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SCBWI Member Good News





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.