University of Arizona Campus  •  March 11 - 12, 2017  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

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James Burks


Appearing courtesy of Scholastic

James Burks spent fifteen years working in the animation industry on various movies and television shows, including "The Emperor's New Groove," Atlantis," Treasure Planet," Space Jam," The Iron Giant," Wow Wow Wubbzy and most recently on Fan Boy & Chum Chum. James is the author of the Bird & Squirrel graphic novel series for Graphix/Scholastic, as well as the illustrator for the Branches series Haggis and Tank Unleashed. James lives in Valencia, California.

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Scheduled events:
Graphic Novels Rule the World
Graphic novels currently rule the world for many children as readers. Meet three creators of graphic novels whose books range from fantasy to real life and from humorous fun to serious issues. Three best-selling graphic novelists will talk about creating graphic novels and why they have such strong appeal to readers.

Education Kiva (Seats 300)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: James Burks, LeUyen Pham, Matt Phelan
Moderator: Maria Elena Peterson
Writing and Selling Books for Middle Grade Readers
Three successful writers of middle grade novels will share tips for writing and selling a middle grade novel. The three authors vary in their backgrounds and in the types of books they have published and provide suggestions based on their differing experiences in the book industry.

Education Room 333 (Seats 40, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cheryl Blackford, James Burks, Lisa Papademetriou
Moderator: Michelle Parker-Rock

Books:
Bird & Squirrel on Fire
Children / Teens
Scholastic Inc.
January 2017
ISBN 9780545804301
Paperback, 128 pages
$9.99, INSTORE
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It's been a long, crazy trip around the world. Now the duo is back in their beloved forest, and Bird wants to throw a party! But Squirrel isn't in the mood to celebrate. More/less

All Paws on Deck
Children / Teens
Scholastic Inc.
January 2016
ISBN 9780545818872
Hardcover, 80 pages
$15.99, INSTORE
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Tank is a clumsy, outgoing Great Dane, and Haggis is a bored, curmudgeonly Scottie--so one afternoon Tank suggests they turn the wagon in the backyard into a ship and play pirate.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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