Children's and Young Adult Authors and Presenters: Nevada Reading Week Conference, 2018
Bruce Hale, Song-And-Dance-Man is the author of picture books, novels, and graphic novels. Bruce’s books include the Chet Gecko Mysteries, School for S.P.I.E.S, and Clark the Shark, among others. He’s a musician, a storyteller, and a performer — stage, television, and film.
Bill Harley is a singer, storyteller, author, playwright, educator, performing artist, and a two-time Grammy award-winning artist. His songs and stories , from “50 Ways to Fool your Mother,” “Dad Threw the TV Out the Window,” to “The Ballad of Dirty Joe” span the range of generations. His six Charlie Bumpers books feature a fourth-grader who seems to slide into trouble, only to find the strength to solve his problems with humor and insight.
Larry Dane Brimner has written over 200 books… fiction and nonfiction… featuring characters like Country Bear, Lightning Liz, and Old Armadillo; and real-life characters like Bayard Rustin, advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr. or The Rain Wizard, Charles Mallory Hatfield. His newest book is Puppy & Bear, The First Day of School.
Kelly Bennett’s love of writing can be traced back to 1960, when she used her mother’s black mascara and lipstick to write on the neighbor’s car. She has been telling stories and writing ever since. A native Californian, she was born in Santa Cruz, attended Fullerton College; California State University, Fullerton; and San Jose State, and is a graduate of the Vermont College Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. At the moment, her passion is creating picture books, including Not Norman, A Goldfish Story, inspired by her own goldfish; One Day I Went Rambling, Your Mommy Was Just Like You and Your Daddy Was Just Like You. Her newest book is Vampire Baby.
Author/illustrator/storyteller/recovering teacher/poet, Linda Boyden has writien six and illustrated three picture books, The Blue Roses (2002), Powwow’s Coming (2007), Giveaways: an ABC of Loanwords from the Americas (2010), Roxy Reindeer (a Christmas book) and Boy and Poi Poi Puppy and a sequel, Boy and Poi Poi Puppy in Doggone! She loves doing school/library visits and belongs to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, and Writers Forum of Redding CA.
Carolyn Dufurrena is an award-winning poet, educator and journalist who works with groups of children and teachers to bring forth the writer within. She has twenty-five years of teaching experience spanning grades K-8, much of this in multigrade remote rural classrooms. She served for several years as elementary school principal for four rural schools in Humboldt County and retired in 2013 from HCSD as District Coordinator for Instructional Consultation Teams. She has written for two decades about people and issues of the American West for several magazines including RANGE, and served as Outside Editor for C.J. Hadley’s Brushstrokes and Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West. She regularly performs at Elko’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, working with school groups as part of that event. She is the author of the award-winning Fifty Miles from Home: Riding the Long Circle on a Nevada Family Ranch, now in its fourth printing, and co-authored Sharing Fencelines: Three Friends Write from Nevada’s Sagebrush Corner. Her newest book is Quiet, Except for the Wind. She is the editor of a local bimonthly magazine, Community Living, serving Northern Nevada rural communities and is a member of the Nevada Humanities Board of Trustees.
Terri Fields writes picture books, middle grade books, and YA novels. Burro’s Tortillas was named a Southwest Book of the Year. Danger in the Desert and Missing in the Mountains are thrillers for middle-grade students. Her most sensitive and realistic portrayal of a school community rocked by suicide is After the Death of Anna Gonzales.
Susan Matley writes sci-fantasy and western historical fiction. Writing as S.D. Matley, she has recently released Big-G City, a sequel to the novella Small-g City, both from Wolfsinger Publications. She’s a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Pacific Northwest Writers Association. In 2011, she was a finalist for the Western Writers of America “Best Song” Spur Award. Her newest novel-in-progress is The Luck of Lily Adams, a middle-grade novel set in 1971.
Jennifer Nails, author and librarian, is 100% Italian. Her dad was a football coach, and Sunday mornings growing up, she’d wake to the NFL theme song and the smell of tomato sauce. Later, after watching her dad knead that giant blob of dough and then shape it into whatever pasta he’d decided on, the family would sit down to gnocchi or spaghetti or ravioli or lasagna. Fresh pasta, marinara sauce, her mom’s meatballs, parmesan cheese , and garlic bread. No wonder her novel, One Hundred Spaghetti Strings, is all about food! Jen is an author and a school librarian in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Heather Petty has been obsessed with mysteries since she was twelve, which is when she decided that stories about murders in London drawing rooms and English seaside villages were far more interesting than all other stories. She is the author of the Lock & Mori series, a Sherlock Holmes origin story told from the perspective of a sixteen-year-old, female Moriarty. She lives in Reno, Nevada, with her husband, daughter, and three hopelessly devious cats.
Elizabeth Rusch is an author, editor, writing teacher and speaker. The subjects of her many nonfiction books include astronomy, volcanology, art, music, history, nature, waves, mud —- and even crayons. In addition to her books, she’s published over 100 articles in national magazines for adults and children.
With plots involving twins, cheerleaders, ghosts, psychics and clones, Linda Joy Singleton has published over 25 middle-grade and young adult books, along with several e-books. When she’s not writing, she enjoys life in the country with a barnyard of animals including horses, cats, and dogs. She collects vintage books — Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Judy Bolton. When Linda was asked why she’d rather write for kids than adults, she said “I love seeing the world through the heart of a child, where magic is real and every day begins a new adventure. I hope to inspire them to reach for their dreams. Writing for kids is a gift, a responsibility, and an honor.”
Jacci’s middle grade and young adult fiction books include Bending Willow, chosen to represent Nevada at the National Book Festival, and sequels Stretching Willow and Finding Willow. Jacci loves chocolate, babies, and coffee with friends. She’s worn many hats during her lifetime, but her favorite hats are her writer and grandmother hats, which come in wild colors and don’t fit too tightly!
Suzanne Morgan Williams is author of 12 published books for children and young adults. She was a teacher and is a frequent presenter at schools, libraries, festivals, and conferences. As Regional Advisor for Nevada SCBWI she organized dozens of author events and had the opportunity to hear dozens of authors and illustrors present. She has worked with Nevada Hispanic Services, Nevada International Center, Pyramid Lake Paiute Band, veterans advocates, Nevada Arts Council and more community groups to encourage literacy and diversity of books and readership in communities. She believes if a project expands kids’ horizons, there’s a way to get it done.
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