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Southern Spookfest: A Panel for Middle Grades Readers

by | Sep 23, 2021


Sept 28 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join Main Street Books for a special virtual panel featuring four notable authors and their spooky, Southern-set books!
ASH VAN OTTERLOO – A Touch of Ruckus
DAKA HERMON – Hide and Seeker
CINDY BALDWIN – The Stars of Whistling Ridge

Best for ages 8-12 – Free to Attend | Hosted on Zoom | REGISTER NOW


Ash Van Otterloo is the debut author of Cattywampus. When they’re not writing and freelance editing, they love gardening, hiking, exchanging playful banter, and collecting folklore stories. A longtime resident of the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, they now live in Washington with their spouse and four feral children.

Daka Hermon was born in Tennessee and spent her childhood huddled under a blanket with a flashlight reading and writing fairy-tale and fantasy stories. She works in the entertainment industry, and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She loves peach sweet tea, chocolate, cupcakes, and collecting superhero toys. Daka lives in California and can be found online at and on Twitter @dakadh.

Cindy Baldwin is the Indies Introduce author of the critically acclaimed novel Where the Watermelons Grow (an Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor and Indie Next selection), Beginners Welcome, and The Stars of Whistling Ridge. She lives just outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter. To learn more about Cindy, visit

Juliana Brandt is an author and kindergarten teacher with a passion for storytelling that guides her in both of her jobs. She lives in her childhood home of Minnesota, and her writing is heavily influenced by travels around the country and a decade living in the South. When not working, she is usually exploring the great outdoors. She is also the author of The Wolf of Cape Fen. You can find her online at

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