Columbus Circle, Friday, July 27 10am-6pm, Saturday, July 28 & Sunday, July 29 10am-5pm
The literary and creative talents of local and regional authors and illustrators will be showcased. Many authors will be on hand to discuss and personally autograph their books. Visit http://bookstore.syr.edu for more information about the Syracuse University Bookstore.
Book Fair Authors:
Art & Design
Michael Popek is the author of Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages. He studied literature at Bennington College before rejoining his family's used-book business, Popek's Used and Rare Books in Oneonta, New York. For more information, go to www.forgottenbookmarks.com. Sunday July 29th 11:00am - 4:00pm.
Crystal Godfrey LaPoint's professional life has been primarily musical and artistic. She earned advanced degrees in both Piano Performance and Music Composition from the Syracuse University College of Visual & Performing Arts. Crystal is a widely published and commissioned, award-winning composer of choral, chamber, and orchestral music. Her artwork has been exhibited in many prestigious venues including Everson Museum of Art and the Delavan Art Gallery. She is also the survivor of domestic and relationship violence, and grew up in a home where both of her parents suffered from depression and anxiety. She has struggled with the dark legacy of depression for over three decades. During that time, Crystal raised three wonderful children, whose experiences she has chosen to share in this book, When My Mommy Cries. Visit Crystal at her website: www.whenmymommycries.com , her Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/crystal.g.lapoint , and here is the book's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/When-My-Mommy-Cries/239197459483821. Signing Friday July 27th 11:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday July 28th 11:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday July 29th 11:00am - 4:00pm.
Fran Paige, a staff member at SU's Early Education and Child Care Center, has created a charming children's book about Reagan McFagen who is a precocious little girl who knows what she likes-and doesn't like. She especially likes to draw, but has trouble drawing triangles. With encouragement, she keeps trying, and learns that magical things can happen. Signing Saturday July 28th and Sunday July 29th 12:00pm - 4:00pm.
Children's Books & Graphic Novels
Frank Cammuso is the Eisner nominated creator of the comic book series Max Hamm Fairy Tale Detective. Frank is also the author and artist of the very popular middle grade fiction series Knights of the Lunch Table. He has been a political cartoonist for 20 years and draws editorial cartoons for the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse. His work, including fiction and satire, has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Village Voice and on National Public Radio. Signing Saturday July 28th and Sunday July 29th 1:00pm - 3:00pm.
Children's Books - Illustrators
Scott Gibala-Broxholm graduated from Syracuse University and is a published author and an illustrator of children's books. Some of the published credits of Scott Gibala-Broxholm include City Witch, Country Switch and Scary Fright, Are You All Right? and Maddie's Monster Dad. Signing Saturday July 28th 11:00am - 5:00pm.
David Forgensi graduated from Onondaga Community College with an A.A.S. in Business Administration. Afterward, he completed a B.A. in Liberal Arts from SUNY Oswego. David has worked in the public school setting for over 14 years. His focus in public education is technology. More specifically, David assists in educational technology, whereas computer software programs are utilized to develop and enhance various fundamental skills for students. Ironically, it is the implementation of various technologies that have led to the development of his children's works. While David designs the original illustrations himself, it is professional computer software he uses to enhance and bring them to life. Check out David's book This Fish, That Fish, Even a Hat Fish. Friday July 27th 3:00pm - 5:00pm and Sunday July 29th 11:00am - 1:00pm.
Susan Keeter is a fine artist and illustrator with degrees in these subjects from Syracuse University. She illustrated The Piano by William Miller, which received the Best Picture Book Award from the Society of School Librarians International; and Tippy Lemmey by Patricia C. McKissack. Her paintings have been shown in both juried group shows and several one-person shows. Keeter lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Seth, and their daughters, Sara and Emma. Signing Sunday July 29th 1:00pm - 3:00pm.
Cynthia Kieber-King has always been inspired by nature and science, and has degrees in zoology and biological oceanography. Before becoming a children's author, Cynthia worked as an environmental consultant studying wetlands and conducting ecological risk assessments. She loves to travel and explore all kinds of habitats and learning about all the different plants and animals that live there. Cynthia lives and writes in central New York State with her wonderful husband and son. Habitat Spy is her debut picture book. Signing Saturday July 28th and Sunday July 29th 11:00am - 3:00pm.
London Ladd is a lifelong Syracuse resident and a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. He studied with renowned illustrators James Ramsone, Bob Dacey, John Thompson, Yvonne Buchanan and Roger DeMuth, learning all aspects of illustration, art and design. London has partnered with Christine King Farris, older sister of Martin Luther King Jr, for a children's book, March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. His newest book is called Oprah the Littlest Speaker and chronicles Oprah Winfrey's childhood inspirations. His work has been displayed at the Everson Museum and the Syracuse Jazz Fest. London has also worked with various recording artists illustrating CD covers and he has designed a mural for the Cultural Resource Council depicting Reverend Jermain Loguen, an abolitionist who helped escaped slave to freedom in the Underground Railroad. Saturday July 28th 11:00pm - 3:00pm.
Jonas Sickler is a graduate of the Syracuse University School of Illustration. He began his career illustrating children's magazines. Jonas' first professional assignment was for the October cover of Cicada Magazine in 2001. Since then, Jonas has added numerous periodical illustrations to his portfolio. He is now focusing on illustrating children's books (but still accepts editorial assignments). His first six books are part of the INDESTRUCTIBLES® series by Workman Publishing Company. Signing Sunday July 29th 11:00am - 4:00pm.
Erica Pelton Villnave's involvement in children's literature began at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she studied illustration. She loved the idea of using her artwork as a form of communication, and to promote literacy among children. There are certain books that children cherish for a lifetime. As an illustrator, Erica is interested in creating picture books that will attract such interest and inspiration. Her watercolor illustrations are filled with whimsical imagery, vibrant colors and details. Erica's first author/illustrator picture book, Sophie's Lovely Locks, was recently published by Marshall Cavendish. Signing Saturday July 28th 11:00am - 3:00pm.
Crafting - Quilting
Joan Ford the creator of ScrapTherapy, will be on hand to sell her brand new book Cut the Scraps! which teaches readers everything you wanted to know (and more!) about the ScrapTherapy process plus 20 terrific projects to make from your scraps. Joan will also have patterns on hand to sell. Signing Friday July 27th 12:00pm - 2:00pm.
Matthew Dunn represents central New York talent at its best! Author of The Good Silver and Erased, he is the first self-published author to ever be inducted into the International Thriller Writers organization, joining such well-know suspense authors as James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, David Balducci, and Sandra Brown. Matthew's newest novels are Music City Murder (with accompanying soundtrack) and New Heaven. Signing Friday July 27th and Saturday July 28th 11:00am - 1:00pm.
Richard Burton is Syracuse University's David B. Falk Professor of Sports Management who has taken his first step toward becoming a literary giant in the thriller genre by completing his first novel, The Darkest Mission. The book incorporates his passion for sports and history, and weaves a tale beginning in the skies over Berlin in a B-17 bomber during World War II. Signing Saturday July 28th 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday July 29th 11 am to 4 pm.
David Klein is a native of upstate New York whose short fiction has appeared in a variety of literary magazines. He owns and operates a marketing communications firm in Delmar, New York, where he lives with his wife and two children. Klein's first novel is entitled Stash and his recently published second novel is entitled Clean Break. You can find David on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Klein-Author/165778386237 or check out his website: http://www.bydavidklein.com. Signing Saturday July 28th 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
James Howard Kunstler, author of The Geography of Nowhere, The Long Emergency, The Witch of Hebron, The World Made By Hand novels, and other books about suburbia, cities and American culture was born in New York City in 1948. He moved to the Long Island suburbs in 1954 and returned to the city in 1957 where he spent most of his childhood. He graduated from the State University of New York, Brockport campus, worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, RPI, the University of Virginia and many other colleges, and he has appeared before many professional organizations such as the AIA, the APA., and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He lives in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. Signing Friday July 27th 1:00pm - 3:00pm.
Karen Winters Schwartz was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. Karen is an active board member of NAMI Syracuse (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and an advocate for mental illness awareness. Karen has two books Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family's Journey Through Bipolar Disorder and the newly published Reis's Pieces: Love Loss and Schizophrenia. Signing Friday July 27th 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Saturday July 28th 3:00pm - 5:00pm and Sunday July 29th 11:00am - 4:00pm.
William H. Thomas is a geriatrician, farmer, musician, professor, and public speaker. After spending 18 years living "off-the-grid" on a wind and solar-powered organic farm in upstate New York, Thomas now resides in Ithaca with his wife, three sons, and two daughters. He blogs daily at www.ChangingAging.org. His latest novel Tribes of Eden is the fictional story of a dystopian future where the future of humanity hangs in the balance and a peacemaker must rise to meet her destiny. Signing Saturday July 28th 1:00pm - 2:00pm.
Jennifer Cleland and her husband Robert Stundtner are authors of Sage Hall: Experiments in Coeducation and Preservation at Cornell University which tells the story of Sage Residential College for Women, built in 1874, which made coeducation at Cornell possible. The history of the building reflects the early feminist movement in upstate New York, and the social reformism of the founders of the University. The book also relates the controversy surrounding the1996-98 renovation of the building. The story of the authors' courtship is woven into the narrative of the challenging renovation project, which was managed by the coauthor, and incorporates the entertaining project updates that he sent out to the Cornell community. Signing Saturday July 28th 1:30pm - 3:00pm.
Douglas Egerton, Professor at LeMoyne College and acclaimed scholar Douglas R. Egerton's newest book Year of Meteors, re-creates the cascade of unforeseen events that confounded political bosses, set North and South on the road to disunion, and put not Stephen Douglas, but his greatest rival, in the White House. We see Lincoln and his team outmaneuvering more prominent Republicans, like New York's grandiose William Seward, while Democratic conventions collapse in confusion. And we see the gifted, flawed Douglas marking his finest hour in defeat, as he strives, and fails, to save the Union. Year of Meteors delivers a teeming cast of characters, minor and major, and a breakneck narrative of this most momentous year in American history. Signing Saturday July 28th 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Beverly Ann Wernet was born and raised in Massillon, Ohio, attended St. Barbara's Grade School and graduated in 1969 from Central Catholic High School. She received her Master's Degree in the Science of Nursing at The University of Akron. She retired from a 20-year career in nursing, spanning Intensive Care nursing to Director of Nursing Practice and Research. Beverly's inspirational book is entitled I Open Myself To You Oh Lord! Beverly is married to Douglas and has two Aussiedoodles "Amos and Annie" (pictured in her book). They reside next to Onondaga Lake in Liverpool, New York. Signing Friday July 27th 11:00am - 6:00pm and Sunday July 29th 11:00am - 4:00pm.
John Hartsock has worked as a staff reporter for United Press International and various newspapers, including the Rochester Democrat-Chronicle, and his freelance work has appeared in Audubon and the San Francisco Examiner. He resides in Homer, New York, in the Finger Lakes region, and he teaches communication studies at SUNY Cortland. John will be on hand to discuss his book Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery, winner of the international Gourmand Award in 2012. Signing Friday July 27th and Saturday July 28th 12:00pm - 1:00pm.
Harvey Kaiser is a local author specializing in the architecture of National Parks and the spectacular vistas of the Adirondacks. His books National Park Architecture Sourcebook, Architectural Guidebook to National Parks and Great Camps of the Adirondacks are essential for outdoors enthusiasts. Signing Friday July 27th 1:00pm - 3:00pm.
Linda Kaiser is a local author who's newest book Pulling Strings: The Legacy of Melville A. Clark is published by Syracuse University Press and chronicles the founding in 1859 of the Clark Music Company, of which Melville Clark became president in 1919. Originally just a tinker's shed, the business ultimately moved into a six-story building in the center of Syracuse. The music company celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2010. Clark also combined his talents as a gifted musician and astute entrepreneur to start the first Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Signing Friday July 27th 1:00pm - 3:00pm.
Tim Starmer has always been an outdoor enthusiast and spent most of his childhood seeking out remote and wild areas whenever possible. Throughout his life, the Adirondacks and its vast wilderness have been one of Tim's favorite destinations for hiking and backpacking trips. In 2006 Tim explored numerous wilderness gems across New York when he co-authored The Best in Tent Camping: New York State. Tim currently owns and operates New Heritage Woodworking, a construction company that specializes in designing and building timber frames in Upstate New York. Signing Saturday July 28th 1:00pm - 5:00pm.
Tracy Kinne, a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, has been a journalist for nearly three decades. She is a writer and editor, and author of On Sale: Employers Get Good Workers Dirt Cheap, a memoir of her four years working as a cashier and sales associate at a big box store. Visit Tracy's website: www.tracykinnebooks.com. Signing Friday July 27th 4:00pm - 6:00pm and Sunday July 29th 11:00am - 4:00pm.
Joleene DesRosiers Moody always had a passion for writing and in March of 2012 she made that passion a reality when her first book, Memoirs of Normalcy: Journey From Sedentary to Extraordinary was released. She began her professional writing career as a journalist and continues to freelance write for NNY Business Magazine. She also writes inspirational articles for Today's CNY Woman and NNY Living magazines. Signing Saturday July 28th 12:00pm - 2:00pm.
Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction
Bruce Coville grew up within a couple miles of the village of Phoenix in NY. As a child, Coville was an avid reader. Mary Poppins, Dr. Dolittle, and children's serials such as Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys were among his favorite books. He discovered his passion for writing in the sixth grade, and at seventeen, began to pursue writing seriously. Before he was able to support himself as a writer, Coville worked a variety of jobs, including toymaking, gravedigging, and finally teaching at an elementary school. His first published story was The Foolish Giant. He is most famous for his Unicorn Chronicles series, My Teacher is an Alien, Aliens Ate My Homework, and Magic Shop series. Signing Sunday July 29th 1:00pm - 3:00pm.
Lia Habel was born in Jamestown, NY, and has lived there the majority of her life. Her first book, Dearly, Departed, is a sweeping tale of zombie-living romance set in a cyber-Victorian/steampunk future. The Syracuse University Bookstore will be the first place you can get the paperback version of her book, two weeks before it is released to the general public! Miss Habel enjoys attending anachronistic and steampunk events, watching zombie movies (she has watched over a hundred of them), commissioning ball gowns, and collecting Victorian and Edwardian books. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunities she has recently been given. Signing Saturday July 28th 12:00pm - 2:00pm.
Vivian Vande Velde writes books primarily aimed at children and young adults. She began writing at age 28, the same year her daughter was born , and has been publishing relatively consistently since. She currently resides in Rochester, New York. She is involved in multiple circles/groups of children/young adult writers in the Rochester area, which include authors such as Bruce Coville and Cynthia DeFelice. Her novels and short story collections usually contain elements of horror, fantasy, and humor. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She says that she really likes to write for children. She likes to do school talks to children. She does many book conventions and also gives writing classes. Vivian's newest novel is Cloaked in Red. Signing Friday July 27th 12:00pm - 2:00pm.
Marv Druger is the author of Strange Creatures and Other Poems, and the newly published follow up Even Stranger Creatures, a book of poems for children of all ages. He is a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence and taught introduction to Biology for more than 50 years. He is the recipient of the Robert Carleton Award from NSTA and the Honorary Emeritus Member Award from ASTE - the highest awards bestowed by these international science education organizations. Currently, Dr. Druger is secretary of the Education Section (Q) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - the largest multidisciplinary science organization in the world. Dr. Druger also has a memoir, The Misadventures of Marvin, a memoir chronicling his academic and personal adventures with his wife Pat. Signing Friday July 27th and Sunday June 29th 11:00am - 4:00pm.
Mark Povinelli was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Louisiana. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Houston and his Masters degree form Syracuse University. Mark is the father of three children and has resided in the Syracuse area since 1998. He is the author of two books of poetry Hunting for Box Turtles and Disconnections. He is also the author of the book Gram Water, an exploration of Image as verse. He was a founding member of the art collective F.A.S.T. (Free Art Society Trend). Mark was an artist-in-residence at Syracuse University in 2006. Signing Saturday July 28th 11:00am - 1:00pm and Sunday July 29th 11:00am - 1:30pm.
Philip P. Arnold is Associate Professor of Religion at Syracuse University in New York, which is located in Onondaga Nation Territory-the heartland of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). He has written on Aztec and Haudenosaunee traditions and advocates for Indigenous peoples and their traditions through the Indigenous Values Initiative (www.indigenousvalues.org). As a sports fan he enjoys watching games of all kinds, particularly those involving family and friends. His new book is entitled The Gift of Sports Indigenous Ceremonial Dimensions of the Games We Love. Signing Saturday July 28th and Sunday July 29th 2:00pm - 3:00pm.
Joe Glisson came out with a collection of sports cartoons called Dome Sweet Dome in 1996. The book covered the first half of his career, 1984-1996, as cartoonist for The Syracuse New Times. Joe's long awaited follow-up entitled, No Place Like Dome, which covers 1997 right up through the 2012 March Madness was just published. The cartoons are in chronological order and show a humorous history of life under the Dome and other related sports. The books are a must for any Syracuse sports fan! Signing Friday July 27th 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday July 28th 11:00 am to 5:00 and Sunday July 29th 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Paul Kocak is a professional writer with more than 20 years of experience. A poet, blogger, humorist, and consummate baseball fan, his humor writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Toronto Globe & Mail, New York Magazine, and the New Statesman (U.K.). He is a frequent contributor to the baseball blog OneFlapDown77.com. A Le Moyne College graduate, Kocak lives with his family in Syracuse, New York. At last count, he has attended games at 19 Major League ballparks. The first game featured Billy Pierce against Whitey Ford at Yankee Stadium. Paul's book Baseball's Starry Night: Reliving Major League Baseball's 2011 Wild Card Night of Shock and Awe gives you a fan's-eye view of a night that many have called the most exciting night in the history of Major League Baseball. Signing Friday July 27th 11:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday July 28th 11:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday July 29th 1:00pm - 4:00pm.
Hart Seely is an award-winning reporter for the Syracuse Post-Standard. His humor and satire have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Lampoon, and on National Public Radio. He is the editor of Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld and coeditor (with Tom Peyer) of O Holy Cow! The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto. His most recent book The Juju Rules: Or, How to Win Ballgames from Your Couch: A Memoir of a Fan Obsessed a manifesto that reveals the deep secrets of fan jinxes, hexes, and charms. Seely lives in beautiful Syracuse, New York, with his wife and three children. Signing Saturday July 28th and Sunday July 29th 1:00pm - 3:00pm.