Jessica Lee Anderson, Mari Mancusi, Joy Preble - DRAGONS AND WITCHES/UNCERTAIN SUMMER

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 3:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Join us at 3 PM on Saturday, 9/23 for an afternoon of conversation with Texas children's authors Jessica Lee Anderson, Mari Mancusi, and Joy Preble (aka our Brazos Children's Specialist) as they chat with CBAY editor Madeline Smoot about Anderson's middle grade UNCERTAIN SUMMER and the anthology DRAGONS and WITCHES, with re-imagined fairy tales by both Mancusi and Preble. They'll be talking witches and dragons and Bigfoot and storytelling, and signing books. Possibly some shenanigans will be involved. There may even be festive treats.

Madeline Smoot is the publisher of CBAY Books and former Editorial Director for Children’s Books of Blooming Tree Press. In other words, Madeline knows a lot about publishing and the process of bringing a book to market. Madeline lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, son, and more books than should fit in any normal person’s house.

Jessica Lee Anderson is the author of over twenty books for kids and teens including her newest novel. UNCERTAIN SUMMER. She lives in Austin, Texas with her daughter, husband, and two nutty dogs. Jessica loves believing in the possibility of the impossible, and she would love to find Bigfoot someday, especially, if she could win one million dollars.

Mari Mancusi is an Emmy Award winning television producer and author of books for kids, teens, and adults. Her books have been chosen as Indie Next Picks, Scholastic Book Fair Featured Selections, and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers by the American Library Association. Her newest middle grade novel, Princesses, Inc., has just been released by Simon and Schuster and she has a new Arthurian time travel series coming from Disney Hyperion next year. In addition she writes the Excusive Romance series for Berkley Books. At First Light, the third book in the series, was released in March of this year. When not writing, Mari enjoys drinking wine, cosplaying and traveling to Disney World (Not always at the same time) and her favorite guilty pleasure—playing videogames. A graduate of Boston University, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon, and their two dogs.

Joy Preble is the Children's Specialist here at Brazos Bookstore. She is also the author of numerous books for young adults, including FINDING PARIS, IT WASN'T ALWAYS LIKE THIS, the DREAMING ANASTASIA series, and THE SWEET DEAD LIFE series. She lives in Houston with her family and crazy basset/boxer. When she's not writing, reading, teaching, or at the bookstore, she loves traveling, movies, clever cocktails, guacamole, all things taco or sandwich, and people who don't whine. She also loves to sing, but no one loves to hear her. Want to know more? Ask her or go to Or find her on Twitter and Instagram as @joypreble