2015 L.A. Times Festival of Books Signing Authors & Illustrators

Join these 29 authors and illustrators at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books SCBWI LA booth 834. Buy books and art, get autographs, register to win a load of goodies for your favorite school – not to mention enjoying one of the largest celebrations of books in the country. We’ll see you at USC, April 18th & 19th.

Signing Authors and Illustrators

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Saturday
10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm
(Click on a name in red for more information)
Angela Myron
10 – 10:50
Dan Krall
11 – 12:50
Beth Navarro
1 – 2:50
Michael J. Bowler
3 – 3:50
Sherrie Petersen
4 – 6
Maureen Doyle McQuerry
10 – 11:50
Greg Pincus
12 – 1:50
Sue Ganz- Schmitt
2 – 2:50
April Lee
3 – 4:50
Susan Zeidler
5 – 6
Kristin Riddick
10 – 11:50
Jennifer Jackson
12 – 12:50
Elissa Sussman
1 – 1:50
R.S. Mellette
2 – 3:50
Dawn Wynne
4 – 6
Sunday
10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm
(Click on a name in red for more information)
Elisabeth Wolf
10 – 11:50
Joan Bransfield Graham
12 – 1:50
Veronica Bane
2 – 2:50
Diane de Anda
3 – 5
Kirk Jay Mueller
10 – 11:50
Nicole Maggi
12 – 12:50
Frans Vischer
1 – 1:50
Benny Zelkowicz & Cam Baity
2 – 3:50
Jackie Clark Mancuso
4 – 5
Teresa Anne Power
10 – 10:50
Glenda Armand
11 – 12:50
Michael Thal
1 – 2:50
Deanna Neil
3 – 5

Glenda Armand

Signing Sunday from 11:00am – 12:50pm

After teaching grades pre-Kindergarten through twelve, and serving as a school librarian in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Glenda is now happily gardening, substitute teaching, and writing.

She has found her niche in writing historical fiction in picture book form. Her first book, Love Twelve Miles Long was published by Lee and Low Books in November 2011. A New Voices Award winner, it is about abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his mother. It tells the story of how his mother would walk twelve miles one way to visit young Frederick after having worked all day in the corn fields of her master’s plantation.

This year, Lee and Low will publish Glenda’s second book, Ira’s Shakespeare Dream. Illustrated by the great Floyd Cooper, it tells the story of the famous nineteenth century, African American Shakespearean actor, Ira Aldridge.

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Cam Baity

Signing Sunday from 2:00pm – 3:50pm

Cam was born in Richardson Texas, and he has been drawing ever since he found his hands. In second grade, he wrote his first book about a wombat in fluorescent sneakers named “Mr. Cuzul.”

Attending the Arts Magnet High School in Dallas, he won accolades including First Place in Painting at the 1996 Visual Arts Guild Exhibit. Cam’s obsessions with art and story collided when he studied animation at Calarts and made films that screened around the world at festivals like Cinequest, Anima Mundi, and the BBC British Short Film Festival. With fifteen years experience in the film industry, his credits include movies such as TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE and television series like SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS and ROBOT CHICKEN for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation.

Cam’s dream of becoming a published author has come true, but so far his novels are surprisingly wombat-free.

Click here to learn more about Cam Baity and to purchase The First Book of Ore: The Foundry’s Edge

Veronica Bane

Signing Sunday from 2:00pm – 2:50pm

Veronica Bane grew up in San Diego, California and spent her days writing in local coffee shops and at the beach. Her writing was and has always been fed a healthy diet of chai tea lattes and film scores. She studied Creative Writing at Chapman University and now lives in Los Angeles. She is the author of Mara and Miyuki, young adult novellas published by Black Hill Press.

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Michael J. Bowler

Signing Saturday from 3:00pm – 3:50pm

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of seven novels – A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), and The Knight Cycle, comprised of five books: Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place, There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, and Once Upon A Time In America.

He grew up in San Rafael, California, and majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University. He went on to earn a master’s in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He has completed a YA horror/mystery novel entitled Spinner, and is currently working on the sequel.

His goal as a YA author is for teens to experience empowerment and hope; to see themselves in his diverse characters; to read about kids who face real-life challenges; and to see how kids like them can remain decent people in an indecent world.

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Diane de Anda

Signing Sunday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Diane de Anda is the author of eight books for young readers: The Ice Dove and Other Stories, The Immortal Rooster and Other Stories, Dancing Miranda, Kikirikí, The Monster in the Mattress, A Day Without Sugar, and The Patchwork Garden all published by Piñata Press, The Dessert Garden to be published in 2015 by Guardian Angel Press, and poetry for children in the leading children’s magazines. Her children’s books have won multiple awards. The books feature Latino families, but have universal themes. She is a retired UCLA professor who prepared social workers to help children, teens, and their families. She has edited five books and published many journal articles in the field of social welfare as well as short stories and poetry for adults.

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Sue Ganz-Schmitt

Signing Saturday from 2:00pm – 2:50pm

Children’s book author, mother and philanthropist, Sue Ganz-Schmitt is passionate about helping children and families both in the USA and globally. She is co-founder of an AIDS orphanage in Haiti, has traveled to China to help medically challenged orphans, and set up a birthing clinic in rural India. Yet, her writing is inspired by her own childhood as well as local children.

Planet Kindergarten is Sue’s third book, and was inspired by her mother’s enthusiasm over rocket launches and the moon landing when Sue was a kindergartner. Her visits to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Elon Musk’s SpaceX also inspired her writing of this story.

Her second book release – The Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Fairytale – grew out of compassion toward a friend’s kindergartner with a severe peanut allergy. Even Superheroes Get Diabetes was created when her neighbor was diagnosed at the age of three with type 1 diabetes. Identifying that medically challenged children are underserved by the children’s literary world, Sue strives to provide high quality and inspiring books for children and families who need heroes and icons they can relate to from diagnosis and beyond.

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Joan Bransfield Graham

Signing Sunday from 12:00pm – 1:50pm

Joan Bransfield Graham’s award-winning books, Splish Splash and Flicker Flash – shape poems about water and light – inspire students to write their own poetry. Both books were SLJ Best Books of the Year and NCTE Notables. Her poems appear in many anthologies–including National Geographic–also magazines, on CDs, and in textbooks. A former teacher, Joan loves encouraging students to think creatively and speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences worldwide; she’s even visited the Casablanca American School in Morocco. Her new book The Poem That Will Not End: Fun with Poetic Forms and Voices, is the opposite of Writer’s Block — a boy who can’t STOP writing poetry and does so in many surprising ways; check out the trailer here. Our U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate selected The Poem That Will Not End as his December pick on the Poetry Foundation website and said the book “belongs in every classroom and school library, and in the hands of every young reader who wants to know more about poetry.”

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Jennifer Jackson

Signing Saturday from 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Jennifer Jackson’s debut picture book, The Punkydoos Take the Stage, was recently released by Disney Hyperion, illustrated by Dan Andreasen. Her love of storytelling began in theater, where she wrote and directed original physical theater pieces. This led to work as a choreographer, creating character-driven movement for actors on both stage and screen. When she returned to her first love – writing – she never looked back. She’s a member of SCBWI and lives in Los Angeles.

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Dan Krall

Signing Saturday from 11:00am – 12:50pm

Dan Krall is an author and illustrator of picture books and a visual development artist and art director for animated television and film. His book titles include Sick Simon, The Great Lollipop Caper, Absolutely Beastly Children and the upcoming title Naughty Mabel written by Nathan Lane & Devlin Elliott. His TV and film credits include Boxtrolls, Coraline, How to Train Your Dragon, Samurai Jack, The PowerPuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory and have earned him one daytime Emmy award, one Annie Award and a daytime Emmy nomination.

April Lee

Signing Saturday from 3:00pm – 4:50pm

April Lee was born in South Korea in 1982. She has lived in New York, Seoul and the Los Angeles area. She attended a reputable Art high school and university in Seoul for Design and graduated with a Character Animation major from CalArts. After graduating from school, April trained at the Walt Disney Animation Studios but the time had reached the era of 3D animation for films, but her passion has always been in trying to create moving illustrations. So she was naturally driven to the children’s book industry with the invention of ipads/smart phones and ebooks.

April’s first published book The Dragon and the Pixies was in ebook/app form (illustrations and animations by April) and received honorable mention from London and LA book festivals.

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Nicole Maggi

Signing Sunday from 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Nicole was born in the suburbs of upstate New York, and began writing poems about unicorns and rainbows at a very early age. She detoured into acting, earned a BFA from Emerson College, and moved to NYC where she performed in lots of off-off-off-Broadway Shakespeare. After a decade of schlepping groceries on the subway, she and her husband hightailed it to sunny Los Angeles, where they now reside, surrounded by fruit trees, with their young daughter and two oddball cats. She is the author of the thriller The Forgetting (Sourcebooks Fire) and The Twin Willows Trilogy (Medallion Press).

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Jackie Clark Mancuso

Signing Sunday from 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Hudson, the lovable pooch who first appeared in Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Expat Dog, is back and thirsting for new adventures in Hudson in Provence. A believer in the “when in Rome” school of travel, Hudson wants to do everything the local provençal dogs do while vacationing in the south of France. But this city dog discovers he’s flat-footed when it comes to herding sheep, has no snout for sniffing out truffles, and can barely pedal his bike when he gets into the Tour de France. It’s only when he stops imitating the other dogs and follows his heart that he discovers his own unique talent — as a painter! Children, Francophiles and dog lovers alike will fall in love all over again with the four-legged American expat as he sniffs, barks and digs his way through Provence.

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Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Signing Saturday from 10:00am – 11:50am

Maureen divides her time between writing, teaching and presenting. Her YA novel, The Peculiars (Abrams/Amulet 2012) is an ALA Best Book for Young Adult Readers 2013, Bank Street and Horne Book recommended book, and a winner of the Westchester Award. Beyond the Door (Abrams/Amulet) the first in the Time Out of Time duet, is a Booklist top Ten Fantasy/SciFi for Youth. The adventure continues in this spring in The Telling Stone (Amulet, May 15, 2015). Maureen has taught writing to children and adults, loves giving author talks in schools and at conferences. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s hiking, biking or traveling and always hoping for a real life mystery or adventure.

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R.S. Mellette

Signing Saturday from 2:00pm – 3:50pm

R.S. Mellette's debut novel, Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand, is just released from Elephant Bookshelf's Press. Prior to Billy Bobble, Mellette's Sci-Fi short stories were published in the anthologies: The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse, Spring Fevers and Summer's Edge. Mellette is an Associate Director of Dances With Films. He wrote the first web-to-television intellectual property, "The Xena Scrolls," for Universal Studios' Xena: Warrior Princess. Mellette is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and a regional board member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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Kirk Jay Mueller

Signing Sunday from 10:00am – 11:50am

Kirk Jay Mueller is a writer, teacher, and singer-songwriter. He taught children for thirty years. Throughout his teaching career he set aside time every day to read and write engaging stories, and sing a song or two. So, it is no surprise that now he continues to go into schools/classrooms with his guitar to share his songs and stories with children.

Harriet Can Carry It is his first children’s book. It is a hilarious, heartwarming story, full of surprises. Kirk enjoys hiking, surfing, playing basketball and tennis. He lives in Valencia, CA with his family and their curious cat, Scruffy.

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Angela Myron

Signing Saturday from 10:00am – 10:50am

Angela Myron lives in Southern California with her husband and their twins. She grew up in the piney forests of southern British Columbia, studying tiny blue bells, dodging hidden cacti, and imagining fantasy worlds in her back yard. Angela studied biology and professional writing and went on to write grant proposals, technical manuals, and freelance journalism before writing fiction. Angela’s first book, Ennara and the Fallen Druid, won a silver medal at the 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for best pre-teen ebook.

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Beth Navarro

Signing Saturday from 1:00pm – 2:50pm

Beth Navarro is the author of Grambo published by Be There Bedtime Stories, a picture book about a boy who discovers his grandma is NOT your average grandma. She’s a spy! She is also the co-editor of Kite Tales, SCBWI’s tri-regional blog. Beth will also soon be featured in a monthly column on Beauty in the Bite sharing her love of pie. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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Deanna Neil

Signing Sunday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Deanna Neil is an award-winning author, playwright, singer, educator, and journalist. She has been featured in USA Today, ABC News, and Time Magazine for Kids named her a 2008 “Hero for the Planet.” She is co-founder and author with The EcoSeekers, a company dedicated to engaging kids with the outdoors through story. Her historical-fiction trilogy surrounding the creation of Yellowstone National Park and the demise of the American buffalo, The Land of Curiosities, has garnered over ten book awards. She will be signing all three titles – Adventures in Yellowstone, Lost in Yellowstone and Red Eye of the Buffalo, – as well as her little kids’ title – Time for Parks – at the L.A. Times Festival of Books.

Sherrie Petersen

Signing Saturday from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Sherrie Petersen’s debut novel, Wish You Weren’t, was hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as a “diverting blend of science and magic.” The sequel, Borrowed Time, releases later this year. An avid fan of all things sci-fi, Petersen still believes in magic and she loves making up stories that allow her to go on wild adventures. In addition to writing middle grade novels, she moonlights as a graphic designer, substitute teacher, freelance writer, school newspaper advisor, yearbook advisor and mother of two children. She spends her free time reading, baking, and imagining where she’d take the Tardis if she was a companion on Dr. Who.

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Greg Pincus

Signing Saturday from 12:00pm – 1:50pm

Greg Pincus is a poet, novelist, screenwriter and blogger who, on a good day, can still recite The Lorax from memory. You can visit him and find out more about his debut novel, The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic) and his poetry, including his ebook The Late Bird, at www.gregpincus.com or at gottabook.blogspot.com.

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Teresa Anne Power

Signing Sunday from 10:00am – 10:50am

Teresa Anne Power has authored several best-selling books, including the multiple- award winning ABCs of Yoga for Kids, which provide fun and simple instructions, accompanied by colorful illustrations, to teach yoga to kids. She has been a practitioner of the art form for more than 30 years and has been teaching classes for children for more than a decade. Currently she is working on her fifth book.

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Kristin Riddick

Signing Saturday from 10:00am – 11:50am

Kristin Riddick, like Kat McGee, never met an adventure she didn’t like. She is the author of three middle-grade Kat books: Kat McGee and the Halloween Costume Caper (2013), Kat McGee Saves America (2014), and the upcoming Kat McGee and the Thanksgiving Turkey Train, to be published Fall 2015. She has acted in commercials, sitcoms, webisodes, and her husband’s iPhone road trip movies. Her voice can be heard on television and in films, but you will never know it is hers so it seems very mysterious. She teaches Pilates and spinning to stay sane, and because she thinks it puts people in better moods. A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Kristin graduated from The University of Virginia and currently divides her time between Los Angeles and Austin with another amazing adventurer, her husband.

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Elissa Sussman

Signing Saturday from 1:00pm – 1:50pm

Elissa Sussman received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and in a previous life managed animators and organized spreadsheets at some of the best animation studios in the world, including Nickelodeon, Disney, Dreamworks and Sony Imageworks. You can find her name in the credits of “The Croods,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “The Princess and the Frog” and “Tangled.” She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their rescue dog, Basil. Stray is her first novel.

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Michael Thal

Signing Sunday from 1:00pm – 2:50pm

Michael Thal is the author of four published novels — Goodbye Tchaikovsky, The Abduction of Joshua Bloom, and The Koolura Series — The Legend of Koolura and Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback. He is also a columnist for the Los Angeles Examiner writing articles about parenting and education.

Moving from the frigid Northeast to comfy Southern California in 1973, Michael taught elementary and middle school for 28 years until a freak virus left him deafened at the age of 50. He reinvented himself as a writer composing over 80 published articles in print magazines as well as novels for middle grade and high school aged students.

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Frans Vischer

Signing Sunday from 1:00pm – 1:50pm

Frans Vischer is an author/illustrator and an animator. Mr. Vischer worked on such films as “Frozen,” “The Princess and The Frog,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “The Road To El Dorado.” Mr. Vischer’s books include Jimmy Dabble, a middle grade novel published by Dutton/Penguin, and the picture books Fuddles and A Very Fuddles Christmas, based on his very fat cat, published by Simon & Schuster. Mr. Vischer is currently working on a new Fuddles book and another middle grade novel. Mr. Vischer is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.

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Elisabeth Wolf

Signing Sunday from 10:00am – 11:50am

I’m Elisabeth Wolf and I am a bit Lulu. I live in Los Angeles where I grow fruits, vegetables and native flowers. I have two children, Philip (16) and Emmeline (15). I decided to write Lulu because I grew up in LA and now my children were growing up here. I remembered how hard it was to be a child here… and feel like a “not-fitter-inner.” I moved to LA from NY and thought by just bicycling around my new neighborhood I could meet playmates. Well, LA proved harder than that. My hair was always a messy ponytail. My clothes were more comfortable than contemporary. My brothers and dog became my best friends. While growing up, I always promised myself I’d write a book about a girl who just wants to be a normal kid in a too glamorous and artificial world. My main character, Lulu, wants to have a down-to-earth childhood. Without a wand and magical powers, Lulu navigates life in LA and, in the second book, Honolulu. She uses what all children have: wit and imagination.

Dawn Wynne

Signing Saturday from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Dawn Wynne is a best-selling author and an award-winning educator with more than 15 years experience teaching students from kindergarten through high school, including special needs students, English Language Learners, and at-risk youths. She was recognized and honored with the “Teacher of the Year” award and the “Superintendent’s Award” for her teaching excellence. Wynne earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater at UCLA and holds a Master’s degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University. She has appeared in many television shows including General Hospital, Renegade, and Nightman. Wynne’s short film, “Stalkers,” won numerous awards, including the Audience Choice selection at the Palm Springs and Sarasota Film Festivals. Her debut book, I Remember When… is an Indie Excellence Finalist. Her latest book, Earth Remembers When is the recipient of two children’s book awards. In addition, Dawn is a certified health coach working with families to create greener, healthier lifestyles.

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Susan Zeidler

Signing Saturday from 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Susan Zeidler is the author of The Practice Room and Flying Through Music, the first installments of her YA time travel series about teen Zoey Browne who “musi-morphs” through time to solve mysteries. Susan is an award-winning journalist who covered media and entertainment at Reuters for over 25 years and currently writes for several national publications. Susan earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the State University at Albany in New York and a Master’s Degree at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

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Benny Zelkowicz

Signing Sunday from 2:00pm – 3:50pm

Born in Ottawa, Canada to professional musicians, Benny bucked family tradition to pursue a sensible career in the hard sciences. While earning a degree in neuroscience at Oberlin College, he realized that his brain was consumed not with his research, but with the film he was animating in his spare time.

So Benny gave up science to study animation at CalArts, where he developed a special love for stop-motion, clay, and sand animation. His award-winning film, “The ErlKing”, screened at Sundance, Annecy, and The New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. From 2004 to 2006, Benny directed the BBC/CBC children’s animated program Lunar Jim, and he also provided the voice for the title character. Over the past decade, Benny has worked on “The Lego Movie” and other feature films, as well as TV shows including Gary and Mike, Robot Chicken and Moral Orel.

And now he’s apparently an author, too.

Click here to learn more about Benny Zelkowicz and to purchase The First Book of Ore: The Foundry’s Edge