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Read, create and discover this summer by meeting and connecting with authors at your library! Refreshments will be provided and lucky winners will also be receiving a free copy of the author’s book. Come out and enjoy the fun!

¡Refréscate este verano conociendo y conectándote con autores en tu biblioteca! Los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de recibir un libro gratuito. También se proporcionarán refrigerios.


Upcoming Summer Author Events


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July 23, 2019 1:00PM to 2:00PM

Join speculative fiction writer Henry Lien as he discusses his novel, Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword at the Memorial and Sun Valley Branch Libraries. He is a Nebula Award nominee and has studied under luminaries such as George R.R. Martin, Chuck Palahniuk and Kelly Link. Prior to his career as a writer, Henry worked as an attorney, fine art dealer and college instructor.


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July 24, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Come take a ride with Carter Higgins as she presents Bikes for Sale at the Sherman Oaks Branch Library! Carter is an award-winning visual effects and motion graphics artist, and received an Emmy for her work on the film, Big History (2013). Prior to her career as an artist and author, she worked as an elementary school librarian.

 

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July 24, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Join speculative fiction writer Henry Lien as he discusses his novel, Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword at the Memorial and Sun Valley Branch Libraries. He is a Nebula Award nominee and has studied under luminaries such as George R.R. Martin, Chuck Palahniuk, and Kelly Link. Prior to his career as a writer, Henry worked as an attorney, fine art dealer, and college instructor.


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July 25, 2019 12:30PM

Please welcome author-illustrator LeUyen Pham as she shares her picture book The Itchy Book, a part of her Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series.

LeUyen has illustrated more than 50 books in various formats, and her work has received honors such as the Bronze Medal from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles. Prior to her time as an illustrator, LeUyen worked at Dreamworks Pictures as a layout artist. 


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July 25, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Find out what home really means as author Marie Miranda Cruz presents her debut novel, Everlasting Nora at the Mark Twain and Mid-Valley Regional Branch Libraries. A military brat, Marie moved between the U.S. and the Cavite City in the Philippines during her childhood, eventually completing her formal education in the Philippines. She and her family, including a tank of fighting fish, reside in Los Angeles.


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July 25, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Please help us welcome Andrea Loney to the Edendale Branch Library as she presents her book Bunnybear. After joining The Big Apple Circus,  Andrea did something really crazy and went to Hollywood, where she worked for studios such as Disney. She resides in Southern California with her husband, her kitten Sophie Grace, and her betta fish Max Parfish and Betta Stark DireFish of the North.

 

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July 29, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Join artist Rilla Alexander as she shares the buzz on her books, Swarm of Bees and A Bear Sat on my Porch, at the Arroyo Seco and Studio City Branch Libraries. Rilla is an internationally-acclaimed designer and illustrator, having worked with brands such as Puma, Volkswagen, and Nokia. Her designs can be seen everywhere, from the Museo del Prado to an Australian family dentist practice.


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July 30, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Join us as illustrator Joe Cepeda presents his book, ¡Vámonos! = Let’s Go! at the Felipe de Neve, Jefferson and R.L. Stevenson Branch Libraries. Not only has Joe illustrated for over thirty children’s books, he also continues to create images for various publications. Joe is a speaker at schools and conferences, and is happy to discuss his experience and advocate for the arts. He is a proud Angeleno and the President of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.

 

Author Amy Spalding
July 30, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Meet writer Amy Spalding as she discusses her hit Young Adult novel, The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) at the Woodland Hills Branch Library. Amy is the author of five Young Adult novels, and her work has been listed in Kirkus Reviews, Entertainment Weekly, and Cosmopolitan. She is a manager at an indie film advertising agency, and enjoys performing, writing and petting all the cats.


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July 31, 2019 10:30AM to 11:30AM

Cat lovers, artists, and francophiles unite!

Join Susan Bernardo and Courtney Fletcher at the Little Tokyo Library as they show us their picture book, The Artist who Loved Cats. After meeting in a Mommy and Me class for their children, the duo have gone on to write and illustrate four picture books together, including one that was sent to space!

Susan is a former Art Director in advertising and in her spare time enjoys road trips, museums, and jazz. Courtney holds credentials from UCLA, Yale and Pepperdine; she also raises chickens and hangs out with her rescue terrier when she’s not writing.

 

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July 31, 2019 2:00PM to 3:00PM

Join writer Jennifer Torres at the Vermont Square Branch Library as she shows us her book, Finding the Music/En pos de la música. Jennifer was first published at age 17, and has been unstoppable ever since. She has written three novels, including one that has been translated into both Spanish and Korean. After studying journalism at Northwestern University, Jennifer returned to her native California to work as a reporter, and still loves writing for magazines from time to time.


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July 31, 2019 3:30PM to 4:30PM

Join us as illustrator Joe Cepeda presents his book, ¡Vámonos! = Let’s Go! at the Felipe de Neve, Jefferson and R.L. Stevenson Branch Libraries.

Not only has Joe illustrated for over thirty children’s books, he also continues to create images for various publications. Joe is a speaker at schools and conferences and is happy to discuss his experience and advocate for the arts.

He is a proud Angeleno and the President of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.

 

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July 31, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Come and meet writer, cartoonist, and illustrator Jen Wang  at the Ben Franklin Branch Library as she discusses her latest novel, The Prince and the Dressmaker. Amy is the author of three novels, and she has appeared at numerous comic conventions to promote her work. She is L.A.-based, and the co-founder of Comic Arts L.A.

 

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July 31, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Spot the sneaky fox with writer and artist Nilah Magruder at the Northridge Branch Library as she reads from her award-winning picture book, How to Find a Fox! Nilah has worked as a writer and storyboard artist for Dreamworks, Disney, and other major studios, and has contributed to publications such as Fireside Magazine and Marvel Comics. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, roller-skating, and sparring with her cat over chairs.


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August 1, 2019 3:30PM to 4:30PM

Come listen to SanTanas Fairy Tales, an oral history project by writer, community educator, and activist Sarah Rafael Garcia at the Ascot Branch Library. Sarah has been honored as an Emerging Artist by the Annual Orange County Arts Awards, and has participated in prestigious workshops such as the Macondo Writer’s Workshop, the Artist-in-Residence initiative at Grand Central Art Center, and The Guesthouse in Cork, Ireland.  She is active in her local community, having founded Barrio Writers, LibroMobile, and Crear Studio in Santa Ana, CA.

 

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August 1, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Brandy Colbert as she discusses her novel, Finding Yvonne at the Atwater Village and the Washington Irving Branch Libraries! Brandy’s work has been recognized by the ALA, Kirkus Reviews, Vulture, Buzzfeed, Seventeen Magazine, and numerous other organizations and publications. Originally hailing from Springfield, Missouri, she resides in Los Angeles and is a faculty member at Hamline University’s MFA program in writing for children.

 

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August 1, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Join author and illustrator Brian Won at the Lincoln Heights Branch Library as he presents Hooray for Hat. He is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design, and has received awards such as the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators, and the Crystal Kite from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  A jack-of-all-trades, Brian previously worked as a shoe salesman, busboy, art director, and library shelver.


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August 3, 2019 2:00PM to 3:00PM

Come take a ride with Carter Higgins as she presents Bikes for Sale in the Children's Literature Department! Carter is an award-winning visual effects and motion graphics artist, and received an Emmy for her work on the film, Big History (2013). Prior to her career as an artist and author, she worked as an elementary school librarian.

 

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August 5, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Brandy Colbert as she discusses her novel, Finding Yvonne at the Atwater Village and the Washington Irving Branch Libraries! Brandy’s work has been recognized by the ALA, Kirkus Reviews, Vulture, Buzzfeed, Seventeen Magazine, and numerous other organizations and publications. Originally hailing from Springfield, Missouri, she resides in Los Angeles and is a faculty member at Hamline University’s MFA program in writing for children.

 

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August 6, 2019 2:00PM to 3:00PM

Please join us at the Mar Vista, Echo Park, and Wilshire Branch Libraries as Isabel Quintero discusses her book, My Papi Has a Motorcycle. Isabel has won the William C. Morris Award for Y.A. Debut Novel, and is a Gold Medal Winner of the California Book Award for Young Adults.

She describes herself as an “avid pizza and taco eater” who writes poetry and fiction for children, young adults, adults, older adults, and ghosts.


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August 6, 2019 2:30PM to 3:30PM

Fly over to the Watts Branch Library as author and illustrator Laura Lacámara presents her bilingual book, Dalia’s Wondrous Hair! Laura’s work has been featured in award-winning books such as The Runaway Piggy and Mamá the Alien. The daughter of an opera singer, she resides in Southern California with her fam


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August 6, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Help a mischievous mollusk find its way home at the Harbor Gateway, Baldwin Hills, and Westchester Branch Libraries as artist and author Larissa Marantz shows us her book, Charlie and the Octopus!

Larissa has written numerous books for Nickelodeon, and worked as a Character Designer for the legendary Rugrats series.

She is a teacher at Laguna College of Art + Design, and a member of SCBWI. In her spare time she loves to drink green tea and host paint nights for her friends.


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August 7, 2019 3:00PM to 4:00PM

Please join us in welcoming René Colato Laínez to the Chatsworth Branch Library as he presents his acclaimed bilingual book, My Shoes and I: Crossing Three Borders. A lifelong writer, Rene’s multicultural work has been recognized by Kirkus Reviews, The International Latino Book Awards, The Latinidad list, and other publications.


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August 8, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Please join us at the Mar Vista, Echo Park, and Wilshire Branch Libraries as Isabel Quintero discusses her books, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces and My Papi Has a Motorcycle. Isabel has won the William C. Morris Award for Y.A. Debut Novel, and is a Gold Medal Winner of the California Book Award for Young Adults.

She describes herself as an “avid pizza and taco eater” who writes poetry and fiction for children, young adults, adults, older adults, and ghosts.


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August 9, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Come and meet author Kevin Lewis as he presents his picture books, Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo and My Truck is Stuck! Contributor to the acclaimed Captain Underpants series, Kevin has also worked on The Spiderwick Chronicles, Franny K. Stein and Rainbow Boys. He is currently an agent at the Erin Murphy Literary Agency, and lives in upstate New York with his husband and his dog, Kat.



Funding provided by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund and other generous donors.

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