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Signatures Author Series Accepting Visiting Author Applications

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – The John Cooper School will host the 15th Annual Signatures Author Series featuring Maria Semple, on Friday, December 6 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Semple is an internationally acclaimed novelist (Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Today Will Be Different, This One Is Mine) as well as a producer and writer for such television shows as 90210, Mad About You, Saturday Night Live, Ellen, and Arrested Development.

The Signatures Executive Committee, co-chaired by Lisa Hollingsworth and Malin Melin, is accepting applications from authors who wish to sell their books and engage with attendees at the luncheon, which sells out to around 1,000 attendees each year. Due to space constraints, only a limited number of booths are available.

2019 Signatures Author Series Committee members, from left, are Sandy Mahler, Mary Paur, Kylie Haslam, Lisa Hollingsworth (co-chair), Malin Melin (co-chair), Ileana Endom and Emmy Schorzman. Casilda Borda Diaz Pizarro, Patty Carter, Mari Dewberry and Eileen Van Geertruyden are also on the planning committee for the event that will take place on December 6 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel.

“Each year, we strive to put together a well-rounded group of visiting authors who represent a variety of genres,” said Mari Dewberry, who co-chairs the Visiting Authors portion with Kylie Haslam. “Authors who participate are highlighted in event publicity and have a table with signage where they can sell their books and visit with guests before and after the luncheon. This is a highly anticipated portion of our event and we look forward to shedding light on local authors.”




The booth registration fee is $150, and the deadline for application to participate is on or before October 7 for pre-event publicity and the final deadline is October 21. Specific guidelines, details and application forms are available at Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the Signatures luncheon is given to a local literacy organization and this year’s beneficiary is the Montgomery County Memorial Library System.

Established in 1988, The John Cooper School is a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent, college preparatory school that has a current enrollment of 1,284 students. For more information, visit