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2017 L.A. Times Festival of Books Sunday Authors and Illustrators

Join these authors and illustrators at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books SCBWI LA booth. This year we are booth #518 by the Children’s Stage. Buy books and art, get autographs, and enjoy one of the largest celebrations of books in the country. We’ll see you at USC, April 22nd & 23rd. Insider tip: don’t drive. Parking is impossible. Take the train!

Saturday Signers | Sunday Signers

Sunday Authors and Illustrators

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10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm
(Click on a name in red for more information)
Jake Gerhardt
10 – 12:50
R.S. Mellette
1 – 2:50
Chris Robertson
3 – 5:00
Ashlyn Anstee
10 – 11:50
Bethany Barton
12 – 12:50
Elana Azose
1 – 1:50
Frans Vischer
2 – 5:00
Laurenne Sala
10 – 11:50
Andrea J. Loney
12 – 2:50
Maiya Williams
3 – 5:00

Jake Gerhardt

Signing Sunday from 10:00am – 12:50pm

Jake Gerhardt was born and raised in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. He attended Elkins Park Middle School where he played football and basketball, ran track, performed in the school musical and was a member of the student council. He also found time to attend many school dances, in constant pursuit of various Miranda Mullalys on the dance floor and triple-doubles on the basketball court.

Since graduating from West Chester University he has worked as a teacher. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his pulchritudinous wife and two amazing daughters.

Click here to learn more about Jake Gerhardt

Purchase Me and Miranda Mullaly from Penguin Young Readers and Amazon

Ashlyn Anstee

Signing Sunday from 10:00am – 11:50am

Ashlyn Anstee writes and illustrates books for children, and also makes cartoons for Nickelodeon!

Her books include Are We There, Yeti?, and No, No, Gnome!, and the upcoming Hedgehog! from Tundra books!

She once ate a whole pie all by herself.

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Purchase Ashlyn Anstee’s books from Simon and Schuster and Amazon

Laurenne Sala

Signing Sunday from 10:00am – 11:50am

Laurenne Sala writes funny stories for the stage, serious articles for the web, and sweet picture books for kids.

Her book, You Made Me a Mother, has been known to make moms cry. You Made Me a Daddy hits shelves next, and Laurenne hopes to make several dads shed tears too.

Laurenne loves to ride her bike down big hills and eat blueberries and olives (not at the same time).

Click here to learn more about Laurenne Sala

Purchase You Made Me a Mother from IndieBound or Barnes and Noble

Bethany Barton

Signing Sunday from 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Bethany Barton is the author & illustrator of numerous children’s books including This Monster Needs a Haircut and This Monster Cannot Wait (Dial/Penguin). She also illustrated Todd Hasak-Lowy’s delightful middle grade novel, 33 Minutes (Simon & Schuster).

Her 2016 non-fiction picture book I’m Trying to Love Spiders (Viking/Penguin Random House) has won numerous awards, including the Children’s Choice Awards 2016 3rd-4th Grade Book of the Year. The follow up book, Give Bees A Chance will be released April 2017.

Bethany also works in art departments for Film & TV, on shows like “The Muppets,” ABC’s “The Middle,” and currently Amazon’s “The Last Tycoon.”

Bethany lives in Los Angeles with her rad husband and their adorable son. She is represented by Stephen Barr at Writers House.

Click here to learn more about Bethany Barton

Purchase Bethany Barton’s books from IndieBound

Purchase I’m Trying to Love Spiders and Give Bees A Chance from Barnes and Noble

Andrea J. Loney

Signing Sunday from 12:00pm – 2:50pm

Andrea J. Loney’s picture book Bunnybear, (Albert Whitman & Company, January 2017) is about a bear who believes in his heart that he’s really a bunny. Her upcoming debut picture book, Take a Picture of Me, James Vanderzee! (Lee & Low Books, Spring 2017), is the 2014 New Voices Award-winning picture book biography of the legendary black photographer of the Harlem Renaissance, and her third picture book Double Bass Blues shares the adventures of a young black boy carrying his double bass home from school (Random House Knopf, 2019). A community college instructor with an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, Andrea is also a proud volunteer for Reading to Kids and the We Need Diverse Books campaign. She lives in sunny Inglewood, California with her devoted family, embarrassingly spoiled pets, and towering stacks of picture books. Visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest @andreajloney.

Click here to learn more about Andrea J. Loney

Purchase Bunnybear from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target or IndieBound

Elana Azose

Signing Sunday from 1:00pm – 1:50pm

Elana Azose began her writing career in the first grade with a novel about a unicorn family. She only got to page seven, but it was a gripping saga nonetheless. She went on to earn her BA in English Literature, then moved to the Pacific Northwest, where she wrote for The Seattle Times and drank lots of coffee. Elana recently got a Master’s in Educational Technology and moved back to sunny Los Angeles. She still enjoys a good frappuccino.

Click here to learn more about Elana Azose

Click here to purchase Never Insult a Killer Zucchini

R.S. Mellette

Signing Sunday from 1:00pm – 2:50pm

R.S. Mellette’s critically acclaimed first novel, Billy Bobble Makes A Magic Wand, has a sequel, Billy Bobble And The Witch Hunt, 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 Studio’s Xena: Warrior Princess. Mellette is a regional board member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Click here to learn more about R.S. Mellette

Purchase Billy Bobble Makes A Magic Wand and Billy Bobble and the Witch Hunt

Frans Vischer

Signing Sunday from 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Frans Vischer’s family immigrated to America when he was eleven years old. Speaking no English, Frans’ drawings helped him communicate.

When he was thirteen, Frans’ family visited the Disney Studio, where he was encouraged to make his own animated films.

With a recommendation from Warner Bros. cartoon director Chuck Jones, Frans attended Cal Arts, and thereafter was hired by the Walt Disney Company. He worked on such films as “Frozen,” “The Princess and The Frog,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “The Road To El Dorado.”

Telling bedtime stories inspired Frans to write children’s books. His very fat cat inspired a series of picture books called Fuddles.

Frans, his wife and three kids live in Glendale, California.
His books are:
Jimmy Dabble, published by Dutton in 2001
Fuddles, published by Simon & Schuster in 2011
A Very Fuddles Christmas, October, 2013
Fuddles And Puddles, September, 2016

Click here to learn more about Frans Vischer

Purchase Frans Vischer’s books from Once Upon A Time Bookstore and Fuddles and Puddles from Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Click here to watch the Fuddles and Puddles book trailer

Chris Robertson

Signing Sunday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Chris Robertson is just a big kid at heart who happens to write and draw Children’s Picture Books. His first Little Golden Book, The Tickle Book by Heidi Kilgras debuts in May 2017. Giraffes Ruin Everything by Heidi Schulz from Bloomsbury Publishing and Where Do Pants Go? by Rebecca Van Slyke from Sterling both debuted in Spring ’16.

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Purchase Chris Robertson’s books from Amazon and Giraffes Ruin Everything from Barnes and Noble

Maiya Williams

Signing Sunday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Maiya Williams grew up in New Haven, Connecticut and Berkeley, California. She attended Harvard University where she was the first black woman to be elected to the Harvard Lampoon. She moved to Hollywood to write and produce television shows, including “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Roc,” “Mad-TV” and “Futurama.” Her first novel for middle grade readers, The Golden Hour, won best YA novel from the Southern California Booksellers Association. Other novels include: Hour of the Cobra, Hour of the Outlaw, The Fizzy Whiz Kid and Kaboom Academy (originally released as Middle School Cool). Maiya lives with her family in Los Angeles. She enjoys hiking, horseback riding, playing piano, cooking, and traveling the world. There is not a museum, garden, historical site or national park on the planet that she wouldn’t be eager to tour.

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