Mesa Book Festival: 2023 Vendor List

Welcome to the list of participating vendors for the 2023 Mesa Book Festival.

Independent authors, small publishers, and literary organizations abound in this list. Make sure you note your favorites and make plans to visit them on the day of the event.

Find Your Favorites

Signed books make great holiday gifts! Explore the authors and presses below and make your list of which ones you're going to visit day of. So many choices, you are bound to find a bunch that will round out your giving list. And that's OK, come see us at the admin tent, while supplies last we'll have free book festival bags for everyone to help you with your haul!

Registration is Closed

At this time, registration for new vendors is closed. We have started a wait list and you van submit your Information here.

  • Hayley Rose

    Hayley Rose, has embraced the exciting world of publishing with creative, interactive books for kids. She has been a featured author at the Children's Learning and Play Festival, presented keynote presentations for publishing groups across the country including the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference, and has been interviewed on the Author Learning Center alongside authors Stan Lee and R.L. Stine. Hayley spends most of her time in Scottsdale with her cookie obsessed mini schnauzer, Blanche. 

    Connect on Socials: Facebook | Amazon

  • James Bultema

    James Bultema is a military combat veteran and a retired twenty-five-year street cop from the Los Angeles Police Department. Having written several non-fiction books, Bultema breaks away from that historical form and takes the reader on an edge-of-your-seat, present-day military thriller with missiles flying between the United States and China in their bloody fight for Taiwan. 

    Connect on Socials: Amazon

  • K.N. Salustro

    K.N. Salustro is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author who loves outer space, dragons, and stories that include at least one of those things. When not writing, she can be found painting, designing and sewing plushies, and trying to play video games while her cat paws at the screen.

    Connect on Socials: Facebook | Amazon

  • Kathie McMahon

    Kathie McMahon is the author of the humorous, award-winning chapter book series, Mortimer and Me, about eight-year-old Jimmy and a moose named Mortimer. She has collaborated on many youth theater musicals, receiving four ariZoni awards for Original Music Composition.Kathie lives in Gilbert, Arizona.

    Connect on Socials: Facebook  |  X  | Amazon

  • Katrina Shawver

    Katrina Shawver is a writer, experienced public speaker, and history geek. She wrote for the Arizona Republic newspaper for eleven years. During that time, she met Henry Zguda, a Polish Catholic survivor of German concentration camps, and soon offered to write his incredible story. She is the recipient of the 2018 Polish Heritage Award and many other accolades.

    Connect on Socials: Amazon

  • Kids Need to Read

    Founded with a passion to improve the lives of disadvantaged children by providing inspiring book collections and engaging literacy programs to underfunded schools, libraries, and organizations across the nation, Kids Need to Read aspires to empower and embolden every last child through a culture of reading.

    For many of the children it serves, Kids Need to Read represents a crucial link to a strong literacy education, and its programs help build and nurture support systems for the development of literate minds. By immersing children in an integrated world of literary experiences that teaches them, firsthand, the impact of reading on every aspect of life, imagination is ignited and confidence is built for a prosperous future, regardless of race, economic status, or personal capabilities.

  • Manasi Vegesna

    Manasi Vegesna is a passionate author from Arizona who is interested in biology and medicine. She has utilized her love for immunology in order to help future young generations face their sickness with courage. In the future, she hopes to dive into the wonders of science through more imaginative stories. Currently a high school senior, she continues to be curious. When she’s not doing her homework, you can catch her playing the violin or reading books. Or, she’s probably binging Disney movies.

    Connect on Socials: X(Twitter) | Amazon

  • Maxwell McNamara

    Max (he/they pronouns) is a queer artist & author from Flagstaff, AZ! His short story, Badger, is illustrated through a series of nearly 50 hand-carved block print images, big and small. It follows a little badger (of course!) who is taken advantage of by a trickster, and learns to cope with-- and love-- the monstrous form that now cradles his gentle heart. Max creates art that brings him joy, and crafts stories that hold trauma with compassion. They can be found @max.hearts on Instagram!

  • Melissa Woodforlk-Whyte

    Melissa A. Woodforlk-Whyte is a School Leader and Instructional Specialist with seventeen years of experience, inclusive of overseas teaching, as a dedicated Educator and Administrator bringing forth expertise in the improvement of teaching and learning and the total educational process so that all students can achieve. She is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Whyte Warehouse Connection LLC, a company dedicated to providing the best educational products and services.

    Connect on Socials: Amazon

  • Mesa Historical Museum

    Co-Authors Shannon Maki and Susan Ricci have worked at the Mesa Historical Museum for serveral years and are committed to sharing the rich history of Mesa, Arizona.

    Connect on Socials: Facebook

  • Miles Hooper

    Miles Hooper is an independent author from Phoenix, Arizona. He's lived in the state for over 25 years and makes it a point to use Arizona as a location for most of his stories. Miles is a genre writer who seeks to explore the style and genres from the pulp fiction novel era. Film is a huge part of his life. His favorite movie genres are film noir and horror. His books include links to music playlists of songs that are referenced within his stories.

    Connect on Socials: Amazon

  • Mimi Francis

    Mimi Francis is a sassy and confident romance writer known for her steamy tales of passion that leave readers breathless. Her creative writing style is filled with vivid imagery and bold characters that make her stories come alive. Born and raised in Montana, Mimi has always had a passion for writing and storytelling. Mimi's love for writing began when she was a teenager and she honed her craft by penning countless short stories and journaling. As an adult, she turned to fan fiction...

    Connect on Socials: Facebook  |  X  | Amazon

  • Paperclip Publishing

    Determined with a mutual desire to open the doors to a new world of publishing for authors while inviting a whole new generation of bibliophiles to discover magical new worlds and ideas through books, Paperclip Publishing was created.

    Connect on Socials: Facebook  | Amazon

  • PJ Hultstrand

    P. J. Hultstrand is the author of twelve books. Since 2009, she has been a digital specialist, art director, graphics designer, publisher, newspaper editor, media interviewer and more.

    Connect on Socials: Facebook  |  X  | Amazon

  • Ralph Val Wilson

    Orthopedic surgeon, raised in Iowa, Rotarian, married to Marilyn Wilson former school board member, father of three children. have written two books, memoir containing my Vietnam experience and Bony Baloney, a book of humous vignettes, mostly medical.

  • Roxanne Doty

    Roxanne Doty lives in Tempe, Arizona. Her debut novel, Out Stealing Water, was published by Regal House Publishing, August 30. 2022. She has published stories and poems in Third Wednesday, Quibble Lit, Superstition Review, Espacio Fronterizo, Ocotillo Review, Forge, I70 Review, Soundings Review, The Blue Guitar, Four Chambers Literary Magazine, Lascaux Review, Lunaris Review, Journal of Microliterature, NewVerseNews, International Times, Saranac Review, Gateway Review and Reunion...

    Connect on Socials: Facebook  |  X

  • SandDancer Publications

    Award-Winning Authors - C.S. Kading and Tony Fuentes have been working together and crafting stories for more than two decades. Partners in mischief and mayhem they are happy to tell stories of magic, murder, mystery, and adventure!

  • Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter

    Desert Sleuths is a proud member of Sisters in Crime, an international organization that promotes the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers. Sisters in Crime helps women achieve equality in the industry by raising professionalism, serving as the voice for excellence, and achieving diversity in crime writing. Desert Sleuths is located in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and serves members throughout the State of Arizona and beyond!

    Connect on socials: Facebook

  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators- Arizona Chapter

    The Arizona region covers a large geographic area with a diverse membership of individuals at all stages of writing, illustrating and publishing in the children’s book marketplace.

  • Stefanie Contreras | Latina Geek Girl

    Stefanie Contreras is a Latinx author of The Merry Maids sci-fi trilogy and two published short stories, Pestilence as well as The Warlock and the Crow. In addition to writing novels, she is a volunteer with Quill & Crow Publishing House and WriteHive, a non-profit that provides free, inclusive events and resources for all writers. She also is a co-host of the Pop Culture Junkees podcast, and an officer with Geek Girl Brunch. For more information, visit her at

    Connect on Socials: Facebook | Amazon | X (Twitter)

Page 2 of 3

Join the Anthology Email List

Upcoming Events

2024 Mesa Book Festival
07 Dec 2024;
10:00AM - 05:00PM
ArtsGiving Day 2025
20 May 2025;