Two great short presentations:

Local AuthorsSeveral local authors will briefly speak about their books and be open to a short q & a session.  Talk with Matt Coyle, Valerie Hansen, Cornelia Feye, and Corey Lynn Fayman–all local authors with books set in California.
Write Like Carolyn Keene: The History of Nancy Drew and The Formula For Writing
Join us as James Keeline, writer and researcher into the Stratemeyer Syndicate (and its founder, Edward Stratemeyer, the creator of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, the Bobbsey Twins and more), discusses how the Nancy Drew books were written and the formulas for writing that the Syndicate had ghostwriters use to create one of the most successful children’s series in the world.

Cliffhangers, illustrations, plot points–all carefully laid out to keep readers turning the page.  Learn about the early history of Nancy Drew and how many writers have been Carolyn Keene since the series began in 1930.  Did you know the Nancy Drew books you buy today are revised from the originals (sometimes substantially)?  

James D. Keeline is writing the biography of Edward Stratemeyer and has a website,, where he shares some of his research into children’s series books.