Author of nine books, including the YA novel, Anya's War, (shortlisted for China's 2012 Panda Awards and an ALA honor award), and the bestseller The Happiness Tree. She is a dynamic speaker at schools, writing conferences, and literary festivals. Andrea edits manuscripts and coaches writers in manuscript development and revision as well as how to prepare submissions to editors and agents.
Author of several critically-acclaimed picture books, including Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, Guess Again!, Extra Yarn, and Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. Mac is the founder of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers, and serves on the board of 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center.
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Marketing director of Book Passage. Co-author of Write That Book Already!. Previously worked with the San Francisco-based imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, HarperOne. He is also a member of the author superband The Rock Bottom Remainders.
Shirin Yim Bridges
Award-winning author and publisher of children’s books. Her first picture book, Ruby's Wish, was named a "Best Children’s Book" by Publishers Weekly and won the Ezra Jack Keats Award. It has been translated into seven languages. Her second book, The Umbrella Queen, made Time/CNN’s "Top 10 Children’s Books 2008." A third picture book, Mary Wrightly So Politely, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring 2013. It has already received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. Shirin is also the Head Goose of Goosebottom Books. Goosebottom Books’ first series, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses, won an Independent Publishers’ (IPPY) medal for Multicultural Nonfiction. Read more >>
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Book Passage book fair coordinator and school liason. In 2011, Campbell started the MB14 teen readers group at Book Passage. MB14 has played host a number of impressive YA authors since its inception, including Maggie Stiefvater, Ellen Hopkins, and Libba Bray. Before coming to Book Passage, Campbell worked as a librarian in and out of schools.
Chang joined the Bookstop Literary Agency in 2006, and represents middle-grade and young adult writers of all genres. She has a particular interest in smart adventure/mystery novels, magical realism, and intense literary fiction, but her real weakness is for funny, clever, and gutsy characters with big attitudes. Read more >>
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Choldenko has won numerous honors for her work. Her book Notes from a Liar and Her Dog was a California Book Award winner. Her book Al Capone Does My Shirts was named a Newbery Honor Book. Her other books include Louder, Lili, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, Al Capone Shines My Shoes (a sequel to Al Capone Does My Shirts), and No Passengers Beyond This Point. Gennifer is hard at work on the last book in the Al Capone trilogy, which is due out in 2012. A good deal of the research for the Al Capone books was accomplished while serving as a docent on Alcatraz Island. Read more >>
Internationally published author and illustrator. She has written and/or illustrated over 30 books for children including The Night Before Christmas, Lullaby and Goodnight, and The Firekeeper's Son. Downing has won many awards for her work, including a Parents Choice Award, and the New York Public Library Best Books Award. She was recently selected to appear in Talking with Artists Too, a book about 12 of the nation’s best Children’s’ Book Illustrators. Read more >>
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Author of My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer, an Association of Booksellers for Children Spring 2012 New Voices title, a Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year, 2013 and an American Library Association Rainbow List title. A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts and a former reporter, she also blogs on From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors and her poems have appeared in numerous Marin Poetry Center anthologies. Find her @JenGenn and jengennari.com.
Agent for Red Fox Literary. Among the awards garnered by her authors are the Parents' Choice Gold Award for Best Nonfiction, the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Best Picture Book, and the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Fiction.
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A publishing industry veteran, having worked in sales and marketing for publishers, distributors and wholesalers of all shapes and sizes. In 2009, Gruener and his wife, Nina, took over Cameron + Company, a boutique publishing company founded in 1964 in San Francisco by famed aerial photographer and publisher Robert Cameron.
Editorial director at Zest Books, an award-winning publisher of nonfiction books for teens and young adults based in San Francisco, and distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Among his roles at Zest, Daniel edits and acquires books in the new "True Stories" line of memoirs and first-person accounts. Daniel is also a longtime editor of pop culture projects for an assortment of publishers. A former staff writer at Brokelyn.com, his first book as an author is Super Pop! Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make It Through the Holidays.
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Hoot, Carl Hiaasen’s first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. Flush, Scat, and Chomp have also been major bestsellers.
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Vice President, and Publishing Director of Wendy Lamb Books, Random House Children’s Books Group. The imprint publishes titles for middle grade and young adult readers. Books she has edited have won many honors, including the Newbery Medal, Newbery Honor, the Michael L. Printz Award, Printz Honor, the Carnegie Medal, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and Honor, the Scott O’Dell Award, the Christopher Medal, and the Pura Belpre Award. Among the authors she has published are Christopher Paul Curtis, Peter Dickinson, Patricia Reilly Giff, Marthe Jocelyn, Walter Dean Myers, Donna Jo Napoli, Gary Paulsen, Dana Reinhardt, Rebecca Stead, Meg Rosoff, Graham Salisbury, Art Slade, and Elizabeth Winthrop. In 1999 she won the LMP Award for Editorial Achievement in Children's Publishing.
Summer Dawn Laurie
Independent children’s book editor with ten years’ experience at Tricycle Press and Chronicle Books. After ten years working in-house at children's book publishers, most recently as senior editor at Tricycle Press, the kid's division of Ten Speed Press, and previously at Chronicle Books for Children, Laurie decided to head out on her own. Over the years, she has edited more than 50 published books, ranging from board books to picture books, middle-grade novels to nonfiction.
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Author of Tarnish and Gilt, young adult novels set in the time of Henry VII.
Linda Watanabe McFerrin
A contributor to numerous journals, newspapers, magazines, anthologies and online publications, she is the author of two poetry collections, an award-winning novel (Namako: Sea Cucumber) and short story collection (The Hand of Buddha), and the editor of a travel guidebook (Best Places Northern California) and four literary anthologies.
McMullen is a writer and artist who lives in Bayview, San Francisco. He is an art director at McSweeney's, where he edits and designs books for McSweeney's McMullens, an imprint of Dave Eggers' McSweeney's.
Author and illustrator of over 20 books for children, including the popular Amelia's Notebook series.
Independent children's book editor, creative director, and co-founder of Ever After Studio, a children's book production company. She is the author of Me, Frida and Elephant Prince. Amy is a former editor for Chronicle Books in San Francisco, where she acquired award-winning picture books. Currently she works with writers and publishers to produce children’s books of all kinds. In addition, she is the creative director for Paper Hat Press, a company that creates customizable children’s books and keepsakes. She also frequently teaches writing workshops at Book Passage. Read more >>
Award-winning writer and illustrator, whose books have won the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor, the Nautilus Gold Award, and the Mom's Choice Award. Her books include Zero, One, Simon and the Sock Monster, What Emily Saw, and Marcello the Movie Mouse. Read more >>
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A comic book and visual artist, based in the Bay Area. He is also a high school teacher. Pham illustrated Gene Luen Yang's Level Up. Sumo is his first solo work.
Literary agent at The Amy Rennert Agency. Amy has spent
more than 20 years in the publishing business, pursuing her passion for
the written word. The agency represents a select group of quality
fiction and nonfiction writers—many of them award-winners—and dozens
of agency books have been New York Times and national bestsellers. Read more >>
Andy opened the Andy Ross Agency in 2008. Prior to that, he was the owner for 30 years of the legendary Cody's Books in Berkeley. The Andy Ross Agency represents books in a wide range of subjects including: narrative nonfiction, science, journalism, history, religion, children's books, young adult, middle grade, literary and commercial fiction, and cooking. For literary, commercial, and children's fiction, Ross only has one requirement—simple, but ineffable— that the writing reveal the terrain of that vast and unexplored country, the human heart. Andy is a member of the Association of Author Representatives (AAR). Read more >>
Lissa is an artist and a writing and creativity coach at Pixar Studios and Funthink. She has written and/or illustrated over 20 children’s books (Ook the Book, Hot Dog and Bob, There Was a Man Who Loved a Rat...), hundreds of children’s magazine stories (Highlight’s Ask Arizona series…), and computer games (Lucas, Mattel…). Lissa heads up the SCBWI Weston Grant, and founded the monthly group for children's writers and illustrators, Kid Lit Salon, which has been meeting at Book Passage since 2008. Read more >>
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Former VP and Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum, where she had her own imprint. While at HarperCollins, she launched Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Her experience ranges editorially from picture books to middle grade and YA. Ginee is currently Children’s Publishing Director at Chronicle Books.
| ||Tamra Tuller|
After working for several years in education as an English as a Second Language instructor at Rutgers University, Tamra first got her publishing feet wet in the Scholastic Book Clubs. She then moved on to Scholastic’s trade division at Blue Sky Press, before going to work at Philomel Books, an imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group. Tamra is currently an editor at Chronicle Books. She is interested primarily in reality-based, literary middle grade and young adult fiction. She has worked with such authors as Ruta Sepetys, Kathryn Erskine, Hannah Moskowitz, Beth Kephart, and K.A. Holt.
Deborah Warren, founder of East West Literary, LLC, became an agent after 17 years at Harcourt. With over 30 years of experience in the publishing industry, and over 10 years at the helm of the agency, Deborah represents children's authors of all genres, as well as illustrators, and author/illustrators. Clients include New York Times best-selling, award-winning, and crossover talent such as: Marion Dane Bauer, Tim Bowers, Susan Cooper, Anna Dewdney, James Dean, David Diaz, Steven Kellogg, Patricia MacLachlan, and Belle Yang.