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Sunday, November 2, 2008  at 3:00 PM

A Spectacular Showcase of Local Authors

BOOKLIST of all Authors' books
Get them autographed! Many will be available for purchase

Robin Brenner

Robin BrennerRobin Brenner is a Reference and Teen Librarian in Brookline, MA, but in her spare time she is the editor-in-chief of No Flying No Tights, the graphic novel review website, and writes a variety of graphic novel and manga reviews and articles for Library Journal, School Library Journal, Video Librarian, and the ICv2 Guide. She had the honor in 2007 of serving as an Eisner judge and she is the 2008 Chair of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee for ALA/YALSA. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime from Libraries Unlimited, was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book.  She regularly presents workshops for librarians and teens on the wonders of graphic novels, manga, and anime.

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Loree Griffin Burns, Ph.D.


Loree Griffin BurnsLoree grew up in Everett, where her favorite things were books and science. She earned several degrees in biology and biochemistry before deciding that the best way to blend her love of books and her passion for discovery would be to write books for young people. Her first book, Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion, was published in 2007 and received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Award, an ALA Notable designation, and enthusiastic reviews in School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and The New York Times. Her second book, The Hive Detectives, will be published in 2010.

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Joan Collins

Joan CollinsJoan Collins is the teacher librarian at John Glenn Middle School in Bedford, Massachusetts.  She has served as part-time faculty for Cambridge College in their library program.  Before becoming a Massachusetts librarian, Joan worked as a high school librarian and a junior high school English teacher in New York City.  She was awarded the "Progressive School Library Media Award" in 1998 by Winnebago Software Company and has presented workshops for Massachusetts School Library Association and for the New England League of Middle Schools.  She has also reviewed software for The Book Report. Joan is committed to sharing her enthusiasm for children's literature and her summer reading list can be viewed at <>.

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Diane de Groat

Diane de GroatDiane deGroat grew up in New Jersey. She attended Pratt Institute, graduating in 1969 with a BFA in commercial art. She started her career at Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, designing their first basic reading series, K-8. Ms. deGroat has free-lanced in advertising, editorial, and design, but the main focus of her work has been in children's book illustration. Her best selling picture books include Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet and Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink, an IRA-CBC Children's Choice and State Children's Book Award winner in Arkansas and North Carolina.

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Judy Gelman and
Vicki Levy Krupp

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy KruppJudy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp are book enthusiasts, cooks, and friends who came together to co-author The Book Club Cookbook: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors featuring recipes and discussion ideas for adult book clubs. They were motivated to write The Kids' Book Club Book after librarians, parents, and teachers who attended their talks asked for a similar book for the growing number of youth book clubs across the country. The authors continue to participate in many book clubs, both with adults and children. They enjoy speaking about book clubs, and appreciate their ongoing conversations with book and food enthusiasts across the country. Both live with their families in the Boston area.

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Amy Gordon

Amy GordonAmy Gordon has been a drama teacher for middle-school aged kids for almost thirty years. She writes books that reflect her belief in the positive power of imagination. Her books are aimed at children of all ages, from Midnight Magic for beginning readers to the teen novel When JFK Was My Father. Ms. Gordon's other books include The Secret Life of a Boarding School Brat, the award-winning The Gorillas of Gill Park, Return to Gill Park, and her most recent work, Magic by Heart.

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Carole Hamburger

Carole HamburgerCarole Hamburger is a veteran elementary teacher with an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling. She believes books should be entertaining, enlightening, and educational. She uses extensive enriched vocabulary and idiomatic phrases in her whimsical rhyming tales. Carole has written and illustrated two books to date, and is finalizing  the third of the planned series. Entitled: The Star Pupil: A Dot's Quest to Find His Place in the World, and The Zippity-Do-Dot: The Dot Who Dared to Pick Her Knows, her appeal to all ages! She presents to groups from pre-school to grad-school.

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Ji-li Jiang

Ji-li JiangFor over twenty years, Ji-li Jiang nursed her childhood memories of surviving the Cultural Revolution in China  and finally brought them to life in her first book Red Scarf Girl. In 2001 she published her adaptation of the Chinese classic folklore Magical Monkey King- Mischief in Heaven. In 2007 it was selected for International Literacy Day by World Association of Newspapers in Paris and was serialized in 17 countries worldwide. Ji-li was a science teacher in Shanghai, China before coming to the US in 1984. She co-founded the East West Exchange, a company that promotes and facilitates cultural and business exchanges between China and western countries and in 2003 , started a nonprofit organization, Cultural Exchange International. Ji-li Jiang now lives in the San Francisco Bay area, which she considers home. She believes that a better understanding among people around the world is the only route to global peace.

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Jarrett Krosoczka

Jarrett J. KrosoczkaJarrett J. Krosoczka is an award winning published author/illustrator with many books to his credit. Growing up in Worcester, MA Jarrett drew relentlessly and always had a cast of characters that he wrote stories for. He went on to graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design. His first book Good Night, Monkey Boy was published in  2001 and he has since been busy producing more books – including Baghead; Bubble Bath Pirates; Annie Was Warned; Max for President; Punk Farm; Giddy Up, Cowgirl; My Buddy, Slug and Punk Farm on Tour.   His work has also been short listed by Newsweek, USA Today, The Boston Globe and The New York Times, among others. He is currently working on a graphic novel series for Random House.

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Melissa Stewart

Melissa StewartMelissa Stewart has always been fascinated by the natural world and enjoys sharing it with readers of all ages. She is the award-winning author of more than 100 books for young readers and has written more than 70 articles for children and adults. Trained as a scientist and a journalist, Melissa believes that nothing brings writing to life like firsthand research. While gathering information for her nonfiction books, Melissa has explored tropical forests in Costa Rica, gone on safari in East Africa, and swum with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. She can’t imagine any job she'd rather have!

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Phoebe Stone

Phoebe StoneBefore concentrating on creating books for children and young adults, Phoebe had a very successful career as a fine art's painter. She then began to realize that she could combine her love for images and words in picture books for children. "The Boston Globe said: "Stone's books speak to the heart of youth -- its frailty, wild ambitions, and promise. Literature doesn't get much better than this." Among her picture books is When the Wind Bear Goes Dancing and her newest fiction title is Deep Down Popular.

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Michael Tougias

Michael TougiasMichael Tougias is a lecturer and author of 16 books. Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do is a Boston Globe Bestseller. It was also selected by the American Library Association as one of the "Top Books of the Year" and described as "a white-knuckle read, the best book of its kind". On a lighter note, Tougias chronicled his misadventures at his remote cabin in Vermont in his award-winning book, There's A Porcupine In My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wanna-be.  This book won the Independent Publishers Association Award for the "The Best Nature Book of the Year".

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Carol Weis

Carol WeissCarol Weis is a former actor, teacher, school librarian, and pastry chef, who writes poetry, essays, commentary for public radio, and children's books.  Her poetry collection, DIVORCE PAPERS, led her to develop a school-touring program called 'Poems Have Feelings, Too.'  Her first children's book, WHEN THE COWS GOT LOOSE, was released in 2006.  Carol lives with her daughter in western Massachusetts, not far from where the cows escaped.  She loves telling the true story of that venturesome herd of bovine at her school and library visits, where she’s affectionately known as the Cow-Lady. This year, Carol’s doing 20 summer reading events at libraries across the state, and starting this fall, she teams up with Heifer International to help provide cows and other livestock for families around the world, by donating a portion of her school and/or library program fee to Heifer.

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Kay Winters

Kay WintersKay Winters was a classroom teacher, and college instructor before becoming full time writer. She served as a consultant in the American International Schools in Nepal, India, Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Israel and Greece.  She has 13 published books. She writes fiction and nonfiction .Kay is a frequent speaker at elementary schools, colleges, regional and national conferences for teachers, writers and librarians. Abe Lincoln the Boy who Loved Books and My Teacher for President were selected as best books of the year by Banks St. College. Voices of Ancient Egypt was named a Notable Social Studies Book by the ALA and the Children’s Book Council.

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