Lisa Scottoline, #1 Bestselling Author of more than 30 novels, returns to the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts as a featured guest during BookFest, which will be held virtually for the first time.
Scottoline, who participated in the inaugural BookFest in 2009, will be joined by her daughter, Francesca Serritella, herself an award-winning author and columnist, for a one-of-a-kind closing event.
Delivered all online this year, BookFest 2020 will take place over three days instead of one. All events will be held virtually via Schlow Library Zoom spaces, and registration is required for each event.
Closing out BookFest will be a special discussion featuring Scottoline and Serritella moderated by Katie O’Toole, lecturer in the Penn State Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. Mother and daughter will discuss their latest works, writing and relationships on Friday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Scottoline is a #1 bestselling author, lawyer and self-admitted pet wrangler. Her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went, published in 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers, became a bestseller and was nominated for the Edgar Award, the most prestigious award given in crime fiction, awarded by the Mystery Writers of America. She has written 32 novels, landed on every major bestseller list (NYT, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and more), been published in over 35 countries, and won numerous literary awards.
A Harvard graduate and bestselling author herself, Serritella released her debut novel, Ghosts of Harvard, in May to wide acclaim. She lives in New York and is working on her next novel.
The pair also write a Sunday humor column, “Chick Wit,” for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Their stories have been collected in a New York Times bestselling series of books including the most recent, I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses.
2020 BookFest Tent Authors and Events
Traditional BookFest “tent” authors will be split up by their book’s intended audience. For example, adult and children authors will each have their own event in which they can present a virtual 5 to 7 minute book talk about themselves and recent published works. The comic authors and illustrators event will be a “drink & draw” activity, where attendees will be able to draw pre-selected character poses, ask questions, and gain insights on working in the industry.
During each event, the “tent” authors’ and illustrators’ websites and online stores will be featured—both on the website and in the chat box during the presentations—where attendees can purchase books. For those interested in a signed and/or inscribed book, we ask that they contact the author or illustrator directly via their website.
Schlow Centre Region Library would like to thank Comic Swap, Isle of Comics, Jason Lenox, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Schlow Library Foundation, Setsucon, and Usborne Books, Jersey Mikes, Best Event Rentals, and Usborne Books for their assistance in producing 2020 BookFest.
10:00 a.m. Storytime with Miss Paula
Recommended for ages 2-6, but everyone is welcome. Registration required. After you register you will be emailed the link to the Schlow Library Zoom meeting space.
2:30 p.m. Virtual Kids Art Party with Miss Paula and Miss Katie
Watch a premiere of our slideshow featuring all of the #ChalkYourWalk Weekly Pop-up Challenge submissions and then join us for a book character drawing game. Registration Required.
4:00 p.m. Children’s Author Book Talk
Listen to each of our children’s authors present a short book talk about their most recent works. The talks are moderated by Jennifer Black from Usborne Publishing. Registration required.
Cathy Breisacher spends her days surrounded by books as an elementary school librarian and STEM teacher. Previously, she was a high school guidance counselor for many years. Cathy lives in Hollidaysburg, PA, with her husband. When she is not working or writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. She also likes learning about new technology that she can incorporate into her library. Cathy is the author of three picture books including Cavekid Birthday, Chip and Curley, and The Great Potato Race.
Denise is a retired reading specialist and third grade teacher. She writes stories to stay connected to children. Denise hopes her stories will inspire children to read more and even write their own stories. She lives in Happy Valley and is a big Penn State fan.
Gayle C. Krause is a PAL member of SCBWI, a member of 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge, and a past member of the Poet’s Garage and The Historical Novel Society. She served on the Rhyming Revolution Selection Committee from 2015 to 2018. A master educator, she taught children’s literature to prospective teachers at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Ms. Krause writes fiction for young adults, middle schoolers, and young children, and poetry. Rebecca Angus of Golden Wheat Literary represents her.
Eva Pell is a Ph.D. plant biologist known internationally for her research on the effects of air pollution on vegetation. She was the senior vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School at the Pennsylvania State University. She was undersecretary for science at the Smithsonian Institution, where among other units, the National Zoo, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and the Environmental Research Center on the Chesapeake reported to her and served as her inspiration for the current middle grade series – ResQ.
Jerry Sawyer wrote and produced three full-length musicals, Arthur & Merlin, Ever yours, Vincent, and Holmes! The Musical at the Boal Barn Playhouse. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, television producer/director/editor, and former member of Penn State Public Broadcasting (1995-2010). He is a current member, and past president, of Penn State Centre Stage, State College Community Theatre producer, and producer of Happy Valley’s Got Talent (2011-2019) to benefit the Tides Program. Author of poetry, short stories, one-act plays, and the juvenile novel, The Dragon Legend of Wah, Jerry is retired and lives in State College.
4:00 p.m. Adult Authors Book Talk
Listen to our adult tent authors each present a short talk about their recent works. Registration required.
Heather Hambel Curley is a USA Today best-selling author, runner, and tattoo enthusiast from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was surprised to find that her 30s weren’t as bad as she had expected, in spite of very little sleep and a lot of responsibilities. When not writing, she spends her time trying not to get trampled by her two energetic sons and masquerading as a competent adult. She writes both paranormal and historical fiction (sometimes a mix of the two!) and blogs at her site, The Beautiful Disaster.
As a physician, J.L. Delozier draws inspiration from science that exists on the edge of reality – bizarre medical anomalies, new genetic discoveries, and anything that seems too weird to be true. The first of her four thrillers was nominated for a Best First Novel award by the International Thriller Writers organization. Her short fiction has appeared in the British crime anthology, Noirville: Tales from the Dark Side, NoirCon’s e-journal, Retreats from Oblivion, and Thriller Magazine. Her first sci-fi short story won a Roswell Award and appeared in Artemis Journal. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three cats.
Russell Frank worked at newspapers for 13 years before joining the journalism faculty at Penn State. His columns for StateCollege.com have won numerous state and national awards; a selection of them were published in book form by the Penn State University Press under the title Among the Woo People: A Survival Guide for Living in a College Town. He spent the 2019-2020 academic year in Greece at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as a Fulbright Scholar.
John Gastil is a professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University. Gastil’s nonfiction explores ways to improve group decision-making democratic political systems, and his fiction explores the foibles of human behavior, from small groups to whole societies. His most recent nonfiction books are Hope for Democracy (Oxford, 2020) and Legislature by Lot: Transformative Designs for Deliberative Governance (Verso, 2019). His debut novels include political science fiction (Gray Matters) and a loving satire of fantasy role-playing groups (Dungeon Party), both published by UK imprint Cosmic Egg.
Tall Pennsylvania boy. Owns a giant rabbit named Goblin. I was a SoundCloud rapper in a previous life. Fluoxetine HCL 40 Mg every morning. Risperidone 1 Mg every night. Author and webmaster for oddfiction.com and its many social media outlets.
8:00 p.m. Drink & Draw with Joe Figurehead/Isle of Comics with Maria
Settle in for an hour of drawing, creativity, and camaraderie with Pennsylvania comic book artists Kara Ballenger, Robert Hack, Jason Lenox, areyoshi, and Chris Ring. With experience working for large companies and on their own projects, these creators will be on hand to answer questions. Pick their brains on topics such as Kickstarters, commissions, and more. Grab your favorite beverage, sketchbook, and pencils. No fancy tools required! With special guest host, Joe Figured, from Isle of Comics. Registration is required.
As an illustrator and comic artist, areyoshi is always looking for an excuse to draw both cats and comics. They have self-published eight comics and early reader books, a handful of which focus on the indomitable Persian cat, Albus the Plague.
I created the first character in seventh grade to battle my interior struggles. Once I fleshed her out, I realized that I wanted more people to enjoy her. So I decided to add a variety of tales to her original story, which is where Mads entered. Mads is my co-author, who taught me about world mythologies, and together we turned what began as a singular character into a full-fledged graphic novel series.
Robert Hack is a local, Pennsylvania artist, comic book/sketchcard illustrator and eloquent hillbilly. Artist for Archie Comics’ CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA. His credits also include cover artist for IDW’s Doctor Who, and X-Files comics.
Jason Lenox is an illustrator who specializes in penciling, India ink rendering, and sequential artwork. His latest project is the epic, sci-fi/fantasy/adventure comic Lords of the Cosmos. The third issue will be released in Spring 2020 under the UGLI Studios imprint. Recently Jason’s work was included in Howl Studio’s 2019 The Devils Reign Book IV – All Of Them Witches. Jason’s artwork was also featured in Virgil Abloh’s Milan-based clothing company, Off-White, spring/summer 2019 collection, and Abloh’s 2019 album Turbo 202.
Chris is known for his creator-owned comic, Carbon Knight, along with his work on PMK’s books The Perfect Victim, Nevermore, a collection of Edgar Allan Poe stories, and the James Bond literary dossier, The Other Woman pin-up book and cd. Outside of comics, Chris has a long career as a graphic artist and commercial illustrator.
7:00 p.m. Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
Bestselling authors Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella chat with Katie O’Toole, lecturer in the Penn State Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. They will discuss their latest works, writing and relationships. Don’t miss it!