Maria Padian is a "from-away" Mainer (meaning she calls Maine home but was born in New York) and award-winning author of young adult novels. She worked as a freelance writer, essayist, broadcast journalist and congressional aide before turning full time to fiction. Her debut novel, Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2008) was chosen by the ALA and YALSA as one of the Best Books for Young Adults in 2009 and also received a Maine Literary Award and Maine Lupine Honor Award. Other books include Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best (Knopf BFYR, 2011), Out of Nowhere (Knopf BFYR, 2013), and Wrecked (Algonquin YR, 2016). Her latest book, How to Build a Heart, was released in January 2020.
Marian Padian's video presentation goes public at 1:00 p.m. on September 26, and is about 14 minutes long.