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DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017                                                                Patricia Parente
                                                                                                                          (609) 267-9660, ext. 3081                                             

Burlington County Library Presents “YA Authorfest” Jan. 13
Meet 19 Young Adult and Middle Grade Authors, and Learn about Publishing

The Burlington County Library will kick off 2018 by presenting an exciting new program, “YA Authorfest” featuring appearances by 19 young adult and middle grade authors who will discuss their work and offer books signings to the public.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library, Inc., YA Authorfest is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library in Westampton and admission is free. Readers of all ages, particularly teen fans and aspiring writers, are encouraged to attend.

In addition to meet-and-greet opportunities with the list of acclaimed authors, fans will be invited to purchase copies of their books, which will be made available that day through the support of The Friends. (Cash and check purchases only, please.) 

Two Authorfest panel discussions are also planned:
“The Ins and Outs of Getting Published,” which will run from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., will feature insider tips for getting your work published and a question-and-answer session. 

Panelists will include:

o Megan Atwood, author of the young adult novel “The Devils you Know.” www.mc-atwood.com

o Julie Eshbaugh, author of young adult novels “Ivory and Bone,” and “Obsidian and Stars.” www.julieeshbaugh.com
o Jeffry Johnston, author of the young adult novels “Fragments,” and “The Truth.”  www.jeffrywjohnston.com
o And Sabrina Ramoth, author of “The Curse of the Bruel Coven.” www.sabrinaramoth.com

 

• “Diversity in YA Lit,” which will run from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., will feature authors who have personal and professional experience writing about people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized groups.

Panelists will include:

o Maria Andreu, author of the young adult novel “The Secret Side of Empty.” www.mariaeandreu.com
o Shveta Thakrar author of short fiction and poetry that have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. www.shvetathakrar.com
o Maggie Thrash, author of the graphic memoir “Honor Girl,” “Strange Truth,” and “Strange Lies.” www.maggiethrash.com
o And Ismee Williams, author of the young adult novel “Water in May.”
www.ismeewilliams.com

Additional young adult and middle grade authors expected to be in attendance include:

o Charlotte Bennardo, the author of both YA and MG books whose titles include “Blonde OPS,” the “Evolution Revolution” trilogy, “Sirenz” and “Sirenz Back in Fashion.”
www.charlotteebennardo.blogspot.com
o Melanie Conklin, author of the middle grade novel “Counting Thyme.”
www.melanieconklin.com
o Michelle Courtney, author of the “The Garden City Rules” series.
o J.A. Culican, author of the middle grade fantasy series “Keeper of Dragons.” www.jaculican.com
o Claire LeGrand, author of “Some Kind of Happiness,” “The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls,” “Winterspell” and other books for children and teens. www.Claire-legrand.com
o April Lindner, author of the young adult novels “Jane,” “Catherine,” and Love, Lucy.” www.aprillindnerwrites.blogspot.com
o Katherine Locke, author of “The Girl with the Red Balloon” and the forthcoming “The Spy with the Red Balloon.” www.katherinelockebooks.com
o David Neilsen, author of the middle grade books “Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom,” and “Beyond the Doors.”
www.david-neilsen.com/
o Jackson Pearce, author of multiple books for young readers, including the new “Ellie, Engineer” series, the “Pip Bartlett” series, the “Doublecross” series, and the “Sisters Red” series. www.jackson-pearce.com
o Meghan Rogers, author of the young adult spy series “The Raven Files.” www.meghanrogersbooks.com
o And Yvonne Ventresca, author of the young adult novel “Black Flowers, White Lies” and “Pandemic.” www.yvonneventresca.com

The Burlington County Library is located at 5 Pioneer Blvd., off Woodlane Road in Westampton. For more information, call (609) 267-9660, or visit www.bcls.lib.nj.us

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