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Check out the authors scheduled to appear at the 2014 Collingswood Book Festival!

Collingswood Town Book Featured Author

   Leigh Gallagher
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Leigh Gallagher is an Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine, where she edits feature stories on a variety of topics and oversees Fortune editorial packages including the magazine's “40 Under 40" rankings. She is also a co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, speaks regularly at Fortune and other business and economics conferences, and is a seasoned business news commentator, appearing regularly on MSNBC's Morning Joe, CNBC's Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, and public radio's Marketplace. Leigh is a visiting scholar for the Business and Economic Reporting program at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. Her first book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving, published by Portfolio in August 2013, has been described as a “first-rate social history," a “steel fist in a velvet glove," and “fascinating reading on changing trends in how and where we live."














   Ray Didinger
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Ray Didinger was the first print journalist inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. As a columnist for the Philadelphia Bulletin and Philadelphia Daily News, he was named Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year five times. In 1995, he won the Dick McCann Award for long and distinguished reporting on pro football, and his name was added to the writers' honor roll at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also won six Emmy Awards as a writer and producer for NFL Films. He has authored or co-authored ten books including One Last Read: The Collected Works of the World's Slowest Sportswriter (Temple) and The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies. He is a football analyst for Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia.



   Barbara M. Fleisher and Thelma Reese
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Barbara M. Fleisher, Ed.D., a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of San Francisco, is a retired professor of education. She has worn many hats in her life: public school teacher, learning disabilities/reading specialist, child advocate, college professor in San Francisco, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia, author, and most importantly, wife, mother, and grandmother. She has authored many articles that have appeared in juried journals, and has presented her research at national and international conferences on reading. She has been project director of several university-community partnership grants. Thelma Reese, Ed.D., retired professor of English and of Education, created the Advisory Council for Hooked on Phonics and was its spokesperson in the ‘90’s. In that role, and as director of the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy for the City of Philadelphia, she appeared frequently on television and hosted a cable show in Philadelphia. Barbara and Thelma are co-authors of The New Senior Woman: Reinventing the Years Beyond Mid-Life. They appear weekly on the Armstrong Williams show on Sirius Radio as he plumbs the wisdom of the “ElderChicks.”



   Katie Hafner
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Katie Hafner is the author of Mother Daughter Me, an exploration of the complex, deeply binding relationship between mother and daughter. Ms. Hafner was on staff at The New York Times for ten years, where she remains a frequent contributor, writing on healthcare and technology. She has also worked at Newsweek and BusinessWeek, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Wired, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She is the author of five previous works of nonfiction covering a range of topics, including the origins of the Internet, computer hackers, German reunification, and the pianist Glenn Gould.



   Jane Kelly
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Jane Kelly is the author of the Meg Daniels series of mysteries. Missing You in Atlantic City is her latest. Ms. Kelly is a Philadelphia native who started vacationing at the Jersey shore at the age of five months. She has returned every year since. A graduate of Chestnut Hill College, she has a MS in Information Studies from Drexel University and a MPhil in Popular Literature from Trinity College, University of Dublin. After working in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Boston, she currently lives in the Philadelphia area..



   Allyson Kramer
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Allyson Kramer is the author of several books, most recently Sweet Eats for All. She is also the founder, recipe developer, and photographer for her own website featuring completely gluten-free, animal-friendly recipes and food photography. Kramer has a degree in fine arts and over 15 years of experience in vegan baking, candy, and pastry making; and has become an authority on gluten-free vegan cuisine. Her recipes have been featured on popular websites such as Endless Simmer, The Kitchn, Slashfood, PlanetGreen, This Dish is Veg, Foodgawker, EatDrinkBetter, Tastespotting and The Vegan Society. She writes her own Allergy-Free Column in VegNews Magazine and is a regular contributor to VegNews.com.



   Greg Landry & Robert Hochgertel


A child's alphabet book, a visitor's guide and keepsake, history primer, or coffee table book... which best describes The ABC's of Philadelphia? The answer, of course, is all of these at once. Greg Landry’s crisp text and Robert Hochgertel’s vibrant illustrations combine to bring the diverse pleasures of Philadelphia to life. Greg Landry was inspired to write this book when his children began to read, and he wanted them, and others, to learn about the wonderful features of this great city. Robert Hochgertel has been a professional artist for a quarter of a century, working for national and international clients in publishing, advertising, and entertainment industries.



   Glen Macnow


The co-author of The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies, Glen Macnow is a popular talk-radio host on 610-WIP in Philadelphia, a former writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer and Detroit Free Press, and co-author of the celebrated The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies.



   Sheila McCraith
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Sheila McCraith, a.k.a. The Orange Rhino, is the author of her parenting memoir Yell Less, Love More: How The Orange Rhino Mom Stopped Yelling at Her Kids–and How You Can Too! (Fairwinds Press, 10/15/14). Her book came to life after she successfully completed her self-designed Orange Rhino Challenge® to go 365 days straight without yelling at her four boys, then ages five and under!  She shared her entire journey publicly on her blog, www.TheOrangeRhino.com, which is now a leading online resource for exploring and overcoming the dynamics of yelling with personal experiences, actionable plans, tools, advice, and most importantly love and support. Yell Less, Love More brings it all together in a manageable 30-Day Guide complete with easy steps to follow, 100 alternatives to yelling, and more honest stories to inspire. Sheila received the 2013 Parents Magazine “Blog Most Likely to Help You Achieve a Goal” Award and over 1.6 million people have read her article “10 Things I Learned When I Stopped Yelling At My Kids." Her work has appeared in media channels across the US and in The United Kingdom, Australia, Chile, Germany, Spain, Mexico, India, and more. When she is not writing (and not yelling!) she loves to bake, build massive LEGO creations with her boys, and do random acts of kindness..



   Jon McGoran
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Jon McGoran is the author of the ecological thriller Drift, and its newly released sequel, Deadout, which takes a chilling look at the world of GMOs, biotechnology and the disappearance of the bees. McGoran has been writing about food and sustainability for twenty years, as communication director at Weavers Way Co-op and editor of The Shuttle newspaper, and later as editor at Grid magazine. He is also an advocate for urban agriculture, cooperative development and labeling of genetically engineered foods. His short fiction, nonfiction and satire have appeared in numerous publications. Writing as D.H. Dublin, he is also author of the forensic thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison and Freezer Burn.



   Jay Paterno
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Jay Paterno is the author of Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons From the Life and Death of My Father, an honest and touching look at the life and legacy of beloved coaching legend Joe Paterno. Jay coached college football for over two decades including 17 years at Penn State after stops at the University of Virginia, The University of Connecticut and James Madison University. In March of 2011 he was named the Big 10’s Best Quarterbacks Coach by Rivals.com and in 2008 ESPN.Com recognized him among the year’s best Offensive Coordinators. He is a columnist for StateCollege.com and has written pieces for The Daily Collegian, USA Today, The NCAA, The Penn Stater and The Centre Daily Times. His columns have been cited by Sports Illustrated, ESPN and ESPN.com and even translated into Chinese for the world’s largest Chinese-Language Newspaper. In January of 2012 his closing speech at the Memorial Service for Joe Paterno was recognized by American Rhetoric as one of the most important American speeches of the 21st century. He lives with his wife and children in State College, PA.



   Wesley Stace
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Wesley Stace was born in Hastings, Sussex, in 1965, and educated at the King's School, Canterbury, and Jesus College, Cambridge. His first novel, the international bestseller Misfortune, was published to great acclaim in 2004. It was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, listed as one of the books of the year in the Washington Post and the Boston Phoenix, and was one of Amazon's Top Ten Novels of the Year. His second, By George, (2007) was one of the New York Public Library's Books To Remember of 2007, and Booklist Editor's Choice for books of the year. His third, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, (2010) was called “the most confident musical fiction I have read in years" (New Statesman), and an “Inventive black comedy unfolding with Nabokovian precision" (Financial Times). Stace's fourth novel, Wonderkid, was published in February 2014. Stace released 17 albums under the name John Wesley Harding. His new album, Self-Titled, for which he has returned to his given name, was released by Yep Roc, September 2013. Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders, his variety show based at City Winery in NYC, has recently launched on NPR. He has lived in America since 1991, and resides in Philadelphia with his wife Abbey, daughter Tilda, and son Wyn.



   Brian Startare and Kevin Reavy


Brian Startare and Kevin Reavy are the authors of This Day in Philadelphia Sports. Brian was born in Philadelphia and is a lifelong resident of the Delaware Valley. He has been following Philadelphia sports for over 40 years and is currently a sports talk host for ESPN Radio 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, covering the four professional teams. Starare has written for several magazine and newspaper publications and is the author of Flyer’d Up! Trivia, Facts, and Anecdotes for Fans of the Orange and Black. Kevin is a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. He has been a freelance writer for various internet and magazine publications. This Day in Philadelphia Sports - a labor of love and tremendous pride - is his first book.



   Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker
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Four years ago, Philadelphia Daily News reporters Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for their 10-month series “Tainted Justice," an exposé of corruption that outed a rogue narcotics squad within the Philadelphia Police Department. Uncovering allegations against squad members that included lying on search warrants and robbing immigrant-owned bodegas, Ruderman and Laker ultimately drove a full-scale FBI probe. Now, in their shocking and gripping new book, Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, the two working mothers reveal how they unveiled one of the biggest police corruption scandals in Philadelphia's history. Wendy Ruderman has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining the Philadelphia Daily News in 2007, she worked at several media outlets, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY-TV, and 91FM, the Trenton Times, the Associated Press, and the Bergen Record. Barbara Laker graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has worked for several newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She began working at the Philadelphia Daily News in 1993, and has been a general assignment reporter, an assistant city editor, and an investigative reporter.



   John Whitenight
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John Whitenight was born over 50 years ago in a small upstate Pennsylvania town. By the time he was five years old he had developed an avid interest in art. This continued into his teenage years when he decided he would explore this talent further and ultimately share it with others by pursuing an Art Education degree. Upon graduation he began his art teaching career in a senior high school where he remained for the next 30 years eventually becoming the chairperson of the department. During this period he also acquired a Masters equivalence in decorative arts-related studies in Philadelphia where he now resides. Always a collector of Victoriana, one fateful day in 1973 friends gave him a small glass dome containing three canaries. The following decades have been rich with the study of the why and wherefore of these lovely domed items. Currently, the author’s collection contains over 175 domed displays ranging in height from four inches to some over a meter in height.





   Ellen Jensen Abbott
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Ellen Jensen Abbott thinks that life would be perfect if she could move to the White Mountains of New Hampshire where she grew up. Until she can convince her friends and family to join her, she's content to be writing, teaching English, and living in West Chester, PA. Her debut novel, Watersmeet was an IRA Young Adult Award Notable Book, and was nominated for YALSA's Teen Top Ten. The sequel, The Centaur's Daughter, is “fast paced and full of romance, suspense, and adventure and handles prejudice and acceptance in thought-provoking ways,” according to The School Library Journal.  Her third book, The Keeper, is being published in Fall of 2013. NYT Bestselling Author, Cynthia Leitich Smith, praises The Keeper: "Amid fierce action and page-turning intrigue, an unforgettable heroine redefines her world."



   Leslie Connor
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Leslie Connor is a genre hopper in the world of children’s books. Her award winning titles include a picture book, Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel, and two novels for ‘tweens, Waiting for Normal, which won the Schnieder Family Book Award and was an ALA top ten title, and Crunch. Leslie’s 2014 release is a Teen novel, The Things You Kiss Goodbye, HaperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books. Her work-in-progress is a novel for ‘tweens…oh, and another new story for teens and maybe a picture book... we’ll see! Leslie lives in a little house in the big Connecticut woods with her husband and three spoiled Writing Dogs who rescue her every single day.



   Bree Donovan
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Bree Donovan published her first book in 2008. Steve Prefontaine Rocketman is the biography of legendary runner and Olympian, Steve (Pre) Prefontaine. Bree worked with Steve’s sister Linda, his closets friends and fans in an effort to bring his inspirational story to young readers. To date, the book royalties have raised close to $5,000 for Steve Prefontaine’s former Coos Bay, Oregon, Elementary school to restore arts and physical education programs. Bree’s magic realism novel, Blackthorns of the Forgotten, was published in 2012 by IFWG Publishing. It is in this novel that angels collide with demons, humans make bargains with the devil, but also learn about the true nature of love, and redemption. Ireland serves as the beautiful and mysterious backdrop to the book’s ethereal events. Over the years, many of Bree’s short stories have been published for various blogs, websites, and Internet magazines. She even had three of her stories translated into German and published for German anthologies. She has been invited to give creative writing workshops to various elementary schools throughout Camden County. A true Jersey girl, Bree graduated from Rutgers Camden with a BA in Psychology & Religion. She is currently working on finishing up her Masters in the MALS program at Rutgers.



   Margie Gelbwasser
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Margie Gelbwasser is the author of two YA novels, and an MG series. Her first YA novel, Inconvenient (Flux 2010), was a 2011 Synday Taylor Notable Book for Teens and her second, Pieces of Us (Flux 2012), was called "suspenseful, disturbing, and emotionally fraught. A strong novel for a strong stomach... "by Kirkus. Her MG series, written under the name Margaret Gurevich, is called Chloe by Design (Capstone, August 2014, February 2015) and follows aspiring fashion designer Chloe Montgomery as she competes in a Project Runway type competition. When not writing, Margie enjoys reading, cooking, and hanging out with her family. Superhero and Medieval Times reenactments and water gun play are her seven-year-old's favorite games of choice.



   Alissa Grosso
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Alissa Grosso's books have been published on four continents. She's the author of the novels Popular, Ferocity Summer and Shallow Pond. She holds a B.A. in English from Rutgers University, and like most English majors has held a variety of jobs. She has worked as a newspaper editor, a children's librarian, a book distributor sales rep and a long, long time ago as a tavern wench complete with Colonial style costume. These days she spends her days writing whether it's work on a new novel or one of her freelance writing projects. She makes a fool of herself on a regular basis on the Awkward Author YouTube channel. She is also an assistant editor at The Lascaux Review.



   Elisa Ludwig
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Elisa Ludwig is the author of Pretty Crooked, her debut YA novel, the first of a trilogy (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins). The sequel, Pretty Sly, was released in March 2014. Her latest book, Coin Heist, was released June 2014 (Adaptive Books). She studied writing at Vassar College and Temple University and now lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Jesse. When not writing, she is cooking, crossfitting, and obsessing over Antiques Roadshow. She is a law-abiding citizen but she does occasionally jaywalk.



   Gae Polisner
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Gae Polisner is the award-winning author of The Pull of Gravity and The Summer of Letting Go. She is a family law mediator by trade but a writer by calling. She lives on Long Island with her husband, two sons, and a small, suspiciously fictional-looking dog she swore she'd never own. When she’s not writing, she can be found in a pool or, in warmer weather, in her wet suit in the open waters of the Long Island Sound. The Summer of Letting Go is out on shelves everywhere, in hardcover, e-book, and audio book versions.



   Dianne K. Salerni
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Dianne K. Salerni is the author of the children's fantasy The Eighth Day and teen historical novels We Hear the Dead and The Caged Graves, a Junior Library Guild Selection. Dianne was a public school teacher for 25 years before leaving the profession to spend more time hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2,000 year-old pyramids in the name of book research.



   Tiffany Schmidt
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Tiffany Schmidt is the author of Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, and the Once Upon a Crime Family series. She's a former teacher living in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin sons, and a pair of mischievous puggles. Tiffany still stays up way too late reading under the covers.



   Tom Tancin
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Tom Tancin didn’t live the typical life of a writer. He HATED to write-and read-throughout elementary and middle school. But after a challenge from his 7th grade English teacher, Tom started writing and never stopped. Now 30 years old, Tom is the author of 10 books and has seventeen years of writing experience, seven years of publishing experience, multiple accolades, and his work has been translated into another language. His latest work is The Atlantis Revolution, a young adult fantasy trilogy. In addition to writing, Tom is a 7th grade biology teacher and the science content leader for his school. He enjoys almost all types of music, loves to read young adult books, spends a lot of time with his family, and watches action/adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy movies. He calls Pennsylvania home, where he shares a house with a black cat named Govie.



   Yvonne Ventresca
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Yvonne Ventresca is the author of Pandemic, a contemporary, realistic young adult novel about an emotionally traumatized teenager struggling to survive a deadly flu pandemic. Yvonne’s other writing credits include two nonfiction books for kids, Avril Lavigne (a biography of the singer) and Publishing (about careers in the field). Yvonne lives in NJ with her family.



   Natalie Zaman and Charlotte Bennardo
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Natalie Zaman and Charlotte Bennardo live in Bridgewater, NJ and are the co-authors of three books for young adults. Blonde OPS (St. Martin's) is a hacker spy thriller, and the Sirenz series (Flux), Sirenz and Sirenz Back In Fashion features two frenemies dealing with the ancient Greek gods in modern day NYC. When she's not on the road, Natalie writes family-friendly non-fiction and period YA fantasy. Charlotte writes new adult science fiction and middle grade adventure novels- when her children and pets and the crazy squirrel in the back yard don't need her. 





   Marcie Aboff
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Marcie is the author of many published picture books, elementary and middle grade readers, chapter books, and activity books. Her short stories have been featured in a variety of children's magazines. Along with her own three children - two in college and one in high school - and her work at a state university, days are never dull! When she's not writing or visiting schools, she likes to play tennis, jog, read, listen to music, see really good movies, learn something new, and eat as much chocolate as she can.



   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.



   Brett Axel
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Brett Axel is the author of three books of poetry and the editor of the anthology Will Work For Peace: New Political Poems. He is a social and political activist and devout Unitarian Universalist who lives and writes in New York State. His play, En Passant, earned him a Parkhurst Award in 1996. He was a member of the Woodstock National Poetry Slam Team in 1999, 2000, and 2001. He has appeared at The Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle Washington, Off The Shelf Literary Festival in Sheffield England, Saint Marks Poetry Project in New York City, The Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, MD, and elsewhere. Brett's writing has appeared in A Gathering of the Tribes Magazine, Algonquin Quarterly, Fertile Ground, Hart, Heaven Bone, Long Shot, Montserrat Review, Orange Review, The Princeton Arts Review, Pudding, Snark, The Unknown Writer, and others. Goblinheart is his first children's book. His second children's book, The Friendship of Millicent and Tandy is to be released on November 1, 2014 at The Albany Children's Book Festival.



   Artie Bennett
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Artie Bennett is the executive copy editor for a children’s book publisher and he writes a little on the side (but not the backside!). Artie has been hailed as “the Dr. Seuss of your caboose,” for The Butt Book, his first “mature” work, which published in 2010. The Butt Book was showered with praise and won the prestigious Reuben Award for Book Illustration. His “number two” picture book, fittingly, was entitled Poopendous! What more fertile topic could there be but poop? Poopendous! earned a bumper crop of great reviews, including in the Huffington Post: “For anyone who loved The Butt Book, you must immediately go and buy Artie Bennett’s follow-up, Poopendous! It appears there is no topic Mr. Bennett can’t make funny and educational.” The Show Me Librarian weighed in with: “Bennett’s use of rhyme is excellent; his stanzas flow and exude joviality in a manner that few writers since Dr. Seuss have truly mastered. Simply put, these books are a joy.” His third picture book, Peter Panda Melts Down!, illustrated by the virtuosic artist John Nez, published in February 2014. Among the parade of praise the book received, The Library of Clean Reads said, “This is an utterly charming book that had my son and I chuckling and reminiscing about his toddler years.” And now comes the uproarious Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!, illustrated by the superb Pranas Naujokaitis. (Don’t worry. He can’t pronounce it either!) Artie was the youngest (at age thirteen) person to originate and sell a crossword puzzle to the New York Times. He went on to sell several dailies and two large Sunday puzzles to the Times before he began college. It’s been downhill ever since. He lives deep in the bowels of Brooklyn, New York, where he spends his spare time moving his car to satisfy the rigorous demands of alternate-side-of-the-street parking and shaking his fist at his neighbors. Artie is pleased to share the visionary promise of The Butt Book, Poopendous!, Peter Panda Melts Down!, and Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My! with a wider audience.



   Daryl Cobb
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Daryl is an author (15 children’s books)/singer/songwriter and premier educational performer. In 2013, he released his second children’s novel, Baseball, Bullies & Angels, of which Kirkus Reviews says "Always sincere, occasionally shocking, this tale is required reading for kids and parents." Daryl also added Mr. Moon to his list of published picture books, which include Daddy Did I Ever Say? I Love You, Love You, Every Day, the Bill the Bat series, Henry Hare's Floppy Socks, Greta's Magical Mistake, and Daniel Dinosaur, which are also all Kirkus Reviews recommended reads. Daryl lives in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, with his family When he is not writing, singing, strumming a guitar, or playing with his kids, he is visiting schools across the country. His educational programs "A Writer's Journey" and "Music & Storytime" for elementary and middle school students consistently receive BOCES (New York State Arts In Education) rating of Excellent and have been receiving high praise from educators for years. Daryl’s current project, FROGS A Happy Life, is due out late 2014.



   Debbie Dadey
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Debbie Dadey is the author and co-author of 158 books, including The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series from Scholastic and the new Mermaid Tales series from Simon and Schuster. A former teacher and librarian, Debbie resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  She has three children, two dogs, and one very smart husband.  She hopes you'll "Like" her Facebook Page.



   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 The Oyster's Secret. She hopes that those young children who read her book will understand the oyster's secret: "True beauty lies within."



   Alison Ashley Formento
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Alison Ashley Formento is the author of award-winning nature picture books This Tree Counts!,This Tree, 1, 2, 3, These Bees Count!, These Seas Count!, and the forthcoming (non-rhyming title) These Rocks Count! - all published by Albert Whitman & Company. Awards include the 2011 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People; The Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, Youth Picture Book, 2013 Children's Book Council/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and 2013 Skipping Stones Honor Award Winner. Her debut young adult novel Twigs (published by Merit Press/F+W Media), released this September, was featured in Publisher's Weekly as a notable new release for teen readers. Alison has written for several national publications including The New York Times, The Writer, and Parenting. She regularly visits schools and libraries and donates a portion of her book sales to AmericanForests.org."



   Kit Grindstaff
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Kit Grindstaff was born near London, England, and grew up surrounded by rolling hills, old English villages, and Dickensian mists. After a brush with pop stardom (under her maiden name, Hain), she moved to New York and became a successful song writer. She now lives in Pennsylvania. Her award-winning middle grade debut, The Flame In the Mist, is a spooky, magical mystery-adventure for fantasy lovers ages 9 to 90. International bestselling author Stefan Bachmann calls The Flame In the Mist “fast, creepy fun,” and Booklist, an American Library Association publication, says of it, “Richly atmospheric, this first novel paints a vivid picture of a heroine strong in her convictions and determination in the face of a centuries-old adversarial power.”



   Dan Gutman
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Dan is the author of many children's books, including Ted & Me, The Genius Files, and Mayor Hubble Is In Trouble. Some of his other books are Roberto & Me, My Weird School, The Christmas Genie, Return of the Homework Machine, Satch & Me, Casey Back at Bat, The Million Dollar Putt, and Jackie Robinson and the Big Game. When he is not writing books, Dan is very often visiting a school. He lives in Haddonfield, NJ, with his wife and children.



   Jacqueline Jules
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Jacqueline Jules is the award-winning author of over two dozen books, including Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off (2010 CYBILS Literary Award for Short Chapter Book, Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Honor Book, ALSC Great Early Elementary Reads), Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation (2010 Library of Virginia Cardozo Award), Duck for Turkey Day (Washington State Children’s Choice Book Awards list). Her new picture book, Never Say a Mean Word Again, was inspired by a tale of conflict resolution in medieval Spain and received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. The fifth title in her Zapato Power series, Freddie Ramos Stomps the Snow, brings back the irrepressible Freddie Ramos and his super-powered purple sneakers. In this latest installation of the chapter book series, Freddie uses his super powers to help the police track down a thief during a snowstorm.



   Jane Kirkland
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Jane was a best-selling computer book author when, one day, she spotted a Bald Eagle soaring over the parking lot of her grocery store. That moment changed her life. Today she is the award-winning author of No Student Left Indoors: Creating a Field Guide to Your Schoolyard, as well as the award-winning series of Take a Walk® books for young readers. At this year's festival she will feature her book Bo and Ms Beanz, Best Friends Forever. This early reader nonfiction chapter book is about diversity, friendship, adoption, patience, and love.



   E.B. Lewis
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E.B. Lewis has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including Nikki Grimes' Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner; Alice Schertle's Down the Road, an ALA Notable Book; Tolowa M. Mollel's My Rows and Piles of Coins, an ALA Notable Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; Bat Boy and His Violin by Garvin Curtis, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and Jacqueline Woodson's The Other Side, a 2002 Notable Book for the Language Arts. 



   Lynmarie McCullough
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Lynmarie McCullough began her career working in television production as a production coordinator and writer for VH1/MTV Networks, SONY Electronics, and various independent production companies. Lynmarie authored and published two children's books, Marshall & Planet Saurus which she co-wrote with her young son, Marshall, and The Grand Hall Character Ball. She is the co-writer of the feature length docu-comedy, The Journey of a Female Comic, which opened in select AMC theaters spring of 2014. She writes for Latin Business Today and GirlsTalk.com; and is on the County College of Morris, Information Technologies Advisory Board.



   Denise Dowling Mortensen
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Denise Dowling Mortensen is the award-winning author of Good Night Engines, Wake Up Engines, a combination flip book of Good Night Engines/Wake Up Engines, Ohio Thunder, and the recently released Bug Patrol, all published by Clarion Books/HMH. When she is not writing, she works as a special education assistant and teaches writing and knitting to elementary students after school. She also mentors aspiring children's book authors as a council member for the Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature. She is the mother of five children and lives in New Jersey.



   Herman Parish
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Herman Parish was in the fourth grade when his aunt, Peggy Parish, created Amelia Bedelia, the literal-minded housekeeper. Peggy wrote twelve books in the series before she passed away in 1988. The interest of educators and the enthusiasm of young readers prompted Herman to continue the character in 1995 with his first book, Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia. Since then, Herman has added more than thirty books to the series. He has carried on her adventures as a housekeeper in books such as the best-selling Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm, and he has broken new ground in his most recent books portraying Amelia Bedelia as a young girl. She may be little, but she is as literal as ever. There are picture books for the youngest children, including the national bestsellers Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School and Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine. Young Amelia Bedelia also appears in I Can Read Level 1 beginning readers and a new series of chapter books, starting with the best-selling Amelia Bedelia Means Business and Amelia Bedelia Unleashed. Amelia Bedelia celebrated her 50th birthday on September 25, 2013, and is still going strong. Fifty years and more than 35 million books later, the literal housekeeper has become a favorite character for readers young and old.



   Matt Phelan
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Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, Always by Ann Stott, Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal. He is the author/illustrator of the graphic novel The Storm in the Barn, which won the 2010 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. His second graphic novel Around the World received the 2012 Carolyn W. Field Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association and two Eisner Award nominations. His latest graphic novel, Bluffton, is about summertime, vaudeville, and the young Buster Keaton. It has been nominated for three Eisner Awards including Best Graphic Album. Matt lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.



   Lyn Sirota
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Lyn Sirota is the author of 20 children's books and many articles and poems in popular children's magazines, including Highlights, Spider, Ladybug, Hopscotch, and Boy's Quest. She has authored Science Weekly issues at all grade levels about Birds, Hot Springs, Whales, Poisonous Animals, and Rats. Sirota is an active member of her local and national Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is a council member of the Rutgers University Council of Children's Literature. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, children and three furry rescues.



   Timothy Tocher
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Timothy Tocher is the author of four novels and one book of nonfiction for middle grade readers interested in sports. Girls are drawn to Long Shot and Playing for Pride featuring gifted athlete Laurie Bird Preston. Travel back to 1920 for Hank Cobb’s Major League adventures in Chief Sunrise, John McGraw, and Me and Bill Pennant, Babe Ruth, and Me. Readers of all ages love Odd Ball: Hilarious, Unusual, and Bizarre Baseball Moments, revisiting seminal moments in diamond history through comic strips. Tocher’s honors include Junior Library Guild selection, Bank Street College Best Nonfiction list, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults list, Magazine Merit Award for Fiction, and a Kirkus starred review. His books have been finalists for state awards in New Jersey (2014), New Hampshire, and Nebraska.



   Pamela Tuck
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Mother of 11 children, Pamela M. Tuck, finds time to write award-winning children’s books. Pamela is a native of Greenville, NC, and grew up in a family of storytellers. Her writing career began after winning her first poetry contest in elementary school. Her historical fiction picture book, As Fast As Words Could Fly, is based on her father’s journey of desegregating the school system in 1960s Greenville, NC. School Library Journal states, “This well-crafted tale would be an excellent complement to overviews of the Civil Rights Movement.” Awards include 2007 Lee & Low Books New Voices Award, 2013 IRA Diverse & Impressive Children's Picture Book List, Top 10 Great Literary Finds with Young Readers in Mind for 2013 (Conversations Book Club), 2014 IRA Teachers' Choices Reading List, 2014-2015 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Nominee, and the 2014 Skipping Stones Honor Book Award. Tuck’s other titles include Color Struck, a young adult novel that she co-authored with her husband, Joel, and also received the Flamingnet Top Choice Award. Her charming picture book, The Adventure of Sheldon, the Mushroom, features a narrative CD that includes music and sound effects. It was selected as a No Place for Hate book. She lives with her family in Boyertown, PA.



   Nancy Viau
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Nancy Viau’s picture books, City Street Beat, Storm Song, and Look What I Can Do! (nominated for the Keystone to Reading Book Award), celebrate rhyme and rhythm. Her middle-grade novel, Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head, has been part of the curriculum in Collingswood schools since 2009.



   Yosi
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Award-winning children's recording artist, & performer, Yosi, with a string of Sirius/XM radio hits, performs at concert stages throughout the Northeast and beyond. From schools and library events to festivals, Yosi’s shows are whimsical and imaginative, featuring an enthusiasm that is both magical and infectious. Yosi has four multi-award-winning CDs and his music can be heard nationally on WXPN - Kids Corner, and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.



   Timothy Young
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Timothy Young has had a lot of fun jobs; he’s been an animator, puppet maker, toy designer, sculptor, art director, illustrator, and graphic designer. Tim has designed for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, The Muppets, Disney, The Simpsons, and Universal Studios. Now he is the author/illustrator of five published picture books including I Hate Picture Books! and his latest, The Angry Little Puffin. He lives with his family on the Eastern shore of Maryland.





   Barbara Daniels


Barbara Daniels’ book Rose Fever was published by WordTech Press and her chapbooks Black Sails and Quinn & Marieby Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press. This year she received a fellowship in poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She earned an MA at New York University and an MFA in poetry at Vermont College and was a professor of English at Camden County College. Her poems have appeared in Mid-American Review, Spillway, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, Sugar Mule, The Literary Review, and many other journals. One of Barbara’s poems is included in the 2013 Best of the Net Anthology.



   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 Richard Stockton College of NJ. Her new sonnet collection, Sisters & Courtesans, is available from White Violet Press.



   Douglas Goetsch
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Douglas Goetsch is the author of three books of poetry, including Nameless Boy, just out from Orchises Press, and four prizewinning chapbooks. His writing appeared in The New Yorker, The American Scholar, Poetry, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, and he’s received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is an itinerant teacher of writing, and founding editor of Jane Street Press in New York City.



   Cassie MacDonald
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Cassie is a poet and the Hearthkeeper of Brigid's House, a home for writing, healing and hospitality in South Camden.



   Patrick Rosal
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Patrick Rosal is the author of three full-length poetry collections, most recently Boneshepherds, named a notable book by the National Book Critics Circle and the Academy of American Poets. His poems and essays have appeared in Grantland, Gulf Coast, Tin House, Harvard Review, Language For a New Century, Best American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. He is a former Fulbright fellow as well as founding co-editor of Some Call It Ballin’, a sports quarterly. He teaches on the faculty of Rutgers University-Camden's MFA program.



   BJ Ward


BJ Ward’s most recent book is Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2013 (IO Poetry Series/North Atlantic Books), recipient of the 2014 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. His poems have been published in Poetry, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The New York Times, The Sun, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology, among others. He co-directs the Creative Writing degree program at Warren County Community College in New Jersey.