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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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)
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Cheryl Blackford


Cheryl Blackford is the author of Lizzie and The Lost Baby, a historical fiction novel for ages 8-12, and Hungry Coyote, an award-winning children’s picture book. She has also written three non-fiction children’s books. Cheryl has a Masters Degree in Scientific and Technical Communication and has written oodles of technical documentation but her first love is writing children’s books. She was born in England but now lives in a house in the woods in Minnesota where she is entertained by a wide assortment of wildlife, including coyotes.

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Scheduled events:
Writing and Selling Your First Novel
Three debut authors of middle-grade and YA novels will share their advice and experiences in writing and selling a first novel. Navigating the publishing world as an unknown author is a challenge but not impossible with the right strategies.

Education Room 333 (Seats 40, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cheryl Blackford, Kathleen Glasgow, Mary E. Lambert
Moderator: Janni Lee Simner
The Impact of War and Conflict
Three authors reflect on writing about people caught in the middle of war and conflict and their stories of courage and survival. Their books reflect a range of genres, from historical fiction to informational books to time travel.

Education Room 351 (Seats 48, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cheryl Blackford, Alexandra Bracken, Deborah Hopkinson
Moderator: Michelle Mohrweis
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

Book:
Lizzie and the Lost Baby
Children / Teens
HMH Books for Young Readers
January 2016
ISBN 9780544570993
Hardcover, 192 pages
$16.99, INSTOCK
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Cheryl Blackford's debut novel is set in England during World War II and told from the dual perspectives of ten-year-old Lizzie, a homesick girl evacuated from bomb-blitzed Hull to the remote Yorkshire valley, and Elijah, a local gypsy boy. More/less

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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