MarcyKate Connolly

photo/Cheryl Colombo Photography

Friday, November 9 only!

Booth 009

MarcyKate Connolly is a New York Times bestselling children’s book author who lives in New England with her family and a grumble of pugs.

Like the main character in her most recent book, Shadow Weaver, she once had an imaginary friend who did very naughty things like eating directly from the sugar bowl and playing hide-and-seek with her parents—without telling them—whenever they went to department stores.

Later in life, she graduated from Hampshire College (a magical place where they don’t give you grades) where she wrote an opera sequel to Hamlet as the equivalent of senior thesis. It was also there that she first fell in love with plotting and has been dreaming up new ways to make life difficult for her characters ever since.

You can visit her online and learn more about her stories at


Friday at 6:30 pm in Grand Gallery D

The Method in The Magic

Most fantasy novels have a unique magic system, ranging anywhere from simple and direct to highly complex. In this presentation, MarcyKate will talk about tips and tricks to build one’s own fantasy world. The presentation will take a look at examples of magic systems and how they work. Registrants will also participate in an interactive worldbuilding activity with a Q&A to follow.


3:00 to 6:00 pm autographs in 009

6:30 pm panel in Grand Gallery D