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Authors that will be participating at the 2016 Collingswood Book Festival have been announced. Please check back often for additions and updates.

Collingswood Town Book Featured Author

   Molly Guptill Manning
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Molly Guptill Manning grew up in Latham, New York. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University at Albany and earned a master's degree in American History. In 2002, she moved to Manhattan to attend the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. After graduating, she began her employment in New York's federal courts. In 2012, she published her first book, The Myth of Ephraim Tutt: Arthur Train and His Great Literary Hoax , which tells the true story of the most elaborate literary hoax in American history. Her next book, When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II , is the story of how America's librarians and publishers educated the home front on the importance of books in wartime and distributed over 140 million books to American servicemen during World War II. The book commemorates one of the most inspired and long forgotten chapters in American publishing history. It is a New York Times best seller and was a finalist in the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards for best history book of the year. When Books Went to War is the 2016 Collingswood Town Book.

   Andy Abramowitz
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In his novel Thank You, Goodnight, Andy Abramowitz tells the story of Teddy Tremble, former lead singer of a one-hit 90s band, now nearing forty and working at a stuffy law firm. When Teddy gets a cryptic call from an old friend, he contemplates one more shot at rewriting his legacy. Author Andy Abramowitz lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters. He is a lawyer with a past in music, but he has no musical legacy to correct. Thank You, Goodnight is his first novel.

   Marianne Aleardi, Maury Z. Levy, Sally Friedman
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For years, South Jersey residents have been reading the thoughts and insights of Marianne Aleardi, Maury Z. Levy and Sally Friedman on the pages of SJ Magazine. The three have developed a large fan base with their monthly columns, which talk with warmth and humor about every day life in South Jersey. Worth Repeating is a compilation of the best columns from these three award-winning writers, with bonus commentary from each writer about the inspiration behind some columns and the feedback that came after (and it isn't always pretty).

   Irene Levy Baker
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Irene Levy Baker is the author of 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die. She spent more than 25 years exploring Philadelphia's nooks and crannies, and now she is ready to share the city's hidden treasures with readers. After working for almost a decade at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, she opened Spotlight Public Relations, a public relations firm specializing in restaurants and hospitality. Irene has worked with tourist bureaus in Philadelphia and South Jersey, the "mayor" of Chinatown, boutique hotels, a historic tavern, celebrity chefs, the nation's first environmentally-smart hotel and one of the nation's largest malls. She has hosted scores of travel writers - the world's most jaded travelers – and noted what surprised and delighted them. 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die is an easy-to-use travel companion.

   Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov
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Steven Cook and Chef Michael Solomonov are the co-authors of Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), a 2016 James Beard Award winner for "Best International Cookbook” and "Book of the Year." They are co-owners of Zahav, Percy Street Barbecue, Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, and Abe Fisher – all in Philadelphia – as well as the newly opened Dizengoff NYC inside Chelsea Market. Eater named Cook the "mastermind partner" working alongside star chefs in the 2016 feature "Steve Cook is Not a Secret.”  In 2015, Eater restaurant editor/critic, Bill Addison, named Chef Solomonov the "Genius of Modern Jewish Cooking," and in 2014, asserted that "Zahav defines Israeli cuisine in America" as part of two excellent reviews. Craig LaBan at the Philadelphia Inquirer rated both Abe Fisher and Dizengoff "Three Bells" in his review, and Zahav holds a coveted “Four Bells.”  In 2012, Food & Wine named Cook and Solomonov among the country’s top “Empire Builders.”  Cook is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and the French Culinary Institute, and left a job as an investment banker in New York City to come back to Philadelphia and pursue a career as a restaurateur. Before opening Zahav, Chef Solomonov was the executive chef at Marigold Kitchen, and worked under such top chefs as Marc Vetri and Terence Feury. Born in Israel and raised in Pittsburgh, he frequently travels back to Israel. 

   Jamie Duclos-Yourdon
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Jamie Duclos-Yourdon, a freelance editor and technical expert, received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. His short fiction has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Underneath the Juniper Tree, and Chicago Literati, and he has contributed essays and interviews to BookTrib. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two children. Froelich's Ladder, his debut novel, will be published August 2016.

   Matt Katz
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Matt Katz is the author of American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption. Matt has covered New Jersey governor Chris Christie for more than four years, first for The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he created The Christie Chronicles blog, and now for WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio, where he runs The Christie Tracker, tweets @mattkatz00, and appears weekly on WNYC's Christie Tracker Podcast. In 2015, Matt and a team from WNYC won a Peabody Award for their coverage of Christie and the Bridgegate scandal. The series of stories was WNYC's first Peabody for news coverage since 1944. Matt has written about Christie for The New Republic, The Washington Post, and POLITICO Magazine. Prior to moving to the State House in Trenton, he spent time in Afghanistan, writing a series on reconstruction efforts that won the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.

   Joseph Kenyon
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Joseph Kenyon has published numerous short stories and poems in literary magazines and anthologies over the past twenty years. At the same time, he has taught writing at community colleges in New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Currently, he is on the English faculty of the Community College of Philadelphia.  All The Living and The Dead  is his first novel.

   Elizabeth LaBan
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Elizabeth LaBan lives in Philadelphia with her restaurant critic husband and two children. The Restaurant Critic's Wife is her first adult novel. She is also the author of the young adult novel The Tragedy Paper, and The Grandparents Handbook. Elizabeth teaches fiction writing at The University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday and The Times-Picayune, among other publications. She ghostwrites a weekly column for a national news outlet, and has ghostwritten two books. Elizabeth has a master's in journalism from Columbia University, and a bachelor's in English from Trinity College in Hartford. She was an NBC Page, worked at NBC News in New York, taught journalism at a community college in New Orleans, and was a reporter at a number of small to mid-sized newspapers including The Riverdale Press before she began writing books.

   Kathleen Long
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Kathleen Long is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sixteen novels in the genres of women's fiction, contemporary romance, and suspense. With over one million copies of her books sold in fifteen countries, her honors include RIO, RITA®, National Readers' Choice, HOLT Medallion, and Booksellers' Best award nominations. A graduate of the University of Delaware, she now divides her time between Cherry Hill and the Jersey Shore. When Kathleen is not plotting her next book or teaching creative writing, she spends her time bribing her tween to pick up her clothes, begging the dog to heel, and experimenting with photography. Her latest release, Broken Pieces, reveals how the armor that has protected us in the past is often the very thing we must shed to fully live and love.

   Jen A. Miller
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Jen A. Miller is a Collingswood resident and award winning freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, Runner's World, espnW, and SELF. Running: A Love Story is her third book.

   Paige Rien
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Paige Rien is the author of Love the House You’re In: 40 Ways to Improve Your Home & Change Your Life. Interior designer, mother of four, and passionate home lover, she wants you to love where you live and believes you can do the work to get there. She consults with families all over the world to make interior design accessible, friendly, and multidimensional, encouraging clients to bring their whole selves into creating a home. Paige was one of two designers on HGTV's top-rated Hidden Potential for five seasons. She also appeared on HGTV's Curb Appeal and was the winner of Pier's 1 Imports' Design & Conquer Challenge in 2011, a contest featured on YouTube in four webisodes. Whenever Paige is not helping others make real changes in their homes with a dynamic, creative, and spiritual approach to home improvement, she's diving into the next project in her own home outside Washington, DC.

   Isabel Bandeira
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Isabel Bandeira is the author of Bookishly Ever After. She split her youth between summers surrounded by cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs in Portugal and the rest of the year hanging around the lakes and trees of Southern New Jersey. This fed her fairy-tale and nature obsessions which is evident in her novel Bookishly Ever After, a captivating story about sixteen-year-old Phoebe who uses her favorite books to help her with her first crush. Isabel lives in South Jersey with her little black cat, too many books, too much yarn, and a closetful of vintage hats.

   Melanie Conklin
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In her debut novel, Counting Thyme, Melanie Conklin takes us on the journey of a young girl who moves to New York for her brother's cancer treatment. It's an affecting story of a girl's devotion to her brother and what it means to be home. Melanie is a life-long lover of books and those who create them. She lives in South Orange, New Jersey with her husband and two small maniacs, who are thankfully booklovers, too.

   Leslie Connor 
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As a kid, Leslie was a daydreamer who loved to be upside down in odd places such as the middle of the stairs, which might explain why she went around with a headful of stories, though nobody can be sure about that. She studied visual art in college and is happily surprised to be writing today. Leslie is the genre-hopping author of several award-winning books for children including a picture book, Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel, the middle grade novels, Crunch, and Waiting for Normal, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award. She has written two teen novels, Dead on Town Line and The Things You Kiss Goodbye. Leslie's newest title, All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, is for middle grade readers. A diehard Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, she lives with her husband and three rescue dogs in a little house in the (not so) big Connecticut woods.

   M. Tara Crowl  
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M. Tara Crowl is the author of Eden's Wish, about a genie who makes her own wishes come true in this imaginative story. Her love of books and desire to write her own found her studying in Sydney, Australia. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, M. Tara Crowl has lived in Tennessee, California and Australia but now resides in New York City.

   Elisabeth Dahl  
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Baltimore-based writer Elisabeth Dahl's first book, an illustrated middle-grade novel entitled Genie Wishes is the story of a fifth-grade girl named Genie who's elected to be her class blogger, a task she must perform while negotiating some class drama, the loss of a best friend, and other challenges. In 2015, her piece "Family Jeopardy" received honorable mention in the Mark Twain House and Museum's Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest. She is also a 2016 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award recipient.

   Annabelle Fisher
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The debut novel The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper by author Annabelle Fisher is a combination of humor, magic, and the ups and downs of adolescent friendship in this clever tale of a modern-day descendant of Mother Goose.

   Margaret Gurevich (AKA Margie Gelbwasser)
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Margaret Gurevich is the author of the Chloe by Design Series. The series consists of Making the Cut, Balancing Act, and Measuring Up. The series is a delight for fashionistas everywhere. Making the Cut was names a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Born in Minsk, Belarus, she lived in Brooklyn, NY before moving to suburban New Jersey in 1984.

   Darlene Beck Jacobson
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A former teacher with Glassboro Public Schools Darlene Beck Jacobson is the author of Wheels of Change, winner of the Grateful American Book Prize Honorable Mention for 2015. Her blog features recipes, activities, and crafts for children, as well as interviews with children's book authors and illustrators. She lives and writes her children's stories in New Jersey with her family and a house full of dust bunnies.

   Jeffry W. Johnston
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Jeffry W. Johnston is the author of The Truth and Fragment. Fragment was a 2008 Edgar nominee for Best Young Adult Mystery and a 2008 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection. Jeffry W. Johnston has published about thirty-five short stories and more than two hundred articles. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and their teenage son.

   Rosalie Knecht
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Rosalie Knecht is the author of Relief Map. Her debut novel is about the small town of Lomath, Pennsylvania that goes under lockdown after a foreign fugitive is suspected of hiding there and the local teenagers get restless. Rosalie Knecht is a writer, social worker, and translator in New York. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania.

   April Lindner
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April Linder is the author of three young adult novels that put a twist on the classics. Love, Lucy, a retelling of A Room With a View; Catherine, a contemporary retelling of Wuthering Heights; and Jane, a retelling of Jane Eyre. An English professor at Saint Joseph's University, she is a mother, wife and lover of rescue pets.

   Dianne Salerni
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Dianne Salerni is the author of the books The Morrigan Curse, The Eighth Day, The Inquistor's Mark, The Caged Graves and We Hear the Dead. Now retired she spends her free time hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2000 year-old pyramids in the name of book research. Dianne K. Salerni lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband Bob, her two daughters, Gabrielle and Gina, her trusty dog, Sorcia, and mischievous cat, Luna.

   Jared T.L.C.
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Jared T.L.C. is the author of Evan & the Land of Letin: A Heart Afire, the first novel in his four part young-adult fantasy series. He knew what he wanted to tell fantasy stories loaded with heart and wild characters, so that's just what he's set out to do. Jared lives in Merchantville, NJ, where he is hard at work on his next great novel.

   Kim and Danny Adlerman (aka Kin Eagle)
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Kim and Danny Adlerman first met when they were both working for a children's publishing house in New York City. Their books include Hey, Diddle Diddle, It's Raining, It's Pouring, Africa Calling, and How Much Wood Could A Woodchuck Chuck? - a wonderful read-aloud or sing-along book for parents and children to share together. Oh No, Domino! features words and illustrations by Kim and a song on CD by Danny. Listen UP! is a full length CD by Danny Adlerman and Friends. And Mommy's Having a Watermelon (illustrated by Megan Halsey) is their newest arrival.

   Baze (Marc Bazerman)
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Multi–award winning Baze from Baze And His Silly Friends writes and performs interactive and fun songs that encourage children to use their imagination and creativity to learn about the world in which they live. Hailing from Caldwell, NJ, Baze has entertained familes at music festivals, libraries, concert series and as the featured performer on Circle Line cruises around New York City. The video for This is your body has been featured on HBO Family and their songs can be heard on radio stations around the country. Winner of a 2014 Creative Child Magazine CD of The Year Award for their 3rd album The Best Day Ever! Baze is out to inspire children of the world through music, laughter and love. The Midwest Book Review says "their music is a great way to encourage young people ages 3 – 7 to look on the bright side of life" and Kids Home Library calls them "Zesty Fun!"

   Artie Bennett
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Artie Bennett is executive copy editor for Random House Books for Young Readers and author of The Butt Book, then came number two picture book, fittingly entitled Poopendous!, published in March 2012. It was followed in February 2014 by Peter Panda Melts Down!, His most recent is Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!, Artie's claim to fame is being the youngest (at age thirteen) person to originate and sell a crossword puzzle to the New York Times and then went on to sell several dailies and two large Sunday puzzles to the Times before beginning college.

   Traci Dunham
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Traci Dunham resides in Haddonfield, NJ with her husband Sandy and two daughters, Caroline and Paige. She spends her summers at the Jersey Shore in Wildwood Crest. Growing up at the shore gave her the inspiration for her current #1 best selling book The Oyster's Secret. Her second book, My Sister Lulu and Me "For all children who are uniquely special", carries with it the message of acceptance of those with disabilities. Recently, she published her third book, Nothing to Fear from the Dark, my Dear. Last year, Traci established her own publishing company, TAD books.

   Ernie and Neal
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Ernie & Neal are a high energy, fun loving family music duo. They have been performing and creating rocking dynamic musical experience from the Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey area. They bring the joy and art of creating and performing live childrens music to a whole new level! Dubbing their act Music for the young mind, Ernie & Neal have been entertaining children - and the child in all of us - since 1999.

   Allison Gutknecht
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Allison Gutknecht is the author of Don't Wear Polka-Dot Underwear with White Pants (and Other Lessons I've Learned). She grew up in Voorhees, NJ, with three fewer siblings than her main character, Mandy Berr. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she earned her master's degree in Children's Media and Literature from NYU. Allison lives in New York City with her rambunctious toy poodle, Gypsy, and her literate cat, Folly. She is a massive fan of polka dots. As of October 2015, her other books are: A Cast Is the Perfect Accessory (and Other Lessons I've Learned), Never Wear Red Lipstick on Picture Day (and Other Lessons I've Learned), and Pizza Is the Best Breakfast (and Other Lessons I've Learned).

   Lorraine Haddock
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American-born author Lorraine Haddock, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Rowan University. Bella Figlia della Mamma, her first bilingual book is a loving memoir, originally written as a poem to celebrate the birth of her grand-daughter Alexis, and to proudly promote Italian language and heritage. The author is currently working on a series of children's books titled, Nonna! Nonna! Tell us a Story. Her first book, The Duck Without A Quack, a true story of her lovable pet duckling, was released in February 2015. Lorraine lives with her husband Ace in a quiet town on the Delaware River. In addition to writing, Lorraine is a skilled fiber artist who shows her work at craft shows throughout the Delaware Valley.

   Lee Harper
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Lee Harper's love of doodling as a child led him on an ambitious path from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to his first book, Woolbur, and continued with four more award winning, popular books. In 2013 he wrote and illustrated Coyote, based on real events of the morning he learned of his brother's death, and which he hopes helps children deal with grief. Proceeds from the book sales have been donated to memorial foundations in the Bucks County area. Lee's most recent creation is Turkey Trick or Treat, his third collaboration with author Wendi Silvano. His next collaboration with Leslie Helakoski: Woolbur Gets Ready for School, is scheduled for a release date of 2018.

   Amy Ignatow
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Amy is making her festival debut this year with number six in a series of books, entitled The Popularity Papers, about the experiences of tween girls. This sixth installment is Love and Other Fiascos. She is an author, illustrator, and cartoonist. A graduate of Moore College of Art & Design, she lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Mark, who is very wonderful, and their cat, Mathilda, who is mostly terrible.

   Velya Jancz-Urban

Velya Jancz-Urban is a teacher, author, former Brazilian dairy farm owner, expert on New England's colonial women, and inhabitant of a 1770 haunted home. She has a newly-released novel, Acquiescence, and her first book in a children's hands-on science series, Whooo Eats What?, was released in January 2016. When Velya's not touring with her highly-entertaining and informative presentation, “The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife,” or on the road speaking about her new book Acquiescence, she's traveling from school to school teaching her award-winning “How Cool is That? (Hands-On Science)” programs. 

   Colleen Rowan Kosinski
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Colleen Rowan Kosinski is the author of Lilla's Sunflowers. She rediscovered her passion for writing after many years as a successful, freelance fine artist. When she discovered children's book writing she knew she had found her passion. She's written middle grade novels, young adult novels, and picture books. Colleen grew up in Collingswood, NJ and now resides in Cherry Hill, NJ with her husband, three sons, doberman pinscher, rottweiler, and miniature dachshund.

   Karin LeFranc
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Karin LeFranc is the author of I Want to Eat Your Books. A whimsical book about a new kid in school who is a zombie that loves eating books. She was born in Sweden but grew up in Lebanon, South Africa and England before coming to the US to go to college. Now Karin lives in Connecticut with my French husband and four kids and one spazzy dog.

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E.B. Lewis calls himself a artistrator. The winner of a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in Coming On Home Soon leads the list of his many accomplishments. His fine art works can be found in both national and international galleries. Mr. Lewis has illustrated over seventy books during his career. A graduate of Temple University, majoring in Graphic Design, Illustration and art education, he has taught art in public schools. Presently, Mr. Lewis teaches at the University of Arts in Philadelphia, continues to paint and illustrate and is a member of The Society of Illustrators in New York City. He is also widely known for his mentoring of young artist.

   Kat Lindsey
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Kathleen D. Lindsey, or "Miss Kat," as she prefers to be called, is an author, historian, and storyteller from Clayton, NJ. Her first book, Sweet Potato Pie, a notable children's picture book published in 2003, is still being sold worldwide. Miss Mattie's Aprons and Run, Faredy, Run, both published in 2014, are stories centered around two young girls and their life experiences in different eras. Miss Kat also gives historical performances for television documentaries, colleges, schools, pre-K through 12th grade, churches and various historical and quilting societies.

   Lauren Magaziner
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Lauren Magaziner grew up in New Hope, PA, where she spent her childhood with her nose in a book and her fingers curled over a keyboard. She recently graduated from Hamilton College. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut novel, The Only Thing Worse Than Witches, released from Dial/Penguin in August 2014. Her second middle grade book, Pilfer Academy, released on February 16, 2016.

   Wendy Mass
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Wendy Mass is the New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers and twenty other novels for young readers, which have been nominated for over 75 state book awards and translated into 18 languages. They include A Mango-Shaped Space, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (made into a movie), the Willow Falls series that began with 11 Birthdays, Every Soul a Star, and Pi in the Sky. With her husband, she writes a new series for beginning readers called Space Taxi. Her most recent release is The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase. She just returned from a five week cross-country RV trip, so hopefully she and her family members are still speaking to each other.

   Donna McDine
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Award-winning children's author, Donna McDine's creative side laid dormant for many years until her desire to write sparked in 2007. With several early reader children's picture books to her credit, A Sandy Grave (Purple Dragonfly 2014 Award First Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved and Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014), Powder Monkey (Story Monster Approved 2014), Hockey Agony (New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Story Monster Approved 2014) and The Golden Pathway (Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader 2011 and Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention) and the soon to be released, Dee and Deb, Off They Go - Kindergarten First Day Jitters (August 2015) all with Guardian Angel Publishing. McDine's adventures continue as she ignites the curiosity of children through reading as she writes and moms from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, New York State Reading Association and Family Reading Partnership.

   Richard John McLaughlin

Richard John McLaughlin is a 30-year veteran special education teacher in the Philadelphia School District. He grew up in Langhorne, Pa, and currently resides in Warrington. Locally, he is known as Eco-Man. As Eco-Man he has entertained thousands of young children with an original award winning environmental musical show. His first article "The Perfect Stick," was published in Humpty Dumpty Magazine in March 2009. His first book, The Skunk With a Stinky Attitude, published by Inkwell Publishers in January 2014, was one of the books chosen to win the Kids Kart Award in 2014. The book teaches young children, "No one is born a bully, something happened."

   Jodi Moore
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Jodi Moore is the author of the award-winning When a Dragon Moves In, which has been honored with The Georgia Children's Book Award, Connecticut's Charter Oak Children's Book Award, and The Library of Virginia’s Whitney & Scott Cardozo Award for Children's Literature. In addition to being featured on many other state award lists, it's an NSW Premier Reading Challenge Book in Australia and was a Wyoming Reads selection. Dragon and its newly released sequel, When a Dragon Moves In Again, are both Scholastic Book Club selections. Jodi is the proud and (admittedly) neurotic mother of two incredibly talented young adults and never ceases to be amazed at how far the umbilical cord really will stretch. She loves connecting with, and inspiring, readers through school and book events. Jodi lives in Boalsburg, PA with her husband, Larry, and an ever-changing bunch of characters in her head.

   Robin Newman
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Raised in New York and Paris, Robin is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the City University of New York School of Law. She was a practicing attorney and legal editor, but she now prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. She's the author of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books 2015), Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep, illustrated by Chris Ewald (Creston Books 2016), The Case of the Poached Egg, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books 2017), and No Peacocks! illustrated by Chris Ewald (Sky Pony Press 2017). She lives in New York with her husband, son, goldfish, and English Cocker Spaniel, who happens to have been born on the Fourth of July.

   David Teague
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David Teague is the author of the Sixth Grade book Saving Lucas Biggs a joint venture with his wife Marisa de los Santos. The book is a charming time-travel story that follows one girl's race to change the past in order to save her father's future. David lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife, Marisa, his children, Charles and Annabel, and their two dogs, Huxley and Finn. David teaches literature at the University of Delaware.

   Nancy Viau
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Nancy Viau is the author of City Street Beat, Storm Song, Look What I Can Do! and Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head. Her next book, Just One Thing stars a boy from New Jersey who hopes to find one thing he does well - one thing that will replace the awful nickname he got tagged with the first day of fifth grade, one good thing he can "own" before moving up to middle school. Nancy loves to visit K-6 schools and with every interactive presentation, she educates children about the writing process and shares her journey to publication. She's a New Jersey resident who finds inspiration in nature, travel, and her work as a librarian assistant.

   Laurie Wallmark
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Laurie Wallmark's debut picture book is Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine. It has received four starred trade reviews from, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal. As well as several national awards, including Outstanding Science Trade Book and the Eureka Award. It is also a finalist for the Cook Prize. She lives in Ringoe New Jersey with her husband and is the mother of two daughters.

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Yosi performs his original and traditional songs at various concert stages. From school & library events to regional music festivals, Yosi's shows are whimsical, imaginative and enthusiastic for his young audiences! Yosi resides in Island Heights, New Jersey with his wife and four children.

   Timothy Young
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Timothy Young is the author/illustrator of They're Coming! and Shadows On My Wall, from Schiffer Publishing. He previously published I'm Looking For A Monster! (Random House), a pop-up book. He majored in illustration at Pratt Institute and has over 30 years experience as a professional artist. 

   Emari DiGiorgio
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Emari DiGiorgio’s received a poetry fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts and residencies from Vermont Studio Center, Sundress, and Rivendell. Her first full-length collection The Things a Body Might Become is forthcoming (ELJ Editions, 2017). She teaches at Stockton University, is a Dodge Foundation Poet, and hosts World Above in Atlantic City. 

   Lamont Dixon, aka Napalm Da Bomb

Philadelphian Lamont Dixon, aka Napalm Da Bomb, has been a prominent presence on the music/poetry scene for many years, one who often mentors young artists. As a performance poet/teaching artist, Lamont demonstrates what he describes as "vibepoetics" - an eclectic mixing of multiple artistic genres to provide dramatic language arts education. Napalm's poetry has been published in many magazines. He appears on various jazz CDs including: Awaiting the Spirit, The Po-Jazz Connection and African Rhythm Tongues. Lamont served as co-executive producer for the Phila. segment of HBO's Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam. His latest book of poetry is Come Ride My Poems. In 2007, he released his CD Pigments of My Imagination. Additionally, Napalm portrays Malcolm X in Fire & Fury: X in Oratory and Langston Hughes in A Walk Down Lennox Ave. In contrast, he has delighted thousands of children with his deft portrayal as Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat.

   Anna M. Evans
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Anna M. Evans’ poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, Atlanta Review, Rattle, American Arts Quarterly, and 32 Poems. She gained her MFA from Bennington College, and is the Editor of the Raintown Review. Recipient of Fellowships from the MacDowell Artists' Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and winner of the 2012 Rattle Poetry Prize Readers' Choice Award, she currently teaches at West Windsor Art Center and Stockton University. Her sonnet collection, Sisters & Courtesans, is available from White Violet Press.

   Todd Evans

In his youth, Mr. Evans has won a writing contest with Ebony Jr. Magazine. Much of his work reflects on music and the ups and downs of urban street life and modern day situations. He has co-written two songs on the Imani Record Label. Mr. Evans is featured on the Imani Label album entitled Live All Over the Place. His work has also been heard on Eadon’s Place.Com. Mr. Evans has published a short novel entitled Staggerlee Booker T. and Me by FavorTwoU Publications. Mr. Evans’ latest books are entitled Mojo and Momma’s Prayer, Jus Like Jonah and now The Shrew Tames You. Mr. Evans has been featured in the Courier Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Burlington County Times, and the Trenton Times. Mr. Evans founded the Willingboro Open Mic and the Don Evans’ Players Theater Group in Willingboro, NJ. He founded the Heritage Cultural Book Fair, which is a traveling coalition of tri-state authors who sign and sell books collectively. He is the host for several open mic venues in the Southern Jersey area. As a poet, he has been featured in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Todd can be seen performing spoken word with the Captain Black’s Big Band. Mr. Evans resides in southern New Jersey with his wife. They have two sons and one grandson. He has cared for three foster children. Mr. Evans has been a youth football, baseball and basketball coach for many years. He attended Morgan State University and is a graduate of B.C.C. and B.C.I.T. in South Jersey.

   Leah Falk

Leah Falk is the Program Coordinator for the Rutgers University-Camden Writers House. She is also a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.

   Rafey Habib

Rafey Habib was born in India, grew up in England and now lives in America. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford, and is currently Professor of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of nine books, including A History Of Literary Criticism: From Plato To The Present (2005) and An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry in English Translation. He edited the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Vol. VI (2013). His latest publication is a new edition of the Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (originally compiled by J.A. Cuddon). He has also produced a volume of poetry called Shades of Islam (2010), which presents this religion in all the shades of its true pathos and beauty. His most recent essay “Hegel and Islam” is due to appear in Philosophy East and West. He is currently completing two books: Hegel and Modern Literary Theory and A Norton Guide to Literary Studies. He has also been commissioned by W.W. Norton to translate the Qur’an into English verse, in collaboration with Bruce Lawrence, one of the world’s pre-eminent Islamic scholars.

   Gregory Pardlo
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Gregory Pardlo's collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf. Pardlo joins the faculty of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden in the fall of 2016. He lives with his family in Brooklyn.

   BJ Ward
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BJ Ward is the author of four books of poetry. His most recent, Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2013, received the Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The New York Times, The Normal School, and The Sun. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts.