Friday Author Panel and Author Sessions
Our featured authors will share their journeys as writers and readers on Friday through a panel discussion followed by breakout sessions.
Kelly Starling Lyons
Since 1999, Bentley has drawn history comix for reluctant readers. Chester the Crab began as a feature in the Newport News (VA) Daily Press and quickly won fans inside and outside the classroom. The approach: nonfiction comix can teach content AND boost literacy at the same time. His adventures based on Virginia's Standards of Learning won a website award from the Newspaper Association of America in 2000 and won Best Newspaper In Education Idea from the Southern Newspaper Publisher Association in 2001. In 2003 Bentley won a Friend of Education award from the Virginia Council for the Social Studies. That same year he started Chester Comix LLC to sell his stories nationally in book form. Since then he has published 32 historical comic books with matching teacher’s guides, including cooperative ventures with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Mount Vernon, and the Town of Lexington (MA). He has also produced Chester stories in digital form, including iPhone apps.
Kelly Starling Lyons
Kelly Starling Lyons is a children's book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories, and history into stories of discovery. Her books include CCBC Choices-honored picture book, One Million Men and Me, Ellen's Broom, a Junior Library Guild selection, and Tea Cakes for Tosh, named a highly commended title by the Charlotte Zolotow Award Committee and fall 2012 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA). Kelly is a member of The Brown Bookshelf, a team of authors and illustrators dedicated to raising awareness of children's book creators of color.
Linda Salisbury, author of the Bailey Fish Adventure series for ages eight to twelve, was inspired to write children’s books after two years of mentoring an elementary school student with reading difficulties. Nonfiction (American and Virginia history, such as the story of Henry Box Brown or gold mining) is mixed in with the fiction so that the books "educate as they entertain," as a national reviewer said. All nine books in her Virginia-based juvenile fiction series have won national recognition and awards, including from the prestigious Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards (a silver and a bronze), Eric Hoffer and ForeWord finalist awards, and gold medals for best children’s fiction from the Florida Publisher’s Association. Book eight was named best children’s fiction by the Virginia Presswomen’s Association. In addition to the series, Salisbury is also the author of Mudd Saves the Earth: Booger Glue, Cow Diapers and other Good Ideas, a humorous environmental book for ages seven and up, and several books for adults. Salisbury’s also a free-lance writer for various newspapers and magazines and a musician who plays viola and cello with the Rappahannock Pops. She lives at Lake Anna with her husband, Jim.
Allan Wolf is an author and performance poet living in Asheville, NC. His poetry has appeared in many diverse publications from Ladybug magazine to the North Carolina Literary Review. Wolf’s many books showcase his love of history, research, and poetry. Titles include Zane’s Trace (winner of the North Carolina Young Adult Book award) and New Found Land (winner of a Lion and the Unicorn Honor for Excellence in North American Poetry). His latest verse novel, The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, a Hornbook Fanfare Title, was awarded the prestigious Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for the best poetry book of the year by Bank Street College. With literally hundreds of poems committed to memory, Wolf travels the country presenting author visits and poetry shows for all ages.