Friday, November 21, 2008

J.C. Amberlyn confirmed for KABAM! 2009

New Book! -

J. C. has finished writing her new book, Drawing Animals Manga Style with Watson-Guptil Publications. J.C. will be featuring her new book and Manga art at KABAM! 2009.

Congratulations J.C.!

Monday, September 22, 2008

NORAZ Poets coming to KABAM!

NORAZ Poets and National SLAM Poet, Christopher Lane will be coming to KABAM 2009!

Stay tuned for more details. Ideas in the making: School visits, KABAM Slam II, Guest readings.

For more information about NORAZ Poets, visit:

Children's Author Monica Brown Confirmed for KABAM!

Award-winning children's author, Monica Brown has confirmed her availability for KABAM! 2009. Learn more about Monica and her books at:

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Author's Committee Meeting POSTPONED

Due to a funeral and other schedule conflicts, the meeting will be rescheduled in the next week or two when more will be able to attend.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Children's Author Conrad Storad Confirmed!

Children's author, Conrad Storad has confirmed his availability for KABAM 2009!

Many of Conrad's books feature the animals of the Sonoran Desert, including Don't Call Me Pig! (A Javelina's Story) and Lizard's for Lunch, (A Roadrunner's Tale).

See a more complete list here:

Thursday, July 31, 2008

KABAM! Steering Committee Meeting: September 3, 2008

Mark your calendars for the next KABAM Fest! Steering Committee meeting at 4:00 PM, on Wednesday, September 3rd, in the Mohave County Library Administrative Conference Room, at 3269 Burbank. Bring a friend.
See you then!

Robert Shupe, Chair
KABAM Fest! Steering Committee
Mohave County Library

Thursday, July 24, 2008

KABAM 2009 Dates Set!

2009 KABAM Events:
KABAM Slam (Poetry) 6:00-9:00 PM - Beale Street Brews Thursday, May 14, 2009

Authors Reception 6:00-8:00 PM - Mohave Community College Friday, May 15, 2009

Book Festival - 10:00 - 4:00 Metcalfe Park. Saturday, May 16, 2009

KABAM Receives $3000 Grant from Arizona Arts Commission

KABAM has been awarded a Festival Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts to help fund KABAM 2009! The amount of up to $3150 will be used mainly to support expenses of visiting and featured authors.

Mystery Writer Earlene Fowler coming to KABAM 2009!

Mystery writer Earlene Fowler, the bestselling author of the popular "Benni Harper" mysteries is our first confirmed author for KABAM 2009! Her newest book, Love Mercy (March 2009) is scheduled to be out just in time for KABAM!
Time to start reading!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Wrap-up Meeting - June 11 (Wednesday)

4:00 PM, Library Administration Building.
Tentative Agenda:

I. Call to Order, Welcome, Sign-In Sheet and Introductions

II. Ideas and plans for next year’s Fest!
· Shall we move the Fest! to the fall? (Robert thinks so, perhaps in early October, i.e. 2nd weekend, which would make the next Fest! October 10, 2009; if we stay in the spring, how about the 3rd weekend again, which would be May 16th?)
· Bylaws for KABAM? (Robert is willing to work on a draft of these, but feels it would be good to spell out a few things in writing that can be referred to each year, i.e. the fact the KABAM operates under the auspices of the Mohave Library Alliance; the budget for featured authors must be in-place at least 2 months prior to the festival or else we cancel with authors; what different positions exist on the Steering Committee and how people are selected for them; how dates for the Fest! are selected; the fact that schools who want featured authors to visit their schools required demonstrated commitment to the Fest! by attending meetings; how decisions are made, etc.)
· Evaluation of how well the Steering Committee worked/should it be called the KABAM Board or Executive Board?
· Evaluation of how well the authors sub-committee worked
· Evaluation of how the featured authors’ visits and presentations worked
· Evaluation of the schools visits
· Evaluation of the poetry slam
· Evaluation of the authors reception
· Evaluation of volunteer efforts
· Evaluation of entertainment on Saturday
· Evaluation of the Fest! on Saturday in the park
· Evaluation of fund raising
· Evaluation of vendor efforts
· Evaluation of marketing
· Other?

Next Meeting: 4:00 PM; Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Mohave County Library Administration Building - Kingman

Friday, May 16, 2008

KABAM! Saturday Schedule

10:00 KABAM Opens

Kick-off with Kingman Mayor Les Byram
10:15 Puppet Show by Mrs. Brown

Author Reading/Signings
10:45 AM Cynthia Kadohata. Kira-Kira, Weedflower, Cracker!
11:30 AM JC Amberlyn Drawing Wildlife

Lunch courtesy of Chef Gaul, and KHS Culinary Arts.

12:00 Youth Dancers
Academy of the Performing Arts
Kids art activities.

1:00 PM Live Musical Performance - Matthew Henry Hall

Author Reading/Signings
1:30 PM Jill Divine Game
2:30 PM Betty Webb Desert Wives, Desert Cut

3:30 PM Live Musical Performance - Kingman Concert Band

4:00 PM KABAM Closes

Authors Reception Tonight (Friday, May 16th)

6:00 - 8:00 PM. Keynote speaker, Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, daughter of legendary Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Free/open to the public.

College Barnes & Noble Bookstore will have copies of Cherly's book: All American Cowboy Grill for sale, as well as works by other KABAM 2008 Authors.

Mystery Writer Betty Webb Readings

FRIDAY 1:00-2:00 PM Reading from her newest book Desert Cut- Mohave County Library, 3269 North Burbank.

FRIDAY 2:30-3:30 PM Book Signing at Hastings
6:00 PM - Authors Reception - Mohave Community College

6:00 PM - Authors Reception, Mohave Community College

Bragging Rights

KABAM Slam Results are in!

First place with bragging rights/ most of the cash: Matt Stagner

Second place/still pretty impressive/ some of the cash: Kami Hendersen.

Bragging without a license: everyone.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

KABAM SLAM! 6:00 PM Thursday, May 15 at Beale Street Brews

Featured poet: Jill Divine, Also Open-Mic Readings, SLAM format competition.

418 East Beale Street
Downtown Kingman

More info:

20% Discount on Authors' Books!

The Mohave Community College Barnes & Noble Bookstore is offering a 20% discount on books by KABAM! 2008 Authors. More info: (928) 757-0873

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

May 14 4:00 PM - Steering committee meeting.

Wednesday, May 14th. Mohave County Library. 3269 North Burbank in Kingman.

Public invited! Get involved or just get informed.


More volunteers needed as the big day approaches!

More info or to RSVP: 928-692-5790.

KABAM article in Kingman Daily Miner

Friday, May 2, 2008

Signings by mystery writer Betty Webb

Betty Webb, author of the popular Lena Jones mysteries, including Desert Wives and her newest: Desert Cut.

Friday, May 16th: 1:00 PM Reading at Mohave County Library, 3269 North Burbank

2:30 PM Book Signing at Hastings 3153 Stockton Hill Road.

6:00 PM Authors Reception: Mohave Community College 1971 Jagerson Avenue

Saturday, May 17th: KABAM Fest!, Metcalfe Park, Downtown Kingman. (Reading/Signing at 2:30 pm)

Watch your Water Bill!

A flyer announcing KABAM is featured in the April issue of the City of Kingman Newsletter, which is sent to the majority of residences in Kingman.

To see the Newsletter online (and full color!), click here:

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

APRIL 30 - 6:00 PM - Special open mic night featuring NORAZ Poet Christopher Lane

Wednesday, April 30th, 6:00 PM. Beale Street Brews.
Open Mic Poetry Nite Featuring NORAZ Poet Christopher Lane

Wednesday April 30th


6 pm to 9 pm

$5.00 entrance fee into (NOW OPEN!) Art Gallery supports KHS Creative Writing Club

More info:

New book contract signed by KABAM Author!

J. C. Amberlyn announces that she has just signed contract with Watson-Guptil publishers for a new book: Drawing Wildlife Manga Style (tentative title).

Congratulations to J.C.!

April 30 - 4:00 PM - Steering committee meeting.

Wednesday, April 30th. Mohave County Library. 3269 North Burbank in Kingman.

Public invited! Get involved or just get informed. More volunteers needed as the big day approaches!

More info or to RSVP: 928-692-5790.