Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Saturday Evening Festivities


5:00–6:30 p.m.

Midsouth Cocktail and Autograph Party with Portfolio Showcase (free and open to the public)

Did you know that Saturday’s book signing is open to the public? Your non-conference-going/book-loving friends are welcome to come buy books from our fantastic lineup of authors! The party is from 5:00 to 6:30p.m. in the Atrium at the Cool Springs Embassy Suites on Saturday, September 14. This year, our participating authors are:

Will Akers, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Shellie Braeuner, Donna Driver, Sharon Cameron, Dave Connis, Alice Faye Duncan, Susan Eaddy, Shelli Johannes, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Alisha Klapheke, Natalie Lloyd, Rob McKlurken, Heather Montgomery, Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, Shauna La Voy Reynolds, Teresa Richards, Jill Dana, Eric Smith, Shannon Stocker, Patsi Trollinger, Kristi Valiant, Mary Uhles,  Allison Varnes, Jessica Young

Don’t forget to bring your drink coupon, cash, or credit card to use at the cash bar.

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7:00–10:00 p.m.

Silver and Steam Gala Dinner (for conference attendees and faculty)

Saturday concludes with the Silver and Steam Gala Dinner for both conference attendees and faculty. The gala will include a full sit-down dinner, as well as a presentation of contest winners (fiction, illustration, social media, portfolio showcase). The theme is “silver and steam,” so dress appropriately. Think dinner attire with a bent toward steampunk—leather, gold, silver, steel, etc. Everything from a top hat or goggles to a leather jacket or a full-on costume. Take your pick and have fun with it! This is a great opportunity to unwind after a long, productive day and socialize with both attendees and faculty. (The cost of dinner is included with your conference tuition.)

If you have any questions regarding dietary restrictions, please email Shauna LaVoy Reynolds at