University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Margaret Mincks

Margaret Mincks grew up the second oldest of eight kids. When she wasn't swimming, acting, making up slightly disturbing songs or filming B-movie parodies with siblings and friends, she was writing stories. After graduating from the University of Virginia, she moved to Chicago to perform improv comedy with the iO Theater. She later worked at Spider, a literary magazine for six- to nine-year-olds, as an editor. She now lives in Florida with her family.

She is the author of the middle-grade novel "Payback on Poplar Lane" and its companion, "President of Poplar Lane."

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Scheduled events:
Magic and Adventure: A Carousel of Middle Grade Authors
Meet a bunch of authors in 60 minutes. Each author will be seated at a table to talk with a small group about their newest book. Every eight minutes the authors will rotate to a new table in our version of author speed-dating.

Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Austin Aslan, J. C. Cervantes, Sayantani DasGupta, Stuart Gibbs, Russell Ginns, Corey Ann Haydu, Peter Lerangis, Mari Mancusi, Stacy McAnulty, Margaret Mincks
Moderator: Kathleen Crawford-McKinney
Surviving Middle School: The Daily Ups and Downs
Middle school is, at best, a challenge and, at worst, a torture as relationships develop and fall apart on a daily basis. These books portray the ups and downs of middle school life as characters struggle to survive and thrive.

Education Room 353 (Seats 117, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cathy G. Johnson, Stacy McAnulty, Margaret Mincks, Booki Vivat
Moderator: Holly Johnson

President of Poplar Lane
Children / Teens
Viking Books for Young Readers
February 2019
ISBN 9780425290934
288 pages
$16.99, INSTORE
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The Poplar Kids are taking over their middle school in this uproariously funny sequel to Payback on Poplar Lane, which NYT bestselling author Chris Grabenstein called "the funniest book I've read in years. More/less

Payback on Poplar Lane
Children / Teens
Puffin Books
January 2019
ISBN 9780425290910
320 pages
$8.99, INSTOCK
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"This is the funniest book I've read in years." --Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mr. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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