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Minifest 2023

Minifest 2023

Join eight children's authors & illustrators from the Augusta River Region for a day of storytimes and signings!

 • Bring your mini readers for story times all day
 • Pick up signed copies for gifting
 • Saturday, December 9th • 10 AM to 1 PM


Cathy Goldberg Fishman

A graduate of Lesley College and the University of Vermont, Cathy taught in an elementary school, directed a daycare, owned a children's bookstore, taught at a community college and worked at the Augusta Jewish Federation. Right now, she is spending time with her granddaughters, volunteering, and scribbling on paper.
IG @cathy.goldberg.fishman

Christina E. Petrides

Born in Texas and raised in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) of Georgia, USA, Christina E. Petrides lived and worked in Washington, DC (2003-2013), and on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea (2017-2023), before returning to the CSRA.

Her first children's book, Blueberry Man, was published in 2020. 

Dawn M. Cardona

Dawn M. Cardona is a self-taught illustrator and designer.  She has been illustrating Children's books since 2018 and has had the pleasure of working with Simon & Shuster, Busy Hands Books and Magic Cat Publishing to illustrate 5 books.
IG: @dearlydawnstudio

Jacki Mayo Van Dyke

Illustrator of Do You Know How Much I Love You?
IG: @fullmetaljacki


John Doriot 

John Doriot’s Oreo series are heartwarming stories about John and his dog, Oreo. Great read-aloud books for toddlers to second graders: your child or grandchild will love reading the words along with you as you share the stories with them.

The newest edition, I HOPE IT SNOWS FOR OREO, pairs beautiful images with a sweet message of love and hope as the family prepares for the Christmas holiday.

Doriot is also the author of many novels and collections for adults.


IG: @doriotjohn

Lillie DeLecuona 

DeLecuona is the llustrator of Plátanos en nuestro patio, a children's book that follows a young girl and her family as she learns all about plantains and the culturally important dishes they make. 

See more of Lillie’s work online at

Lynn Nottingham

Author of Do You Know How Much I Love You?

On a distant planet, a mother expresses her abundant love for her child, a love that is as vast and limitless as the universe itself. Together they explore the wonders of nature and experience the beauty and magic of the world around them, from the flowers at their feet to the sky above and beyond.

Marie Agerton

Marie Agerton, a children's book author from Augusta, GA, never outgrew her love for children's literature. Today, she's fortunate to share the joys of books and writing with children from all walks of life. She's also a contributor to Highlights Magazine, where you might have encountered some of her works.

FB: @writermarieagerton

Date: 12/09/2023
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
The Book Tavern
978 Broad Street
Augusta, GA 30901-1213