Rick Riordan & Mark Oshiro

Author Speakers

Sunday, June 25: 1:00PM―2:00PM, CT


Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan, dubbed “storyteller of the gods” by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five #1 New York Times best-selling middle-grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world, including "Percy Jackson and the Olympians;" "The Heroes of Olympus;" the "Trials of Apollo," based on Greek and Roman mythology; the "Kane Chronicles," based on Ancient Egyptian mythology; and "Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard," based on Norse mythology. Riordan collaborated with illustrator John Rocco on two #1 New York Times best-selling collections of Greek myths for the whole family, "Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods" and "Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes." Riordan is also the publisher of an imprint at Disney-Hyperion, Rick Riordan Presents, dedicated to finding other authors of highly entertaining fiction based on world cultures and mythologies.

Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro (they/them) is the author of the young adult books "Anger Is a Gift," winner of the 2019 Schneider Family Book Award, and "Each of Us A Desert," an NPR Best Book of 2020. Their middle-grade books include "The Insiders," a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; and "You Only Live Once, David Bravo." Oshiro also contributed a short story to the Star Wars anthology Empire Strikes Back: "From a Certain Point of View." When not writing, they are trying to achieve their life goal of petting every dog in the world.

About the Session

The-co-authors will discuss their new book, "The Sun and the Star (A Nico Di Angelo Adventure)," available May 2023. The fantasy novel follows Nico Di Angelo, the son of Hades, and Will Solace, the son of Apollo, the two most popular characters in the Percy Jackson saga. Nico di Angelo has been through so much, from the premature deaths of his mother and sister to being outed against his will, to losing his friend Jason during the trials of Apollo. But there is a ray of sunshine in his life—literally: his boyfriend, Will Solace, the son of Apollo. Together the two demigods can overcome any obstacle or foe. At least, that's been the case so far. Nico will have to face demons, both internal and external, as his relationship with Will is tested to the core in this standalone adventure.

Book cover for The Sun and The Star


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