Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
Ally Condie is a BYU graduate and an author of six books.

PROVO — The 25th BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers will feature best-selling young-adult novelist Ally Condie, 2012 Newbery Award winner Jack Gantos and four other noted children’s writers and illustrators.

The symposium will be July 12-13 at Brigham Young University and the Provo City Library.

Condie, who lives in the Salt Lake City area, is the author of two dystopian novels, “Matched,” a No. 1 New York Times best-seller and its sequel “Crossed.” A third book in the series, “Reached,” will be released in November.

Condie will be the featured speaker at the Virginia Sorensen Lecture and Reception at BYU’s Wilkinson Student Center on the first evening of the symposium.

Earlier that day at the Provo City Library, photographer/author Nic Bishop, known for his series of nature books for children, young-adult novelist Jeanette Ingold (“Paper Daughter”), and author/illustrator Tom Lichtenheld (“Shark vs. Train”) will address the symposium.

Newbery Award winner Gantos (“Dead End in Norvelt,” “Joey Pigza Loses Control”) and Amy Krouse Rosenthal (“Little Pea,” “Duck! Rabbit”) will both address the symposium Friday morning, July 13, at the Provo City Library. A BYU Bookstore annex will be open at the library both days.

Friday afternoon at the library, symposium participants will have more than two hours in which to talk with the featured authors and illustrators, followed by an autograph session.

The symposium is open to anyone age 13 and older with an interest in children’s and young-adult literature. BYU students may choose to register to attend the symposium for credit. (A list of requirements is available at

Registration and fee information is available on the symposium website at The registration deadline is July 6 at 5 p.m.