Angeline Boulley

YA Keynote Speaker

Saturday, October 16, 2021 • Fine Arts Center • 4:00pm

Ojibwe author Angeline Boulley blazed onto the young adult literature scene this year with her debut Firekeeper’s Daughter, a groundbreaking thriller about a biracial Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community. The accolades go on and on: An instant #1 New York Times-bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon book club pick, a TIME Magazine Best YA Book of All Time honor, an option for Netflix by the Obama’s production company, and so much more. In this compelling keynote Angeline talks about her long journey to publishing, finding success later in life, and understanding how all of the experiences along the way led up to this moment.

Some books take you where they’re going with such confidence and grace that you find yourself at the end, breathless and hard-pressed to believe that it’s over. It’s an impressive feat for a debut novel — especially one in a genre that requires such precision. Firekeeper’s Daughter has a riveting plot that has all the hallmarks of a crime thriller while simultaneously questioning all the assumptions that the genre usually makes about policing and justice. I hit the middle and then couldn’t put it down.

—Caitlyn Paxson, NPR

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She was selected as an emerging Young Adult writer in the 2019 We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program and chosen to attend the 2019 Tin House YA Writers Workshop. As a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education, she focused on improving the education of Native American students at the tribal, state, regional, and national levels. She lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. Firekeeper’s Daughter is her debut novel. Find her online at

Hours & Location

Saturday, October 16, 2021
10am to 5pm • Free!

Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Progress Center and Fine Arts Building
1265 Snelling Ave N
St Paul, MN 55108