LOC National Book Festival (2015) - jef1000

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Ellen Oh signs a book for Grace Yokitis (age 12) of Virginia.

A former lawyer who taught academic research and writing, Ellen Oh has a curiosity for ancient Asian history which has inspired her work on the young adult Prophecy series. When she found a lack of material on Korean history in local bookstores, her father assisted her research by translating many Korean history books. Her main method for writing the novel “Prophecy” involved scribbling on scrap paper and post-it notes during rush hour traffic. The third and final volume of the Prophecy series is “King” (HarperCollins). Despite growing up in New York City, she has yet to find a perfect bagel.