Margi Preus

Margi Preus is a children’s book author and playwright. Her novels for young readers have received multiple awards including a Newbery Honor, the Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature, a Minnesota Book Award, Notable Book for a Global Society, ALA/ALSC Notable book, have been an NPR Backseat Book Club pick, and have landed on the New York Times bestseller list. Bookpage says, “Margi Preus has a remarkable ability to create fascinating, page-turning stories that transport readers to faraway times and places. Whether she’s evoking Norway during WWII or 19th century Japan, Preus combines impeccable research with strong characterization and plot—the very elements that draw readers into history and spark the curiosity to learn more.”

Margi served as the artistic director of Colder by the Lake Comedy Theatre for 25 years and with her collaborator Jean Sramek has written hundreds of comedy sketches, a couple of comic operas and dozens of plays for young people and grown ups. When she isn’t writing, she likes to ski, hike, paddle or sit quietly with a book in her lap.