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The Spark is the most compelling passage of your book. We want to hear yours!

Join IngramSpark and BookLife by Publishers Weekly at BookCon 2018 for The Spark: A Literary Event for Writers and Poets.

WHERE
BookCon
Javits Center
New York, NY
Ingram Booth #2721

WHEN
Saturday, June 2, 2018
12:30pm to 2:30pm
(Sign-in and seating start at noon)

This fast-paced, live literary event features a keynote by poet and bestselling author of Her, Pierre Alex Jeanty, interviews with published authors and poets, and 90-second "Sparks": live readings by writers and poets like you.

Poets and writers are invited to The Spark to read 90-second, family-friendly passages from their books or manuscripts live on The Spark's stage at Ingram Booth # 2721, and shared as videos on BookLife's social media.

Those wishing to participate must RSVP below and then sign in on-site. Readers will be selected at random from those who have signed in on-site, and participants will receive a free digital subscription to Publishers Weekly and a Publish Indie t-shirt and free title setup from IngramSpark. All poets and writers who RSVP will be entitled to discounted entry to BookCon. Those not selected to read live are invited to have their reading recorded after The Spark, and shared on BookLife's social media.

K e y n o t e


Pierre Alex Jeanty is the bestselling author of Her, Her II, To the Women I Once Loved, and Unspoken Feelings of a Gentleman. He is also the founder of Gentlemenhood™, CEO of Jeanius Publishing, and a Haitian-American author, influencer, and entrepreneur who is devoted to making an impact through his writing. He primarily focuses on poetically sharing his journey, lessons, and mistakes along the paths of manhood and love, while also vowing to share wisdom he has gathered along the journey of life through his brand Gentlemenhood. His hope is to inspire men to become better and to be a voice of hope to women who have lost faith in good men. This is the vision of his brand and the agenda he follows as a writer.

Pierre currently resides in southwest Florida with his family where he operates as the owner of Jeanius Publishing, a company with a unique approach to help authors thrive. He also occasionally travels as a speaker and continues to write.

Leading off The Spark, Pierre will talk about his journey as a writer and will be reading from a selection of his books.

Also Appearing

L. Penelope
L. Penelope
Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance.

She was born in the Bronx, just after the birth of hip hop, but left before she could acquire an accent. Equally left and right-brained, she studied Film at Howard University and minored in Computer Science. This led to a graduate degree in Multimedia and a career in website development. She's also an award-winning independent filmmaker, co-founded a literary magazine, and sometimes dreams in HTML.

Leslye lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents. Sign up for new release information and giveaways on her website: lpenelope.com.

During The Spark, Leslye will be reading from her Publishers Weekly starred book Song of Blood & Stone.

Paul Aertker
Paul Aertker
Paul Aertker (ETT Kerr) is a children’s book writer, teacher, and frequent speaker at elementary and middle schools. He began his teaching career in West Africa with the Peace Corps where he helped establish the town’s first public library. His first series, Crime Travelers, consistently ranks in the top spot in multiple categories. The series has been optioned for TV and Film. His newest book, Posthumous, is available in 2018. He and his wife live in Colorado and travel with their two children whenever possible. More information at paulaertker.com

During The Spark, Paul will be reading from Brainwashed (book one of the Crime Travelers series).

Rozsa Gaston
Rozsa Gaston
Rozsa Gaston writes playful books on serious matters, including the struggles women face to get what they want out of life. She studied European history at Yale, and received her Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. In between, Gaston worked as a singer/pianist all over the world. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her family.

Gaston’s works include Anne and Charles: Book One of the Anne of Brittany Series, Sense of Touch: Love and Duty at Anne of Brittany’s Court (a 2017 RONE Award finalist), Paris Adieu, Black is Not a Color, Dog Sitters, Budapest Romance, and Running from Love.

She is currently working on Anne and Louis: Book Two of the Anne of Brittany Series, a fictional account of the life of Anne of Brittany, Queen of France, during the years of her second marriage from 1499-1514 to Louis XII, King of France.

Follow @RozsaGaston on Twitter and RozsaGastonAuthor on Instagram. Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rozsagastonauthor. Visit her online at www.rozsagaston.com.

She will read from her Publishers Weekly-starred book Anne and Charles.

Robin Cutler
Robin Cutler
As Director of IngramSpark, Robin Cutler leads the development of IngramSpark as an Ingram Content Group service for indie authors. She has published over 1000 books as Assistant Director at USC Press, and CEO and founder of her own trade imprint, Summerhouse Press. Robin most recently worked for Amazon/CreateSpace. She has broad knowledge of indie, academic and trade publishing and is an expert in content creation, distribution, on-demand models, and author strategies. Follow Robin on Twitter at @rcutlerspark and be sure to check out IngramSpark on Facebook, on Twitter #ingramspark and visit the website at www.ingramspark.com.

During The Spark, Robin will be reading from her essay "The Musty Smell of Books," from the anthology State of the Heart.

Justine Bylo
Justine Bylo
Justine Bylo currently manages the author acquisition program at IngramSpark and works with authors and publishers to help grow their businesses and expand their flourishing platforms. Justine has worked with Ingram Content Group for 5 years. During her time at Ingram, she worked in various parts of the business including Lightning Source and Ingram Publisher Services, where she managed both the print and digital distribution needs of independent publishers. Justine started her career in the unlikely place of television. She was a writing intern for The Colbert Report, where her snappy one-liners landed her jokes on the air. She later worked in reality TV development at Oxygen and Bravo before making the switch to publishing.

Justine was a graduate of NYU Tisch in Dramatic Writing and continues to work on her romance novels during her free time.

L. Penelope
L. Penelope
Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance.

She was born in the Bronx, just after the birth of hip hop, but left before she could acquire an accent. Equally left and right-brained, she studied Film at Howard University and minored in Computer Science. This led to a graduate degree in Multimedia and a career in website development. She's also an award-winning independent filmmaker, co-founded a literary magazine, and sometimes dreams in HTML.

Leslye lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents. Sign up for new release information and giveaways on her website: lpenelope.com.

During The Spark, Leslye will be reading from her Publishers Weekly starred book Song of Blood & Stone.

Paul Aertker
Paul Aertker
Paul Aertker (ETT Kerr) is a children’s book writer, teacher, and frequent speaker at elementary and middle schools. He began his teaching career in West Africa with the Peace Corps where he helped establish the town’s first public library. His first series, Crime Travelers, consistently ranks in the top spot in multiple categories. The series has been optioned for TV and Film. His newest book, Posthumous, is available in 2018. He and his wife live in Colorado and travel with their two children whenever possible. More information at paulaertker.com

During The Spark, Paul will be reading from Brainwashed (book one of the Crime Travelers series).

Rozsa Gaston
Rozsa Gaston
Rozsa Gaston writes playful books on serious matters, including the struggles women face to get what they want out of life. She studied European history at Yale, and received her Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. In between, Gaston worked as a singer/pianist all over the world. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her family.

Gaston’s works include Anne and Charles: Book One of the Anne of Brittany Series, Sense of Touch: Love and Duty at Anne of Brittany’s Court (a 2017 RONE Award finalist), Paris Adieu, Black is Not a Color, Dog Sitters, Budapest Romance, and Running from Love.

She is currently working on Anne and Louis: Book Two of the Anne of Brittany Series, a fictional account of the life of Anne of Brittany, Queen of France, during the years of her second marriage from 1499-1514 to Louis XII, King of France.

Follow @RozsaGaston on Twitter and RozsaGastonAuthor on Instagram. Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rozsagastonauthor. Visit her online at www.rozsagaston.com.

She will read from her Publishers Weekly-starred book Anne and Charles.

Robin Cutler
Robin Cutler
As Director of IngramSpark, Robin Cutler leads the development of IngramSpark as an Ingram Content Group service for indie authors. She has published over 1000 books as Assistant Director at USC Press, and CEO and founder of her own trade imprint, Summerhouse Press. Robin most recently worked for Amazon/CreateSpace. She has broad knowledge of indie, academic and trade publishing and is an expert in content creation, distribution, on-demand models, and author strategies. Follow Robin on Twitter at @rcutlerspark and be sure to check out IngramSpark on Facebook, on Twitter #ingramspark and visit the website at www.ingramspark.com.

During The Spark, Robin will be reading from her essay "The Musty Smell of Books," from the anthology State of the Heart.

Justine Bylo
Justine Bylo
Justine Bylo currently manages the author acquisition program at IngramSpark and works with authors and publishers to help grow their businesses and expand their flourishing platforms. Justine has worked with Ingram Content Group for 5 years. During her time at Ingram, she worked in various parts of the business including Lightning Source and Ingram Publisher Services, where she managed both the print and digital distribution needs of independent publishers. Justine started her career in the unlikely place of television. She was a writing intern for The Colbert Report, where her snappy one-liners landed her jokes on the air. She later worked in reality TV development at Oxygen and Bravo before making the switch to publishing.

Justine was a graduate of NYU Tisch in Dramatic Writing and continues to work on her romance novels during her free time.

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