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Spring Holiday in the Park 2023 – Local Author Bios

Here are the local published authors who will be doing in-person $75 manuscript critiques at our Spring Holiday in the Park event:

Tim McCanna is the author and illustrator of the Peach and Plum early graphic novel series. He has also written several picture books including Bitty Bot’s Big Beach Getaway, an ALA Golden Duck Notable Picture Book, In a Garden, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, So Many Sounds, an ALA-Children’s Book Council “Building a Home Library” book, and Watersong, a New York Public Library Best Book for Kids and NCTE Notable Poetry Book. Tim served five years as Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI’s San Francisco/South chapter, and he is currently a picture book writing instructor for Storyteller Academy. He lives with his family in San Jose, California. Tim will critique picture books only. 


Stephanie Lucianovic writes books in the San Francisco Bay Area surrounded by a few kids, a few cats, and one husband. She is the author of SUFFERING SUCCOTASH: A PICKY EATER’S QUEST TO UNDERSTAND WHY WE HATE THE FOODS WE HATE (2012); THE END OF SOMETHING WONDERFUL (PB 2019); HELLO, STAR (PB 2021); THE LEAGUE OF PICKY EATERS (MG 2021); WHAT IS HOPE (PB 2023); HUMMINGBIRD SEASON (MG 2024), TOUCH THE SKY (PB 2024), and more, including the recently announced WHEN BREATHING IS TOO LOUD (PB 2025). Stephanie still sleeps with the teddy bear she had as a baby, she has a bellybutton phobia, and she was born with six wisdom teeth. She doesn’t think this makes her any wiser than the average chewer but it does give her a biting sense of humor. Her favorite words are “knelt” and “cloak.” Stephanie will critique picture books only. 


Lindsay Lackey is the author of the bestselling middle grade novel, All the Impossible Things (Roaring Brook Press), which was named a Best Book of 2019 by the New York Public Library, Denver Public Library, and Children’s Book Review, and was a 2020 WILLA Literary Award Finalist in Children’s Fiction and Nonfiction. Lindsay’s new book, Farther Than The Moon, comes out on September 19th. Before she became an author, Lindsay trained as an opera singer, worked in children’s and teen services at a public library, and as a marketing and publicity coordinator for a major publishing house. Born and raised in Colorado, she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their spoiled dogs. Lindsay will critique middle grade novels only. 

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