2019 BookFest

Since its founding in 2009, BookFest has been an important community event that celebrates something many of us take for granted – the book!

BookFest has something for casual readers as well as diehard fans of genre fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, comics, graphic novels, children’s fiction, and more on Saturday, July 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the BookFest tent in the parking lot of Schlow Centre Region Library.

Meet over 20 authors and artists who work for large publishing houses, as well as independents who design their own path. Comics, webcomics, novels, and graphic novels are all represented.

Caricature artist Seth Young will be on hand, as wells as representatives from Penn State Press and Isle of Comics.

Poetry fans will not want to miss the presentation by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book of the annual Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. This will take place in the library’s Downsbrough Community Room on Saturday July 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Established in 1993, the winner of the award is selected by a panel of authors, librarians, teachers, and scholars.

The winner of this year’s award is Andrea Davis Pinkney, for her work Martin Rising: Requiem for a King (Scholastic Press).

“Martin Rising: Requiem for a King offers a fresh voice that features not only his accomplishments, but also reveals his humanity. Each poem could stand alone but when read as a collection the significance and power of this volume is stunning…”–2019 Jury for Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award.

BookFest thanks its partners Comic Swap, Jason Lenox, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Schlow Library Foundation, Setsucon, and Usborne Books.

2019 BookFest Authors

Simons Acquah
areyoshi
Marlo Berliner
Cathy Breisacher
Brynn Chapman
Judy Ann Davis
J. L. Delozier
Denise Kaminsky
Gayle C. Krause
Nikkie Krewson
K. B. Laugheed
Jason Lenox
Shawn McLain
Jodi Moore
Karen Myers
Will O’Shire
Chris Ring
Jud Widing
Simons Acquah

Simons Acquah presents multicultural twist stories to help parents and teachers start conversations about love, friendship, trust, and self-esteem. He published his first book from The Tortoise Adventure Series in May 2018. Originally from Ghana and living in Maryland, Simons is a proud father of three and one of the few fortunate men to find true love in his wife Kate.

Visit his website for more information.

areyoshi

As a graphic illustrator and sequential artist, areyoshi has been drawing comics since high school, and has self-published several series, such as Optical Disarray and Third Kingdom. After moving to Pittsburgh, PA, areyoshi has spent a lot more time crying about traffic.

Visit areyoshi’s website for more information.

Marlo Berliner

Marlo Berliner is the author of the multi-award-winning, Amazon #1 bestselling young adult series, The Ghost Chronicles. Marlo writes young adult, women’s fiction, and short stories. She is also an Associate Agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in NY.

Visit her website for more information.

Cathy Breisacher

Cathy Breisacher spends her days surrounded by books working as an elementary school librarian. Her passion is to write fun, silly, humorous picture books that will put a smile on kids’ faces. Cathy has three books published: Cavekid Birthday, Chip and Curly, and The Great Potato Race. She lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband.

Visit her website for more information.

Brynn Chapman

Brynn Chapman’s writing reflects her passions: science, history and love–not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Author of Boneseeker, and other novels, Brynn’s writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters.

Visit her website for more information.

Judy Ann Davis

Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications and has written for industry and education. Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines, and anthologies, and have received numerous awards. Her books include Red Fox Woman; Under Starry Skies; Key to Love; Up on the Roof and Other Stories; Sweet Kiss; Four White Roses.

Visit her website for more information.

J. L. Delozier

J.L. Delozier has practiced medicine for 25 years, spending much of her career as a federal servant. Her first thriller, Type & Cross, was nominated for a “Best First Novel” award by the International Thriller Writers organization. A prequel, Storm Shelter, was released in June, 2017 with the final book of the series, Blood Type X (coming soon). Her short fiction has appeared in the British crime anthology, Noirville: Tales from the Dark Side and in NoirCon’s official e-zine, Retreats from Oblivion.

Visit her website for more information.

 

Denise Kaminsky

Denise has an undergraduate degree from Penn State and earned a graduate degree from the State University of New York. She worked as a reading specialist and third grade teacher. She is the author of several children’s books starring the Nittany Lion, including Nittany Lion: Has the Hiccups; Gets a Big Surprise; Tells the Legend of Princess Nit-A-Nee and others.

Denise lives in Happy Valley with her husband John. They are big Penn State fans.

Visit her website for more information.

Gayle C. Krause

Gayle C. Krause writes picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels. She’s an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a past member of the Historical Novel Society and Poets’ Garage. Her work has been nominated for The Boston Globe/Horn Book and the International Reading Association Award. A Master educator, Gayle has taught children’s literature at the secondary and post-secondary levels to prospective teachers. Her titles include Twice Betrayed and Rock Star Santa.

Visit her website for more information. 

Nikkie Krewson

Nickie Krewson grew up in Bucks County, PA. She currently resides in Happy Valley, where the surrounding forests continue to inspire her to imagine what magic may lie unseen yet felt by those who enter the realm of Nature.

The Poet is the first book in “The Forest of Fontainebleau” series.

Visit her website for more information. 

K. B. Laugheed

K.B. Laugheed received an MA in English from University of Dayton, with a concentration in Native American literature. She taught writing at Ivy Tech and worked as a writer/editor at a small-town newspaper. Her novels include The Spirit Keeper and its sequel, The Gift of the Seer. Laugheed is an organic gardener, a master naturalist, and an ardent spokesperson for planet Earth. She belongs to far too many cats.

Visit her website for more information. 

Jason Lenox

Jason Lenox is an illustrator whose current project is the epic sci-fi/fantasy adventure comic Lords of the Cosmos, under the UGLI Studios imprint. Jason’s art has appeared in Dark Horse Comic’s King Conan as well as several independent comics. His art is also featured in the role-playing game modules The Hanging Coffins of the Vampire Queen, The Bleeding Hollow, and Beyond the Pit 2.

Visit his website for more information. 

Shawn McLain

Shawn McLain wrote for his own entertainment for many years. Finally, summoning the courage to publish his first book, Respect the Dead, he found others who also thought his work to be entertaining and interesting. A zombie and horror aficionado, with three more books written, Shawn looks forward to sharing his work with as many people as possible.

Visit his website for more information.

Jodi Moore

Jodi Moore is author of the award winning When a Dragon Moves In, When a Dragon Moves In Again, and Good News Nelson. She writes picture books and young adult novels, hoping to challenge and inspire her readers by opening new worlds and encouraging unique ways of thinking.

Jodi is the proud, (admittedly) neurotic mother of two talented young adults and never ceases to be amazed at how far the umbilical cord will stretch. She lives in Boalsburg with her husband, Larry, their dove “Bake”, and an ever-changing bunch of characters in her head.

Visit her website for more information. 

Karen Myers

Karen Myers is a fantasy and science fiction author, best known for her heroic fantasy novels. After a degree in Comparative Mythology from Yale University and a career as an industry pioneer building software companies, she has devoted herself to writing speculative fiction. Karen lives with her husband, dogs and cats in an old log cabin in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, surrounded by wildlife.

Visit her website for more information. 

Will O’Shire

Will creates action-packed urban fantasy stories, weaving myth and legend into his worlds. His current series, The Fae Awakening, follows Hunter and several Fae creatures as they fight unicorns, leprechauns, and themselves. Will is working on A Fae a Day, a podcast teaching listeners about Fae creatures.

Visit his website for more information.

Chris Ring

Chris is known for his creator owned comic, CarbonKnight 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 & CD. Outside of comics, Chris has also had a long career as graphic artist & commercial illustrator.

Visit his website for more information.

Jud Widing

Jud Widing is an itinerant book person. He has published four novels and one short story collection. In addition to being a regular contributor to Everything Is Noise, his shorter fiction has appeared in publications such as Star 82 Review, Suspense Magazine, Storgy, The Offbeat, and Medusa’s Laugh Press (Forthcoming).

Visit his website for more information.

BookFest Activities and Vendors

Caricatures
Setsucon Costume Contest
Vendors
Caricatures

Local artist Seth Young will be on hand on July 13 to draw your likeness and capture your personality on paper. Prices will vary.

Where: Schlow Library Parking lot
When: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Setsucon Costume Contest

Compete with other comic and pop culture fans for prizes!
Schlow Centre Region Library Parking Lot
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Visit the BookFest Facebook page for the complete contest rules.

Entrants must register from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Setsucon Costume Contest Check-In table in the Bookfest tent.

Use common sense: Please keep all costumes family friendly, wear shoes, etc.

Your costume must be seasonally appropriate: We don’t want anyone to get heat stroke! We will be outside in 80 degree weather, with only the tent for shade. Jon Snow didn’t wear his furs south of Winterfell, perhaps neither should you.

It’s a fairly big tent, but the space has to be shared by lots of people– having a 10 ft wingspan won’t fly. Please keep in mind how much space your cosplay takes up, and how easily it is to move around while wearing it, and adjust accordingly. Face masks must be removable.

All props and weapons must be checked and approved at the check-in desk.

Absolutely NO real, projectile or realistic weapons will be permitted.

Acceptable props can be made of wood, plastic, foam, or similar material. Props cannot be over 7ft tall, more than 5ft wide, or weigh over 50 lbs. No live steel, metal, guns, chemicals or explosives will be permitted. Props must not have any sharp edges or chains longer than 18 in.

Any acceptable prop weapons will be checked. Carrying weapons through the Arts Festival is prohibited.

Entrants must remain in the tent, so that everyone can see your costume!

Judges will announce the winners at 3:00 pm for the following categories:
-Best Overall/Handmade
– Most Accurate
– Best Duo
– Best Kids
– Best Anime/Comic
– Best TV/Movie/Book

Winners of each category will receive a free badge to attend Setsucon 2020 on January 25-26, 2020 at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona, PA

Vendors

Isle of Comics
A Collector’s Paradise!
Isle of Comics carries a wide selection of comics, comic collecting supplies, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, toys, and other collectibles. The shop is located in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Visit its website to learn more.

Penn State Press
Local Penn State favorites and graphic novels on poignant topics! Penn State Press publishes a variety of scholarly books and journals.

Visit its website to learn more.

Usborne Books
Visitors can purchase childrens’ books and support Schlow Library at the same time! Purchases will help the Library earn books to use for its collection.

Visit its website to learn more.

Buy a Button!

For just $10, you get access to select indoor performances. Proudly wear your support of the Festival!

Visit the Festival Store!

Get a Festival poster and buy Festival buttons, t-shirts and other merchandise at the corner of College and Allen – or visit our online store.

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