History,” and co-creating “Jack and Bobby.”

Heroes are important to Meltzer, and he has been inspired by wanting his own children to have better heroes to look up to as he encourages them to dream big, one great role model at a time. His collectible picture book biography series Ordinary People Change the World carries the message that we can all be heroes. Heroes for My Son, Heroes for My Daughter are collections that he’s been working on since his children were born, and his newest illustrated children’s books include I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln (to be followed later this year by Lucille Ball and Helen Keller).

Meltzer’s comic books include Justice League of America, for which he won the Eisner Award. His suspense novels for adults include the latest political thriller, The President’s Shadow. His newest nonfiction is History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time. Based on his wide-ranging knowledge and research, the Department of Homeland Security recruited Meltzer to brainstorm different ways that terrorists might attack the US. His books have spent over a year on bestseller lists, and have been translated into more than 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian.

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