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This is the directory of who will be joining us on December 9th!


We're not quite ready to announce this yet.


Thanks to our friends at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, we'll have readers throughout the Festival at Mesa's Christmas Tree, a 30' tall Christmas tree that is the centerpiece of Mesa's annual holiday celebration, just for kids. Schedule TBA.


These are the authors, publishers and other vendors that are signed up to join us so far! Support them by visiting their websites and buying their products. You can register yourself, Right Here!

Brick Cave Media
Headquartered in Mesa, AZ, the mission of BCM is to effectively develop and manage creative properties through publishing and other media. We leverage technology and media diversity to build followings for the endeavors of our authors and creators. 

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators is a non-profit international professional guild comprised of writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, booksellers, and other people who are involved in the world of children's books, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.

Marsha Ward
I am been writing for 30+ years, with multiple novels, novellas, and short stories published.

Natalie Wright
A lifelong Sci-Fi and Fantasy nerd, Natalie is the author of H.A.L.F., an award-winning Sci-Fi series, and The Akasha Chronicles, a popular Young Adult Fantasy series. Natalie lives in Tucson but travels extensively throughout the western US appearing on panels and exhibiting at comic cons and book festivals.

Amy Jamison
Author of: Visions From Above / My Journey-My Destiny, a near-death experience book and life as a visionary. I am a non-denominational Minister, Master Life / Spiritual Coach, Hypnotherapist and Mind-Body-Wellness Practitioner.

Bruce Davis
Author of science fiction, fantasy and creative nonfiction.

Tanabata Wishes Enterprises, LLC
"Mixing facts with your fiction."
Sara Fujimura spends a month each summer at her in-laws’ home in rural Japan with her teen-aged children. So it will be no surprise that she's written about Japanese culture and raising bicultural kids for many magazines, as well as, writing travel-related articles for the book TO JAPAN WITH LOVE.  Her young adult novel TANABATA WISH is (no surprise) set in Japan. You can also find Sara at local anime cons as her alter ego The Obento Lady.

Jessica Feinberg
I'm a local Tucson illustrator and author with over 20 books/coloring books out.  My books mainly focus on fantastical wildlife, creatures, dragons, and faeries.

Roberta Kennedy
I'm a self-published author with 3 books published.

Caren Cantrell
I am a children's book author with 3 published picture books. I also have a non-fiction series of books on Kindle called Planet Discovery Books for Kids. In addition to my own writing I help other authors to self-publish.

Scottsdale Society of Women Writers (Patricia L. Brooks representing)
President and founder of Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, award winning author of two memoirs, third out in 2018, publishing consultant, Brooks Goldmann Publishing, LLC, partnership with husband Earl L. Goldmann, author.

Marcia Fine
Marcia Fine is the author of seven novels. After writing the only satirical series about Scottsdale, she has authored four historical fiction books about Poland, Portugal, Paris and Mexico.

Jody Sharpe
Jody Sharpe had a rewarding career as a Special Education teacher.  She believes in angels are guiding us towards peace and joy.

Katrina Shawver
I'm the debut author of Henry - A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America, published through Koehler Books. Release date 11/1/2017.

Sherry Engler
Author/Illustrator. Books: Living with LEO: Law Enforcement Officer and Daisy Doo! Daisy Doo? What? Who?

Mitchell Bolnick
Ella Mavis and Mitch Bolnick are the co-authors of the Bobby and the Golden Crown trilogy.

Valerie Ipson
My debut YA novel is Ideal High and I'm currently working on my second. I also create book journals for those who like to keep track of the books they read.

Foutz Fables & More (Tina Scott representing)
I am an AZ native.  My books are a blend of action with sweet romance. Joining Tina will be authors Betsy Love and Joan Sowards.

Cirque du Livre
Annual Writer's Conference held in Mesa, AZ.

Jan Krulick-Belin
Author of "Love, Bill: Finding My Father through Letters from World War II"

Southwest Human Development
We published a book through a manuscript contest learn more at Author Phoebe Fox and Illustrator Michael Hale will be in attendance for our table.

DKG Studios LLC (Kristi Grimm representing)
I have been writing children's books for 5 years with the art talents of my husband Dave. Because we want to inspire children of all ages, I have written a series of books for young readers (ages 3-7) and a second series for older or more advanced readers (ages 9-13).

Books by Suzanne (Suzanne Flaig)
I am a mystery writer and editor, and the author of the Missy Jenkins musical mystery series. I am also the facilitator of the Mesa Writers Guild and the Friday Writers at the Mesa Active Adult Center.

Tara Holladay & Pam Eaton
Tara Holladay is the author of "Hiding Haelo" and a new release "Haelo Hunted" (launching Sept. 2017), under the pen name T.M. Holladay. Joining her is Pam Eaton, owner of the Lord of the Books review site and author of "An Extraordinary Few," out this year. We both have fanbases here in Mesa.

Az Publishing Services, LLC (Patti Hultstrandt Representing)
Az Publishing Services, LLC is a print production and distribution umbrella company, assisting other imprint publishers around the U.S. to produce quality books and expand our reach as one cohesive group who share the marketing and promotion labor of love for our authors and books.

Patrick Hodges
I am an Arizona author who writes Young Adult Contemporary and Science Fiction Fantasy


Story You Need to Tell Project (Represented by Sandra Marinella)
My project works with writers and anyone interested in finding and writing their best story.

John Paul Reid

Usborne Books and More (Represented by Allison Crouse)
Usborne Books and More provides the most beautiful, educational and fun books for kids!


Connie Wesala
Author of three novels. Lives in Gilbert. Retired educator. Loves travel and am an avid Francophile.


Grendelmen Publishing (represented by Simon Driscoll)
I have 8 books in print across two series, as well as associated merchandise.

The Electric Scroll (Represented by Mischa Borgnaes)
The Electric Scroll publishes clean books in most genres for teens and adults. Most of our authors live in the East Valley.

Apocalypse Empire (Represented by Hal Astell)

The Apocalypse Later Empire includes a film review site, a publishing imprint, a film festival and mini-film festivals at conventions across the southwest. It exists primarily to promote the arts through the work of the award-winning film critic and author, Hal C. F. Astell.