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Fidelity Investments The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival's Books on the Green
Join us April 14-16 as we celebrate the art of words and welcome authors across a variety of genres. Books will be available for sale for signings (books must be purchased or pre-purchased through Village Books for signings). (Times of readings and signings subject to change.) Purchase tickets to the festival here.
Michael Hurd is an author and historian. A graduate of the University of Texas, he is the former Director of the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture at Prairie View A&M and in the past has written for the Houston Post, Austin American-Statesman, and USA Today. His most recent book is THURSDAY NIGHT LIGHTS which chronicles the history and traditions of Black high school football in Texas. This book was named one of 30 best Texas books for the 2010-2019 decade by Texas Observer and the Houston Chronicle named it one of the “30 Most Essential Books About Texas.” Reading, Signing & Authors' Panel: April 14
Montgomery County Poet Laureate Dede Fox was the 2016-2019 NEA Writer at Bryan Federal Prison Camp. Through Writers in the Schools, she currently writes with hematology/oncology patients at Texas Children’s Hospital. In 2019 LULP published On Wings of Silence: Mexico ’68, a novel in verse. TCU Press published her first book The Treasure in the Tiny Blue Tin. Other works include Postcards Home, Confessions of a Jewish Texan, nonfiction for Highlights Magazine, book reviews, and poetry. Reading, Signing & Panel: April 14
Rachel Magee is the author of five novels with a guaranteed happily ever after. A resident of The Woodlands, Rachel began writing as a young girl and entered her first novel in a contest for young authors/illustrators. Travel and the beach are Rachel’s favorite non-writing pursuits. She is the mother of two children (plus a cat and a dog) and is an ardent supporter of Texas Tech football. Reading, Signing & Authors' Panel: April 14
Katharine McGee is a New York Times Bestselling author and creator of both the Thousandth Floor and American Royals series. The third installment of American Royals will be published in April. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford. Reading & Signing: April 15 @ 10:30 a.m.
Ashley Winstead holds a B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in Contemporary American Literature from Southern Methodist University. Her published works include both thrillers and romance. Her latest thriller, THE LAST HOUSEWIFE, is coming out in paperback April 4, 2023, and her newest romance is to be published in May 2023. Photo credit Luis Noble Reading & Signing: April 15 @ 12:30 p.m.
Meagan Church has been a freelance writer for many years and her first novel is to be published in March 2023. Meagan is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.A. in English and lives with her high school sweetheart, three children, and their pets in North Carolina. THE LAST CAROLINA GIRL dramatizes a tale of family secrets and injustice in the 1930s South. This debut novel has been called “Unforgettable…” by Kim Michele Richardson, author of THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK. Author photo credit Bethany Callaway Reading & Signing: April 15 @ 2 p.m.
Laura Spence-Ash’s fiction has appeared in One Story, New England Review, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. Her critical essays and book reviews appear regularly in the Ploughshares blog. She received her MFA in Fiction from Rutgers-Newark, and she lives in New Jersey. BEYOND THAT THE SEA is her debut novel. Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan
Alda P. Dobbs is a writer of historical novels. Her debut book BAREFOOT DREAMS OF PETRA LUNA was on the Texas Bluebonnet Master List and also received a prestigious Pura Belpre Honor. Its sequel, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER, was published in 2022. Before pursuing her love of storytelling, Alda was an engineer. Reading & Signing: April 16 @ 10:30 a.m.
Katherine Center is a New York Times Bestselling author who started writing as a young girl. She majored in Creative Writing at Vassar College and went on to win a fellowship at the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. Katherine has published nine novels and has been called “the reigning queen of comfort reads” by BookPage. Two of her books have been adapted for film – THE LOST HUSBAND is available on Netflix, and HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS is currently in production. Reading & Signing: April 16 @ 1 p.m.
Kimberly Garza is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio. A native Texan, Dr. Garza’s debut novel THE LAST KARANKAWAS is set in her birthplace, Galveston, Texas. Dr. Garza is the child of a Filipina immigrant mother and a Mexican-American father and used this perspective to create the characters and community in her novel. THE LAST KARANKAWAS was chosen as a New York Times Editors’ Choice, an Indie Next Pick and was rated one of Audible’s Best of 2022. Reading & Signing: April 16 @ 2:30 p.m.
Susan McCauley is a screenwriter and award-winning author of books for teens and adults. Currently Ms. McCauley has one novella and five novels in print. Her first picture book for young readers, TROOPER AT THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL was published in November 2022. The first book in her latest fantasy series, MERLIN’S APPRENTICE: THE MAGE was published in January 2023. Ms. McCauley has a B.A. from the University of Houston, an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California, and an M.A. from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and King’s College in London. Reading: April 16 @ Artopoly Stage (time TBD)
A chemical engineer, Tracy Borgmeyer launched her Halley Harper series in 2017 as a way to encourage her own children’s love of science and to help them develop confidence in their abilities. She believes that together, we can create a world where kids believe that their lives are full of unlimited possibilities. Reading & Science Demonstrations @ Artopoly Stage (Date and Time TBD)
A U.S. Airforce veteran and modern-day "Hidden Figure," Sharon McDougle began her career as a Crew Escape Equipment (CEE) technician for NASA. She made history when she suited up Dr Mae Jemison for her historic flight aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. McDougle went on to become the first, and only female and Black person, to serve as the Manager of the CEE Processing Department. In this position, she managed the team of 25+ employees responsible for the equipment worn by the astronaut crews aboard the space shuttle. Her team suited up the astronauts, tested the equipment, strapped the astronauts into the space shuttle before launch, and recovered the crew upon landing. Her book "Suit Up for Launch with Shay" answers all your little astronauts' questions about what a space suit is in a fun and highly engaging way. Reading & Presentation: April 15 @ Artopoly Stage, 12 noon.