Gaithersburg Book Festival (2022) -- Alyssa Colman, Marti Dumas:
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Description of Pictures: Alyssa Colman, Marti Dumas
Willa Cather Pavilion
"The Tarnished Garden," the two protagonists settle in at the Manhattan School for Magic, but when one's magic goes rogue and their school is in danger, they'll need to lean on one another to make things right. "Wildseed Witch" is a fun middle-grade contemporary fantasy with an all-BIPOC cast, about a social-media-loving tween who gets sent to an ultra-private witch camp.
Moderated by Stephanie Brant, MCPS
Latest Title: The Tarnished Garden
Alyssa Colman is the author of “The Gilded Girl” and its follow-up, “The Tarnished Garden.” She won the 2013 Primary Stages ESPA new play competition and was a semifinalist at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference. She has participated as both a mentee and mentor in the Author Mentor Match program and is a member of SCBWI. Alyssa now lives in Los Angeles with her family.
Latest Title: Wildseed Witch (Book 1)
Marti Dumas taught elementary school literacy for 10 years, conducts teacher literacy trainings, and is the author of “Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest.” She lives in New Orleans with her family. Marti will be presenting “Wildseed Witch” (Book 1) at the Festival.
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