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2016 Trade Show Author Reception
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Author Reception

Saturday October 22

(Ticketed, $25)

Join us under the stars to meet our featured authors, and discover their latest titles!


Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of THE PROGENY, ISCARIOT, THE LEGEND OF SHEBA, DEMON, HAVAH: THE STORY OF EVE; and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker (FORBIDDEN, MORTAL, SOVEREIGN). A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, eating bacon, playing Call of Duty and football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband.

You can find Tosca at, on social media, or hanging around the snack table.

Monica Brown is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Waiting for the Biblioburro and Marisol McDonald Doesn't MatchMarisol McDonald no combina. Her books have received starred reviews, Pura Belpre honors, Americas Awards, an NCTE Orbis Pictus honor, and a Christopher Award. Monica's books are inspired by her Peruvian and Jewish heritages and her desire to bring diverse stories to children. Monica is a professor of English at Northern Arizona University. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two daughters. Her website is Her newest book, Lola Levine and the Ballet Scheme is the third book in her heartwarming chapter book series starring Lola Levine, a biracial, bicultural second grader. 

ERIKA LEWIS graduated from Vanderbilt University, and went on to earn an Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing from Stony Brook University. She has had a successful career in television production for the past fifteen years, working with Sony (V.I.P,Strong Medicine,) with Fireworks Television (La Femme NikitaAndromedaMutant X,Strange Days at Blake Holsey High,) with Fox (On Air with Ryan SeacrestAmbush Makeover) and with G4 (Attack of the ShowX-Play.) Erika is the author of The 49th Key, currently running in Heavy Metal Magazine, with the trade due out in the fall of 2016, and Firebrand with Legendary Comics, out in July of 2016. Game of Shadows is Erika's debut novel. Sheryl Scarborough worked as a writer, story editor, and series developer in children's television before receiving her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adult from Vermont College, where she studied under Rita Williams-Garcia, Tom Birdseye, Susan Fletcher, and A.M. Jenkins, among others. She lives and works in Kalama, Washington. To Catch a Killer is her debut.
Bradford Tatum was a staff writer for Dick Wolf on NBC’s DEADLINE and has written and directed two award-winning films, STANDING ON FISHES and SALT. His film currently in production is endowed by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His novel I CAN ONLY GIVE YOU EVERYTHING won both the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award and the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Award. Originally from the Bronx, New York, Lilliam Rivera is a 2015 Clarion graduate and a 2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Los Angeles Times, Bellevue Literary Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Los Angeles Book Review,Latina, among others. She hosts the Los Angeles–based radio show Literary Soundtrack on Radio Sombra, and she is a 2016 Pushcart Prize winner for her short story “Death Defiant Bomba.” Lilliam lives in Los Angeles with her family. Visit her at
Kevin Smokler is the author of the essay collection Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven’t Touched Since High School (2013) which the Atlantic Wire called “truly enjoyable” and the editor of Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times, a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2005. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Vulture, the San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, and on NPR

John Rocco is the illustrator of How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton and The Flint Heart by Katherine and John Paterson. His picture book Blackout received a Caldecott Honor and was a New York Times bestseller. He is also the jacket artist for Rick Riordan’s best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and has collaborated with Whoopi Goldberg on the picture book Alice. Previously a creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering and preproduction director for the film Shrek at DreamWorks, John Rocco lives in Los Angeles.


Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years’ experience as a litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in history and art history and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.

Chris Appelhans was selected as the Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year at the Children’s Choice Book Awards for Sparky!, written by Jenny Offill. The book received two starred reviews, including one from Booklist declaring, “Appelhans is a revelation.” Chris has also worked on several films, as an illustrator and a production designer for Coraline, an environment designer for Fantastic Mr. Fox, and a visual development artist for The Princess and the Frog.


Terri Tate is a psychiatric nurse specialist and inspirational humorist. Terri was first diagnosed with disfiguring oral cancer in 1991, and is now a nationally recognized speaker; a consultant and therapist who uses lessons from her own struggle to help support anyone facing life challenges; and a stand-up comedian with a popular one-woman show, Shopping as  a Spiritual Path. For more, visit

Lauren Bradshaw is a designer of handmade dolls called Walnut Animal Society. Henry's Bright Idea is the first in a series of Walnut Animal Society books for children. She lives in Los Angeles, California.


Patrick Sheane Duncan began his film career as the manager of a small movie theater in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He later moved to Los Angeles, California, where he pursued screenwriting and film production. He has written screenplays such as Mr. Holland’s Opus, Courage Under Fire, and Nick of Time. Duncan is also the writer/director of the critically acclaimed feature film 84 Charlie Mopic and the writer of A Painted House. He is the producer of the HBO series Vietnam War Story and cowriter/director of the documentary series Medal of Honor. He lives in Los Angeles.

Claire Keane is an illustrator living in Los Angeles. She has worked as a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she made significant contributions to recent hits Tangled and Frozen. Her father, Glen Keane, was a renowned Disney artist who oversaw the design and character development on many classic Disney films, and her grandfather, Bil Keane, was the creator of The Family Circus comics. 
Erin Judge spent half her childhood in Brooklyn and the other half in Plano, Texas, and somehow grew up to be a plus-sized bisexual nightclub entertainer who also writes literary fiction.
Erin’s first stand-up comedy CD, So Many Choices, was released by Rooftop Comedy Productions in 2012. She tours nationally with the Pink Collar Comedy Tour, has headlined the Women in Comedy Festival, and has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Her work as a stand-up comic has been written about in the pages of The New York Times, Time Out New York, and The Boston Globe. Her writing has been featured in Salon, Thought Catalog, the Dallas Observer, and The Boston Phoenix, among others.
Erin lives in Los Angeles and performs all over the world.
Jonathan W. Stokes is a former teacher who is now a rising star as a Hollywood screenwriter. He has written screenplays on assignment for Warner Brothers, Universal, Fox, Paramount, New Line, and Sony/Columbia. Inspired by a childhood love of The Goonies and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Jonathan set out to write his first novel, Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas. Born in Manhattan, he currently resides in Los Angeles, where he can be found showing off his incredible taste in dishware and impressive 96% accuracy with high fives 

KELLY PARSONS is the author of the forthcoming (February 7, 2017) novel, Under the Knife, and his debut, Doing Harm. He is a board-certified urologist with degrees from Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, and Johns Hopkins, and he is on the faculty at the University of California San Diego. He lives with his family in Southern California.

Peter Swanson is the author of The Kind Worth Killing and The Girl with a Clock for a Heart. His stories and poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Measure, Mysterical-E, Soundings East, The Vocabula Review, and Yankee Magazine. His second novel, The Kind Worth Killing, won the New England Society Book Award for fiction. He has degrees in Creative Writing, Education, and Literature from Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College. He lives with his wife in Somerville, Massachusetts. He is currently at work on his next novel.

Jane Haseldine is a journalist, former crime reporter, columnist, and newspaper editor, who also worked in politics as the deputy director of communications for a governor. Jane resides in Southern California. Please visit her online at

Jennifer Gooch Hummer is the award-winning author and screenwriter of her debut novel, Girl Unmoored (SparkPress). Girl Unmoored has also been published in German (Carlsen).  Jennifer has worked as a script analyst for various talent agencies and film studios. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three daughters.