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

Mari Mancusi is a former multiple Emmy award-winning TV news producer and author of more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy books for kids, teens and adults including her newest series The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek from Disney Books. Her past titles include "Gamer Girl," the Scorched series and the Blood Coven Vampires series. Her books have been chosen as featured selections for the Scholastic Book Fairs and Clubs and have been selected by the American Library Association as Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and Popular Paperbacks. In addition to writing, Mari is an avid cosplayer, cheesy horror movie aficionado and gamer. Her new book is "The Camelot Code." She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and their young daughter.

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Scheduled events:
Fan Fiction and Gamers in the Lives of Teens
Two authors talk about the ways in which gaming and fan fiction fill the lives of teens in their books.

Teen & Author Stage (Seats 88)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Teen and Author Stage (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Emma Mills
Moderators: Cydne Bolton, Nancy Webber-Graff
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
Writing a Successful Adventure Novel
Adventure stories for middle grade/YA readers reach out to an enthusiastic audience. Several best-selling authors will share their strategies for writing and publishing a successful adventure story.

Education Room 333 (Seats 40, 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: Mari Mancusi, Shelley Sackier, Suzanne Young
Moderator: Jose Arizpe

The Camelot Code, Book #1 The Once and Future Geek
Children / Teens
November 2018
ISBN 9781368010849
352 pages
$16.99, INSTOCK
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When young Arthur of Camelot accidentally time-travels to the 21st century and Googles himself, he discovers the not-so-happily ever after in store for him once he pulls the sword from the stone. More/less

Princesses, Inc.
Children / Teens
Simon & Schuster
July 2017
ISBN 9781481479004
320 pages
$7.99, INSTORE
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Twelve-year-old Hailey and her friends form a unique babysitter’s club in order to raise money to see their favorite YouTube star at a local ComicCon in this hilarious M!X novel. 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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