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Sunday, June 14
 

1:00pm

"Cult" Fiction: Off the beaten path
Moderators
AP

Adele Puccio

Adele is the director of the Bloomfield Public Library.

Speakers
PB

Pam Bachorz

Pam Bachorz grew up in a small town in the Adirondack foothills, where she participated in every possible performance group and assiduously avoided any threat of athletic activity, unless it involved wearing sequined headpieces and treading water. With a little persuasion she will belt out tunes from "The Music Man" and "The Fantasticks", but she knows better than to play cello in public anymore. Pam attended college in Boston and finally decided... Read More →
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D.L. Cocchio

D. L. Cocchio is the author of four novels – The Psychic Circle ~ Souls Entwined, Be Careful What You Wish For, Magic By Moonlight, and So You Wanna Read Tarot? The author has enjoyed writing stories since she was a child and is never seen without her Kindle. She is fascinated by all things mystical and magical. Once an elementary school teacher with a degree in Psychology and a certificate in Education, she now works in the business world by... Read More →
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Trisha Leaver

Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She writes Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Horror, Historical Fiction, and Science Fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. | www.trishaleaver.com
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Dianne K. Salerni

Dianne K. Salerni is the author of the popular children's Eighth Day fantasy series about a secret day of the week. Published by HarperCollins, the series includes The Eighth Day and The Inquisitor’s Mark, described by Kirkus as “an exciting blend of Arthurian legend and organized crime.” She has also published two YA historical novels, The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH), a Junior Library Guild Selection and one of YALSA’s 2015 Popular... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:40pm
ALL KINDS OF READING

1:00pm

Just the Facts?: Research for compelling prose
Moderators
MA

Miriam Allenson

Miriam Allenson is a marketing/public relations professional who thinks writing romantic fiction is preferable to writing press releases and website copy any day of the week. She and husband, Andy, live in northern New Jersey, just off the Garden State Parkway, which means she can get anywhere from there. For the Love of the Dame is the first book in a series of three. Her second book, Know When to Catch Her, is slated for publication in the fall... Read More →

Speakers
CB

Charlotte Bennardo

Putting characters into difficult situations is fun for Charlotte Bennardo, who loves to write young adult, new adult, and middle grade fiction, although she has written poetry and non-fiction articles. She is the co-author of Blonde OPS, Sirenz, and Sirenz Back In Fashion, and is working on several solo novels. She lives in central New Jersey with her family, a lunatic squirrel, and 2 cats. | charlotteebennardo.blogspot.com
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Robert Damon Schneck

Robert Damon Schneck is a Paramus native whose work focuses on bizarre, obscure, and strange-but-true aspects of American history. He is a regular contributor to the Fortean Times, and author of three books: The President's Vampire. Are You Psychic?, and, most recently, Mrs. Wakeman vs. the Antichrist. "The Bridge to Body Island", a chapter from The President's Vampire, is currently being made into a supernatural thriller by Intrepid Pictures and... Read More →
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Yvonne Ventresca

Yvonne Ventresca is the author of PANDEMIC (Sky Pony Press/Skyhorse Publishing, 2014), a contemporary young adult novel about an emotionally traumatized teenager struggling to survive a deadly flu outbreak. Before becoming an author, Yvonne wrote computer programs and taught others how to use technology. Now she happily spends her days writing stories instead of code. Her other writing credits include two nonfiction books for kids, AVRIL... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:40pm
ALL KINDS OF WRITING

1:00pm

Writing for the Test: Has common core influenced writing?
Moderators
Speakers
TB

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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Linda Bozzo

Linda Bozzo is an award-winning author of more than 50 nonfiction books for the school and library markets. Her fiction stories and articles have been published in many children’s magazines. Linda is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She enjoys presenting writing workshops and presentations on the writing process and her personal journey to publication to students. Linda also provides professional... Read More →
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Alison Ashley Formento

lison Ashley Formento is the author of award-winning nature picture books This Tree Counts!,This Tree, 1, 2, 3, These Bees Count!, These Seas Count!, and These Rocks Count!. | Her debut young adult novel Twigs published by Merit Press/F+W Media was featured in Publisher's Weekly as a notable new release for teen readers and named one of “NJ’s Hottest New Teen Reads” and a "Notable new release" by Publisher's Weekly. | Alison has written... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:40pm
CHILDREN'S

1:00pm

Weaving Threads from the Past: Delving into history
Moderators
MC

Marie Coughlin

Marie is the Executive Director of BCCLS.

Speakers
JM

Jeanne Mackin

Jeanne Mackin is a novelist, journalist and educator. Her most recent novel, The Beautiful American (New American Library), based on the life of photographer and war correspondent Lee Miller, received the 2014 CNY award for fiction. Her trio of mysteries (written as Anna Maclean) were translated into Japanese, and her first novel was a featured Book-of-the-Month club selection. This spring New American Library is publishing A Lady of Good Family... Read More →
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Donna Thorland

A native of Bergenfield, New Jersey, Donna attended Saddle River Day School and graduated from Yale with a degree in Classics and Art History and then moved to Boston. For many years she managed architecture and interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, and wrote and directed the Witch City’s most popular Halloween theater festival, Eerie Events. She earned an MFA in film production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she... Read More →
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Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in English History at Harvard before leaving academia to acquire a JD at Harvard Law... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:40pm
HIS STORY, HER STORY, WHOSE STORY

1:00pm

From Page to Stage: The art of adaptation
Moderators
RG

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 →

Speakers
EM

Elijah M. Brown

Elijah Brown, one of the hardest workers in the Poetry Community. By day, he is an educator working with special needs students & night he is a Performer and Publisher. He published forty books. | www.manuptheplay.com
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Anthony Giordano

Anthony Giordano is a writer, actor, and filmmaker. His play Drama Club has been done in over twenty states. His play Tap Dreams which has been performed in England, Australia, South Africa and the United States was turned into a feature film. | His young adult novel, Another Boring Summer…Again is published by Smashwords He has appeared in numerous independent films and off-Broadway shows. | www.giordanoswritings.com... Read More →
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Nick Kisella

Nick Kisella is an author, editor, screenwriter and semi-retired fitness professional. Primarily a horror author, he has also adapted several films into novels, most recently including ‘The Mary Horror Trilogy’, and ‘I Spill Your Guts’. He’s also penned several screenplays over the years. His most recent works are comprised of the novel, ‘Morningstars’, ‘The Beasts and the Walking Dead’ and ‘Crossing Lines’. His latest novel... Read More →
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Keith Torgan

Keith Torgan is a poet, author, singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, storyteller and educator -- a multidisciplinary artist with more than twenty years of experience in children’s music who has appeared at hundreds of theaters, cabarets, universities, museums, schools, and libraries throughout the United States. As composer Torgan created scores for The Tempest and Ring Round the Moon at the Williamstown Theater Festival, as a solo cabaret... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:40pm
INDUSTRY

1:00pm

Killing New Jersey: Murder in the Garden State
Moderators
LQ

Lori Quinn

Lori this the Director of the Waldwick Public Library.

Speakers
MS

Michael Stephen Daigle

Michael Stephen Daigle is a writer and journalist who lives in New Jersey with his family. He is the author of the political thriller, “The Swamps of Jersey,” published by Imzadi Publishing in November 2014. | He was born in Philadelphia, and has lived in several states in the Northeast United States, where he was an award-winning journalist, including time at Waterville Sentinel, Waterville Maine, the Courier-News of Bridgewater, N.J., and... Read More →
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Ilene Schneider

Award-winning author Rabbi Ilene Schneider, Ed.D., one of the first six women rabbis ordained in the U.S., has finally decided what she wants to be when she grows up. She has retired from her day job as a hospice spiritual support counselor to devote full time to writing. She is the author of the Rabbi Aviva Cohen Mysteries, published by Oak Tree Press: Chanukah Guilt, which was nominated for the Deadly Ink David Award for Best Mystery of 2007... Read More →
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Dave White

Dave White is the Shamus Award nominated author of the Jackson Donne series, including NOT EVEN PAST--published by Polis Books. He is also a middle school teacher and covers Rutgers basketball. | http://www.polisbooks.com/authors/dave-white
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Maureen Wlodarczyk

Maureen Wlodarczyk is an author, columnist, genealogist, speaker and blogger (website: www.past-forward.com), an officer with the Flannery Clan based in Dublin, Ireland, a member of the Irish-American Writers and Artists organization and the Genealogical Society of New Jersey. She was selected for a 2014 Excellence-in-Writing award by the International Society of Family History Writers & Editors (ISFHWE). | An admitted history addict, Maureen... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:40pm
NEW JERSEY

1:00pm

Conquering the Blank Page
Moderators
Speakers
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Samuel

Shaquille Samuel Henry is a writer regarded as one that diverges into his own lane and style, bound by no rules or limit. He describes writing as an art to express individuality in the manner that is not conquerable or denounced by anyone else. He is loyal in promoting the message of free will and individuality; that we are not bound by imperial justifications or imposed societal thinking and norms. Many of his work circle the surface of the... Read More →
DB

David Brown

David Brown was born, on September 18,1981 and raised in Staten Island, New York. He now resides in New Jersey. Brown started writing poetry at the age of 17. In the summer of '99, a month after he graduated from high school, Brown was inspired to write after reading and studying a poem called "Mother To Son" by Langston Hughes, and was surprised by his own creativity. | David knew that he wanted to do something that one did not hear about. In... Read More →
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James C. Ellerbe

James C. Ellerbe currently lives in NJ with his wife. He graduated from Hackensack High School and Gibbs College in Livingston with an Associate’s Degree in Computer Operation. He has appeared on BET’s "Buy the Book,” a non-taping of "Showtime at the Apollo,” Kola Note (Site of Montreal, Canada’s Jazz festival), Rutgers University, NJIT, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Sarah Lawrence College, and WLIB Radio NY. "Beyond the Event... Read More →
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Michelle Greco

Michelle Greco is a poet who both lives and teaches in New Jersey. She holds an MFA from Drew University. Her poems have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, The Stillwater Review, Edison Literary Review, and the anthology Dear Sister, among others. When not writing, Michelle enjoys blogging, photography, and red dresses. | http://www.michellegreco.com/
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Roxanne Hoffman

Roxanne Hoffman worked on Wall Street, now answers a patient hotline for a New York home healthcare provider. Her words can be found, on and off the net, in Amaze: The Cinquain Journal, Clockwise Cat, Danse Macabre, The Fib Review, Hospital Drive, Lucid Rhythms, Mobius: The Poetry Magazine, The New Verse News, The Pedestal Magazine and Shaking Like a Mountain; the 2005 indie flick Love and the Vampire; and several anthologies including The... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:40pm
POETRY

1:00pm

Coming to America: The immigrant experience
Moderators
ML

Maria Laurino

Maria Laurino is the author of The Italian Americans: A History, the companion book to the PBS documentary series, as well as the memoirs, Old World Daughter, New World Mother, a meditation on contemporary feminism, and the national bestseller, Were You Always an Italian?, an exploration of ethnic identity. | Laurino began her career as a staff writer at the Village Voice. She left the Voice to serve as the chief speechwriter to former New York... Read More →

Speakers
ME

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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Daisy Hernandez

Daisy Hernández is the coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism and former executive editor of ColorLines magazine. She speaks at colleges and conferences about feminism, race, and media justice, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Ms. Magazine. She is the Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. | In her lyrical coming-of-age memoir... Read More →
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Mona Rodriguez

Mona Rodriguez is a mathematician, environmentalist, and a mother of twins who had a story to tell. Throughout her life, she had heard many stories from family members that were fascinating, sometimes even unbelievable, and decided to piece together the puzzle of tales. What she learned in the process is that human emotions have been the same throughout generations - the difference is how people are molded and maneuvered by the times and their... Read More →
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Sung J. Woo

Sung J. Woo‘s short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, PEN/Guernica, and KoreAm Journal. His debut novel, Everything Asian (2009), has received praises from The Christian Science Monitor, Kirkus Reviews (starred review), the Chicago Sun-Times, and won the 2010 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Literature Award (Youth category). In 2014, Everything Asian was chosen for Coming Together in Skokie and Niles... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:40pm
THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE

1:00pm

Writer's Circle - Writing for Adults
Sunday June 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:40pm
WORKSHOP

1:10pm

Artie Bennett
Speakers
AB

Artie Bennett

Artie Bennett is the executive copy editor for a children’s book publisher and he writes a little on the side (but not the backside!). Artie would be hailed as “the Dr. Seuss of your caboose,” for The Butt Book, his first “mature” work, which published in 2010. The Butt Book was showered with praise and won the prestigious Reuben Award for Book Illustration. His “number two” picture book, fittingly, was entitled Poopendous! The... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 1:10pm - 1:20pm
STORY TIME

1:20pm

Anna Kang & Christopher Weyant
Speakers
AK

Anna Kang

Husband-and-wife team Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of You Are (Not) Small, which won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and was named a Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association. Their follow-up book, That’s (Not) Mine, will be published by Two Lions in September 2015. They live in New Jersey with their two daughters, Kate and Lily, a guinea pig named Athena, and a hermit crab named Olaf. | Anna... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 1:20pm - 1:30pm
STORY TIME

1:30pm

Joyce Wan
Speakers
JW

Joyce Wan

Joyce Wan is the author and illustrator of many popular board books, including You Are My Cupcake and We Belong Together. She is also the illustrator of Sandra J. Howett's Sleepyheads. Joyce lives in New York City. Through all her work, she hopes to inspire people to embrace the spirit of childhood and to follow their dreams. www.wanart.com


Sunday June 14, 2015 1:30pm - 1:40pm
STORY TIME

1:40pm

Welcome
Sunday June 14, 2015 1:40pm - 2:00pm
KEYNOTE

2:00pm

Keynote Address: Lev Golinkin
Speakers
LG

Lev Golinkin

Lev Golinkin is the author of A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka.  Mr. Golinkin, a graduate of Boston College, came to the US as a child refugee from the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov (now called Kharkiv) in 1990.  His op-eds and essays on the Ukraine crisis have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and Time.com, among others; he has been interviewed by WSJ Live and... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 2:00pm - 2:20pm
KEYNOTE

2:20pm

Tom Geden
Sunday June 14, 2015 2:20pm - 2:40pm
STORY TIME

2:20pm

Haunting Pages: Let it be ghosts
Speakers
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RoseMarie Rubinetti Cappiello

Intuitive/Medium/Healer, Hospice Trained Grief volunteer, Ordained Spiritual Minister, Certified Hypnotherapist, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Attuned, BS Physical Education MSU Trained by the best teachers from Arthur Findlay College in England, RoseMarie is a gifted Medium/Intuitive/Healer who has worked professionally in this capacity since 2000. She has connected many people to their loved ones in Spirit through thousands of private medium... Read More →
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Tinika Ross

Tinika Ross is a novelist and poet from Southern New Jersey. Some of her short stories can be found in “SuperHERo Tales: A Collection of Female Superhero Stories” and “Ghostly Echoes: Spooky Tales from around the World”. In addition to these tales, she published a thriller entitled “Madness.” | When Tinika isn’t creating chaos in the lives of her characters, she goes to concerts, movies, daydreams, and spends time with family and... Read More →
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Robert Damon Schneck

Robert Damon Schneck is a Paramus native whose work focuses on bizarre, obscure, and strange-but-true aspects of American history. He is a regular contributor to the Fortean Times, and author of three books: The President's Vampire. Are You Psychic?, and, most recently, Mrs. Wakeman vs. the Antichrist. "The Bridge to Body Island", a chapter from The President's Vampire, is currently being made into a supernatural thriller by Intrepid Pictures and... Read More →
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Stuart Schneider

I am a lawyer specializing in Wills, Estate planning, Real estate, and Contract law. Before going to law school, I was a product photographer and technical representative for Bogen Photo. Collecting antiques and collectibles always interested me and I discovered early on that if there is not a book on a subject that interests me, it is probably up to me to photograph for and write one. My publisher, Schiffer Publishing has been very supportive... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 2:20pm - 3:00pm
ALL KINDS OF READING

2:20pm

Draw Us A Story: Why comics and graphic novels matter
Moderators
CW

Christopher Weyant

Husband-and-wife team Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of You Are (Not) Small, which won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and was named a Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association. Their follow-up book, That’s (Not) Mine, will be published by Two Lions in September 2015. They live in New Jersey with their two daughters, Kate and Lily, a guinea pig named Athena, and a hermit crab named Olaf. | Anna, a native... Read More →

Speakers
MB

Mark Basso

Mark is a project manager and editor on all Marvel Custom Solutions projects, and editor on the Disney Kingdoms and Marvel Universe all-ages comic book series including Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spider-Man.  As editor, Mark leads the writers and artists through the comic book creation process from conception to final printed (or digital) version.
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Richard B. Knight

Richard B. Knight (The "B" stands for "Brandon") teaches Language Arts during the day and writes fiction at night. He decided that he wanted to be a novelist back in the fourth grade. It was all quite spontaneous. Back then, his teacher asked all of the students what they wanted to be when they grew up, and while many students chose "doctor", or "lawyer", or "astronaut", Richard, wanting to be funny, chose "drag queen garbage man". It wasn't... Read More →
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Buddy Scalera

Buddy Scalera is a comic book writer, editor and photographer. He is the author of the popular Comic Artist’s Photo Reference book series for IMPACT Books, and he is also known for his best-selling series of photography CD-ROMs, Visual Reference for Comic Artists. | His latest release is “Creating Comics from Start to Finish,” an educational book that details the complete continuum of comic book publishing. It includes detailed interviews... Read More →
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Don E. Smith, Jr.

Don Everett Smith Jr. is a Bergen County based writer. His work has appeared in local newspapers and magazines and he has gone on to author two local history books. He has gone on to independently publish comic books and work with Bluewater Comics where has written several biographical and horror comics, have gained national attention. | Currently, he is working with up-and-coming comic book publishers Outpouring Comics where his new comic... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 2:20pm - 3:00pm
ALL KINDS OF WRITING

2:20pm

Waking Up the Past: Blending history and fiction for children
Speakers
SC

Selene Castrovilla

Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author. Melt, her third teen novel, has been hailed as "A fresh, emotionally complex bildungsroman of young American love" by Kirkus. Her historical nonfiction children's books are known for their humanity. Revolutionary Friends, her 2013 Booklist Top Ten Biography for Youth about the relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, will soon be joined by... Read More →
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Mary H. Donohue

Widow of Naval Officer of WWII who served in both Atlantic and Pacific. Mother of eight; grandmother of 17 and great-grandmother of 9. BA and MA from Fairleigh Dickinson Univ, almost completed PhD in Spanish Lit at NYU. Completely bi-lingual, Spanish and English. Taught at Paramus Catholic Boys HS, Chairman of Foreign Language Dept - 27 years; taught 8th Grade students at St. Peter the Apostle in River Edge for eight years. Elected first Hispanic... Read More →
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Todd McClimans

I am an elementary school principal and a former fifth grade teacher. I've always been a fantasy nerd (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Narnia), but I didn't care much about history until I started teaching the American Revolution to my first fifth graders. I fell in love with the riveting stories about the brave patriots and their struggle for independence during the Revolutionary War. My aim with Time Traitor, and the rest of the American... Read More →
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Robert Skead

obert Skead is the author of several popular children's books. For Patriots, Redcoats & Spies, Robert partnered with his father, also Robert Skead (now 89-years-old). Both are members of the Sons of the American Revolution. Their ancestor, Lamberton Clark, one of the main characters in the story, fought in the Revolutionary War as a member of the Connecticut Militia and the Continental Army. The book includes many historical facts about the war... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 2:20pm - 3:00pm
CHILDREN'S

2:20pm

I am Woman: Creating strong female characters
Moderators
Speakers
MC

Michelle Cameron

Michelle Cameron's The Fruit of Her Hands: the story of Shira of Ashkenaz relates the life of the author's 13th Century ancestor, Rabbi Meir of Rothenberg. Publisher’s Weekly praised the novel’s “powerful immediacy” and Library Journal its “rich details.” Her full-length novel in verse, In the Shadow of the Globe, was named the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's 2003-4 Winter Book Selection. | Michelle is co-director of The Writers... Read More →
VC

Virginia Cornue

irginia Cornue, PhD and Linda Lombri (pen name Crystal Sharpe) co-author the Sandra Troux Mysteries series. | Virginia is an author and part time professor of Cultural Anthropology at Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, New Jersey. She co-founded and/or directed The National Organization for Women – New York City chapter; The Service Fund of NOW; the Women’s Funding Coalition-NYC; and Newark Emergency Services for Families. She was the 1998... Read More →
LG

Lori Goldstein

Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family and raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Lehigh University and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before becoming a full-time author. She currently lives and writes outside of Boston. Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn. | www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com
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Kristen Houghton

Kristen Houghton is an award-winning, top-selling author of four fiction and two non-fiction books.Her latest book FOR I HAVE SINNED, released in December 2014, has garnered praise from renowned book critics nationwide and is on the top-selling book lists in the USA, the U.K., Australia, and France. The book is the first in the series A Cate Harlow Private Investigation. | As Kristen told Greg Archer, book critic for The Huffington Post, | "I was... Read More →
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Trisha Leaver

Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She writes Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Horror, Historical Fiction, and Science Fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. | www.trishaleaver.com
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Linda Lombri

Linda Lombri is a card-carrying member of the “Why Not” generation (a.k.a. “The Baby Boomers”). Linda has been the Marketing Communications Director at a Fortune 500 paper and packaging company. She’s been a test kitchen home economist, a teacher, a consumer affairs representative, an educational writer and editor, a project manager, a needlework craft expert, a small business entrepreneur, a corporate marketing communications director... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 2:20pm - 3:00pm
HIS STORY, HER STORY, WHOSE STORY

2:20pm

Let's Get Digital
Moderators
Speakers
ME

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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Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You, both of which were on many the Best Books of the Year lists. She has also written 8 other novels. A book critic for the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle and People, she teaches novel writing online at Stanford, UCLA Extension Writers Program and privately. She was a finalist in the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab and the Nickelodeon... Read More →
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Wendy Mass

Wendy Mass is the New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers, along with fifteen other novels for young readers. They include A Mango-Shaped Space, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (which was made into a feature film), 11 Birthdays, which was the first book in the bestselling Willow Falls 5-book series, and Every Soul a Star. Just out is Pi in the Sky and a new series for beginning readers called Space Taxi. She is currently... Read More →
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Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in English History at Harvard before leaving academia to acquire a JD at Harvard Law... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 2:20pm - 3:00pm
INDUSTRY

2:20pm

In Our Backyards: Keeping it local
Moderators
Speakers
TG

Thalia Goulis

Thalia Goulis and Marc Jablonski, both 21, are childhood friends and natives of Paramus. They have both been researchers for the Paramus Historical Commission, and they have also volunteered as docents at the Fritz Behnke Historical Museum of Paramus. | Thalia is a 2014 graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, and is currently pursuing an advanced degree in Literature. Outside of historical research and her studies, Thalia is working on her... Read More →
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Marc Jablonski

A current senior at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, Marc is studying Anthropology, French, and Art. As a part of his studies, Marc has extensive practice in researching and curating that has greatly added to the Paramus book. | In addition to his interest in research, Marc is a musician and he is an active member in Muhlenberg’s theatre department, composing and sound designing shows. | Thalia and Marc enjoyed putting together the... Read More →
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William Neumann

William "Billy" Neumann is a Rutherford Historian and its most active Historic Preservationist. He is the author of the two most popular histories on the town, Rutherford: A Brief History (History Press 2009) and Rutherford: Images of America (Arcadia 2012) He teaches workshops on producing local history books, publishes articles on history, conducts guided tours of Rutherford, Paterson and NYC; and is a sought after lecturer on historic... Read More →
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Kevin Woyce

Kevin Woyce is an author, photographer, and lecturer specializing in New Jersey and New York regional history. A lifelong resident of the Garden State, he grew up in East Rutherford and now lives in Lyndhurst. | www.kevinwoyce.com


Sunday June 14, 2015 2:20pm - 3:00pm
NEW JERSEY

2:20pm

The Poetry of Everyday Life: How to preserve the authenticity of private discourse in a public exchange
Moderators
LH

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa is currently pursuing her Masters of Library Science and is a 2015 recipient of the BCCLS Scholarship. She currently works at the Bloomfield Public Library.

Speakers
JA

Joel Allegretti

Joel Allegretti is the author of five collections of poetry. His second, Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium. | Allegretti’s poetry has appeared in The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Smartish Pace, PANK and many other national journals, as well... Read More →
EM

Elijah M. Brown

Elijah Brown, one of the hardest workers in the Poetry Community. By day, he is an educator working with special needs students & night he is a Performer and Publisher. He published forty books. | www.manuptheplay.com
JJ

John Jack Jackie (Edward) Cooper

John Jack Jackie (Edward) Cooper is the creator of These Are Aphorithms and the author of Ten (Poets Wear Prada, 2012). His American English translation of Wax Women, with French texts of the original poems by Jean-Pierre Lemesle and photographs by Henry Jacobs (International Art Office: Paris, 1985), drew acclaim and dedicated full-window display from the Gotham Book Mart in New York — legendary fishing hole to the “wise” — released in... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 2:20pm - 3:00pm
POETRY

2:20pm

Men Tell It All: Notes from the Y chromosome
Moderators
Speakers
PR

Pat Russo

Pasquale "Pat" Russo is veteran professional writer who has held editorial leadership roles in corporate communication departments at Fortune 500 firms. An accomplished ghostwriter, he is the co-author of "One Marshal's Badge", the memoir of a former director of the US Marshals Service. "Another Vanishing Act" is his debut novel. | http://pasquale-russo.com
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Joel Schwartzberg

Joel Schwartzberg is a nationally-published and award-winning New Jersey essayist whose collections include "Small Things Considered" (2014) and "The 40-Year-Old Version" (2009). | His personal essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, New Jersey Monthly, The Star Ledger, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Babble.com, Parents.com, StepMom Magazine, and in the flimsy pages of regional... Read More →
SJ

Sung J. Woo

Sung J. Woo‘s short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, PEN/Guernica, and KoreAm Journal. His debut novel, Everything Asian (2009), has received praises from The Christian Science Monitor, Kirkus Reviews (starred review), the Chicago Sun-Times, and won the 2010 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Literature Award (Youth category). In 2014, Everything Asian was chosen for Coming Together in Skokie and Niles... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 2:20pm - 3:00pm
THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE

2:20pm

I'll Give You Exactly 5 Minutes
Speakers
PD

Peter Danish

Peter Danish is an award-winning author, educator and marketing consultant. His public-speaking book I'LL GIVE YOU EXACTLY 5 MINUTES, was a #1 Amazon.com Best Seller. His novel THE TENOR won the ReadersFavorite.com Best Historical Fiction Book and received an Honorable Mention for Best Historical Fiction Book from the New England Festival of Books. He is also the Classical Music Editor in Chief for BroadwayWorld.com, one of the nation's most... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 2:20pm - 3:00pm
WORKSHOP

2:40pm

Carol Roth
Speakers
CR

Carol Roth

Carol Roth was born in New York City. She is a former kindergarten teacher and has had eleven children's books published, the most recent being Ten Little Ducklings Go To Bed. Some of her other fun-filled books include Who Will Tuck Me In Tonight? - a Children’s Choice book for 2005 (IRA-CBC) and a nominee for the 2005 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Awards; The Little School Bus, which won the Missouri Building Block Award for Best... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 2:40pm - 2:50pm
STORY TIME

2:50pm

Alison Ashley Formento
Speakers
AA

Alison Ashley Formento

lison Ashley Formento is the author of award-winning nature picture books This Tree Counts!,This Tree, 1, 2, 3, These Bees Count!, These Seas Count!, and These Rocks Count!. | Her debut young adult novel Twigs published by Merit Press/F+W Media was featured in Publisher's Weekly as a notable new release for teen readers and named one of “NJ’s Hottest New Teen Reads” and a "Notable new release" by Publisher's Weekly. | Alison has written... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 2:50pm - 3:00pm
STORY TIME

3:00pm

Keynote Address: Kody Keplinger
Speakers
KK

Kody Keplinger

Kody Keplinger was born and raised in small town western Kentucky, where she began her writing career after penning the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, The DUFF, at age seventeen.The DUFF, now a major motion picture, was chosen as an YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers and a Romantic Times Top Pick. Kody has since written other books for both young adult and middle grade readers. When she isn't... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 3:00pm - 3:20pm
KEYNOTE

3:20pm

Keith Torgan
Speakers
KT

Keith Torgan

Keith Torgan is a poet, author, singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, storyteller and educator -- a multidisciplinary artist with more than twenty years of experience in children’s music who has appeared at hundreds of theaters, cabarets, universities, museums, schools, and libraries throughout the United States. As composer Torgan created scores for The Tempest and Ring Round the Moon at the Williamstown Theater Festival, as a solo cabaret... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 3:20pm - 3:30pm
STORY TIME

3:20pm

How to Present Your Poetry in Public
Moderators
JA

Joel Allegretti

Joel Allegretti is the author of five collections of poetry. His second, Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium. | Allegretti’s poetry has appeared in The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Smartish Pace, PANK and many other national journals, as well... Read More →

Speakers
EM

Elijah M. Brown

Elijah Brown, one of the hardest workers in the Poetry Community. By day, he is an educator working with special needs students & night he is a Performer and Publisher. He published forty books. | www.manuptheplay.com
JJ

John J. Trause

JOHN J. TRAUSE, the Director of Oradell Public Library, is the author of Eye Candy for Andy (13 Most Beautiful… Poems for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, Finishing Line Press, 2013); Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round (Nirala Publications, 2012); the chapbook Seriously Serial (Poets Wear Prada, 2007; rev. ed. 2014); and Latter-Day Litany (Éditions élastiques, 1996), the latter staged Off-Off Broadway. His translations, poetry, and... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 3:20pm - 3:40pm
POETRY

3:20pm

Who's on First?: Why baseball hits it out of the park
Moderators
MA

Miriam Allenson

Miriam Allenson is a marketing/public relations professional who thinks writing romantic fiction is preferable to writing press releases and website copy any day of the week. She and husband, Andy, live in northern New Jersey, just off the Garden State Parkway, which means she can get anywhere from there. For the Love of the Dame is the first book in a series of three. Her second book, Know When to Catch Her, is slated for publication in the fall... Read More →

Speakers
RB

Raphael Badagliacca

Raphael Badagliacca has written two books: Father's Day: Encounters with Everyday Life (www.fathersdaybook.com) and The Yogi Poems and Other Celebrations of Local Baseball (www.yogipoems.com). A third book will be introduced at BOOKSNJ. He appeared at the Soho Playhouse in a one-man show based on his Father's Day book; one of the stories was broadcast on NPR’s WNYC. His second book inspired a workshop performance, "The Baseball Stories," and... Read More →
RK

Ron Kaplan

In addition to working as a sports and features editor for a weekly New Jersey publication, I'm also a freelance writer, specializing in book reviews -- primarily baseball-related -- as well as pop culture. My work has appeared in such print and on-line publications as Mental Floss, Huffington Post, ForeWord Magazine, and Baseball America, among others. | My first book, "501 Books Baseball Fans Must Read Before They Die," was published by the... Read More →
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Roz Lee

USA Today Best-Selling author Roz Lee is the author of twenty erotic romances. The first, The Lust Boat, was born of an idea acquired while on a Caribbean cruise with her family and soon blossomed into a five book series published by Red Sage. Following her love of baseball, she turned her attention to sexy athletes in tight pants, writing the critically acclaimed Mustangs Baseball series. | Roz has been married to her best friend, and high... Read More →
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Timothy Tocher

Timothy, a resident of Suffern, NY, is the author of 4 novels and 1 book of nonfiction for middle grade and teen readers. His historical baseball fiction (CHIEF SUNRISE, JOHN MCGRAW, AND ME and BILL PENNANT, BABE RUTH, AND ME) have garnered a Junior Library Guild selection, Kirkus starred review, Big Picture review in the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, and a spot on the ALA's best YA list. ODD BALL: HILARIOUS, UNUSUAL, AND BIZARRE... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 3:20pm - 4:00pm
ALL KINDS OF READING

3:20pm

Tickle Me Author: How to write funny
Moderators
Speakers
AB

Artie Bennett

Artie Bennett is the executive copy editor for a children’s book publisher and he writes a little on the side (but not the backside!). Artie would be hailed as “the Dr. Seuss of your caboose,” for The Butt Book, his first “mature” work, which published in 2010. The Butt Book was showered with praise and won the prestigious Reuben Award for Book Illustration. His “number two” picture book, fittingly, was entitled Poopendous! The... Read More →
JM

Jeff Markowitz

Jeff Markowitz is the author of the award-winning thriller, Death and White Diamonds, as well as three books in the Cassie O’Malley mystery series. He loves to write early in the morning. “You can usually find me at my computer at 5:30 in the morning plotting someone’s murder.” When he’s not out looking for dead bodies, Jeff keeps busy as the founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit agency providing services to adults with... Read More →
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Hank Quense

Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric scifi and fantasy stories. He also writes about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 14 books and 50 short stories along with a few dozen articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject. He is currently working on a series of two humorous novels that take place in the Camelot era. | He and his wife, Pat, usually... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 3:20pm - 4:00pm
ALL KINDS OF WRITING

3:20pm

Peeking Inside a Picture Book: A view into successful children's publishing
Moderators
Speakers
AA

Alison Ashley Formento

lison Ashley Formento is the author of award-winning nature picture books This Tree Counts!,This Tree, 1, 2, 3, These Bees Count!, These Seas Count!, and These Rocks Count!. | Her debut young adult novel Twigs published by Merit Press/F+W Media was featured in Publisher's Weekly as a notable new release for teen readers and named one of “NJ’s Hottest New Teen Reads” and a "Notable new release" by Publisher's Weekly. | Alison has written... Read More →
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Anna Kang

Husband-and-wife team Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of You Are (Not) Small, which won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and was named a Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association. Their follow-up book, That’s (Not) Mine, will be published by Two Lions in September 2015. They live in New Jersey with their two daughters, Kate and Lily, a guinea pig named Athena, and a hermit crab named Olaf. | Anna... Read More →
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Carol Roth

Carol Roth was born in New York City. She is a former kindergarten teacher and has had eleven children's books published, the most recent being Ten Little Ducklings Go To Bed. Some of her other fun-filled books include Who Will Tuck Me In Tonight? - a Children’s Choice book for 2005 (IRA-CBC) and a nominee for the 2005 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Awards; The Little School Bus, which won the Missouri Building Block Award for Best... Read More →
JW

Joyce Wan

Joyce Wan is the author and illustrator of many popular board books, including You Are My Cupcake and We Belong Together. She is also the illustrator of Sandra J. Howett's Sleepyheads. Joyce lives in New York City. Through all her work, she hopes to inspire people to embrace the spirit of childhood and to follow their dreams. www.wanart.com


Sunday June 14, 2015 3:20pm - 4:00pm
CHILDREN'S

3:20pm

Love in the Time of ….Genre Blending
Moderators
Speakers
CB

Charlotte Bennardo

Putting characters into difficult situations is fun for Charlotte Bennardo, who loves to write young adult, new adult, and middle grade fiction, although she has written poetry and non-fiction articles. She is the co-author of Blonde OPS, Sirenz, and Sirenz Back In Fashion, and is working on several solo novels. She lives in central New Jersey with her family, a lunatic squirrel, and 2 cats. | charlotteebennardo.blogspot.com
IJ

Ian J. Keeney

I am an award-winning author, screenwriter and filmmaker. My latest novel won Best Science Fiction in the Los Angeles Book Festival as well as other awards. As an author, I enjoy exploring all different genres and styles. My first novel, A Thousand Pieces, is a suspense/mystery. Before writing novels, I started out as a screenwriter. I've released four feature films of my own and worked on many others. | http://www.abettertomorrownovel.com
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E.F. Watkins

E. F. Watkins specializes in paranormal suspense, and since 2003 has published eight novels with Amber Quill Press LLC. Her first, DANCE WITH THE DRAGON, received a 2004 EPPIE Award from the national organization EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection) as Best Horror Novel. Next came the romantic mystery RIDE A DANCING HORSE (as “Eileen Watkins”). Her third book, BLACK FLOWERS, was a Finalist in the Thriller category for both... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 3:20pm - 4:00pm
HIS STORY, HER STORY, WHOSE STORY

3:20pm

The Power of the First Page: Beyond "a dark and stormy night"
Moderators
MC

Marian Calabro

As Marian Calabro’s website says: “If it involves writing and editing, chances are I've done it.” Marian started her career in Manhattan as a promotional writer in the heyday of paperback publishing. She has since written 18 nonfiction history books for young adults and business audiences, ranging from the award-winning "The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party" (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin) to a recent 100th-anniversary history of The... Read More →

Speakers
AC

A.J. Colucci

A.J. Colucci is an author of books, including mysteries, crime fiction, and science thrillers. Her latest novel by MacMillan, SEEDERS, was described by #1 New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston as “Gripping and brilliantly original.” Her debut novel THE COLONY was given a starred review by Publishers Weekly and Booklist called it “a frightening combination of well-researched science and scenes of pure horror.” | A.J. spent... Read More →
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Shari Goldhagen

After serious pursuits of literature at Northwestern (BSJ) and Ohio State (MFA), Shari Goldhagen discovered she had a knack for sifting through celebrity trash and worked as a gossip writer for publications including The National Enquirer, Us Weekly, and Life & Style Weekly. Her articles on pop culture, travel and relationships have appeared everywhere from Cosmopolitan to Penthouse. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell and... Read More →
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Lori Goldstein

Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family and raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Lehigh University and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before becoming a full-time author. She currently lives and writes outside of Boston. Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn. | www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com
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Steven Rigolosi

Steven Rigolosi was born in Bergen County, NJ, and currently lives in Franklin Lakes. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Manhattan College and Rutgers University, he grew up in the Bergen County Library System. He writes mystery fiction. In 2014, Oprah chose his latest mystery, The Outsmarting of Criminals, as one of the best mysteries of Fall 2014. | http://stevenrigolosi.wordpress.com


Sunday June 14, 2015 3:20pm - 4:00pm
INDUSTRY

3:20pm

Down the Shore: Romancin' New Jersey
Moderators
Speakers
CA

Catherine Ann Greenfeder

After getting a B.A. in English from St. John’s University, I worked as a copywriter and a promotional writer before becoming a stay-at-home mom. I wrote from home and began work on my first novel. I also returned to college and obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University. Since then I have taught middle school language arts for eighteen years in Cranford, New Jersey, and I have continued to write and publish my... Read More →
AR

Alison Ruth

Alison Ruth was a feature writer for the popular music magazines Creem, Rock, Rock Fever, and Wavelength. Her short stories have been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and have been published in J Journal, Kestrel, Southern Indiana Review, G.W. Review, Tulane Literary Magazine, Pamplemousse, and forthcoming in Confrontation. Her first novel, Near-Mint Cinderella, published by Aqueous Books in 2014, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 3:20pm - 4:00pm
NEW JERSEY

3:20pm

Together But Different: Diversity more than genetics
Moderators
TB

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 →

Speakers
ME

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 →
MA

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

3:20pm

3:30pm

Beth Ferry
Speakers
BF

Beth Ferry

Beth Ferry reads, writes and lives by the beach in central New Jersey. Her debut picture book, STICK AND STONE, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld was released in April 2015 by HMH. She is also the author of the picture books, LAND SHARK (Chronicle), swimming into print this August and PIRATE'S PEFECT PET (Candlewick) setting sail in the Fall of 2016. She is a big fan of pirates, pets and alliteration. | www.bethferry.com


Sunday June 14, 2015 3:30pm - 3:40pm
STORY TIME

3:40pm

Poetry Slam / Open Mic
Sunday June 14, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
POETRY

3:50pm

Robert Skead
Speakers
RS

Robert Skead

obert Skead is the author of several popular children's books. For Patriots, Redcoats & Spies, Robert partnered with his father, also Robert Skead (now 89-years-old). Both are members of the Sons of the American Revolution. Their ancestor, Lamberton Clark, one of the main characters in the story, fought in the Revolutionary War as a member of the Connecticut Militia and the Continental Army. The book includes many historical facts about the war... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 3:50pm - 4:00pm
STORY TIME

4:00pm

Keynote Address: Maria Laurino
Speakers
ML

Maria Laurino

Maria Laurino is the author of The Italian Americans: A History, the companion book to the PBS documentary series, as well as the memoirs, Old World Daughter, New World Mother, a meditation on contemporary feminism, and the national bestseller, Were You Always an Italian?, an exploration of ethnic identity. | Laurino began her career as a staff writer at the Village Voice. She left the Voice to serve as the chief speechwriter to former New York... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 4:00pm - 4:20pm
KEYNOTE

4:20pm

Linda Bozzo
Speakers
LB

Linda Bozzo

Linda Bozzo is an award-winning author of more than 50 nonfiction books for the school and library markets. Her fiction stories and articles have been published in many children’s magazines. Linda is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She enjoys presenting writing workshops and presentations on the writing process and her personal journey to publication to students. Linda also provides professional... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 4:20pm - 4:30pm
STORY TIME

4:20pm

So Noted: Music in the key of literature
Moderators
AP

Adele Puccio

Adele is the director of the Bloomfield Public Library.

Speakers
MA

Miriam Allenson

Miriam Allenson is a marketing/public relations professional who thinks writing romantic fiction is preferable to writing press releases and website copy any day of the week. She and husband, Andy, live in northern New Jersey, just off the Garden State Parkway, which means she can get anywhere from there. For the Love of the Dame is the first book in a series of three. Her second book, Know When to Catch Her, is slated for publication in the fall... Read More →
PD

Peter Danish

Peter Danish is an award-winning author, educator and marketing consultant. His public-speaking book I'LL GIVE YOU EXACTLY 5 MINUTES, was a #1 Amazon.com Best Seller. His novel THE TENOR won the ReadersFavorite.com Best Historical Fiction Book and received an Honorable Mention for Best Historical Fiction Book from the New England Festival of Books. He is also the Classical Music Editor in Chief for BroadwayWorld.com, one of the nation's most... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 4:20pm - 5:00pm
ALL KINDS OF READING

4:20pm

Writing Across the Ages: From Kids to Young Adults
Moderators
Speakers
TB

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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Selene Castrovilla

Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author. Melt, her third teen novel, has been hailed as "A fresh, emotionally complex bildungsroman of young American love" by Kirkus. Her historical nonfiction children's books are known for their humanity. Revolutionary Friends, her 2013 Booklist Top Ten Biography for Youth about the relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, will soon be joined by... Read More →
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Margie Gelbwasser

Margie Gelbwasser has written for many magazines including SELF, Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, New Jersey Monthly, and Girls' Life. She's had two YA novels published by Flux. Inconvenient (2010) was named a 2011 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens, and Kirkus called Pieces of Us (2012) “suspenseful, disturbing, and emotionally fraught.” Her next YA, Violent Ends, is a collaborative novel edited by Shaun Hutchinson and contains sixteen... Read More →
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Crystal Velasquez

Crystal Velasquez is the author of Hunters of Chaos, the Your Life, but... series (Your Life, but Sweeter; Your Life, but Cooler; and Your Life, but Better), and four books in the Maya & Miguel series (Paint the Town; The Valentine Machine; Neighborhood Friends; and My Twin Brother/My Twin Sister). Born and raised in New York City, she holds a B.A. in creative writing from Penn State University and is a graduate of NYU's Summer Publishing... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 4:20pm - 5:00pm
ALL KINDS OF WRITING

4:20pm

Books in Bloom: Keeping kids reading, from picture books to YA
Moderators
AC

A.J. Colucci

A.J. Colucci is an author of books, including mysteries, crime fiction, and science thrillers. Her latest novel by MacMillan, SEEDERS, was described by #1 New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston as “Gripping and brilliantly original.” Her debut novel THE COLONY was given a starred review by Publishers Weekly and Booklist called it “a frightening combination of well-researched science and scenes of pure horror.” | A.J. spent... Read More →

Speakers
BF

Beth Ferry

Beth Ferry reads, writes and lives by the beach in central New Jersey. Her debut picture book, STICK AND STONE, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld was released in April 2015 by HMH. She is also the author of the picture books, LAND SHARK (Chronicle), swimming into print this August and PIRATE'S PEFECT PET (Candlewick) setting sail in the Fall of 2016. She is a big fan of pirates, pets and alliteration. | www.bethferry.com
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Sandy Hall

Sandy Hall is a teen librarian from New Jersey where she was born and raised. She has a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. A Little Something Different is her first novel. When she isn't writing or teen librarian-ing, she enjoys reading, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. | sandywrites.tumblr.com
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Wendy Mass

Wendy Mass is the New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers, along with fifteen other novels for young readers. They include A Mango-Shaped Space, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (which was made into a feature film), 11 Birthdays, which was the first book in the bestselling Willow Falls 5-book series, and Every Soul a Star. Just out is Pi in the Sky and a new series for beginning readers called Space Taxi. She is currently... Read More →
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Nancy Viau

Nancy Viau (Mullica Hill, NJ) is the author of three picture books: CITY STREET BEAT, LOOK WHAT I CAN DO! and STORM SONG. Her middle-grade novel, SAMANTHA HANSEN HAS ROCKS IN HER HEAD, was published in 2008. Viau’s stories, poems, and activities appear in Highlights, Highlights High Five, Ladybug, Babybug, Hopscotch for Girls, and many children’s magazines. She has written dozens of Op-Ed essays for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has been a... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 4:20pm - 5:00pm
CHILDREN'S

4:20pm

The Outsider in Literature: Do I want to fit in?
Moderators
MC

Marie Coughlin

Marie is the Executive Director of BCCLS.

Speakers
LC

Lisa Colozza Cocca

Lisa Colozza Cocca is the author of PROVIDENCE, a YA novel from Merit Press/F&W Media and numerous school and library titles. | www.lisacolozzacocca.com
LG

Lisa Gornick

Lisa Gornick is the author of the just released “novel in fragments”, Louisa Meets Bear (Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux), which received starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Booklist,  as well as  two earlier novels: Tinderbox (Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and A Private Sorcery (Algonquin).   Her stories and essays... Read More →
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Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You, both of which were on many the Best Books of the Year lists. She has also written 8 other novels. A book critic for the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle and People, she teaches novel writing online at Stanford, UCLA Extension Writers Program and privately. She was a finalist in the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab and the Nickelodeon... Read More →
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Leora Skolkin-Smith

Leora Skolkin-Smith was born in Manhattan in 1952, and spent her childhood between Pound Ridge, New York, and Israel, traveling with her family to her mother’s birthplace in Jerusalem every three years. She earned her BA and MFA and was awarded a teaching fellowship for graduate work, all at Sarah Lawrence. | Leora's first published novel, Edges (2005) was edited and published by the late Grace Paley for Ms. Paley’s own imprint at Glad Day... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 4:20pm - 5:00pm
HIS STORY, HER STORY, WHOSE STORY

4:20pm

Go It Alone: Options for self-publishing
Moderators
Speakers
KE

K. Edwin Fritz

Keith Edwin Fritz entered this world on Halloween. The year, 1974, was the same as when Stephen Edwin King published his first novel. Keith prefers to think neither the date nor their middle names were a coincidence. Today Keith teaches 7th Grade Language Arts and writes to his heart's content during his "spare time". The best of these moments are nearly always by moonlight. The worst of them are also by moonlight. Keith lives with his wife... Read More →
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Kevin Lewis

I was inspired to write this book as I saw my son growing up and having his different adventures in life, and how it made me smile seeing him enjoying them as he grows into a young adult. I grew up on the east coast. I have a wonderful wife, who is my best friend and love of my life. We have two lovely children. | www.kjsadventures.com
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Stacey Agin Murray

Professional Organizer and Author, Stacey Agin Murray has been organized since her months in the womb. Her mother thought ‘the baby was kicking’ but in reality, Stacey was searching for a place to store some excess umbilical cord… | After her time in-utero, Stacey moved into a 5’ x 12’ bedroom--her ‘Organizing Laboratory’, where she quickly learned to think ‘upward’ instead of ‘outward’ and organized her precious inches of... Read More →
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Dylann Rhea

Coming from a small suburban town in New Jersey, Dylann Rhea has always had a passion for writing. In the past year, she created her own fantasy world through her first book Tormented Soul, the first installment of the Storm Trilogy. | www.dylannrhea.webs.com
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Diana Lee Santamaria

Diana Lee Santamaria has been an early childhood educator for six years. She has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies. Diana Lee’s preschool learning books entitled, DLee’s Color Hunt, DLee’s Outdoor Countdown, DLee's First Day of School, and DLee’s Nighttime Scare are the first four educational books in her series. As an educator, Diana Lee wanted to create books... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 4:20pm - 5:00pm
INDUSTRY

4:20pm

Writing in New Jersey: Keeping focused with a group
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Marian Calabro

As Marian Calabro’s website says: “If it involves writing and editing, chances are I've done it.” Marian started her career in Manhattan as a promotional writer in the heyday of paperback publishing. She has since written 18 nonfiction history books for young adults and business audiences, ranging from the award-winning "The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party" (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin) to a recent 100th-anniversary history of The... Read More →
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Michelle Cameron

Michelle Cameron's The Fruit of Her Hands: the story of Shira of Ashkenaz relates the life of the author's 13th Century ancestor, Rabbi Meir of Rothenberg. Publisher’s Weekly praised the novel’s “powerful immediacy” and Library Journal its “rich details.” Her full-length novel in verse, In the Shadow of the Globe, was named the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's 2003-4 Winter Book Selection. | Michelle is co-director of The Writers... Read More →
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Karen B. Kaplan

Ordained in 1992, I am among the first 200 female rabbis worldwide. In 2007 I became a board certified chaplain and served hospices for 7 years. I was a chaplain at United Hospice of Rockland in New City, NY, and at Princeton Hospice in New Jersey. | Currently, my focus has shifted exclusively to writing. I teach essay writing and grammar to speakers of English as a second language at Hudson County Community College in Union City, NJ and head... Read More →
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Judith Lindbergh

Judith Lindbergh’s debut novel, The Thrall's Tale, about women in Viking Age Greenland, was a Booksense (IndieBound) Pick, a Borders Original Voices Selection and praised by Pulitzer Prize winners Geraldine Brooks and Robert Olen Butler. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Archaeology Magazine, Scandinavian Review, The World & I, the literary journal Other Voices, and more. She also contributed to the Smithsonian... Read More →
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Lisa Romeo

Lisa Romeo is a nonfiction writer, writing teacher, ghostwriter, editor, and writing coach. She is a founding faculty member of the Bay Path University online MFA program, and also teaches at Montclair State University, and at The Writers Circle in northern New Jersey. She coaches writers and edits manuscripts privately. | Lisa has worked as a freelance journalist, equestrian sport journalist, and web news editor. Her nonfiction essays... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 4:20pm - 5:00pm
NEW JERSEY

4:20pm

How to Find a Publisher
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Roxanne Hoffman

Roxanne Hoffman worked on Wall Street, now answers a patient hotline for a New York home healthcare provider. Her words can be found, on and off the net, in Amaze: The Cinquain Journal, Clockwise Cat, Danse Macabre, The Fib Review, Hospital Drive, Lucid Rhythms, Mobius: The Poetry Magazine, The New Verse News, The Pedestal Magazine and Shaking Like a Mountain; the 2005 indie flick Love and the Vampire; and several anthologies including The... Read More →

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Donna Baier Stein

Donna Baier Stein is the author of the story collection Sympathetic People (Serving House Books) and Sometimes You Sense the Difference (Finishing Line Press). Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and many other journals. Her story collection was a Finalist in the Iowa Fiction Awards, and her novel (to be published in 2015) won a PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction. She was a founding... Read More →
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John J. Trause

JOHN J. TRAUSE, the Director of Oradell Public Library, is the author of Eye Candy for Andy (13 Most Beautiful… Poems for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, Finishing Line Press, 2013); Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round (Nirala Publications, 2012); the chapbook Seriously Serial (Poets Wear Prada, 2007; rev. ed. 2014); and Latter-Day Litany (Éditions élastiques, 1996), the latter staged Off-Off Broadway. His translations, poetry, and... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 4:20pm - 5:00pm
POETRY

4:20pm

A Woman's Place: Different cultures, different voices
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Daisy Hernandez

Daisy Hernández is the coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism and former executive editor of ColorLines magazine. She speaks at colleges and conferences about feminism, race, and media justice, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Ms. Magazine. She is the Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. | In her lyrical coming-of-age memoir... Read More →
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Maria Laurino

Maria Laurino is the author of The Italian Americans: A History, the companion book to the PBS documentary series, as well as the memoirs, Old World Daughter, New World Mother, a meditation on contemporary feminism, and the national bestseller, Were You Always an Italian?, an exploration of ethnic identity. | Laurino began her career as a staff writer at the Village Voice. She left the Voice to serve as the chief speechwriter to former New York... Read More →
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Janice Nimura

Janice P. Nimura is the author of "Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back," just out from W.W. Norton. Her book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Newsday. She lives in New York City. | www.janicenimura.com


Sunday June 14, 2015 4:20pm - 5:00pm
THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE

4:20pm

10 Tips for Describing Your Book Effectively
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Joel Schwartzberg

Joel Schwartzberg is a nationally-published and award-winning New Jersey essayist whose collections include "Small Things Considered" (2014) and "The 40-Year-Old Version" (2009). | His personal essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, New Jersey Monthly, The Star Ledger, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Babble.com, Parents.com, StepMom Magazine, and in the flimsy pages of regional... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 4:20pm - 5:00pm
WORKSHOP

4:30pm

Mary Donohue
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Mary H. Donohue

Widow of Naval Officer of WWII who served in both Atlantic and Pacific. Mother of eight; grandmother of 17 and great-grandmother of 9. BA and MA from Fairleigh Dickinson Univ, almost completed PhD in Spanish Lit at NYU. Completely bi-lingual, Spanish and English. Taught at Paramus Catholic Boys HS, Chairman of Foreign Language Dept - 27 years; taught 8th Grade students at St. Peter the Apostle in River Edge for eight years. Elected first Hispanic... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 4:30pm - 4:40pm
STORY TIME

4:40pm

Elijah M. Brown
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Elijah M. Brown

Elijah Brown, one of the hardest workers in the Poetry Community. By day, he is an educator working with special needs students & night he is a Performer and Publisher. He published forty books. | www.manuptheplay.com


Sunday June 14, 2015 4:40pm - 4:50pm
STORY TIME