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Friday, September 23 • 9:00am - 3:00pm
Authors School Visits

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS   The following authors will be presenting at various Missoula elementary schools Friday morning and afternoon.

Toni Marie LaGree:  This children’s book author and illustrator  will lead a hands-on voyage of discovering the power of visual images for learning and memory recall. After a look at Toni’s most recent book and its creative process, she will guide children to make their own memorable image.

Simon Arizpe:  Students will learn the basic techniques of pop-up book making while playing with paper in this fun, hands-on workshop.

Annette Bay PimentalHistory Detectives (ages 8-12)  In this interactive workshop, children will examine old photographs of the American West for clues to the past. We'll explore how old photos and other historical artifacts can help solve mysteries and enliven writing. 
Mountain Chef Storytime (ages 4-7)  Through historic photos, acting out, and book illustrations, children will compare their own experiences camping to camping in 1915. They will meet Tie Sing, a remarkable and resilient Chinese American trail cook. This interactive storytime will end with a simple fortune cookie art project.

MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOLS   The following authors will be presenting in classes at various Missoula middle and high schools Friday morning and afternoon.

Kent Davis:  The author of the critically acclaimed A Riddle in Ruby series will lead a high-energy, interactive presentation roaming from the creative process to his new book to seedlings for sparking your own imagination

Janet Fox: From Castles to Kraken: World-building in Fantasy.  History and fantasy collide in Janet's most recent middle grade novel, THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE. But how do authors build complex worlds in their novels, especially in fantasy? Janet will deliver a talk about building those worlds and about creative visioning that will inspire your students to read and write.

Jake Halpern:  How Fact Inspires Fiction: New Yorker magazine contributor Jake Halpern tells how his adventures—from sailing the Amazon to hiking in the Himalayas—inspire his fantasy novels, where monsters lurk in the dark and the dead come back to life.                                

Maile Meloy:  Maile will talk about writing, illustration, and her award-winning Apothecary book series, set during the Cold War, in which kids navigate international intrigue with the help of an apothecary's magic. 

Melissa Clark:  In this graphic novel memoir workshop, participants will be able to mine their own lives for inspiration and find a unique way of telling their own stories. Watch your story come to life, panel by panel, frame by frame in this dynamic and creative workshop. 

Melissa will discuss her creative process and reveals tips and tricks for catching your own stories.             

Guy Pace: Guy L. Pace will read briefly from his first novel, Sudden Mission, and talk about how it came about, why he used the characters and places in the novel. He will also challenge the students with a small exercise for building characters to help get the creative juices flowing.

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Simon Arizpe

Simon Arizpe is an award winning paper engineer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. His pop-up book work has received the Society of Illustrators Award of Excellence and honorable mention from the Museum of Comic Book Art and Cartooning. The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum Library and the School of Visual Arts Library have acquired his work for their permanent collections. | In addition to his design work Simon has been a guest... Read More →
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Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark is an author, television writer and college instructor. She is the author of the novels, Bear Witness, Swimming Upstream, Slowly, and Imperfect. Her essay, Rachael Ray Saved My Life, is included in the anthology The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage. She is also the creator of the animated television series, Braceface, starring the voice of Alicia Silverstone which aired on the ABC Family Channel. She has written scripts for... Read More →
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Kent Davis

Kent Davis has spent most of his life making stories. He is an author, game designer, improviser, and actor. His colonial pirate fantasy for kids aged 10 to 100, A Riddle in Ruby (Greenwillow/HarperCollins), is on sale everywhere you can buy books. Book 2 of the Ruby trilogy, The Changer's Key, will be available at the Festival and then everywhere else 9/27. Kent and his game design partner, Chris Organ, are the two nerds behind the... Read More →
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Janet Fox

Janet Fox writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages. Her published works include the non-fiction middle grade book Get Organized Without Losing It (Free Spirit, 2006), and three YA historical romances: Faithful (Speak/Penguin Group, 2010), Forgiven (Penguin, 2011), and Sirens (Penguin, 2012). Janet's debut middle grade novel The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle (Viking, 2016) has received starred reviews from... Read More →
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Jake Halpern

Jake Halpern is an author, journalist, and radio producer.  His first book, Braving Home (2003), was a main selection for the Book of the Month Club by Bill Bryson and was one of Library Journal's “Best Books of the Year.” His next book, Fame Junkies (2007), was the basis for an original series on NPR's All Things Considered and portions of  the book were published in both The New Yorker and in Entertainment Weekly... Read More →
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Toni Marie LaGree

Author and illustrator, Toni Marie LaGree, draws on a diverse background of experiences from working in film and theatre, art and education, to being a solo-prenuerand mother of two. She graduated from high school in Hudson, WI focusing greatly on classic literature and art. Later she attended Montana State University, in Bozeman, where she excelled at designing her own degree that combined art, education, filmmaking and writing. With... Read More →
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Maile Meloy

Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints andA Family Daughter and the story collections Half in Love andBoth Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2009 by the New York Times Book Review and one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times and Amazon.com. She has also written a trilogy for young readers, beginning... Read More →
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Guy L. Pace

Guy L. Pace, born in Great Falls, MT, grew up throughout the Northwest. He served in the US Navy, and on the USS Newport News (CA-148), including combat operations in Vietnam in 1972. He was a Navy journalist, and after worked primarily in community newspapers as a reporter, photographer, editor, and finally a managing editor. He changed careers, getting into computer support, training, networking and systems, and information security. He retired... Read More →
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Annette Bay Pimentel

Annette Bay Pimentel writes true stories about real people for young readers. Her picturebook Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook up the National Park Service was published by Charlesbridge in August 2016. After living in five countries and ten states, she recently moved for good to Moscow, Idaho with her husband and her two youngest children and gave away all hermoving boxes.

Friday September 23, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm

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