Ruta Sepetys is a master of historical fiction, a self-proclaimed “seeker of lost stories.” Her first three Young Adult novels, Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy, and Salt to the Sea differ dramatically in their settings: aboard a train from Lithuania to Siberia in 1941, the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950, and the coast of East Prussia in 1945. Ruta explores the lives of characters enduring the brutal policies of Joseph Stalin, the challenges of overcoming where and to whom you were born to make a different life, and the tragedy of a shipwreck at the end of WWII—more devastating than the Titanic, but shrouded in secrecy because of who the victims were.
Click on the links above to access videos of Ruta talking about each of her books; you will be swept up in the story behind each powerful novel. And if you think Ruta is compelling on video, wait until you see her in person at the 2018 Conference. Her authenticity is captivating. Ruta Sepetys is a storyteller to her very core, and you will want to be in the room when she brings her passion for history—and what the stories from history teach us about the strength and resilience of human beings—to Colorado.