HIGHLIGHTS of The John Cooper School’s 15th Annual Signatures Author Series Featuring Maria Semple

By: Deb Spiess
| Published 12/09/2019

Maria Semple, Keynote Author
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THE WOODLANDS, TX -- HIGHLIGHTS of The John Cooper School’s 15th Annual Signatures Author Series Featuring Maria Semple Friday, December 6, 2019 The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center

·Featured Author

Maria Semple, internationally recognized bestselling novelist (Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Today Will Be Different, This One Is Mine) as well as a producer and writer for television shows, 90210, Mad About You, Saturday Night Live, Ellen and Arrested Development

·Guests In Attendance: Over 720

·20 Visiting Authors

Angela Aja, Connie Barretta, Marlen Suyapa Bodden, Julie Coy and Grand Maniér, Amy Weinland Daughters, B. Lombardo Drabek, Debbie Dunn, Dede Fox, Kathryn Lane, Susan K. Langlois, Roger Leslie, Ph.D., Curt Locklear, Kristen Martin, Angélica Ribeiro, Gary D. Rogers, Martha J. Rogers, Loren Steffy, Sasha Summers, Dave Ward, James Mikel Wilson

·Beneficiary

Montgomery County Memorial Library System - replace books lost due to Hurricane Imelda

·Signed piece

Warby Parker Sunglasses signed by Maria Semple

·Drawing Prizes

An 11-day cruise to Antarctica for Two; A 4-Day Family Trip to Seattle; An Oval Moon & Star Locket by Penny Preville; A Kayak Adventure Package; Signed Warby Parker Sunglases and Book Basket containing signed books from all participating authors

·Steering Committee

Co-chairs Lisa Hollingsworth and Malin Melin; Sandy Mahler (Book Sales); Janet Osmond, Casilda Borda Diaz Pizarro, Eileen Van Geertruyden (Decorations); Mari Dewberry and Kylie Haslam (Visiting Authors); Mary Paur (Volunteers); Emmy Schorzman, Ileana Endom (Drawing); Patty Carter, Ileana Endom (Wine Walk).

·15 Years of Success – Featured Authors 2005-2019

Former First Lady Barbara Bush, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Anthony Bourdain, John Grogan, Nicholas Sparks, Candace Bushnell, Kathryn Stocket/Tate Taylor, Jodi Picoult, Tyler Florence, Gillian Flynn, Cheryl Strayed, Paula Hawkins, Maria Semple

·Quote from Co-Chairs

“Lisa and I could not be more pleased with this 15th anniversary event,” said Malin Melin, who co-chaired the event with Lisa Hollingsworth. “Ms. Semple was both lighthearted and thought-provoking and was rounded out by Visiting Authors whose talents enhance our event every year. We are very grateful to the sponsors and many volunteers who create an experience to celebrate literature and authors in a festive atmosphere for a good cause.”

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