SCBWI

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2019 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 #831 on Child’s Way. 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 13th & 14th. Insider tip: don’t drive. Parking is impossible. Take the train!

Saturday Signers | Sunday Signers

Sunday Authors and Illustrators

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Sunday
10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm
(Click on a name in red for more information)
Rosalind Barden
10 – 12:50
R.S. Mellette
1 – 2:50
Elisa Parhad
3 – 5:00
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Ruthie Briggs-Greenberg
10 – 11:50
Bethany Barton
12 – 12:50
Maria Alexander
1 – 1:50
Coco Blignaut
2 – 5:00
Kristin Riddick
12 – 2:50
Kitty Felde
3 – 5:00
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Ruthie Briggs-Greenberg

Signing Sunday from 10:00am – 11:50am

Ruthie Briggs-Greenberg is an artist, author, and illustrator. Her first two children’s illustrated books, Felicity the Dragon and Sea of Echoes were published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group’s Taylor Trade Publishing. Ruthie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, the International Women’s Writers Guild, the National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha (as a Political Science graduate student at CSULB), and the American Watercolor Society. Ruthie is currently writing and illustrating several children’s books and writing her debut middle grade book when she isn’t building stuff in the backyard. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, two children, one cat and a puppy.

Click here to learn more about Ruthie Briggs-Greenberg

Purchase from:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Rosalind Barden

Signing Sunday from 10:00am – 12:50pm

Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Kid Case, a Critters Readers’ Poll top finisher, is LA writer Rosalind Barden’s humorous noir mystery that’s fun for middle-grade, YA and adult readers.

“Depression-era downtown Los Angeles comes alive when an eleven-year-old back-alley gamin becomes fugitive suspect number-one in a Bunker Hill murder.” —Jim Dawson, author of Los Angeles’s Bunker Hill: Pulp Fiction’s Mean Streets and Film Noir’s Ground Zero

“Filled with 1930s Hollywood glamour and grit, Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Kid Case delivers a piece of the action—and a spunky streetwise sleuth to go with it.” —Diane Vallere, bestselling author of Madison Night Mystery Series

Her short stories appear in FAPA President’s Book Award Silver Medalist, History And Mystery Oh My!, and Cern Zoo, British Fantasy Society nominee for best anthology. She wrote and illustrated children’s picture book TV Monster, and has placed in Writers Digest Screenplay Competition and Shriekfest Film Festival.

Click here to learn more about Rosalind Barden

Purchase from:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Vroman’s Bookstore
IndieBound

Bethany Barton

Signing Sunday from 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Bethany Barton is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. Her 2015 book I’m Trying to Love Spiders (Viking/Penguin) garnered numerous awards and starred reviews, including the 2016 Children’s Choice Award 3rd/4th Grade Book of The Year. Her 2017 book Give Bees a Chance (Viking/Penguin) was a 2017 SCIBA Award finalist, was listed in Scripps National Spelling Bee “Great Words, Great Works,” and was featured in The New York Times. Her books have been translated into 3 languages. Her newest book, I’m Trying to Love Math, will be released in July of 2019.

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Purchase from
Barnes & Noble
Amazon
IndieBound

Kristin Riddick

Signing Sunday from 12:00pm – 2:50pm

Kristin Riddick, like Kat, she never met an adventure she didn’t like. In addition to writing holiday adventures, she lends her voice to television shows and films, but you will never know it is hers so it seems very mysterious. She sometimes teaches Pilates and spinning because she thinks exercise puts people in better moods. A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Kristin graduated from The University of Virginia and lives in Los Angeles, where she tries to plant things and likes to organize trash clean-ups with her husband and son.

Click here to learn more about Kristin Riddick

Purchase from:
Amazon

Maria Alexander

Signing Sunday from 1:00pm – 1:50pm

Maria Alexander is a produced screenwriter, games writer, virtual world designer, award-winning copywriter, prolific fiction writer, and poet. Since 1999, her stories have appeared in acclaimed publications and anthologies.

Her debut novel, Mr. Wicker, won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Publisher’s Weekly called it, “(a) splendid, bittersweet ode to the ghosts of childhood,” while Library Journal hailed it in a Starred Review as “a horror novel to anticipate.” Her breakout YA novel, Snowed, was unleashed on November 2, 2016, by Raw Dog Screaming Press. It won the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel and was nominated for the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Children’s/YA Novel. She’s represented by Alex Slater at Trident Media Group.

When she’s not stabbing someone with a foil or cutting targets with a katana, she’s being outrageously spooky or writing Doctor Who filk. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats.

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Purchase from
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Apple Books

R.S. Mellette

Signing Sunday from 1:00pm – 2:50pm

R.S. Mellette’s debut novel, Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand and its sequel, Billy Bobble and the Witch Hunt, are available 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 has 17 years’ experience as 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 regional board member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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Purchase from:
Amazon

Coco Blignaut

Signing Sunday from 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Coco Blignaut’s first picture book, My Bantu Blankie, is a true story of her childhood in South Africa in the 70s. It features an African blankie and an invisible friend. Her second picture book, Puss in Boots, is a colorful, magical ode to Provence, replete with French words and phrases, recipes, and delicious collage-style images. Her third children’s book – Hansel and Gretel and the Sweetie Pie Witch, a rich collage-style picture book, features a surprising witch, and educates children and adults on how to eat healthily. It will be published in the summer of 2019.

Click here to learn more about Coco Blignaut

Purchase from:
Amazon – My Bantu Blankie
Amazon – Puss in Boots in Provence
Puss in Boots in Provence

Elisa Parhad

Signing Sunday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Elisa Parhad is a travel writer and photographer in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Is… is her first book for kids and was born out of a want for a children’s book on the City of Angels that exuded the same creativity and dynamism that the city is known for.

Elisa is the author and photographer of two cultural guides: one on Southern California and the other on New Mexico. Her writing has also appeared in FACES magazine, BBC Travel, Los Angeles Times, Delta Sky and Hemispheres magazines.

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Purchase from:
Skylight Books
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Target

Kitty Felde

Signing Sunday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Kitty Felde fell in love with literature for young readers when she was a young reader herself, working at her local public library. Kitty looked for the Demon Cat while covering Congress for public radio. She found the paw prints, but not the cat.

Kitty is host and executive producer of the Book Club for Kids podcast – named one of the top 10 kidcasts in the world by The Times of London. The show is winner of the DC Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities and the California Library Association Technology Award.

As a journalist, Kitty was named “Journalist of the Year” three times in three years by the LA Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists. She hosted Southern California Public Radio KPCC’s afternoon talk show “Talk of the City” for nearly a decade. She covered Capitol Hill for half a dozen years.

Kitty is also an award-winning playwright. A commission, QUENTIN, is currently running as a tour of the White House neighborhood. She co-founded Theare of NOTE.

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Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Black Rose Writing