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Annie Barrows was born in 1962 in San Diego, California. She attended UC Berkeley and received a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval History.
She knows more than the average person about 3rd century saints. Under
the impression that a career in publishing meant she’d get to read a
lot, Annie became a proofreader at an art magazine and later an editor
at a textbook publishing company. In 1988, Chronicle Books hired Annie
as an editorial assistant, from which platform she became successively
assistant editor, managing editor, Editor, and Senior Editor. Somewhere
in this trajectory, she acquired Griffin & Sabine, Chronicle’s first New York Times best seller. In 1996, Annie received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
from Mills College and had a baby, a confluence of events that persuaded
her to leave editorial work and move into writing. She wrote several
non-fiction books on topics ranging from fortune-telling to opera before
turning her attention to children’s books.
In 2006, the first book in her children’s series, Ivy + Bean was published. This title, an ALA Notable Book for 2007, was followed by nine others. The Ivy + Bean series appears with some regularity on the New York Times best-seller list and a number of other national best-seller lists. The Ivy + Bean books have been translated into fourteen languages; in 2013 Ivy + Bean: The Musical premiered in the San Francisco Bay Area. A novel for older children, The Magic Half, was published by BloomsburyUSA in 2008. Its sequel, Magic in the Mix, came out in 2014. In addition to her children’s books, Annie is the co-author, with her aunt Mary Ann Shaffer, of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which was published by The Dial Press in 2008. A New York Times best-seller, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society has been published in 37 countries and 32 languages. Annie lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.
Laurel Snyder is the author of six novels for children, Orphan Island, Bigger than a Bread Box, Penny Dreadful, Any Which Wall, Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains OR The Search for a Suitable Princess, and Seven Stories Up. She has also written many picture books, including Charlie and Mouse, The Forever Garden, The King of Too Many Things, Swan, the Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, Inside the Slidy Diner, Good night, laila tov, Nosh, Schlep, Schluff, The Longest Night, Camp Wonderful Wild, and Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher.In addition to her books for children, Laurel has written two books of poems, Daphne & Jim: a choose-your-own-adventure biography in verse and The Myth of the Simple Machines. She also edited an anthology of nonfiction, Half/Life: Jew-ish tales from Interfaith Homes. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Michener-Engle Fellow, Laurel has published work in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Utne Reader, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Revealer, Salon, The Iowa Review, American Letters and Commentary, and elsewhere. She is an occasional commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, and she teaches in the MFAC program at Hamline University, and also in the creative writing department at Emory University. A Baltimore native, Laurel now lives in Atlanta (in Ormewood Park), with her family. Which is really the best part.