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Sunday, June 14 • 3:20pm - 4:00pm
Together But Different: Diversity more than genetics

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Tracey Baptiste

Tracey Baptiste was born in Trinidad where she grew up on jumbie stories and fairy tales, and decided to be a writer at the wise old age of three. It took a few more years to get her first publishing contract though. Her debut, a Young Adult novel titled Angel’s Grace (Simon & Schuster) was named one of the 100 best books for reading and sharing by New York City librarians. | Tracey is a former teacher, textbook editor, ballerina, and... Read More →

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Maria E. Andreu

Maria E. Andreu is a writer and speaker whose work has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, NJ.com, and the Newark Star Ledger. THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is her debut novel. She was born in Spain, lived in Argentina for two years, and crossed the Mexican border into the U.S. at the age of eight. An American citizen due to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Maria currently lives in New Jersey. | Her debut YA novel, THE SECRET... Read More →
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Renee Gatz

Renee Gatz was born and raised in New Jersey, the oldest of three girls and had always been taken by the strength of character and conviction that her parents displayed. They seemed to navigate through life by holding true to their core beliefs. Those beliefs were most often exhibited by their example but were also exhibited in the expressions they used to keep life in perspective, to remind them of what was important and to laugh at... Read More →
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Mary Ann McGuigan

Mary Ann McGuigan is the author of four novels for young adults, including Where You Belong, a finalist for the National Book Award, and its sequel, Morning in a Different Place, a Junior Library Guild selection. Her young adult novel Crossing Into Brooklyn will be published by Merit Press in August 2015. | McGuigan’s books have been ranked among the best books for teens by the New York Public Library, the Paterson Prize, and others, and she... Read More →
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Dania Ramos

Dania Ramos is a children's author and playwright. Her debut novel, WHO’S JU, (Overdue Books/Northampton House Press) was selected as a finalist for two 2015 International Latino Book Awards. Her stage plays have been featured at Luna Stage, Dreamcatcher Rep, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Repertorio Español’s Nuestras Voces Series, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival. Dania is a program coordinator for Montclair State... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 3:20pm - 4:00pm
THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE