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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.

   Jamie Duclos-Yourdon

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.

   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.

   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.

   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, 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.