I’m posting a day early due to impending technical problems. I didn’t expect to find many author events this week but I found a big surprise, four author events including awesome MG author J. Scott Savage! Also, The Highlights Foundation has added many new workshops for 2017. Scroll down to see the drool-worthy list. For more conference information, visit the main conference pages. If you’d like to be notified of these weekly updates, please use the Subscribe to Updates form on the sidebars!
I saw this recently and thought it was too beautiful not to mention:
Long ago in the town of Bethlehem, on a bright and starry night, a baby was born, a child who was called the son of God. Announced by an angel, born in a humble manger, laid in a bed of straw, visited by shepherds and wise men—the age-old, awe-inspiring story of the birth of Jesus is lovingly brought to life by master pop-up artist Robert Sabuda in six gorgeously imagined scenes, culminating in a 3-D manger sheltering humans and beasts, guarded by an angel above. Glinting with touches of gold and pearlescent foil, The Christmas Story is a visual feast, a holiday treasure to be shared with the whole family.
Local Author Events
DECEMBER 7, WEDNESDAY, 6:00 PM: J. SCOTT SAVAGE, MG AUTHOR
J Scott Savage, author of seventeen published novels, is here to talk about his new steampunk novel for kids, GEARS OF REVOLUTION, the second book in the Mysteries of Cove series. After finding a compass and clues left by Kallista’s father, Leo Babbage, Trenton and Kallista head west aboard their homemade mechanical dragon to search for the missing inventor. The two teenagers hope to find answers about their mountain city of Cove, but instead, they find only a blackened forest, ruined buildings, and a small underground city.
Almost immediately, Trenton and Kallista are caught up in a civil war between a clan of scavengers called Whipjacks and the Order of the Beast, people who believe that dragons are immortal and divine.
Stranded in a new city, the two friends meet Plucky, a Whipjack girl with mechanical legs, and Ander, a young member of the Order who claims humans are able to communicate with dragons. Can they trust anyone, or have they unknowingly stepped into a trap?
And high above in the sky, the dragons are gathering…
DECEMBER 9, FRIDAY, 4:00-9:00 PM: GEORGE ARNOLD, MG AUTHOR
Local author George Arnold of the popular ‘CIA Cats’ children’s series, presents his latest book, PHARAOHS’ FOLLIES: Kits of the CIA Adventures in Egypt, sees the Cats traveling to Egypt for another adventure!
What happens when the President of the U.S. learns that some unsavory scientists are hiding in a pyramid in Egypt using bones of ancient pharaohs to clone a new race to take over the Middle East? What else? He sends the super-secret Cats of the CIA to check things out. And stop the craziness before it gets out of hand. Where will they find the scientists’ laboratory? And will The Curse of the Pharaohs keep them from bringing the scofflaws to justice?
One thing’s for sure.
They, and you, will tour some fantastic Egyptian pyramids.
And learn to speak some Arabic.
DECEMBER 10, SATURDAY, 3:00-5:00 PM: MOLLY & GARY WHITNEY, CHILDREN’S AUTHORS
Life as a troll is never easy, but Tyson faces more challenges than most. When his mother’s early death leaves him with an unfeeling father, he finds himself alone, unloved and uneducated. Trying to better himself through education, he’s bullied about both his looks and his race. Confronting barrier after barrier, his dream of building his own home comes to life in his imagination and sustains him. Pursuing Thistle Downe, as he names his haven, drives Tyson to succeed both financially and personally and gives him a chance to win the heart of Amelia, a lovely fairy. Allegorically addressing the challenges that middle readers face and the importance of setting goals, Tyson’s tale of cheerful determination provides inspiration to overcome social and educational obstacles as well as a welcome escape to a land filled with magical creatures, grand adventure and delicious sticky toffee pudding.
DECEMBER 12, MONDAY, 5:00 PM: JAMES PONTI, MG AUTHOR
Get to know the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals most wanted lists all because of his Theory of All Small Things in this hilarious start to a brand-new middle grade mystery series.
So you re only halfway through your homework and the Director of the FBI keeps texting you for help What do you do? Save your grade? Or save the country? If you re Florian Bates, you figure out a way to do both.
Florian is twelve years old and has just moved to Washington. He’s learning his way around using TOAST, which stands for the Theory of All Small Things. It’s a technique he invented to solve life’s little mysteries such as: where to sit on the on the first day of school, or which Chinese restaurant has the best eggrolls. But when he teaches it to his new friend Margaret, they uncover a mystery that isn t little. In fact, it’s HUGE, and it involves the National Gallery, the FBI, and a notorious crime syndicate known as EEL.
Can Florian decipher the clues and finish his homework in time to help the FBI solve the case?
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JANUARY 13-15: SCBWI FLORIDA CONFERENCE, MIAMI, FL
AGENTS: Ginger Clark/Curtis Brown; Sarah Davies/Greenhouse Literary; Lorin Oberweger/Adams Literary
EDITORS: Allison Moore/Little, Brown BFYR Kelsey Murphy/Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
ART DIRECTOR: Maria Middleton/Random House Children’s Books
MARCH 16–19: NOVEL BEGINNINGS: BUILDING STRONG FOUNDATIONS FOR YOUR NOVEL AND YOUR CAREER, HONESDALE, PA
AUTHORS: Kelly L. Going, Clara Gillow Clark
Agent or Editor TBA
MAY 7–12: CRAFTING SUCCESSFUL AUTHOR VISITS, HONESDALE, PA
INSTRUCTORS: Peter Jacobi/Journalism Professor; Alison Green Myers/Highlights Foundation
AUTHORS: Carmen Oliver; Jan Cheripko
MAY 14–20: WHOLE NOVEL WORKSHOP: HISTORICAL FICTION, HONESDALE, PA
AUTHORS: Ashley Hope Pérez, Helen Hemphill
JUNE 4–8: NOVELS IN VERSE: TAKE YOUR MANUSCRIPT TO THE NEXT LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED TRACKS, HONESDALE, PA
AUTHORS: Kathryn Erskine, Alma Fullerton, Padma Venkatraman
JUNE 8–11: CAPTURING CHARACTER: HEAR THEIR VOICES, HONESDALE, PA
AUTHORS: Padma Venkatraman, Kristy Dempsey, An Na
JUNE 11–14: YOUR GUIDE TO GRAPHIC NOVELS , HONESDALE, PA
AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS: Matt Phelan, Merrill Rainey, Marcus Emerson
ART DIRECTOR: David Saylor/Scholastic Trade Publishing Group/Graphix
JUNE 19–22: SELF OR INDIE PUBLISHING: ANSWERING THE BIG QUESTIONS, HONESDALE, PA
INSTRUCTORS: Darcy Pattison/Mim’s House Publishing; Harold Underdown/Independent Children’s Book Editor
JUNE 25–29: WRITING FOR THE EDUCATIONAL MARKET, HONESDALE, PA
AUTHORS: Jan Fields; Paula Morrow
JULY 9–14: SUMMER CAMP AT THE BARN: A WEEK OF CREATIVE MENTORSHIP , HONESDALE, PA
AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS: Lamar Giles, Jillian Sullivan, Mitali Perkins, Shadra Strickland, Meg Medina, Jan Cheripko
AGENT: Linda Camacho/ Prospect Agency
JULY 16–20: MASTER CLASS IN WRITING NONFICTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS, HONESDALE, PA
AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS: Larry Dane Brimner, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Don Tate, Rich Wallace, Sandra Neil Wallace, Gwendolyn Hooks
JULY 20–23: SUPER CHILDREN’S BOOK BOOT CAMP, HONESDALE, PA
AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS: Pat Cummings, Denise Fleming, Christopher Myers
ART DIRECTOR: Cecilia Yung/Penguin BFY Readers,G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Nancy Paulsen Books
PUBLISHER: Ken Geist/Orchard Books, Scholastic Press Picture Books, Cartwheel Books, Readers, Branches, Little Shepherd