Kaleidoscope Track

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Media Guests

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A.J. Hartley
Media Guest
Website: AJHartley.net

A.J. Hartley is the international and New York Times bestselling author of 19 novels in various genres for adults and younger readers. Steeplejack was released by Tor Teen in June 2016, and won several awards including the Manly Wade Wellman Award and the International Thriller Writer’s YA Award, and was named to Kirkus’s Best Teen Reads list and the ALA’s best YA books list. It was followed by Firebrand in 2017 which, like its predecessor, was nominated for a Dragon award, and by Guardian in 2018. His other YA series, Cathedrals of Glass, is part of a special partnership with Tom DeLonge of Blink 182 and Angels and Airwaves, with whom he is also writing the adult scifi series Sekret Machines. 2018 will see the publication of the second book in that series, the second Cathedrals of Glass book, the third Steeplejack book, a YA stand alone novel grounded in the ghost stories of his childhood called Cold Bath Street, and an adult thriller called Lies That Bind Us(published under the pseudonym Andrew Hart).

His early books include the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours, and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel of 2012. With David Hewson he has co-written two adaptations of Shakespeare plays as epic thrillers: Macbeth, a Novel(audio edition voiced by Alan Cumming) and Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, a Novel (the audio book, performed by Richard Armitage, was named Audible’s book of the year for 2014).

He is UNC Charlotte’s Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare, specializing in performance theory and practice, and is the author of various scholarly books including The Shakespearean DramaturgShakespeare and Political Theatre, a performance history of Julius Caesar, and essay collections on Shakespeare on the University stage and Shakespeare in millennial fiction. Dr. Hartley is currently working with Peter Holland on a book on Shakespeare and geek culture. He is an honorary fellow of the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

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Mari Mancusi
Media Guest
Producer, Author

Mari Mancusi is a multiple Emmy award winning TV producer and author of more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy books for kids, teens and adults including Gamer Girl, the Scorched series, the Blood Coven Vampires, and her newest series, The Camelot Code, being published by Disney Hyperion. Her bestselling books have been chosen as featured selections in 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, horror aficionado, and MMORPG gamer. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and their young daughter.

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Georgia McBride
Media Guest
Author, Publisher
Website: Georgia McBride.com

Georgia McBride Media Group is home of Month9Books, Swoon Romance, and Tantrum Books. She founded the #YAlitchat hashtag and weekly chat on Twitter in 2009. There she hosted many notable authors such as Cassandra Clare, Alyson Noel, Corey Whaley, Kody Keplinger, Marie Liu, Ellen Hopkins, and more. She has used her experience launching brands in the music business, licensing music to film and TV, launching new technology products, and marketing and product development to build the Georgia McBride Media Group brand.

McBride is one of Publishers Marketplace’s most prolific editors, and has spent most of 2014 through 2016 atop the editors lists in editors, young adult, digital new adult, children’s, and digital deals. She’s completed over 180 publishing deals on behalf of three imprints since March 2012.

Georgia McBride Media Group imprints publish debut authors as well as USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors Stacey Mosteller and Diane Alberts, Bram Stoker Award nominated The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief by Charles Day, Junior Library Guild selection author Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Kirkus Prize nominated Sacrifice by Cindy Pon, and other notable books and authors.

Publisher, books, and or authors have been featured in Publishers Weekly, Publishers Marketplace, CNN.com, B&N Blog, Galley Cat, Hypable, Teenreads, Locus Magazine, Suspense Magazine, USA Today, Tor.com, Justine Magazine, RT Book Reviews, Fresh Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, Glitter Magazine, YA to Film, Booklist, Salon.com, MTV.com, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, ALAN, Library Media Connection, The Guardian, Publishing Perspectives, Digital Book World, Adventures in YA Publishing, Paranormal Cravings, SSN Insider, The Huffington Post, Writers Digest, SFWA magazine, SCBWI, Hunger Mountain, Horror Writers Associations, Thriller Writers Association, and more.

Publisher, editors and or authors have been featured at events such as SDCC, Dragon Con, NYCC, NC Comic Con, NCAIB, SIBA, SCIBA, ALAN, NCTE, AASL, Texas/North Carolina/Tennessee/California/New York/Pennsylvania Library Association, YALLWest, Digital Book World, BEA, BookCon, Decatur Book Festival, Arizona Festival of Books, Sirens, African American Cultural Celebration, RT Booklovers Convention, RWA, Publishing Perspectives, YA Fest, YA Fest Too, SCBWI, and more.

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Diana Peterfreund
Media Guest
Website: Diana Peterfreund.com

Diana Peterfreund is the author of a dozen books for adults and children, including the Killer Unicorns series and For Darkness Shows the Stars, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Her most recent series, Omega City, is about a group of children who find a lost underground city in the woods of rural Maryland. She has received starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, and VOYA, been named in Amazon’s Best Books of the Year, and to the Indie Next, Capitol Choices, and Lone Star Reading Lists. Her short stories have appeared in many anthologies, and been named to Locus Recommended Reads and The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year. She lives outside of Washington, DC with her family.

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