2019 Scribbles to Novels New York

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April 11, 2019|6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Pier 60

Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011 United States

Join Jumpstart at our 14th annual Scribbles to Novels gala — this year celebrating Jumpstart’s 25th anniversary. This event shines a spotlight on the school readiness crisis and celebrates the importance of literature in young children’s lives. Attendees have the opportunity to meet featured authors and receive signed books during our Authors Circle, hear inspiring stories from Jumpstart volunteers and leaders, and participate in a live auction. Annually, the event is attended by over 400 professionals and raises $1.1M for Jumpstart children in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

For a sneak peak of the Live Auction items, click here!

Please contact Liz Trout regarding sponsorships or questions at ltrout@jstart.org.

Authors Circle

Corey Brettschneider is professor of political science at Brown University, where he teaches constitutional law and politics, as well as visiting professor of law at Fordham Law School. His writing has appeared in TIMEPolitico, and the New York Times.

Laura Cornell is an illustrator, mom, handyman, gardener, swimmer and bicyclist. ME, MYSELFIE AND I: A CAUTIONARY TALE is the 12th picture book collaboration by actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrator Laura Cornell.  Laura divides her time between N.Y.C. and southern California, her land of origin. She loves taking pictures, not of herself and her daughter, Lilly, makes her a very lucky person.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. She has been the recipient of Ford, Mellon, and Social Science Research Council fellowships, and is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. Her book, NEVER CAUGHT: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, was a National Book Award Finalist, shared the 2018 Frederick Douglass Book Prize, and has been adapted for young readers.

Christina Geist is the author of the forthcoming Sorry Grownups, You Can’t Go to School as well as Buddy’s Bedtime Battery. A former television producer and writer, she worked as a marketing director for clients such as AT&T, Bayer Aspirin, International Paper, and Johnson & Johnson. Christina is now principal and strategy director of True Geist, a brand consulting firm she founded. She lives in New York with her husband, Willie Geist, and their two children, Lucie and George.

Karina Yan Glaser is the New York Times bestselling author of the middle grade books The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden, and The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue (9/17/19). Karina is a contributing editor for Book Riot, a job she happily does because she gets to read hundreds of children’s books a year. She lives in Harlem with her husband, two daughters, and an assortment of rescue animals. One of her proudest achievements is raising two kids who can’t go anywhere without a book. Find her online at www.karinaglaser.com.

Vashti Harrison, author and illustrator of the bestselling Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History, is an artist, author and filmmaker with a passion for storytelling. She earned her MFA in film/video from California Institute of the Arts, where she snuck into animation and illustration classes to learn from Disney and DreamWorks legends. There she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now she uses her love of both film and illustration to craft beautiful stories for children. We invite you to visit her at www.vashtiharrison.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @VashtiHarrison.

Rakesh Satyal is the author of the novels Blue Boy, which won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction and the 2010 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies, and No One Can Pronounce My Name,  published in 2017 by Picador. Satyal was a recipient of a 2010 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two fellowships from the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. His writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Out magazine, and The Awl. A graduate of Princeton University, he has taught in the publishing program at New York University and currently sits on the board of Lambda Literary. He lives in Brooklyn.

Elizabeth Strout is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the forthcoming (Fall 2019) novel Olive, Again; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive KitteridgeAnything Is Possible, winner of The Story Prize; My Name Is Lucy Barton, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; The Burgess Boys, named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and NPR; Abide with Me, a national bestseller; and Amy and Isabelle, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the International Dublin Literary Award, and the Orange Prize. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker. Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City.

Host Committee

Milena Alberti-Perez
Lorie Almon & Mitch Bompey
Jesse Angelo
Dr. Dale Atkins & Mr. Robert Rosen
Laura & Sharyar Aziz
Cristen & Nigel Barker
Hillary Blumberg
Kaija & Peter Braus
Kirsten Axelsen Carmel & David Carmel
James Cole, Jr.

Thomas G. Connolly
Laura Dail
Stephen Epstein
Lucy Green & Mark Flannery
Ali & David Kamin
Allegra Kochman
Kathy & Jay Lathen
Kellie & Jeff Lerner
Jennifer & Andrew Marrus
Cynthia Mitchell

Kim L. Mitchell
Sarah Mlynowski
Katie & Mark Pinho
Anne Turner & Alan Riffkin
Krisztina & Brian Rivel
Deb Shapiro
Megan Sheetz
Loretta & Chris Stadler
Rosemary Stimola


Nigel Barker, Celebrity Fashion Photographer & Author



April 11, 2019
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Chelsea Piers
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