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Manny’s: Lit Crawl Jr.
July 14 @ 12:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Phase One – 5-8 years old
12:30 – 1:45 pm
3092 16th Street
Featuring children’s authors, Tony Piedra and Naomi Lau, doing readings and more for the little ones.
Phase Two – 8-12 years old
2- 3:15 pm
Featuring 826 Valencia young authors and acclaimed middle grade author Aida Salazar (The Moon Within) doing readings and a panel on getting published.
Phase Three – Young Adult
3:30 – 4:45 pm
Featuring debut author Kalyn Josephson (The Storm Crow), Katy Rose Pool (There Will Come a Darkness), and Shannon Price (A Thousand Fires).
Tony Piedra crafted worlds at Pixar Animation Studios for nine years. Now, he’s bringing his skills and experiences from the film industry and putting them to use as an author and illustrator of children’s books. His debut picture book, The Greatest Adventure, is published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an Imprint of Scholastic Inc.
Naomi Lau is a book creator, former teacher and business consultant. She creates stories about life’s fruit, integrating diversity and heart values for meaningful learning. She is the Founder and Chief Storyteller at San Francisco-based independent publisher Wildberry Ink and creator of four picture books—Commander Charlee: In Search of a Space Crew, Gobbles: Troubles with Turkeys, Winter Melon Story, and The Village of the Trees.
Aida Salazar is a writer and arts advocate whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. She is the author of the middle grade verse novels,The Moon Within (2019), the upcoming The Land of the Cranes (2020), and the bio picture book Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Revolutionary Fighter (2021), all published by Scholastic. She is a founding member of Las Musas – a debut Latinx kid lit author collective. Her story, By the Light of the Moon, was adapted into a ballet production by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance.
Kalyn Josephson graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Biology and a degree in Creative Writing and works as a technical writer in the tech industry.