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Afternoon Keynote Address

A Conversation Between Two Best-Selling Female Mystery Authors
Meg Gardner and Heather Graham
?Based on the books:
Phantom Instinct and A Perfect Obsession
?Brought to you by Dr. John Theis

Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Evening Keynote Address

Ambition: The Not so Dirty Word
Dr. Elizabeth Corey and Dr. Katherine Persson
Based on the Book: Double Bind: Women on Ambition
Brought to you by Liveright

Poster for Keynote Address


These authors are presented in small groups and hold discussions of their works, writing process, themes and/or genres. They will answer questions from the audience and participate in book signings.

Our 2017 Panelists Include:

  • Peter Bagge, Fire: The Zora Neale Hurston Story
  • Andrea Barbosa, Olympian Love Trilogy
  • Chris Becker, Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz
  • Patricia Bernstein, Ten Dollars to Hate: the Texas Man Who Fought the Klan,
  • Aaron Bielish, Lone Star College
  • Alex Bledsoe, Gather Her Round
  • Jennifer Bray-Weber, Dead Man's Kiss
  • Tony Burnett, Southern Gentlemen
  • Sierra Cartwright, Initiation 
  • Jami Crumpton, When Love Leads You Home
  • Tony Diaz, Hecho En Tejas
  • ?Christobella Duerte,
  • ?Heather Graham, The Rising
  • Guerra, Kim, Houston Family Magazine
  • Tara Haelle, The Informed Parent: A Science Based Resource for Your Child's First Four Years
  • Meg Hafdahl, Twisted Reveries
  • Randy Henderson, Smells Like Finn Spirit
  • ?Jon Land, The Rising
  • Michael Lee Lanning, Texas Aggies in Vietnam: War Stories
  • Meg Lelvis, Bailey's Law
  • Latoya Lewis, Lone Star College
  • Martine Lewis, Crossing the Barrier
  • Russell Little, Murder for Me
  • Samantha Mabry, A Fierce and Subtle Poison
  • Christina Morales, Poetry in Perceptions
  • Ashley Nemer, Maverick Touch Jail Break
  • Joe Ollman, The Abominable Mr. Seabrook
  • Alishia Pattillo, featured in Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz
  • Stacey Purcell, Echoes of the Heart
  • Chantell Renee, Belonging
  • Carla Rossi, When Love Leads You Home
  • Angela Ruth, Where Poppy Lives
  • John F. Schmutz, The Bloody Fifth: The 5th Texas Infantry Regiment: Hood's Texas Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia: Volume 1: Secession  to the Suffolk Campaign
  • Jennifer Theriot, Out of the Box Trilogy
  • Duncan Tonatiuh, The Princess and the Warrior
  • Marco Torres, The Tacos of Texas
  • Jason Ward, Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century
  • Spencer Wertz, Food and Philosophy: Selected Essays
  • Liz Williams, Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans
  • Pamela York, featured in Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz

Special Presentations By:

  • Latin American Student Organization of Lone Star College-North Harris with Professor Tony Diaz
  • Doctors from Memorial Hermann-Humble
  • Student Writers from Lone Star College
  • Student Writers from Lone Star College-CyFair's ESOL classes with Professor Sharon Bippus
  • Student Writers and Performers from the Lone Star College-Kingwood's Drama Department with Professor Eric Skiles

Writing Workshops

Practice your writing skills in one of our free writing workshops. Don't worry about bringing pens or paper. We've got you covered!
  • When a Plan Comes Together: Plot and Structure in the Mystery Genre with James R. Hannibal
    Monday, April 3, 2017
    5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Lone Star College-Montgomery
  • Hook Your Readers on the First Page (And Don't Let Go) with members of the Northwest Houston Chapter of the Romance  Writers of America
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    6:00 - 7:00 pm
    Lone Star College-University Park
  • Digital Story Telling with Students from LSC-Tomball's Association of Arts in Teaching
    Thursday, April 6, 2017
    4:00 - 5:00 pm
    5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Lone Star College-Creekside Center
  • Weaving a Timeless with Melissa Studdard
    Thursday, April 6, 2017
    5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Lone Star College-Creekside Center
  • The Smiley Face Balloon Workshop with Lady Nefari Ydarb
    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    10:00 - 11:00 am
    Lone Star College-Kingwood
  • Spring Slam Workshop with Writers in the Schools
    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    11:15-12:15 pm 
    Lone Star College-Kingwood
    Please RSVP here. Limited spots available. 
    Eventbrite - Spring Slam Workshop
  • Reluctant Writer's Workshop with Sharon Bippus
    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    2:45 - 3:45 pm 
    Lone Star College-Kingwood
  • The Colorful World of Sprout! with Dino Buddies
    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Lone Star College-Kingwood

Story Hour Authors

  • Aunt Eeebs and Sprout, Who Stole Second Base
  • Sybrina Durant, The Blue Unicorn's Journey to Osm
  • Jim Henry, The Adventures of Willy Nilly and Thumper
  • Jimmy Patterson, The Adventures of Willy Nilly and Thumper
  • Houston Police Department
  • Patty Raymond, The ABC's to Ranching
  • Alicia Richardson (appearing as Artemis Greenleaf), Carl, the Vegetarian Vampire
  • Dana Satterwhite, Go Go Greta
  • Jennifer Solak, Goodnight, Houston
  • Kyle Solak, Goodnight, Houston

Featured Authors

These authors lead discussions or give readings of their own work. They will then answer questions from the audience members and participate in book signings.

Our 2017 Featured Authors Include:

  • Miah Arnold, Sweet Land of Bigamy
  • Chad Conine, The Republic of Football: Legends of the Texas High School Game
  • Sarah Cortez, Vanishing Points: Poems and Photographs of Texas Roadside Memorials
  • Nicole Dennis-Benn, Here Comes the Sun: A Novel
  • Jillean Keenan, Sex with Shakespeare: Here's  Much to Do With Pain, But More with Love
  • Jon Land, Strong Cold Dead
  • Kathryn Lane, Waking Up in Medellin
  • Jose Antonio Rodriguez, House Built on Ashes: A Memoir
  • David Romdvedt, Dilemmas of the Angels
  • Scott Solomon, Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution
  • Robin Wells, The French War Bride