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Reader Meet Writer: Children’s Edition

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Constance LombardoSIBA's Reader Meet Writer Author Series branches out into children’s programming in October with two author-illustrator hosts, Constance Lombardo and Vanessa Brantley-Newton. They will rotate duties and bring up the energy for kids and adult viewers. Constance is the author/illustrator of the middle grade Mr. Puffball series (HarperCollins) and the picture book Everybody Says Meow (HarperCollins). She currently lives in Asheville, NC with G. G. the cat and Louie the old beagle.  Vanessa is the author of 5 children's books and has illustrated over 50. Diversity is at the core of her work as she longs for all children to see themselves beautifully illustrated in picture books. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and daughter and has a cat named Stripes. 

Vanessa Brantley-NewtonWe are so excited to bring you this programming! Please email if you’d like to join the circle of participating Reader Meet Writer indie bookstores, or to book your authors into our programming.

Saturday, Oct 10th 11:00am - 12:00pm EST: Out! How to be Your Authentic Self with Miles McKenna in conversation with Emily Hampshire of Schitt’s Creek (!!!). This is the ONLY event Miles McKenna is presenting in this way for booksellers. Activist Miles McKenna came out on his YouTube channel in 2017, documenting his transition to help other teens navigate their identities and take charge of their own coming-out stories. From that wisdom comes Out!, the ultimate coming-out survival guide. Viewers at this event will find validation, inspiration, and support for their questions big and small—whether exploring identity or seeking to understand the experience of an awesome queer person in their lives.

Sat Oct 24th 11:00am - 12:00pm EST: A Chapter Book experience with Jonathan Auxier, Willa the Wisp, Kristen Miller, Every Thing You Need to Know When You Are 8, and Beth Ferry, Fox & Rabbit Make Believe. A trio of celebrated authors who will discuss their works, reading favorite parts for young folks in the audience, and taking questions from the hosts and our audience. Double treat as Constance and Vanessa co-host!

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