Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer of comics and prose. She writes comic books for BOOM! Studios, Marvel, and DC Comics. She maintains a solid fascination with the complex process by which teenagers become, or try to become grown-ups. Her latest book, for young adults, “Cold: A Novel,” available February 2022, is a haunting story about a shocking crime in a quiet town and four students who knew too much and said too little.

She is the co-creator of The New York Times bestseller, “This One Summer,” with illustrator Jillian Tamaki. The book received an Eisner Award, Governor General Literary Award, a Caldecott Medal, and a Michael L. Printz Honor.

She is the author of “Saving Montgomery Sole" and "Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me," illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, which also received a Printz Honor, a Harvey Award, and the Walter Dean Myers Award.

In addition to her literary work, Tamaki holds a Master’s in Women’s Studies and worked for two years on a doctorate in Linguistic Anthropology. 


Mariko Tamaki's book cover, "Cold-A Novel"