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Focusing on popular librarian favorites such as Humor, Local Plots and Authors, Graphic Novels, and Mystery, the PopTop Stage will feature readings, discussions, presentations and book signings the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of the exhibits!

Saturday, January 25

Amy Ignatow Pop Top Stage10:00-11:00am - Amy Ignatow
Featuring "The Popularity Papers"

Amy Ignatow is a cartoonist and the author of THE POPULARITY PAPERS series of scrapbook-style illustrated novels. She is a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design and lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Mark, their daughter, Anya, and their cat, Mathilda, who is mostly very terrible.

Sponsored By: Abrams Books


John Dixon Pop Top Stage11:00-12:00pm - John Dixon
Featuring "Pheonix Island"

John Dixon is a former Golden Gloves boxer, youth services caseworker, prison tutor, and middle school English teacher. You can visit his blog at JohnDixonBooks.com. His newest book, PHOENIX ISLAND, is the story that inspired CBS TV’s Intelligence. Phoenix Island was supposed to be a boot camp for troubled children. But as one boy learns, the secrets of this jungle are as vast as they are deadly.

Sponsored By: Simon and Schuster

Nadia Hashimi Pop Top Stage1:00-2:00pm - Nadia Hashimi
Featuring "The Pearl That Broke Its Shell"

Nadia Hashimi’s parents left Afghanistan in the 1970s, before the Soviet invasion that led to decades of war. She was raised in the U.S. and in 2002 made her first trip to Afghanistan with her parents. Hashimi is a pediatrician and lives with her family.

Sponsored By: HarperCollins

Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker Pop Top Stage2:00-3:00pm - Wendy Ruderman & Barbara Laker
Featuring "Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayel"

Wendy Ruderman, 42, born in Cane Place, NY and raised in Cherry Hill, NJ has been a newspaper reporter for more than 15 years. After graduating from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) with a
bachelor’s in communications in 1991, Ruderman earned a master’s from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997. She worked in the statehouse bureau of The Trenton Times, Associated Press, and Bergen Record. She joined the Philadelphia Daily News in 2007. As of May 2012, she is the police bureau chief at the New York Times.

Barbara Laker, 54, a native of Kent, England, graduated from the University of Missouri Journalism School. She worked for the Clearwater Sun, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Dallas Times-Herald, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer joining the Philadelphia Daily News in 1993. At the Daily News, she has been a general assignment reporter, assistant city editor and investigative reporter.

Sponsored By: HarperCollins

Janet Mock Pop Top Stage3:00-4:00pm - Janet Mock
Featuring "Redefining Realness:My Path to Womanhood"

Janet Mock is a writer and activist, lauded by the Center for American Progress, Women’s Media Center, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. A graduate of the University of Hawaii, she has an MA in journalism from New York University and has appeared on NPR, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, and HBO’s The Out List. Find out more at JanetMock.com.

Sponsored By: Simon and Schuster


Sunday, January 26

Donna Andrews Pop Top Stage10:00-11:00am - Donna Andrews

DONNA ANDREWS is a winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry Awards, a Romantic Times Award for best first novel, and three Lefty and two Toby Bromberg awards for funniest mystery. She is a member of MWA, Sisters
in Crime, and the Private Investigators and Security Association. Andrews lives in Reston, Virginia.

Sponsored By: Macmillan


Caroline Todd Pop top Stage11:00-12:00pm - Caroline Todd

Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina.

Sponsored By: HarperCollins



Frank Lentricchia Pop Top Stage1:00-2:00pm - Frank Lentricchia

FRANK LENTRICCHIA was raised in Utica, New York. A chaired professor of literature at Duke University, he is the author of several highly acclaimed novels, a memoir, and a number of controversial critical studies. His forthcoming book, The Dog Killer of Utica will be available in Spring 2014. His previous book in the Eliot Conte Mystery series, The Accidental Pallbearer, was published by Melville House in 2012.

Sponsored By: MHP Books


Jonathan Auxier Pop Top Stage2:00-3:00pm - Jonathan Auxier
Featuring "The Night Gardner"

Jonathan Auxier teaches creative writing and children's literature. His new book THE NIGHT GARDENER is a Victorian ghost story with shades of Washington Irving and Henry James. More than just a spooky tale, it's also a moral fable about human greed and the power of storytelling. His debut novel, PETER NIMBLE AND HIS FANTASTIC EYES, was called "as delightful a magical story as readers ages 9-14 will hope to find," by the WALL STREET JOURNAL. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter. You can visit him online at thescop.com.

Sponsored By: Abrams Books


3:00-4:00 - National Storytelling Network

Storytelling Concert featuring storytellers from the National Storytelling Network including Rivka Willick, Megan Hicks and others.  Adults love stories!  Sit back and enjoy.

Monday, January 27

David Lubar Pop Top Stage10:00-11:00am - David Lubar

DAVID LUBAR created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. He is also the author of the Nathan Abercrombie series, True Talents, Flip, and many short story collections including: In the Land of the Lawn Weenies, Invasion of the Road Weenies, The Curse of the Campfire Weenies, The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper WeeniesAttack of the Vampire Weenies, Beware the Ninja Weenies, Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies, and Extremities. He lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Sponsored By: Tor

Tom Angleberger Pop Top Stage11:00-12:00pm - Tom Angleberger
Featuring "Origami Yoda Series"

Tom Angleberger is the bestselling author of the Origami Yoda series. He is also the author of Horton Halfpott and Fake Mustache. Tom maintains the Origami Yoda-inspired blog origamiyoda.com. He is married to author-illustrator Cece Bell and lives in Christiansburg, Virginia.

Sponsored By: Abrams Books

12:00-1:00pm - Jimmy Gownley

Jimmy Gownley began writing and drawing comics at age 15 and has been nominated for the Eisner Award 13 times. In 2001 his hit series AMELIA RULES! was released amid a flurry of rave reviews. He co-founded the organization Kids Love Comics, which works to promote comic books and graphic novels as a valuable tool for literacy and education in schools, libraries, and at home. Jimmy Gownley's new graphic novel memoir titled, The Dumbest Idea Ever! is about his adventures as he grows from an eager-to-please boy into a teenage comic book artist. This is the real-life story of how the DUMBEST idea ever became the BEST thing that ever happened to him.

Sponsored By: Scholastic

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