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To our regional members: Do you have an upcoming book launch?  Recently gotten an agent?  Won a writing or illustrating award?  Tell us about it!  Please send your information in the form of an email  with your cover jpeg attached (if applicable) to julie.bayless(at)   If you’re having a launch, please include the date and time, as well as the name and address of the venue. 


Lynn Fulton is having a book launch party for her first picture book, She Made a Monster, published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, at Bel and Bunna’s Books in Lafayette, 3581 C Mt. Diablo Blvd.  on Saturday, September 22. Storytime for kids at 11, grownup party 5:30-7.






Nadia Salomon, longtime volunteer and current co-assistant Regional Advisor, is pleased to announce that she has just signed with Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency (EMLA).  Nadia says, “I also wanted to note that it was a result of participating in #PitMad and an offer of publication. I wanted to make sure #PitMad gets some thanks too! The offer fell through, but I’m now repped and #PitMad works. Twitter pitching does facilitate agent offers and makes dreams come true!




Illustrator Meeting Coordinator Susan Szecsi is proud to announce that Scholastic Book Club released Toto’s Story, My Amazing Adventures with Dorothy in Oz, in January of 2018.  Toto’s Story is a middle grade book written by Steve Metzger, and illustrated by Susan.  Congratulations!!

The book can be ordered from Scholastic website. Look for the 2018 January flyer.




Ellen Mulholland  signed with Kortney Price and Corvisiero Literary Agency for her middle grade fantasy, The Magical Lemon Tree Recipe Book.


Sarah Hines Stephens and Jane B. Mason (writing as Sarah Jane) are launching their new historical fiction YA, Maiden Voyage: A Titanic Story, at Great Good Place for Books, 6120 La Salle Avenue in Oakland, on Friday, August 3rd at 7 pm.

A book launch for Joanna Kraus’s latest book, Bravo, Benny, will be held Saturday, September 8th from 4-5:30PM in the Vista Room, Hillside Clubhouse at Rossmoor, Walnut Creek.

Books will be available at the launch for sale and signing.

Light refreshments

Please RSVP Joanna at: or (925) 9393658.



Juan Guerra’s  The Little Doctor/El Doctorcito was selected as a Commended title for the 2018 Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The Consortium of Latin American Studies Program (CLASP) sponsors the award.








Darcey Rosenblatt’s Lost Boys has won the 2018 Crystal Kite Award for the California/Hawaii region.  Way to go, Darcey!!

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Assistant Regional Advisor, Natasha Yim’s multicultural picture book, The Rock Maiden (Wisdom Tales Press, 2017) is a finalist in the Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award.
Congratulations, Natasha!






Mae Respicio is having a book launch party for The House That Lou Built, published by Random House Children’s Books, at Copperfield’s Books, 850 4th Street, San Rafael on Saturday, June 23rd from 1:30p -3:30p.  There will be cupcakes, and of course, books!





Victoria Piontek celebrates the release of her first novel, The Spirit of Cattail County—a ghostly story of magic and friendship set in the Everglades.  The Book Passage event space will be transformed into a swamp theme party with light refreshments, snacks, and cool giveaways for children of all ages. There will even be a special appearance by Elena, child fortune teller.

Book Passage – 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera

Tue, May 29th, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT

To pre-order books for signing:    for tickets:


Erick Woods is having a book launch party for Johnnie Onion and the Witches of the Bubbling Brew (both a full-color edition and a coloring book), published by BrainSeedBooks.  The launch party will be at Copperfield’s Books, 106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg on Saturday, May 26th from noon-2:00p.  Free crayons with coloring book purchase!  Erick will have another book signing at Copperfield’s Books in Calistoga – 1330 Lincoln St. on Sat., June 23, from 1pm to 3pm.







Alison Kim won Best in Conference Portfolio at our 2017 Oktoberfest Conference in Oakland on October 21st.  See more of her work here:






Art Roche won Honorable Mention Portfolio at our 2017 Oktoberfest Conference.  See more of his work here:






Fia Kilbourn also won Honorable Mention Portfolio at our 2017 Oktoberfest Conference.  See more of her work here:




Margaret Speaker Yuan, nonfiction author and former SCBWI Regional Advisor, won first place at the Mendocino County 2017 Writing Contest for her piece from her novel, Prodigy. Best-selling author Lewis Buzbee, final judge, stated, “The voice here is quirky, real, inviting, funny and smart, and right away, the reader wants to follow along. But the reader also knows there are bigger mysteries afoot, ever-expanding mysteries involving both mathematics and sex. The opening to this novel promises so much pleasure.”


Danielle Dufayet’s first picture book, I Am My Strong, sold to Magination Press (APA). Publication date not yet released. Deal brokered by agent Karen Grencik at Red Fox Literary.


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Constance Anderson’s picture book A Stick Until… (A story of animal tool use, transformation and imagination) will be published by Star Bright Books.  The book launch will be held at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley on Saturday, 9/16 at 4 pm.  Free sticks included!





StolenSecretsSchulmanCoverLisa Schulman’s Y.A. novel Stolen Secrets (a teenage girl discovers journal entries from the Holocaust suggesting a shocking link between her grandmother and Anne Frank)will be released by Boyds Mills Press on 9/19/17. The launch party will be held at Book Passage on Saturday, 9/23 at 5 pm.





Michelle (L.M.) Quraishi was honored to win the SCBWI San Francisco South Golden Gate Award for Best Picture Book Manuscript for the second year in a row. Best part is that the prize is to return to the wonderful annual Golden Gate Conference in Asilomar!

Natasha Yim, author, announces the publication of her picture book, The Rock Maiden (a re-envisioned folk tale from Hong Kong), by Wisdom Tales Press, illustrated by Pirrko Vannio.  Release date: March 1, 2017. Her article, “Migration of the Monarchs,” will be published in the March 2017 issue of Faces magazine.

Maxine Schur’s book, Brave with Beauty: the Story of Queen Gawhar Shad will be published in 2018 by Yali Books.


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Lily Williams first picture book, If Sharks Disappeared, will be published by Roaring Brook Press on May 16, 2017.  She is having a book launch at Bel and Bunna’s in Lafayette, CA on Saturday, May 20th at 11am for kids and a 6:30pm launch for adults.