Heather Brewer is a New York Times Best Selling author of The Slayer Chronicles, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, and Soulbound. Her newest title, The Cemetery Boys, will be released by HarperCollins in March.
Steger Sixth Grade Center’s own, Ted Ibur, founded the Gifted Arts Project (http://giftedarts.org) in which more than 1,900 students have participated since 1997. The program, which is also run by painter Anne Molasky Ibur, offers classes for middle and high school students in writing and painting. Ibur is also part of the creative team responsible for the Labute New Theater Festival, an international one-act play writing competition open to professional playwrights and high school students (deadline March 15 for high school). (http://stlas.org/labute-new-theater-festival/)Ibur also is Vice President of the Saint Louis University Literary Board (Library Associates). Over nearly 50 years, this SLU board has awarded one of the most prestigious literary awards in the country to some of the top writers in the world including John Updike, Tennessee Williams, Joyce Carol Oates, and Joan Didion. (http://libraries.slu.edu/associates/award) Ibur’s professional drumming in rock and world music bands proved invaluable in writing Teacher of the Year, a novel featuring an eclectic array of songs and musical genres.
Bella & Lily
Featuring a distinctive indie/pop style, artists Bella & Lily have a natural flair for creating songs laden with pop hooks & gorgeous vocal harmonies. Sisters Bella and Lily Ibur launched a successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, catching the eye of producer Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Mick Jagger) at Waterfront Studios in New York, to produce their first album. Count To Ten. Bella & Lily have received radio play on nearly 200 college radio stations, and their album has been licensed to 14 different television programs on MTV, VH-1, Discovery and A&E. Their band performed in Austin during the 2014 SXSW Music Festival. For the past months, Bella & Lily have been working on new material in Nashville, New York, and Columbia. http://bellaandlily.com, https://www.facebook.com/BELLAandLILY or https://twitter.com/bellaandlily