Kwame Mbalia

Kwame Mbalia

Kwame is a husband, father, writer, a New York Times bestselling author, and a former pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. His debut middle-grade novel, Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, was awarded a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and it—along with the sequels Tristan Strong Destroys the World and Tristan Strong Keeps Punching, is published by Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion. He is the co-author of Last Gate of the Emperor with Prince Joel Makonnen, from Scholastic Books, and the editor of the #1 New York Times bestselling anthology Black Boy Joy, published by Delacourte Press. A Howard University graduate and a Midwesterner now in North Carolina, he survives on Dad jokes and Cheezits. We are excited to have him at the Festival for the first time. 


  • 10:45 - Authors and Illustrators Tent
  • 11:15 - Signing Tent
  • 2:45 - Middle Grade Panel in the Authors and Illustrators TEnt
  • 3:30 - Signing Tent

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