Award-Winning Alumnae Authors Return to PLU on May 2

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Marissa Meyer signs a book at the launch party of "Cress" at PLU on Feb. 4, 2014. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU)

Marissa Meyer signs a book at the launch party of "Cress" at PLU on Feb. 4, 2014. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU)

By Evan Heringer ’16
PLU Marketing & Communications

TACOMA, Wash. (April 30, 2015)—Award-winning authors and PLU alumnae Leslye Walton ’04 and Marissa Meyer ’04 will return to campus May 2 for the inaugural Cavalcade of Authors West youth writing workshop.

Cavalcade of Authors West is comprised of two components: 1) students reading novels from 15 featured authors and 2) a writer’s conference led by these featured authors.

Author Leslye Walton '04. [Photo courtesy of]

Author Leslye Walton ’04. [Photo courtesy of]

Walton is the author of the Morris-nominated novel The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. Walton received a B.A. in Education from PLU and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University. She lives in Seattle, where she’s teaching reading and writing to middle-school students and working on her next novel.

Meyer is the author of The New York Times best-selling series The Lunar Chronicles. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Children’s Literature at PLU and went on to receive her MFA in Publishing from Pace University. The next book in The Lunar Chronicles series, Winter, is set for release in November 2015.

In addition to Walton and Meyer, 13 other authors from the Pacific Northwest will attend the workshop to encourage and promote reading and writing in the region. PLU’s Instruction Librarian Lizz Zitron serves on the board of Cavalcade of Authors West, along with area high-school and middle-school teachers.

Cavalcade of Authors West, a registration-only event, will be held at PLU beginning at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, May 2.