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The inaugural 2016 Tempe Book Festival was on April 16, 2016. We'd like to thank all of our vendors, exhibitors, visitors, and guests for making the day so much fun.

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2016 Event Schedule

 

 Come take your photo with the Story Monster! - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
StoryMonster Visit with the STORY MONSTER! This lovable mascot of Story Monster Ink magazine will be here from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for photos and hugs! Story Monsters Ink is a published by Five Star Publications who also institute the "Story Monster Approved" designation, highlighting books that inspire, inform, teach, and entertain.
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Children's Author Readings - Various Times - Storytime Castle
Join us in the Storytime Castle for special storytimes from local Children's authors throughout the day!
 Dianne White 120px Dianne White
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

After teaching students of all ages for 25 years, Dianne now writes full-time. Her first picture book, BLUE ON BLUE, illustrated by 2009 Caldecott winner, Beth Krommes, is published by Beach Lane Books (S&S).
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 Terri Fields 120px Terri Fields
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Former award winning teacher and author of picture books, middle school, and YA books.
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 Adam  Baker 120px Adam Baker
11:30 a.m. - Noon

Author of the new "Maury C. Moose" series.
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 Hayley Rose 120px Hayley Rose
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Hayley's children's books have won numerous literary awards, including the prestigious Mom's Choice Awards®, KART Kids Book List Award®, Creative Child Magazine's Preferred Choice® and four Reader's Favorite International Book Awards®.
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Barbara Renner
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Barbara is a teacher and author of children's picture books that are both entertaining and educational. Her Lonnie the Loon books have been awarded with 5-star reviews from Readers' Favorite and are Story Monster approved through Five Star Publications.
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Conrad Storad
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Storad is an award-winning author, editor,science writer, and teacher. He is the author or editor of more than 50 science and nature books for children and young adults. He has been honored with many national awards for his writing and editing.
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YA Galley Group Discussion: Teen Book Reviews - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Teen Room
The Tempe Public Library is applying for a very special opportunity to be a Young Adult Library Services Association Galley Group. Only 15 groups of teens are selected across the nation to nominate titles for the annual “Teens' Top Ten award”. Join YA authors to discuss joy of reviewing and what to look for in a great book! There will be an opportunity following the discussion for a Q&A with the authors!
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Tom Leveen is the author of Random, Sick, manicpixiedreamgirl, Party, and Zero (a YALSA Best Book of 2013). A frequent speaker at schools and conferences, Tom was previously the artistic director and cofounder of an all-ages, nonprofit visual and performing venue in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Kelly Oram is a YA author in multiple genres, including romance, science fiction, and humor. She wrote her first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful.
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Melinda Rucker Haynes is the 2016 OneBookAZ Young Adult literacy contest winner. She has published six novels in the romance sub-genres of paranormal, young adult and contemporary and a short story in paranormal romance anthology.
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Brittney Coon is a recently published author in the "New Adult" Romance genre. Her debut novel is Shades of Sydney.
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 Historical Fiction from Troy to Latin America - 11:00 a.m. - Noon - Connections Café
Three Arizona authors present and sign their historical novels. Tempe writer Lori Eshleman discusses revolt and shamanism in her novel Pachacuti: World Overturned, set in 18th century Ecuador. Classicist Judith Starkston considers history and legend from ancient Troy in her novel Hand of Fire. And journalist Virgil Renzulli talks about King Arthur as fact and fiction in his novel Caliburn: Merlin’s Tale.
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Lori Eshleman teaches at Arizona State University, including courses in Mexican art, art of the Americas, and medieval art. She enjoys writing about themes of cultural, ethnic and religious encounter. Her first historical novel, Pachacuti: World Overturned (Bagwyn Books, 2015), draws on her experiences in Ecuador and on extensive research into the period of 18th century Andean life.
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Judith Starkson writes historical fiction and mysteries set in Troy and the Hittite Empire. Her novel, Hand of Fire, tells Briseis’s story, the captive woman who sparked the bitter conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon in the Iliad.
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Virgil Renzulli is a professor of Journalism and Vice President for the Office of Public Affairs at Arizona State University, where he is responsible for media relations; community, local and state government relations; public events; and KAET/Eight, Arizona’s premier PBS affiliate.
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Red Ink International Journal Poetry Reading – Connections Café – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us in the Connections Café at 1:00 p.m. for readings from three ASU faculty members and acclaimed poets. Presented by the editors of Red Ink: An International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, & Humanities, this reading will celebrate authors who are expressive voices of Indigenous (Native) America as a social-cultural entity.
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Simon Ortiz is an ASU Regents English Professor and writer of Acoma Pueblo heritage. A leading figure in the Native American literary renaissance that emerged in the 1960s, Simon J. Ortiz has published short fiction, non-fiction prose, and poetry. In addition to being the Managing Editor of Red Ink Journal, Ortiz is also the founder and coordinator of the Indigenous Speakers Series sponsored by ASU Department of English and American Indian Studies.
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Bojan Louis 120px
Bojan Louis is an ASU English Instructor (Downtown Campus) of Navajo (Diné) heritage. He is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and Poetry Editor of Red Ink Journal. He has been a resident at the prestigious artist residency program, The MacDowell Colony.
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Laura Tohe is an ASU English Professor of Navajo (Diné) heritage. Her most recent publication is Code Talker Stories (2012), an oral history of the Navajo Code Talkers. In August 2015, she was named the Navajo Nation's second poet laureate.
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Building Worlds - Sci/Fi Fantasy Panel - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Connections Café
How do authors create the amazing worlds of science fiction and fantasy? Come listen to authors speak about their creative process in this enlightening panel discussion. Moderated by Adult Programming Librarian, Rolf Brown.
Austin Aslan 120px
Austin Aslan is a YA Science Fiction author. His debut novel in the Islands at the End of the World series was named one of a Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2014.
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Connie Cockrell writes across multiple genres including science fiction. She's published fourteen books so far, has been included in five different anthologies and been published on EveryDayStories.com.
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Randy Lindsay has written two novels including The Gathering and Call to Arms: Nations Fall, and has been published in a variety of science-fiction and fantasy anthologies.
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Ray Torres 120px
Ray Torres III is author of the Monster War Series which is inspired by Japanese Kaiju films such as King Kong and Godzilla.
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Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War (Author Presentation) - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Connections Café
Southard will read excerpts from her book about a young boy who survived the bombing of Nagasaki and retells his story as a man in his seventies. Q & A will follow.
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Susan Southard is the author of Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War (Viking 2015). Nagasaki was a New York Times editors’ choice and named a best book of the year by the Washington Post and The Economist, among others. Pulitzer Prize winning historian John W. Dower calls Nagasaki “scrupulous, passionate, and compassionate history at its very best.”
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2016 Exhibitors

102nd Place Crucidel Productions
Serendipity Buttons
Abba's Writers
Desert Muses
Shaw Approved Comics & Collectibles
American Traveler Press Dog Eared Pages Used Books  Society of Children's Books Writers & Illustrators 
Arcadia Publishing
Duncan's Books & More
Society of Southwestern Authors
Arizona Authors Association
Five Star Publications
Southwest Human Development
ASU Superstition Review
Four Chambers Press
Tempe History Museum
AZ Publishing Services
Friends of the Tempe Public Library
Tempe Municipal Arts Commission
Bonny Books
Inkwell Productions
University of Arizona Press
Brick Cave Media
One Book AZ
Videan Unlimited Publishing
Cedar Fort Publishing
Red Ink: An International Journal

Critical Threat Comics
Scottsdale Society of Women Writers

 

 

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2016 Authors

Adam Baker Gale Leach
Paula Goldsmith
Alan Black
Hayley Rose
Randy Lindsay
Ann I. Goldfarb
Jan Cleere
Ray Torres III
Austin Aslan
Jeff Piña
Sandra Leesmith
Barbara Bras
J.D. Scott
Sandy Wright
Barbara Marriott
Jody Sharpe
Santos C. Vega
Barbara Renner
Judith Starkson
Sharon Wozny
Bojan Louis
Kathy Peach
Shelley Coriell
Brittney Coon
Kelly Oram
Simon Ortiz
Christine Bailey
Laura Stoddard
Stephanie Jefferson
Connie Cockrell
Laura Tohe
Stephen Schwertley
Connie Flynn
Leslie Keller
Susan Southard
Conrad Storad
Lori Eshleman
T.M. Williams
Cynthia Kennedy Henzel 
Maria Mahar
Terri Fields
Dan Baldwin
Marina Myles
Terry (T.L.) Smith
Danielle Pajak
Matt Schechner
Tom Leveen
Deena Remiel
Melinda Rucker Haynes
Trudy van der Knoop
Diane Lynn
Monica Vickers
Violetta Armour
Dianne White
Nan C. Cataldi
 Virgil Renzulli
Donis Casey Patricia Batta