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About the 2021 Alice B Medal Winners

The 2022 Medal Winners will be announced next February, 2022

Jae (2021 Medal Winner), is the best-selling author of twenty-one romance novels between women as well as numerous short stories. Her books have won a total of thirty-seven awards, among them several GCLS Literary Awards, eLit Awards, IPPY Awards, and Rainbow Awards. She lives in Freiburg, the sunniest city in Germany, where her novel Paper Love is set. The writing bug bit her at the age of eleven. She used to work as a psychologist but gave up her day job in 2013 to become a full-time writer and a part-time editor. When she’s not working on her own novels, she’s mentoring new writers or editing their manuscripts in her role as Ylva Publishing’s senior editor. As far as she’s concerned, getting to work with books is the best job in the world. In her spare time, Jae is an avid reader, indulges her ice cream and stationery addictions, and watches way too many crime shows. To find out more about Jae’s work, please visit her website.

Malinda Lo (2021 Medal Winner) is the critically acclaimed author of several young adult novels, including Last Night at the Telegraph Club, which received seven starred reviews. Her debut novel Ash, a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book for Children and Teens. She has been a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda’s nonfiction has been published by The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Horn Book, and several anthologies. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their dog. To touch base with Malinda, please check out her website.

Caren J. Werlinger (2021 Medal Winner) has been a lifelong reader and writer and has published sixteen novels at the time of this award. As an indie author, she has the freedom to write a variety of genres, from dramatic fiction to historical fiction to a fantasy trilogy set in ancient Ireland. She has been honored to have her books win four Golden Crown Literary Awards (Looking Through Windows, In This Small Spot, The Beast That Never Was, A Bittersweet Garden). When the Stars Sang won a Silver Medal in the 2020 eLit Awards, and was a finalist in the 2018 Sarton Women’s Book Awards. Her novel Invisible, as Music, in addition to being a Goldie finalist, won the 2020 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal and was a finalist in both the International Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards. She has also won numerous Rainbow Awards. As great as awards are, what means even more to her is hearing from readers who have been touched by her stories. She lives in Virginia with her wife and two spoiled dogs, and hopes to retire soon from her day job as a physical therapist. To learn more about Caren, please go to her website.