Authors

Portrait of Lori Alexander

Lori Alexander

Lori Alexander

writes for young children and their exhausted parents. Her debut picture book, Backhoe Joe, rolled out in 2014 from Harper Children’s. Famously Phoebe will release with Sterling Children’s Books in 2017.

Lori resides in Tucson, Arizona, with her scientist husband and two book-loving kids. She runs when it’s cool (rarely) and swims when it’s hot (often). She grew up in San Diego, where she earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in psychology from UCSD and SDSU, respectively.

Lori loves to visit schools and libraries! More information can be found online at www.lorialexanderbooks.com or follow her on Twitter @LoriJAlexander.

 

Construction Ahead! How Tucson Road Work Lead to a Picture Book Contract with Harper Collins

Friday, November 20th
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, O’Leary 

Meet debut picture book author Lori Alexander. Lori will chat about her journey from library-loving mother of two to the publication of her first picture book, BACKHOE JOE. Lori will share some insights on the current picture book market as well as tips for getting your foot in the door with a traditional publisher. Brake here if you love picture books or if you’ve ever wanted to try writing one!

Portrait of Monica Brown

Monica Brown

Monica Brown

Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Waiting for the BiblioburroMarisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina, and the Lola Levine chapter book series, launched this fall from Little, Brown & co. with the publication of Lola Levine is Not Mean! Her books have received starred reviews, Pura Belpré honors, an NCTE Orbus Pictus honor, Américas Awards, and a Christopher Award. Monica’s books are inspired by her Peruvian and Jewish heritage and desire to bring diverse stories to children.  She is a Professor of English at Northern Arizona University and lives in Arizona with her husband and two daughters.

View Monica’s site.

Writing for Children: A Mini-Workshop

Thursday, November 19th
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, O’Leary

Do you have a story begging to be told? This is an opportunity for librarians and educators to learn more about the craft of writing for children. Even if you aren’t interested in writing for children, this workshop will give a unique perspective on what goes into the creation (and selling) of a book.

Headshot of Drew Daywalt

Drew Daywalt

Drew Daywalt

The Grand Canyon Reader Award is a reader award program for students in Arizona. Students vote annually on their favorite books in a number of categories. Author and filmmaker Drew Daywalt has been named the 2015 Picture Book Winner for his book, The Day the Crayons Quit.

Visit Drew’s page at Penguin Random House.

Author Awards Panel

Friday, November 20th
1:25 PM – 2:25 PM

Portrait of Jeffrey Mariotte

Jeffrey Mariotte

Jeffrey Mariotte

Jeffrey J. Mariotte is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including thrillers Empty Rooms and The Devil’s Bait, supernatural thrillers Season of the Wolf, Missing White Girl, River Runs Red, and Cold Black Hearts, horror epic The Slab, and the Dark Vengeance teen horror quartet.

With partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell, he has written several short stories published in a variety of anthologies. Their first collaborative novel, 7 Sykos, will be published by HarperCollins in January 2016.

He also writes solo short fiction (some of which is collected in Nine Frights), occasional nonfiction, and comic books, including the long-running horror/Western comic book series Desperadoes and graphic novels Fade to Black and Zombie Cop. He has worked in virtually every aspect of the book business, as a writer, editor, marketing executive, and bookseller.

He lives in southeastern Arizona’s high desert. Learn more at jeffmariotte.com, and follow him on Facebook and @JeffMariotte on Twitter.

Make Your Library Pop!
Thursday, November 19th

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

How can libraries tap into the currents that are driving American pop culture today?

Libraries are traditionally known for carrying classic works of fiction and current bestsellers, but in our fractured, niche-driven culture, more and more people are turning away from the mainstream for their entertainment choices. TV is losing viewers to multiple sources of streaming, the biggest movies come from comic books, and readers can get their reading material from libraries, bookstores, big-box chains, or any of dozens–if not hundreds–of websites.

Authors Marsheila Rockwell and Jeffrey J. Mariotte will discuss their own work in writing genre novels, tie-in novels based on hit TV shows and games, and comic books/graphic novels, and how libraries can create pop-culture experiences that keep them relevant to the geeks who are inheriting the earth. The program will be a two-person panel discussion aimed at teen librarians, event planners, and any other librarians interested in the latest pop culture trends.

Marcy Rockwell

Marcy Rockwell

Marshelia Rockwell

Multiple Scribe and Rhysling Award nominee Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell is the author of nine books to date. Her work includes 7 SYKOS, a near future SF/H thriller co-written with her partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte for HarperCollins; The Shard Axe series, the only official novels that tie into the popular fantasy MMORPG, Dungeons & Dragons Online; an urban fantasy trilogy based on Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice comic books; two genre collections, Tales of Sand and Sorcery and Bridges of Longing and Other Strange Passageways; dozens of short stories and poems; multiple articles on writing and the writing process; and most recently, her first comic book script (also with partner Mariotte). In addition, she was an editor for an online speculative magazine for several years, regularly participates in writing panels and workshops at local conventions and conferences, and serves as a Writing Mentor for Arizona State University’s Your Novel Year program.

She graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, worked as a professional engineer for several years in California, and now resides in the Valley of the Sun, where she writes dark fiction and poetry in the shadow of an improbably green mountain.

Learn more at marsheilarockwell.com, and follow her on Facebook and @MarcyRockwell on Twitter.

Make Your Library Pop!
Thursday, November 19th

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

How can libraries tap into the currents that are driving American pop culture today?

Libraries are traditionally known for carrying classic works of fiction and current bestsellers, but in our fractured, niche-driven culture, more and more people are turning away from the mainstream for their entertainment choices. TV is losing viewers to multiple sources of streaming, the biggest movies come from comic books, and readers can get their reading material from libraries, bookstores, big-box chains, or any of dozens–if not hundreds–of websites.

Authors Marsheila Rockwell and Jeffrey J. Mariotte will discuss their own work in writing genre novels, tie-in novels based on hit TV shows and games, and comic books/graphic novels, and how libraries can create pop-culture experiences that keep them relevant to the geeks who are inheriting the earth. The program will be a two-person panel discussion aimed at teen librarians, event planners, and any other librarians interested in the latest pop culture trends.