Featured Speakers & Performers
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
As an author, magician, entertainer, and business owner, Doug Wonder has a passion for using his talent and skill to deliver a memorable experience that engage and inspire audiences. As a performer, he's known for his dynamic stage presence, expert sleight of hand, and ability to connect with audiences of all ages. Whether he's writing a book, performing on stage or training an aspiring entertainer. Doug's goal is always to create an unforgettable experience that leaves a lasting impression and inspires others.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Larry Hanover is coauthor of Rebuilt from Broken Glass: A German Jewish Life Remade in America (Purdue University Press, 2017). The book tells the tale of Holocaust survivor Fred Behrend, who escaped from the Nazis with his parents and went on to turn the tables by teaching democracy to German POWs. In 2022, he directed and produced the documentary Rebuilt from Broken Glass after the miraculous reunion of Behrend with a friend exactly 80 years after they last saw each other during Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). Attend this session for a chance to win a free Kindle!
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Faleeha Hassan is a poet, teacher, editor, and writer born in Najaf, Iraq, in 1967, who now lives in the United States. She is the first woman who wrote poetry for children in Iraq. Faleeha received her master's degree in Arabic literature and has published sixteen collections of poetry in Arabic, which have been translated into over 10 languages, including English. She was a Pulitzer Prize nominee in 2018 and a Pushcart Prize nominee in 2019. Attend this session for a chance to win a free Kindle!
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Rann Miller is an author, educator, and advocated for the education of Black children in the Delaware Valley Region. Professionally, Rann serves as Humanities Department Chairperson and Director of Anti-Bias and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives for the Camden Charter School Network. Rann is most known for his contributions to online and print periodicals on the intersecting topics of race, education, history and politics. He Rann is also the author of the book, Resistance Stories from Black History for Kids, currently available in bookstores nationwide. Attend this session for a chance to win a free Kindle!
1:15 - 2:15 PM
Panelists will discuss how they balance their passions with their daily life, new and exciting projects, and how they use their work to connect readers to stories and ideas. Tina Gabrielle is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Jane Kelly is the author of mysteries with a humorous twist. E.J. Copperman (Jeff Cohen) is a writer of intentionally funny murder mysteries in the Double Feature and Aaron Tucker series. Rosemary Benson is an Audible #1 bestselling narrator, singer, educator, and stage actress. She has appeared across the US, Canada, and Italy, and regularly performs with several ensembles and big bands. Attend this session for a chance to win a free Kindle!
1:30 - 2:30 PM
Jay Cooper is the illustrator and writer of over 20 books for kids young and old, including the national best-selling Your Guide To Not Getting Murdered In A Quaint English Village—and a contributor to the New York Times #1 best-selling series, The Last Kids on Earth. Jay is also a Clio award-winning creative director of theatrical advertising, having crafted art and advertising for more than 140 Broadway shows. Most importantly, his dog is named Bradley Cooper.
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Meet, greet and interact with Fairy Tale Princess, Belle and Superhero, Spider-Man!
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Davon Loeb is the author of the memoir The In-Betweens. He earned an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers University-Camden. Davon is an assistant features editor at The Rumpus. His work is featured at The Sun Magazine, Joyland Magazine, The Rumpus, Catapult, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Attend this session for a chance to win a free Kindle!
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Ronnette Smith-Powell is a kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade educator impacting her students in more ways than one. With a passion to teach young students for over 25 years, it’s evident that she has been an inspiration to countless children through knowledge and engagement. Her organization, "Nettie, Nana and Friends," specializes in puppet shows, parties, and live performances for children of all ages.
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Are you the ultimate bookworm? A member of the Literati? Join us for Bookish Trivia! Teams of 5 or fewer will compete to answer 4 rounds of questions. The rounds will be themed and are designed to put your literary skills to the test. This program will run about an hour and is intended for an adult audience. Many will try, but only one team will walk away the winner!