2017 Festival

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Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:00AM – 5:00PM

We are excited to present a full day of   programs and panel sessions for adults, teens and children!

For a full schedule of the times, locations and descriptions of each of the day’s events, please click here: 2017 Event Schedule

Festival kick-off event!

Dani Shapiro in Conversation with Elisha Cooper:
Memoir and More

Wednesday May 17, 7 p.m.
The Gallery at  Merritt Bookstore and Toystore
57 Front Street, Millbrook

Dani ShapiroDani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Still Writing (Grove Press), Devotion (Harper) and Slow Motion (Harper), plus five novels, including Black & White (Knopf) and Family History (Anchor). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los HourglassAngeles Times, and has been broadcast on “This American Life”.  Dani was recently Oprah Winfrey’s guest on”Super Soul Sunday.” She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University; she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. A contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler, Dani lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Her next book, Hourglass, will be published by Knopf in the spring of 2017. See her online at http://danishapiro.com.

elisha_cooper_authorElisha Cooper is the author of Big Cat, Little Cat (Roaring Brook Press), and Farm (Orchard Books), Train (Orchard Books), 8: An Animal Alphabet (Orchard Books). Other children’s books include Beach (Orchard Books), a Society of Illustrators Gold falling_smMedal Winner, and Dance! (HarperCollins), a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Books for adults include A Year in New York, and the memoirs Crawling: A Father’s First Year (Anchor) and Falling: A Daughter, A Father, and a Journey Back (Pantheon). Cooper lives with his family in New York City. His website is  www.elishacooper.com.

The following events will be held on Saturday, May 20.
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10 a.m. to 11 a.m., A Perilous Career as a Photographer – Clark Worswick

Clark WorswickClark Worswick‘s books on Indian, Chinese, Middle BookClarkEastern and Japanese 19th century photography were the first works to identify scores of non-European artists working in the medium. His books have been named “Best of the Year” by The New York Times, London’s The Times and The Sunday Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek and Time magazine.

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. , Debut Authors/Writing Friends: Finding Support on the Way to Publication – Roselee Blooston, Marina Antropow Cramer

Rosalee BRoselee Blooston is an award-winning Hudson Valley writer, whose DyingInDubai-COVER-hirezplays have been produced internationally, and whose prose has been published in magazines, journals, and anthologies. Dying in Dubai, a memoir of marriage, mourning, and the Middle East (Apprentice House Press) is her first book and was named as a finalist for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year in the category of Grief/Grieving (Adult Nonfiction). Visit her website at http://roseleeblooston.com/.

MariMarina-300x288na Antropow Cramer is a freelance writer who was born in postwar Germany into a family of Russian refugees. RoadsHer work has appeared in Blackbird, Istanbul Literary Review, and the Wilderness House Literary Review. In 2014, after nearly thirty years in bookselling, she left the profession to focus on writing full-time. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. Roads (Chicago Review Press) is her first novel. Visit her website at http://marinaantropowcramer.com/.

10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Taking a Stand – Jana Laiz,  8th grade students from Bulkeley  Middle School

JJana-Laiz-portrait-180x320ana Laiz, the first Writer-In-Residence at Herman Melville’s beloved Arrowhead, is currently working on a juvenile biography of Herman Melville. She is the author of the triple award-winning novel, Weeping Under This Same Moon (Crow Flies Press), along with The Twelfth Stone (Crow Flies Press), Elephants of the Tsunami (EarthBound Books), and Thomas & Autumn (Crow Flies Press).  She also is the co-author of both, A Free Woman On God’s Earth, The Truesimon-says Story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman , The Slave Who Won Her Freedom (Crow Flies Press), and Simon Says, Tails Told By The Red Lion Inn Ambassador (Crow Flies Press). Laiz is passionate about making a difference in the world through her writing and working with others who feel the same. She lives in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. Her website is www.janalaiz.com.

10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Poets Corner – Janice Egry, Lucia Cherciu, Meg Kearney, Gail Carson Levine, Molly McGlennen, Evan Pritchard,  Jo Pitkin

Jan's photo-3Janice Egry taught music and special education in public schools before retiring to write full time. Her poems have been published in Capper’s, Writing the Natural Way (a textbook on writing by Gabriele Rico), Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize Anthology, A Slant of Light Anthology, and four Hudson Valley Writers Workshop anthologies. Her work also has won a Writing the Natural Wayvariety of contests, including grand prize of the 2008 Dancing Poetry Contest and Festival in San Francisco, sponsored by Artists Embassy International.  Her writings also include a lyric or two for his compositions, several short stories, children’s picture book stories, a novel, a novella, and published personal essays. Janice lives in Dutchess County, New York with her husband, Don, a jazz pianist and composer, and two cats, Piccolo and McKenna.

Lucia CherLuciaCherciu high resolutionciu is a Professor of English at SUNY/Dutchess in Poughkeepsie, NY, and she writes both in English and in Romanian. Her new book, Train Ride to Bucharest, will be published by Sheep Train RideMeadow Press in April 2017. Her other books include Edible Flowers (Main Street Rag, 2010), which was a finalist for the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, Lepădarea de Limbă/The Abandonment of Language (Vinea, 2009), and Altoiul Râsului/Grafted Laughter (Brumar 2010). Her poetry was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her web page is http://luciacherciu.webs.com.

kearney_bygparkerMeg Kearney is the author of two books of poems for adults, An Unkindness of Ravens and Home By Now, winner of the 2010 PEN New England L.L. Winship Award, as well as three connected novels in when_you_never_said_goodbyeverse for teens: The Secret of Me, The Girl in the Mirror, and When You Never Said Goodbye. Meg’s award-winning picture book, Trouper, is illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Her poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Writer’s Almanac” and U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column. She lives in New Hampshire and directs the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College in Massachusetts. Her website is http://www.megkearney.com/.
 GailCarsonLevineGail Carson Levine is the author of 22 children’s books and is best known for her novel, Ella Enchanted, which won a Newbery honor medal in 1998 and was made into a motion picture in 2004. Other Lost Kingdombooks include the historical novel, Dave at Night, and the two nonfiction how-to’s, Writing Magic, Creating Stories that Fly, and Writer to Writer, From Think to Ink. Her latest is Stolen Magic, the second in the mystery series that began with A Tale of Two Castles, about detective dragon Meenore and its assistant Elodie. Gail, her husband David, and their Airedale Reggie live in a 1790 farmhouse in Brewster, New York. Read more about her at gailcarsonlevine.com.
 molly-mcglennen-headshotMolly McGlennen was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is of Anishinaabe and European descent. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of English and Native American Studies at Vassar College. She earned a Ph.D. in Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Her creative writing and scholarship have been published widely. She is the 51+d0FvkiRL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_author of a collection of poetry Fried Fish and Flour Biscuits, published by Salt’s award-winning “Earthworks Series” of Indigenous writers, and a critical monograph, Creative Alliances: The Transnational Designs of Indigenous Women’s Poetry, from the University of Oklahoma Press, which earned the Beatrice Medicine Award for outstanding scholarship in American Indian Literature. Her poems will be included in the anthology, Tending the Fire (University of New Mexico Press, book and film April 2017).

Evan PritchardEvan Pritchard (Mi’kmaq/Celtic descendant), an award winning historian, is the author of over 30 books, including Native American Stories of the Sacred (Turner Books),  No Word for Time (Millichap Books), Native New Yorkers (Council Oak), Henry Hudson and the Tending the FireAlgonquins of New York (Council Oak), and Bird Medicine (Inner Traditions). Some of the poems from his book Greetings from Mawenawasic (Foothills Publications), will be included in the forthcoming anthology, Tending the Fire (University of New Mexico Press, book and film April 2017). He has taught Native Studies at Marist, Vassar and Pace University and is the director of the Center for Algonquin Culture in Rosendale, NY. His website is www.algonquinculture.org.

Jo Pitkin is the author of CradlPitkin_Joe of the American Circus: Poems from Somers, New York; Commonplace Invasions; and Rendering. She is also the editor of Lost Orchard: Prose and Poetry from the Kirkland College Community. Her poems have appeared in renderingjournals and anthologies including The New York Review of Books, Little Star, Quarterly West, Salamander, Southern Humanities Review, Terrain, Crab Orchard Review, Nimrod, A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley, and Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace. She lives and works in the Hudson River Valley at the river’s narrowest and deepest point. Visit her on the web at http://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=333&a=260.

11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Native Voices – Joe Bruchac, Evan Pritchard, Molly  McGlennen

Joseph BruchacJoseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music that reflect his Native American heritage and traditions for more than 30 yKeepers of the Earthears.  He is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults. The best-selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children, and others of his “Keepers” series, with its remarkable integration of science and folklore, continue to receive critical acclaim and to be used in classrooms throughout the country. Visit him on the web at http://josephbruchac.com.

Evan PritchardEvan Pritchard (Mi’kmaq/Celtic descendant), an award winning historian, is the author of over 30 books, including Native American Stories of the Sacred (Turner Books),  No Word for Time (Millichap Books), Native New Yorkers (Council Oak), Henry Hudson and the Algonquins of New York (Council Oak), and Bird Medicine (Inner Traditions). Some of the poems from his book Greetings from Mawenawasic (Foothills Publications), will be Tending the Fireincluded in the forthcoming anthology, Tending the Fire (University of New Mexico Press, book and film April 2017). He has taught Native Studies at Marist, Vassar and Pace University and is the director of the Center for Algonquin Culture in Rosendale, NY. His website is www.algonquinculture.org.

 molly-mcglennen-headshotMolly McGlennen was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is of Anishinaabe and European descent. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of English and Native American Studies at Vassar College. She earned a Ph.D. in Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Her creative writing and scholarship have been published widely. She is the 51+d0FvkiRL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_author of a collection of poetry Fried Fish and Flour Biscuits, published by Salt’s award-winning “Earthworks Series” of Indigenous writers, and a critical monograph, Creative Alliances: The Transnational Designs of Indigenous Women’s Poetry, from the University of Oklahoma Press, which earned the Beatrice Medicine Award for outstanding scholarship in American Indian Literature. Her poems will be included in the anthology, Tending the Fire (University of New Mexico Press, book and film April 2017).

11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Alice in Central Park – G.A. “Moby” Mudge

gamudgeG. A. Mudge (“Moby”) is an attorney, photographer, and writer — “I believe in the powers of the visual and the verbal. We must use these powers in good taste and for good purpose.” A serious photographer since elementary school, Moby has photographed, written, and published two Alice Statuesbooks on the statues in Central Park in New York City. He uses his photographs to teach English as a second language to immigrants and developed teaching manuals for this purpose – Use the Visual to Stimulate the Verbal®. Moby lives in Wassaic, NY, with his wife and a very spirited and articulate German shepherd. Visit him on the web at http://fotobs.com.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Literary Brown Bag Luncheon with Min Jin Le

Min Jin LeeMin Jin Lee worked as a lawyer for several years in New York prior to writing full time. She has received the NYFA Fellowship for Fiction, the Peden Prize from The Missouri Review for Best Story, and the Narrative Prize for New and Emerging Writer. Her fiction has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts and has appeared most recently in One Story. Her writings about books, travel and food havepachinko appeared in The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, The Times of London, Vogue (US), Travel + Leisure (SEA), Wall Street Journal and Food & Wine. Her personal essays have been anthologized in To Be Real, Breeder, The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Works, One Big Happy Family, Sugar in My Bowl, and Global and the Intimate: Feminism in Our Time. From 2007 to 2011, Min Jin lived in Tokyo, Japan where she wrote Pachinko (February 2017). She lives in New York City with her family. Visit her website at https://www.minjinlee.com/.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Picture Book Menagerie – Jackie Reynolds, Susanna Leonard Hill, Nancy Furstinger, Barbara Ann Mojica, Victor Ramon Mojica, David Neilsen, Caron Levis, Iza Trapani, William Joel, David Cundy, Karen Orloff, Louisa Luisi-Vilardi, Aileen Stewart, Carol Ann Neville & Anne Pike-Tay, Isabelle Garbani

Jackie ReynoldsJackie Reynolds is an award winning magician, ventriloquist and clown. She mixed a love of numbers and her engineering degree with twenty-five years entertaining children to create Bee Bee’s Circus at the Counting Fair. She brings entertaining and educational BeeBees Circusprograms to family and community events, preschools and schools, and libraries through out the Hudson Valley as Jackie the Magician and Bee Bee the Clown. See her website at http://beebeetheclown.com.

Susanna Leonard HillSusanna Leonard Hill is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children including Punxsutawney Phyllis (Holiday House), Not Yet, Rose (Walker & Company) and Can’t Sleep without Sheep (Walker & Company).  She teaches an online picture book writing class – Making Picture Book Magic – offers picture book critiques, and does frequent lion_needs_a_bath_coverschool and library visits. Three new titles are forthcoming this summer from Little Simon, including When Your Lion Needs a Bath, When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles and The Road that Trucks Built.  Susanna lives in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley with her husband, children, and two rescue dogs.  Visit her online at https://susannahill.com.

nancyfurstingerNancy Furstinger has been speaking up for animals since she learned to talk, and she hasn’t shut up yet. She is the author of nearly 100 books, including many on her favorite topic: animals! furstingerbookShe started her writing career in third grade, when her class performed a play she wrote while recovering from chickenpox. Since then, Nancy has been a feature writer for a daily newspaper, a managing editor of trade and consumer magazines, and an editor at two children’s book publishing houses. She shares her home with big dogs and house rabbits (all rescued), volunteers and fosters pets for several animal organizations. Visit her website at www.nancyfurstinger.com.

Barbara AnnAward-winning author Barbara Ann Mojica, is a historian and retired educator living in New York State. She holds a Bachelor’s Little Missand Master’s Degree in History and New York State teacher certifications in Elementary, Special Education, and Administration. Marrying her love of history and teaching, Barbara hopes her Little Miss History character will inspire children to learn about historical people, and visit these landmarks. Visit her on the web at www.littlemisshistory.com.

Victor RamonVictor Ramon Mojica was born and raised in Manhattan, New York, but has lived in the Hudson Valley region since 1986 and eugenusnow resides in Craryville, New York with his wife Barbara. He is an illustrator, cartoonist and writer with such works to his credit as the critically acclaimed, comic book series eugenus…The Next Step In Human Evolution!, which he created, wrote and illustrated. Victor has now written and illustrated his first children’s book titled Captain Crossbones in The Treasure Hunt, based on the comic strip appearing in The Columbia Insider, Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack, Publishers. See his website at www.eugenus.com.

DAvid NeilsenDavid Neilsen is a classically trained actor/storyteller, a journalist, and a theater/improvisation teacher for children and adults. Dr. FellDuring the Halloween season, David can be found telling spooky tales to audiences of all ages throughout Hudson Valley, or performing one of his one-man shows based on the stories of horror author H.P. Lovecraft. David lives in Tarrytown with his family. Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom is his first novel. Visit him at https://david-neilsen.com.

Caron Levis
Photo: Jeremy Saladyga

Caron Levis is the author of the picture book Ida, Always (Atheneum) which the New York Times Book Review calls, “an example of children’s books at their best.” Her first picture book, Stuck with the Blooz (HMH) was selected as one of Bankstreet College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year.

Forthcoming titles include May I Have A Word? (Macmillan, 2017) and Stop That Yawn! (Atheneum, 2018). Caron also has authored short stories and is an adjunct professor and the advisor for The New School’s Writing for Children/YA MFA programIda Always. After many years as an arts educator, Caron now loves using acting and writing to teach social, emotional, and literacy skills to students of all ages through her author workshops, Act-Like-A-Writer. Visit her at www.caronlevis.com.

izatrapaniIza Trapani was born in Poland and moved to the U.S. at age seven. Fascinated with a Mother Goose Treasury, Iza learned English through the rhymes. Little did she know that someday she would retell many of them and become a best-selling children’s book author and illustrator. Iza is known for her award-winning series of nursery rhyme Gabe and Goonextensions, including The Itsy Bitsy Spider (Charlesbridge), which has sold well over a million copies. Her 25th book, Gabe and Goon (Charlesbridge), came out in July 2016. Find out more about Iza and her books at www.izatrapani.com.

William JoelWilliam Joel has been creating and telling stories and poems for many, many years. As a professional storyteller, monstershe has entertained young and old throughout the Mid-Hudson area of New York. Many of his poems and stories for children have been published in such publications as Stories for Children, Fandangle, Wee Ones, and Whimsy. He has also been a Contributing Editor for several issues of Appleseeds. His most recent book is A Muse of Monsters, a picture book of monster poems. See his website at www.aniprof.com.

David CundyAnimals Spell Love is David Cundy’s debut children’s book, following his long career in the graphic arts. David has designed type at Linotype in New York and with the Animals Spellrenowned type designer Matthew Carter in London. His graphic design firm, Design Trust, has created graphics for many organizations, including the Brooklyn Museum, Columbia University, and the Parsons School of Design. David has served on the board of directors of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and has taught in Yale’s graduate graphic design program. Learn more about David at www.davidcundyauthor.com.

karenorloffKaren Kaufman Orloff has written nine books for children including the popular “I Wanna” Books, including I Wanna Iguana, I Wanna New Room, and I Wanna Go Home (G.P. Putnam), as well as orloffbookIf Mom Had Three Arms, Talk, Oscar Please, Miles of Smiles (Sterling), and three “Nightlight Detective” books from Peter Pauper Press. Her tenth children’s book, Goodnight Little Bot (Sterling), will be out in 2017. Orloff also writes a column for The Poughkeepsie Journal. Visit her website www.karenkaufmanorloff.com.

louisa-luisi_2Louisa Luisi-Vilardi is a writer, teacher, and theatre director originally from Northern New Jersey. She holds a B.S. in Education & English and a M.A. in English Education, and has authored a number of plays that have been performed in New Jersey and New York City. Along with writing, Louisa is involved in Theatre CoachesArts and serves as the Managing Director for New Players Company. Your Best CoachesLouisa‘s debut children’s book, was published in November 2012. Her newest book published in November 2013, Together, which is based on her sessions with Jean Palombo, is available, with 100 percent of its proceeds supporting The Palombo Family Scholarship. Louisa currently teaches English, Creative Writing, and Acting at Ridgewood High School in New Jersey and lives in New York with her husband and son. Visit her on the web at www.louisaluisi.com.

AileenAileen Stewart is the award winning author of the Fern Valley Series which includes Fern Valley, Return to Fern Valley, and Cooking in Fern Valley, as well as the new Quack Quack and Daisyand Daisy Picture Book Series, a public speaker, amateur photographer, a blogger, and SCBWI member. In addition, she hosts writing workshops for children in first to sixth grade, offers library and school visits, and speaks at events. She resides in lovely Shelby, Ohio, with her beautiful daughter, wonderful husband, and their crazy cats Max, Daisy, and Fluffy. Her motto is “Kids Who Read Can Do Anything!” Visit her website at www.funwithaileen.com.

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Carol Ann (left) and Anne Pike-Tay

Carol Ann Neville was raised and formally educated in suburban Philadelphia. A true child of the 60’s, Carol Ann participated in politics and protests commencing when she was 18 and continuing now 5o years later. Professionally, Carol Ann Miss Van Winkleworked for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and later, Poughkeepsie law offices. Her authoring a children’s book came as a matter of good fortune when her friend, Anne Pike-Tay, had both the idea and the illustrations well in hand when she asked Carol Ann to join her in composing.

Anne Pike-Tay decided to pursue her lifelong love of folk tales and mythology by creating dolls and puppets that reflect the magic of the Catskill Mountains, and the forest creatures and farmland animals of the Hudson River Valley after retiring, in June, from her 26-year post as professor of archaeology at Vassar College, where her research and teaching focused on sites in Europe and Asia. By co-writing and illustrating Miss Van Winkle’s Story,  she rediscovered the magic of home!

isabelleIsabelle Garbani is a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn artist. She received an an Secret ElephantMFA in sculpture from the New York Academy of Art in 2004. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in Sculpture and Object XX in Bratislava, Slovakia. You can see her work at www.IsabelleGarbani.com.

1 p.m to 2 p.m, A Tea Garden in Tivoli – Bettina Mueller

BettinaBettina Mueller is the author of A Taste of Heaven and Earth (Harper Perennial) which was nominated for a Julia Child Award, and The World in a Bowl of Tea (Harper Perennial). At various times she’s been a cook on a working tugboat, a news photographer, owner and chef of a pioneering vegetarian restaurant, and executive of a cutting edge Internet company. Tea GardenIn addition to her interest in food and media, she’s been a lifelong student of Zen, the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and the natural world. Her latest book A Tea Garden in Tivoli (Tea House Press) won the Silver Ippy award for Best Garden Book of 2016 and was the winner of the International Gardenista Best Garden Design award for 2015. See Bettina’s website at www.TeaHousePress.com.

1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Mid‐Hudson Anslavery History Project – Rebecca Edwards

reedwardsRebecca Edwards, Professor of History on the Eloise Ellery Chair, received her Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Virginia. Her research interests focus on the post-Civil War era and include electoral politics and the history of women and Slavery, Antislaverygender. She teaches courses on the Civil War era, gender and sexuality, and the American West. She is the author of Angels in the Machinery: Gender in American Party Politics from the Civil War to the Progressive Era (Oxford, 1997) and New Spirits: Americans in the “Gilded Age,” 1865-1905 (Oxford, 3rd ed., 2015).  She’s now working on a book about the role of childbearing in nineteenth-century American expansion and empire.

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., In Conversation with Gail Carson Levine

 GailCarsonLevineGail Carson Levine is the author of 22 children’s books and is best known for her novel, Ella Enchanted, which won a Newbery honor medal in 1998 and was made into a motion picture in 2004. Other Lost Kingdombooks include the historical novel, Dave at Night, and the two nonfiction how-to’s, Writing Magic, Creating Stories that Fly, and Writer to Writer, From Think to Ink. Her latest is Stolen Magic, the second in the mystery series that began with A Tale of Two Castles, about detective dragon Meenore and its assistant Elodie. Gail, her husband David, and their Airedale Reggie live in a 1790 farmhouse in Brewster, New York. Read more about her at gailcarsonlevine.com.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Slice of Life: Writing the Personal Essay – Karen Orloff

karenorloffKaren Kaufman Orloff has written nine books for children including the popular “I Wanna” Books, including I Wanna Iguana, I Wanna New Room, and I Wanna Go Home (G.P. Putnam), as well as If Mom Had Three Arms, Talk, Oscar Please, Miles of Smiles (Sterling), and three “Nightlight Detective” orloffbookbooks from Peter Pauper Press. Her tenth children’s book, Goodnight Little Bot (Sterling), will be out in 2017. Orloff also writes a column for The Poughkeepsie Journal. Visit her website www.karenkaufmanorloff.com.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m., In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in NY’s Hudson River Valley 1735‐1831 – Ashley Hurlburt‐Biagini
AshleyAshley Hurlburt-Biagini is the former Manager of Collections and Archives at Historic Huguenot Street, where among her varied duties she led student field schools in archaeology. She has curated various exhibits, Runaway Slave cover [8-2-16].inddincluding Slavery in New York, Native American History in the Hudson Valley, Nineteenth Century Women and their Needle Arts, and Nineteenth Century Mourning Customs. Ashley grew up on a dairy farm in Cuba, New York. She is an avid gardener, grows and sells garlic, teaches home food preservation classes, web designer and currently lives in Salisbury Mills, New York with her husband Tony and daughters Amelia and Lenore.
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Teen Readers & Teen Writers – Timothy Tocher, Tara  Altebrando, Maria Andreu, Meg Kearney

timtocherTimothy Tocher
is the author of four sports themed novels for middle grade students. Chief Sunrise, John McGraw, and Me (Cricket Books, 2004) was named a Best Book for Young Adults tocherbookby the American Library Association. The sequel, Bill Pennant, Babe Ruth, and Me (Cricket Books, 2009) received a starred review from Kirkus. His latest book,Odd Ball: Hilarious, Unusual, and Bizarre Baseball Moments (Marshall Cavendish, 2011) is his first work of non-fiction. Tocher lives in the Hudson Valley. Read more about him at http://sites.google.com/site/tochertales.
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Tara Altebrando is the author of numerous novels for children and teens, including The Leaving, The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life and Dreamland Social Club. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Queens, NY.

Marie AndreuMaria E. Andreu is a writer and speaker whose work has Secret Sideappeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, NJ.com, and the Newark Star Ledger. Her debut young adult novel, The Secret Side of Empty, is a Junior Library Guild Selection, a National Indie Excellence Book Award winner, an International Latino Book Awards Finalist and has been called “captivating” by School Library Journal. Her website is http://mariaeandreu.com/.

kearney_bygparkerMeg Kearney is the author of two books of poems for adults, An Unkindness of Ravens and Home By Now, winner of the 2010 PEN New England L.L. Winship Award, as well as three connected novels in when_you_never_said_goodbyeverse for teens: The Secret of Me, The Girl in the Mirror, and When You Never Said Goodbye. Meg’s award-winning picture book, Trouper, is illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Her poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Writer’s Almanac” and U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column. She lives in New Hampshire and directs the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College in Massachusetts. Her website is http://www.megkearney.com/.
 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Butter: A Rich History – Elaine Khosrova

Elaine KhosrovaElaine Khosrova specializes in food history and gastronomic culture. A former pastry chef and fellowship student at the Culinary Institute of America, Elaine holds a BS in food and nutrition. She began her career in food publishing as a test kitchen editor at Country Living magazine, followed by staff positions at Healthy Living, Classic American Home, and Santé Magazine. In 2007, she received a Gold Folio journalism award, and in 2008 she became the founding editor of culture, a national consumer magazine about specialty cheese that continues to serve cheese enthusiasts. She’s contributed to numerous national food and lifestyle Khosrova_Butter_HC_jkt_HRpublications, as well as the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Cheese. After many excursions into the world of dairy for the sake of cheese lit, Khosrova left culture magazine in 2013 to begin research on her book about butter–the first and only publication (thus far) to chronicle the life and times of this beloved fat. Her butter chase took Elaine throughout the United States and to France, Ireland, India, Bhutan, and Canada. She’s never been the same. An avid cook, baker, traveler, camper, cyclist, and musician, Khosrova lives with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Spies, Thieves, Murder and Mayhem – T.J. O’Connor, Kevin Egan, Terrence  McCauley, Louis Romano

tj-oconnor-225T.J. O’Connor is the 2015 Gold Medal winner of the Independent Publishers Book Awards for Mysteries and the author of New Sins for Old Scores, Dying to Know (Midnight Ink), Dying for the Past dying-to-tell-200(Midnight Ink), and Dying to Tell (Midnight Ink). Tj is an international security consultant specializing in anti-terrorism, investigations, and threat analysis. He has lived and worked around the world in places like Greece, Turkey, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and throughout the Americas—among others. Visit his website at http://tjoconnor.com.

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Photo: Stephen E. Morton

Kevin Egan is the author of eight novels, including the recently published legal thriller, A Shattered Circle. He works in the iconic ShatteredCircleNew York County Courthouse, which serves as the setting and inspiration for much of his recent fiction. One of the courthouse novels, Midnight, was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013. His short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Rosebud, and The Westchester Review. He graduated with a B.A. in English from Cornell University.

Terrance McCauleyTerrence McCauley is an award-winning writer. In 2016, his Murder of Crowsshort story El Cambalache was nominated for the International Thriller Writers’ Best Short Story Award. The third novel in his acclaimed University Series – A CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS will be published by Polis Books in September 2017. Visit his website at http://www.terrencemccauley.com

Louis RomanoLouis Romano hit the literary scene in 2010. BESA, the Justifiedsecond book of his three-book mob series, earned film rights, which will begin in 2017. Its five-time award-winning screenplay has received accolades over thousands of screenplays. Romano sits on the board of Road-to-Recovery and the Trafficking in America Task Force. He also enjoys golf, spends time with his grandsons and hangs out with his dog, Rocco. Visit his website at http://vecchiapublishing.com/vecchia_publishing_004.htm.

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Talking Tough Subjects with Suzanne LaFleur and Caron Levis
  Suzanne LaFleur NYCSuzanne LaFleur is the author of four books for middle-grade readers. She lives in New York City, where she works Beautiful Blue Worldwith children. Beautiful Blue World (Wendy Lamb Books) is a touch and suspenseful novel that offers a brilliant re-imagining of war, where even kindness can be a weapon, and children have the power to see what adults cannot. Among Suzanne’s other titles are Listening for Lucca (Wendy Lamb Books) and Eight Keys (Wendy Lamb Books).  Visit her website at www.suzannelafleur.com.
Caron Levis
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Caron Levis is the author of the picture book Ida, Always (Atheneum) which the New York Times Book Review calls, “an example of children’s books at their best.” Her first picture book, Stuck with the Blooz (HMH) was selected as one of Bankstreet College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year.

Forthcoming titles include May I Have A Word? (Macmillan, 2017) and Stop That Yawn! (Atheneum, 2018). Caron also has authored short stories and is an adjunct professor and the advisor for The New School’s Writing for Children/YA MFA programIda Always. After many years as an arts educator, Caron now loves using acting and writing to teach social, emotional, and literacy skills to students of all ages through her author workshops, Act-Like-A-Writer. Visit her at www.caronlevis.com.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Emily Barton and Thomas Israel Hopkins, In Conversation

Emily BartonEmily Barton’s first novel, The Testament of Yves Gundron (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000), was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Month, and Book of Estherreceived the Bard Fiction Prize. Her new novel, The Book of Esther, was published in June 2016 by Tim Duggan Books. Emily served as Lecturer in English at Yale, where she taught fiction writing to undergraduates, and recently served for two years as the Elizabeth Drew Professor at Smith College. She lives in Kingston, NY, with her husband, fictioneer/experimental memoirist/editor/web guy Thomas Israel Hopkins, and their sons. Visit her website at www.emilybarton.com.

Thomas IsraelThomas Israel Hopkins‘ short fiction has been published in The Massachusetts Review, Fence, Cincinnati Review, Indiana Review, One Story, among other publications. He also has also written for Bookforum, the Los Angeles Times, Tablet, and Poets & Writers, and has taught writing at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University’s graduate creative writing program,  the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Smith College, and Yale University. Among other honors, Thomas as been a finalist for the Calvino Prize,  was runner-up in the 2012 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, and has held residencies at the Albee Foundation and the Ucross Foundation. See him on the web at http://tomhop.com.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Nightmare From World’s End: Fact vs Fiction – Robert J. Stava

Robert StavaRobert J. Stava is a horror author living in the Hudson Valley, apparently not far from the fictional village where so many of Nightmarehis tales are set. His stories have also appeared in various anthologies and magazines in the past few years and he is currently writing a second novel for Australia’s ‘Severed Press’, due out this year. He also has a novella due out from Sinister Grin Press this year. His first book, a military non-fiction based on his great uncle’s experiences as a combat photographer in WWII, was published by Schiffer in 2007. See him online at http://www.wyvernfalls.com/newyork/.

Barbara-BonnerBarbara Bonner, who originally was an art historian,  held leadership positions in three New York City museums. She then became vice president of Bennington College and later Inspiring-Courage_Cover_flatof Kripalu. She has served in leadership roles on ten nonprofit boards and is a consultant to nonprofit organizations. Bonner is the author of  Inspiring Generosity (2013) and Inspiring Courage (2017). She lives in a converted barn in Housatonic, MA. Visit her on the web at  www.barbarabonner.org, https://inspiringgenerosity.net,     https://inspiringcourage.org.

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