Nora Raleigh Baskin

Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of thirteen novels for young readers and a contributor to two story collections. She has won several awards including the 2010 American Library Association’s  Schneider Family Book Award for Anything But Typical.  A  2001 Publishers Weekly Flying Start, Nora has also published personal narrative essays which have appeared in The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and The Writer Magazine. She has taught creative writing to both children and adults for over fifteen years with such organizations as SCBWI, The Hudson Valley Writers Center, Gotham Writers, The Unicorn Writers Conference,
The Highlights Foundation and many others. She often speaks at schools and libraries across the country and abroad on the healing power of writing, in any form, based on her own personal experiences.  Ruby on the Outside is her latest middle grade novel. Nine/Ten: A 9/11 Story will be published August 2016 by Simon&Schuster. You can see more about Nora’s titles at norabaskin.com.
DSC_6863Lorraine Gengo has written thousands of food-related articles and reviews (and has edited thousands upon thousands more) in a journalism career spanning almost 30 years. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Fairfield County Weekly for 12 years, writing about politics, the arts and food. Her feature “The Fridges of Fairfield County” won a NENPA award in the food category. She was the food editor at METRO in San Jose, Calif., where she launched the food-writing career of author Andrew X. Pham. Her stories have appeared in Connecticut Magazine, Greenwich Magazine, Westport Magazine and The Beat. She was the lead local editor for Zagat’s Connecticut Restaurants from 2005-2011. Travel and living abroad has informed much of her writing, both nonfiction and fiction. She lived in Iraq for a year during the Iran-Iraq conflict, and spent a month in India studying the healing arts. For the past several years, she’s traveled to Guatemala to work with Joyce Maynard, her writing teacher. She often lectures at SUNY Purchase and University of Bridgeport, and elsewhere, about her experiences. An historical novel set in Guatemala suffused with culinary references is now in the hands of her agent, awaiting a book deal. She is currently working on a novel set in Baghdad based on her experiences living in Iraq.
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