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Our Mentors

Deborah Falaye
Deborah Falaye is not mentoring this year, but has mentored Young Adult
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Deborah Falaye
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Deborah Falaye is a Nigerian-Canadian young adult author. She grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where she spent her time devouring African literature, pestering her grandma for folktales, and tricking her grandfather into watching Passions every night. When she’s not writing about fierce Black girls with bad-ass magic, she can be found obsessing over all things reality TV. Deborah currently lives in Toronto with her husband and their partner-in-crime Yorkie, Major. BLOOD SCION is her first novel.

Jenny Bent
The Bent Agency

Favorite Books

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Wicked King by Holly Black
Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Years Mentored
2019, 2020
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