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Johnson City Writers Conference 2018

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Johnson City Library
501 N Nugent Ave
Johnson City, TX 78636

2/28/2018 From 10 am to 3 pm

Johnson City Library's Annual Writers Conference will take place this year on February 28. More details and registration on the Johnson City Library website.

Jordan Smith, WLT's Member Services Manager, will moderate the opening panel with this year's authors. Information about each author's afternoon presentation may be found on the Johnson City Library Website.

This year's authors will be:

Donna Janell Bowman is the author of many books for young readers, including the award-winning picture book biography Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness, illustrated by Daniel Minter (Lee and Low, October 2016) and soon-to-be-released Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words, illustrated by S.D. Schindler (Peachtree, April 1, 2018). In 2019, her book King of the Tightrope: The Great Blondin, illustrated by Adam Gustavson, releases from Peachtree Publishers. Donna has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and enjoys mentoring and teaching writers of all ages.

Christina Soontornvat’s middle grade fantasy novel The Changelings (Sourcebooks, 2016) was named an ABC Best Book for Young Readers by the American Booksellers Association. Its sequel In A Dark Land was released in October 2017. Her picture book debut The Ramble Shamble Children (Nancy Paulsen Books), will be illustrated by Caldecott honoree Lauren Castillo and is scheduled for publication in 2018. Christina lives in Austin, Texas, where she is active in her local chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Sixth-generation Texas native Sheryl Smith-Rodgers has written on and photographed a variety of topics. As an award-winning writer, she’s been published in numerous state and national newspapers and magazines. Her first book, Weekends Away: Camping and Cooking in Texas State Parks (Eakin Press) was published in 1993. A second edition followed in ’96. Her second book, Texas Old-Time Restaurants and Cafes (Republic of Texas Press), was published in August 2000. She and her husband live in the Texas Hill Country at Window on a Texas Wildscape. She blogs about the native habitat that they tend at their home. Sheryl and her son, Patrick, minister to hurting families through their blog, Broken Bonds, Healing Hearts.