Authors & Activites

Nandini Bajpai

Childrens Room Stage

11:15 AM

Learn about sharing your own authentic lived experience and finding your writing voice in fiction or narrative writing by hearing about the writing journeys of the author and other writers. 

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Josh Funk

Childrens Room Stage

12:15 PM

Josh will discuss his entire publication process from idea to finished book. He'll read one of the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast books and then everyone will have a chance to create characters in an interactive game and activity.

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Schiesske Room

2:15 PM

Take your cartooning skills to the next level in an engaging and fun hour-long workshop by cartoonist LJ-Baptiste!! Learn about character design and writing for your own original comic stories, and how you could make yours even more impactful!

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Debbi Michiko Florence

Schiesske Room

11:45 AM

Debbi Michiko Florence, author of middle grade novels and chapter books, will lead a writing workshop on creating compelling character. Bring your memories, imagination, and a notebook and pen and come ready to write and have fun!

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Jannie Ho

Schiesske Room

10:45 AM

Let’s draw comics together! 
In this workshop, we will design our own characters and brainstorm ideas for our story. We will talk about some comics vocabulary such as panels, word balloons, etc. as we draw together!

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Lois McAuliffe

Childrens Room Stage

1:45 PM

Lois will read her two picture books and give a short presentation about how she wrote and illustrated the stories, followed by Q & A.

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Kelly Light

Childrens Room Stage

10:15 AM

Louise Loves Art is about a character obsessed with drawing! Create some characters in this fun drawing workshop. Kelly will guide the kids and parents through some drawing exercises.

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Mark Parisi

Schiesske Room

1:00 PM

Recommended for grades 2-7, but all ages will enjoy this fun, informative, interactive, & humor-filled event. Lots of funny cartoons - Marty Pants characters! Writing and drawing tips! - Using your individuality to create art! - Q & A (


Tak Toyoshima

Tak Toyoshima is the creator/illustrator of Secret Asian Man. Since 1999, Toyoshima has been bringing SAM's adventures to newspapers across the country.  Tak will present a collaborative, hands on drawing workshop for all ability levels.

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Schiesske Room

3:30 PM

Ganesh Ramachandran

Ganesh Ramachandran is a designer and a photographer whose visual work celebrates the magic of human connections in dance and movement. Celebrate the book “Shining Lights” by Mariah Steele and Ganesh Ramachandran with a presentation of Bharatanatyam by children and a participatory dance demonstration.


Schiesske Room

10:15 AM

Smitha Radhakrishnan

Smitha Radhakrishnan is the artistic director of NATyA Dance based in Natick, MA. Celebrate the book “Shining Lights” by Mariah Steele and Ganesh Ramachandran with a presentation of Bharatanatyam by children and a participatory dance demonstration.

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Schiesske Room

10:15 AM

Daphne Garcia

Kids ages 3-9 can drop in to see a presentation about otters, what these furry creatures eat, how they sleep, and why sea otters are endangered. Otters need our help to keep the oceans clean and safe. Come learn how to protect them and make otter paper puppets to take home.


Children's Program Room

1:00 PM

Jonathan Follet

Book Sales Only

Jonathan Follett is an internationally published writer, musician, and designer. He co-authored with Matthew Holm, "Marvin and the Moths”, a humor-filled novel for kids, which was published by Scholastic.



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