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 SCIBA Fall Trade Show 2018
October 20 and 21
Sheraton LA San Gabriel



Events (click the link to jump to the section):

Children's Awards Lunch
Nonfiction for Young Readers
Children's Editors on Diversity
Children's Author Reception
Adult Awards Lunch
Digital Audiobooks and Indie Bookstores
Business-to-Business Revenue Streams for Indies
Adult Author Reception


Children's Awards Lunch

Greg van Eekhout
Voyage of the Dogs

Homeward Bound—set in space! This middle grade adventure about a pack of specially trained astronaut dogs who must survive a disastrous mission is a must-read for tweens, parents, and animal lovers alike.

Eekhout lives in San Diego, California, with his astronomy/physics professor wife and two dogs. He’s worked as an educational software developer, ice-cream scooper, part-time college instructor, and telemarketer. Being a writer is the only job he’s ever actually liked.


Yuyi Morales

UPDATE: Yuyi will not be able to join us, so her son, Kelly O'Meara Morales, will be joining us.

In spare, lyrical verse and the vibrant images for which she has become legendary, Yuyi has created a lasting testament to the journeys, both physical and metaphorical, that she and son experienced as immigrants to the U.S. Beautiful and powerful at any time, but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.

Born in Yelapa, Mexico, where she currently resides, Yuyi Morales lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she still maintains close relations with booksellers and librarians. Professional storyteller, dancer, choreographer, puppeteer, and artist, she has won the prestigious Pura Belpré Award for Illustration five times.


Jacqueline Woodson
Harbor Me

Jacqueline Woodson's first middle-grade novel, Harbor Me since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming celebrates the healing that can occur when a group of students share their stories. It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat—by themselves, with no adults to listen in.

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.


Geanna Culbertson
Crisanta Knight: The Liar, The Witch,
& The Wormhole

Event Emcee

Geanna Culbertson is the award-winning author of The Crisanta Knight Series. Since Book One’s release in May 2016, the series has won many awards, including a Mom’s Choice Award for best family friendly media, a Living Now Choice Award for “best lifestyle and world changing books” in adventure fiction, a Benjamin Franklin Award for best books in Teen Fiction, and many more!


Rafael Lopez
The Day You Begin

Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael López’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

Rafael López won Pura Belpré medals for Drum Dream Girl and Book Fiesta, and has also received three Pura Belpré honors, two Américas Book Awards, and the 2017 Tomás Rivera Children's Book Award and Society of Illustrators Original Art Silver Medal. He's a founder of San Diego's Urban Art Trail movement, created seven US Postal Stamps, and created official posters for the '08 and '12 Obama-Biden campaigns.


Danielle Davis
Zinnia and the Bees
Award Finalist


Cynthia Kadohata
Award Finalist


LeUyen Pham
The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate
Award Finalist


Sara Saedi
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card
Award Finalist


Dan Santat
Drawn Together
Award Finalist



Nonfiction for Young Readers (Panel)

Larry Dane Brimner

In this young adult nonfiction title, Brimner follows in vivid detail the story of 19 men from the film industry who were investigated for suspected communist ties during the Cold War, and the 10—known as the Hollywood Ten—who were blacklisted for standing up for their First Amendment rights and refusing to cooperate.

Larry Dane Brimner is the recipient of the 2018 Robert F. Sibert Award for the most distinguished informational book for children for his title Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961. He is known for his well-researched, innovative, and award-winning nonfiction for young readers, and is the author of multiple acclaimed civil rights titles.


Katherine Halligan

Celebrate fifty inspiring and powerful women who changed the world and left their mark in this lavishly illustrated biography compilation that’s perfect for fans of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and She Persisted.

Katherine Halligan grew up near the beach in California with her nose in a book and her toes in the sand. She studied arts, literature, history, and languages, travelling and living all over the world. Her love of words and pictures led her to work as a publisher, writing over 100 books for children along the way. She lives—once again—near the beaches in California with her husband and their two daughters.


Shawn Harris
What Can a Citizen Do?

Empowering and timeless, What Can a Citizen Do? is the latest collaboration from the acclaimed duo behind the bestselling Her Right Foot: Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris. This is a book for today's youth about what it means to be a citizen.

Across the course of several seemingly unrelated but ultimately connected actions by different children, we watch how kids turn a lonely island into a community—and watch a journey from what the world should be to what the world could be.


Jonathan Stokes
Thrifty Guide to Ancient Greece: A Handbook
for Time Travelers


Thrifty Guide to Ancient Greece is a snappy, informative, illustrated travel guide with everything the sensible time traveler needs to know. This book is designed as a parody of Fodor’s, complete with humorous maps, reviews of places to stay and top attractions (Don’t miss the first-ever Olympics!), and tips on whom to have lunch with (Alexander the Great and his horse, Bucephalus, naturally). 

Jonathan 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 wrote his first novel, Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas, published by Philomel in 2016.


Children's Editors on Diversity (Panel)


Zareen Jaffery
Editor, Salaam Reads

Zareen Jaffery joined S&S Books for Young Readers as Executive Editor in February 2011, continuing her focus on commercial and literary young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as teen nonfiction. Zareen works with a number of New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed authors including Jenny Han (TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE), Lilliam Rivera (THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ), Mary H.K. Choi (EMERGENCY CONTACT) and Lupita Nyong'o, whose debut children's book about colorism, SULWE, will be published in 2019. In 2016, she began acquiring for Salaam Reads, an imprint that focuses on publishing books about Muslim children and families. Her projects with Salaam Reads include award-winning books by Hena Khan (AMINA'S VOICE), S.K. Ali (SAINTS AND MISFITS), Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (MOMMY'S KHIMAR) and Mark Gonzales (YO SOY MUSLIM). Zareen served for two years as a member of the CBC Diversity Committee, and is currently a co-chair of the Diversity within ALSC Task Force. Prior to Simon & Schuster, Zareen worked at HarperCollins Children’s Books and Hyperion books. Zareen is a graduate of New York University.


Cheryl Klein
Editor, Lee & Low

Cheryl Klein is the editorial director at Lee & Low Books, where she edits picture books, chapter books, and novels, including the forthcoming Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle by Hilda Eunice Burgos and the “Story of” chapter-book biography series. She previously worked for sixteen years at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where she acquired and co-edited The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson and Front Desk by Kelly Yang, among many other titles. Follow her and Lee & Low on social media at @chavelaque and @leeandlow.


Children Author Reception


Annie Barrows
Ivy and Bean: One Big Happy Family

Ivy & Bean are back . . . and they are funnier than ever! Ivy's worried. She's read a lot of books about only children, so she knows that they are sometimes spoiled rotten. They don't share their toys. They never do any work. They scream and cry when they don't get their way. Spoiler alert! Ivy doesn't have any brothers or sisters. That's why she's worried. How can she keep from getting spoiled? She could give away all her clothes, but she'd probably get in trouble. She could give away all her toys, but she likes her toys. There's really only one solution: she needs a baby sister, on the double! Luckily, Ivy and Bean know just where to get one.


 Wade Bradford
There's a Dinosaur On the 13th Floor

The outcome is anything but predictable when an exhausted hotel guest sets out in search of sleep in this kid-pleasing romp full of visual humor.

Will Mr. Snore ever get some shut-eye at the busy Sharemore Hotel? The room on the first floor is too noisy. The room on the second floor is too crowded. The room on the third floor is too damp. Everywhere Mr. Snore goes, with a dutiful bellhop leading the way, he encounters something that’s bound to keep him awake. Why is it so hard to find some peace and quiet? Perhaps Mr. Snore will have better luck on the thirteenth floor…. From author and playwright Wade Bradford and award-winning illustrator Kevin Hawkes comes a laugh-out-loud tale that plays with expectations and revelations — and reveals a surprisingly thought-provoking final twist.


Kayla Cagan
Art Boss

Artist Piper Perish has moved from her hometown of Houston, Texas, to New York City. Her days are spent exploring; her nights are filled with painting. It's her lifelong dream come true . . . . Except life in the city isn't as glamorous as it looks from afar. Piper's high-pressure work as an assistant to a famous modern artist takes away time from her own art. And Piper's new friend Grace, a budding activist, has Piper beginning to wonder if making great art is really enough.

In a story that stands alone but can be read as a companion novel to Piper Perish, acclaimed author Kayla Cagan returns with Piper's powerful and utterly authentic journey of growing up into a strong, independent young woman—as she learns how to make life about art, and how to make that art matter. Art Boss will have readers asking big questions along with Piper. What is art for? What can art do? And how can a young artist change the world?


Marie Miranda Cruz
Everlasting Nora

In uplifting young reader debut about perseverance, hope, and family, Everlasting Nora follows a girl living in the real-life shanty town inside the Philippines’ Manila North Cemetery.

After a family tragedy results in the loss of both father and home, twelve-year-old Nora lives with her mother in Manila’s North Cemetery, which is the largest shantytown of its kind in the Philippines. When her mother disappears mysteriously one day, Nora is left alone. With help from her best friend Jojo and the support of his kindhearted grandmother, Nora embarks on a journey riddled with danger in order to find her mom. Along the way she also rediscovers the compassion of the human spirit, the resilience of her community, and everlasting hope in the most unexpected places.


Julie Kagawa
Shadow of the Fox

Enter a beautiful and perilous land of shapeshifters and samurai, kami and legends, humans and demons...a world in which Japanese mythology and imagination blend together to create a brand-new and lushly drawn fantasy adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of The Talon Saga and The Iron Fey.

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos. Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.


Julia Kaye
Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition

Instead of a traditional written diary, Julia Kaye has always turned to art as a means of self-reflection. So when she began her gender transition in 2016, she decided to use her popular webcomic, Up and Out, to process her journey and help others with similar struggles realize they weren’t alone. Julia’s poignant, relatable comics honestly depict her personal ups and downs while dealing with the various issues involved in transitioning—from struggling with self-acceptance and challenging societal expectations, to moments of self-love and joy. Super Late Bloomer both educates and inspires, as Julia faces her difficulties head-on and commits to being wholly, authentically who she was always meant to be.


Rachael MacFarlane
Eleanor Wyatt, Princess and Pirate

Equal parts glitter and grit, Eleanor Wyatt, Princess and Pirate follows a day in a young girl’s life as she plays make-believe. Eleanor pretends that she is a knight, a queen, a ninja, and a ballerina—she's not into just "boy" things or "girl" things, she's into everything so long as it's fun! With Eleanor Wyatt, girls and boys everywhere will feel empowered and learn there is no wrong way to use your imagination!


Andrea Portes
Henry and Eva and the Castle on the Cliff

When Henry and Eva's parent die in a boating accident, things are about to go from bad to worse. Their uncle Claude and his awful girlfriend Terri have moved into their big house on the cliff to “take care of them,” but Eva has her doubts about their intentions. What Henry and Eva don’t know is that they aren’t the only ones in their house who want Claude out of the picture—and when some spooky visitors appear with a message, they realize that their parents’ deaths might not have been as cut-and-dried as everyone thinks.


Andrew Smith
Rabbit & Robot

Son of a billionaire, Cager Messer wastes his days in a drug-fueled haze. His caretaker sends him to one of his father's lunar cruise ships to shake his addiction. The ship is fitted with hundreds of different floors, zoos, fields, casinos, and even entire cities and ecosystems—on top of that, it’s manned by robots called v.4 cogs. When the Earth burns to ash and becomes a toxic wasteland, he is stuck aboard with his friends. But with the v.4 cogs becoming increasingly insane and cannibalistic, the boys have to wonder if they’ll be stranded alone in space forever.


Maryrose Wood
The Long-Lost Home

This is the sixth and final book in the acclaimed and hilarious Victorian mystery series about a young governess and her three unusual charges—children who have been raised by wolves in the forest of Ashton Place. In this action-packed conclusion to the acclaimed series, mysteries are solved and long-lost answers are found. Only one question remains: Will Penelope and the Incorrigibles find a way to undo the family curse in time, or will the next full moon be their last?



 Maximizing Pre-Order Campaigns

Pre-orders are becoming an increasingly important way in which books are sold and marketed in 2018, and indie bookstores can and should take part in this growing business. Heavily influenced by television and social media, the months before a title’s publication are critical, and pre-orders are a growing component of a book’s ultimate sales. By working with publishers to take full advantage of pre-order opportunities, indie bookstores can avoid lost sales, lost PR, and lost market share.

In this session, ABA will discuss ways that stores can successfully promote and sell pre-orders to become an integral partner to publishers and authors. Learn about new methods developed and tested by a task force of indie stores--including processes and protocols for stores using various POS systems--that all stores can use to maximize pre-orders through marketing, tracking, and reporting. The session will include bookseller participation from the pre-order task force.

Adult Awards Lunch


Yangsze Choo
The Night Tiger

The Night Tiger - an utterly transporting novel set in 1930s colonial Malaysia, perfect for fans of Isabel Allende and Min Jin Lee. It draws us into a world of servants and masters, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and forbidden love. Anchoring this dazzlingly ambitious, propulsive novel is the intimate coming of age of a boy and a girl, each searching for their place in a society that would rather they stay invisible.

Yangsze Choo is a fourth-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked in various corporate jobs before publishing her first novel, The Ghost Bride, a New York Times bestseller. She lives in California with her husband and children.


Naz Deravian
Bottom of the Pot

Naz Deravian lays out the multi-hued canvas of a Persian meal, with 100+ recipes adapted to an American home kitchen and interspersed with Naz’s celebrated essays exploring the idea of home.

Naz Deravian is a writer and actor born in Iran, who grew up in Italy and Canada and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. She is the award-winning voice behind the food blog Bottom of the Pot, which won the 2015 IACP Award for best culinary blog. She has also been twice nominated in several categories for the Saveur Food Blog Awards. Naz has been profiled in The New York Times, Sunset magazine, and Condé Nast Traveler, among others.


Jonathan Lethem
The Feral Detective

Jonathan Lethem’s first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn delivers the same memorable delights: ecstatic wordplay, warm and deeply felt characters, and an offbeat sense of humor. Combined with a vision of California that is at once scruffy and magnificent, The Feral Detective emerges as a transporting, comic, and absolutely unforgettable novel.

Jonathan Lethem is the New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, winner of National Book Critics Circle Award, and a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.  He currently teaches creative writing at Pomona College in California.


Chris Erskine
Event Emcee  

Life is never peaceful in Chris Erskine's house, what with the four kids, 300-pound beagle, chronically leaky roof, and long-suffering wife, Posh. And that's exactly the way he likes it, except when he doesn't. Every week in the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune (and now and then in many other papers), Erskine distills, mocks, and makes us laugh at the absurdities of suburban fatherhood. And now, he's gathered the very best of these witty and wise essays--and invited his kids (and maybe even Posh) to annotate them with updated commentary, which they promise won't be too snarky. This handsome book is the perfect gift for the father who would have everything--if he hadn't already given it all to his kids.


Emily Bills
California Captured
Award Finalist

  Janelle Brown
Watch Me Disappear
Award Finalist
  Gregg Hurwitz
Award Finalist

Mindy Johnson
Ink & Paint
Award Finalist

  Isabel Quintero
Award Finalist

Ivy Pochada
Wonder Valley
Award Finalist



Digital Audiobooks and Indie Bookstores


Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson, CEO of, the digital audiobook platform for indie stores, will discuss the growth of the digital audiobook market and share insights learned so far from more than 1,000 participating bookstore locations. You'll learn how the co-branded storefront works and take away practical tips for reaching new customers with digital audiobooks. 


Business-to-Business Revenue Streams for Indies

Tom Benton and Amy Comito
Penguin Random House

Booksellers are tapping into a new revenue stream by becoming the bulk book buying source for local schools, corporations, churches and health care organizations. Books are being purchased for giveaway throughout your community – come and learn how other booksellers have been able to capitalize on their community relationships to become a local bulk book buying source. Your product knowledge and hand selling skills can lead to more profits for your store and solidify your place as your community’s book buying source. Deb Lewis, manager of Business-to-Business Trade Sales at Penguin Random House will share tips and tricks for getting your store’s program started, or increasing the sales and profits for your existing program. Bring your questions and learn how to be perfectly poised to take advantage of holiday book gifting.

Adult Author Reception


Tosh Berman
Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World

TOSH is a memoir of growing up as the son of an enigmatic, much-admired, hermetic, and ruthlessly bohemian artist during the waning years of the Beat Generation and the heyday of hippie counterculture. A critical figure in the history of postwar American culture, Tosh Berman's father, Wallace Berman, was known as the "father of assemblage art," and was the creator of the legendary mail-art publication Semina. Wallace Berman and his wife, famed beauty and artist's muse Shirley Berman, raised Tosh between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and their home life was a heady atmosphere of art, music, and literature, with local and international luminaries regularly passing through.


Tom and Kris Capra
Cry Wilderness

The never-before-published 1966 novel by legendary film director Frank Capra finally in print for the first time. "If you, too, feel like wandering, come along and help me unravel this odd tale—a tale full of half-truths, whole-truths, and no-truths at all." So begins Frank Capra's never published, and often speculated about novel of his favorite place—Silver Lake, nestled in the jagged cliffs of the eastern Sierra Nevadas. Capra casts the fictional Frank Capra in the lead roll of this novel of environmental and humanitarian preservation.


Chip Creek
Cape May

A mesmerizing debut novel by Chip Cheek, Cape May explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites.


Jim Kempton
First We Surf, Then We Eat: Recipes From a Lifetime of Surf Travel

Jim Kempton has spent his life traveling and surfing the world, along the way learning to cook the world's best beach-loving dishes. Now he's sharing his vividly colorful, richly flavorful, and vibrantly healthful collection of more than 90 recipes, along with stories of the best waves, markets, restaurants, adventures, and misadventures that he's experienced, from Australia to Hawaii, the Basque Country to Indonesia, California to Mexico. First We Surf, Then We Eat features a foreword by The Surfer's Journal publisher Steve Pezman, a preface by famed surfer/chef Raphael Lunetta, and photography by Bill Schildge, Jeff Divine, Tom Servais, and Art Brewer.


Adonia Lugo
Bicycle / Race

Bicycle / Race paints an unforgettable picture of Los Angeles—and the United States—from the perspective of two wheels. This is a book of borderlands and intersections, a cautionary tale about the dangers of putting infrastructure before culture, and a coming-of-age story about power and identity. The colonial history of southern California is interwoven through Adonia Lugo's story of growing up Chicana in Orange County, becoming a bicycle anthropologist, and co-founding Los Angeles's hallmark open streets cycling event, CicLAvia, along the way. When she takes on racism in the world of national bicycle advocacy in Washington, DC, she finds her voice and heads back to LA to organize the movement for environmental justice in active transportation.


Matthew Quirk
The Night Agent

To save America from a catastrophic betrayal, an idealistic young FBI agent must stop a Russian mole in the White House in this exhilarating political thriller reminiscent of the early novels of John Grisham and David Baldacci.

Matthew Quirk is the bestselling author of The 500, Dead Man Switch, Cold Barrel Zero, and The Directive. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in history and literature, he spent five years at The Atlantic reporting on crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. He lives in San Diego.



Miriam Pawel
The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation

A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist's panoramic history of California and its impact on the nation, from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley—told through the lens of the family dynasty that led the state for nearly a quarter century.

In The Browns of California, journalist and scholar Miriam Pawel weaves a narrative history that spans four generations, from August Schuckman, the Prussian immigrant who crossed the Plains in 1852 and settled on a northern California ranch, to his great-grandson Jerry Brown, who reclaimed the family homestead one hundred forty years later. Through the prism of their lives, we gain an essential understanding of California and an appreciation of its importance.


Douglas Segal
Struck: One Christian's Reflections on Encountering Death

"When my doctor told me I was dying, I came alive." What happens when you come face-to-face with your mortality? When your body fails you, what happens to your faith? Russ Ramsey was struck by a bacterial infection that destroyed his mitral valve, sending him into heart failure and requiring urgent open-heart surgery. As he faced the possibility of death, he found himself awakened to new realities. In the critical days and months that followed, Ramsey came to see the world through the eyes of affliction. He grappled with fear, anger, depression, and loss, and yet he experienced grace through the suffering that filled him with a hope and hunger for the life to come. This profoundly eloquent memoir gives voice to the deepest questions of the human condition. In the midst of pain, we can see glimpses of eternity.


William Sirls
The Crown Lord

When 17-year-old Willie's civil rights attorney father is killed while defending a tough case in Detroit, his life in Atlanta is upended. Forced to move to Ohio with his uncle, Willie's addiction to prescription pain pills ramps up, adding fuel to the fire of emotions he's desperately trying to suppress. Trying to get to the bottom of what happened with his father, who in the mob of protestors killed him, leads Willie on a trajectory he never imagined in his otherwise privileged life. Exploring themes of race, class, and addiction, The Crown Lord is a fresh take on the American Dream.


Stan Tatkin
We Do

Committing yourself fully to a loving partnership—a “we”—can be one of the most beautiful and fulfilling experiences you’ll ever have. Yet as anyone in a long-term relationship will tell you, it can also be one of the most challenging. Almost half of all first marriages end in divorce, and chances for staying together go down from there. So, how do you beat the odds? In We Do, psychotherapist Dr. Stan Tatkin provides a groundbreaking system for helping couples create meaningful, enduring relationships.


Kathy Wang
Family Trust

When the Huang family willful patriarch is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the fortune he’s boasted of for years will final be revealed upon his death. His adult children, much younger wife, and ex-wife all have their own concerns for what happens to the fortune.

Kathy Wang is the creator and writer of the blog Feather Factor, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.


Martin Jay Weiss
The Second Son

Twin brothers Ethan and Jack Stone have built the ultimate transparency app—Stalker—and it’s going to make them rich. But when Ethan’s girlfriend dumps him and his brother bails for their biggest competitor, Ethan is convinced they ran off together. He uses Stalker to find out, tracking them from Silicon Beach to Silicon Valley, and the secret he reveals is even more twisted than he imagined. A poignant and timely novel, The Second Son deftly asks how far is too far when it comes to business, romance, and the intersection of technology in every aspect of our lives.