Tuesday, March 5, 2013

2013 NYC Teen Author Festival

If you're anywhere near NYC, mark your calendars for any or all of these events later this month. I participated last year and plan to be a spectator for at least one day this year.

2013 NYC Teen Author Festival


Monday, March 18 (Mulberry Street Branch of the NYPL, 10 Jersey Street b/w Mulberry and Lafayette, 6-8):
I’ll Take You There: A Change of Scenery, A Change of Self
Gayle Forman, Kristen-Paige Madonia, Bennett Madison, Jennifer E. Smith, Melissa Walker
moderator: David Levithan

Tuesday, March 19 (WORD Bookstore, 7-8:30, 126 Franklin St, Greenpoint):
The Only Way Out is Through: Engaging Truth through YA
Crissa Chappell, Tim Decker, Ellen Hopkins, Amy McNamara, Jessica Verdi
moderator: David Levithan

Wednesday. March 20 (42nd St NYPL, South Court room, 6-8):
Imagination: A Conversation
Holly Black, Lev Grossman, Michelle Hodkin, Alaya Johnson, Robin Wasserman
moderators: David Levithan and Chris Shoemaker

Thursday, March 21:
SOHO Teen night, 6-9pm (Books of Wonder, 18 W18th St)
Celebrate the launch of SOHO Teen, featuring readings by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Joy Preble, Margaux Froley, Elizabeth Kiem, Heather Terrell & Ricardo Cort├ęs, and Lisa & Laura Roecker.

Friday March 22, Symposium (42nd Street NYPL, Berger Forum, 2nd floor, 2-6)

2:00 – Introduction

2:10-3:00: He Said, She Said
He: Ted Goeglein, Gordon Korman, Lucas Klauss, Michael Northrop
She: Susane Colasanti, E. Lockhart, Carolyn Mackler, Sarah Mlynowski, Leila Sales
moderator: David Levithan

3:00-4:00: Taking a Turn: YA Characters Dealing with Bad and Unexpected Choices
Caela Carter, Eireann Corrigan, Alissa Grosso, Terra Elan McVoy, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Elizabeth Scott, K. M. Walton
moderator: Aaron Hartzler

4:00-4:10: Break

4:10-4:40: That’s So Nineteenth Century
Description: A Conversation About Playing with 19th Century Archetypes in the 21st Century
Sharon Cameron, Leanna Renee Hieber, Stephanie Strohm, Suzanne Weyn
moderator: Sarah Beth Durst

4:40-5:30: Alternate World vs. Imaginary World
Sarah Beth Durst, Jeff Hirsch, Emmy Laybourne, Lauren Miller, E. C. Myers, Diana Peterfreund, Mary Thompson
moderator: Chris Shoemaker

Friday March 22, Barnes & Noble Reader’s Theater/Signing (Union Square B&N, 33 E 17th St, 7-8:30)
Eireann Corrigan, Elizabeth Eulberg, Jeff Hirsch, David Levithan, Rainbow Rowell, Nova Ren Suma

Saturday March 23, Symposium (42nd Street NYPL, Bergen Forum, 2nd Floor, 1-5)

1:00 – Introduction

1:10-2:10 – Defying Description: Tackling the Many Facets of Identity in YA
Marissa Calin, Emily Danforth, Aaron Hartzler, A.S. King, Jacqueline Woodson
moderator: David Levithan

2:10-2:40 -- New Voices Spotlight
J. J. Howard, Kimberly Sabatini, Tiffany Schmidt, Greg Takoudes

2:40-3:30 – Under Many Influences: Shaping Identity When You’re a Teen Girl
Jen Calonita, Deborah Heiligman, Hilary Weisman Graham, Kody Keplinger, Amy Spalding, Katie Sise, Kathryn Williams
moderator: Terra Elan McVoy

3:30-3:40 – Break

3:40-4:20 – Born This Way: Nature, Nurture, and Paranormalcy
Jessica Brody, Gina Damico, Maya Gold, Alexandra Monir, Lindsay Ribar, Jeri Smith-Ready, Jessica Spotswood
moderator: Adrienne Maria Vrettos

4:20-5:00 – The Next Big Thing
Jocelyn Davies, Leanna Renee Hieber, Barry Lyga, Maryrose Wood

Saturday March 23: Mutual Admiration Society reading at McNally Jackson (McNally Jackson, Prince Street, 7-8:30):
Sharon Cameron, A.S. King, Michael Northrop, Diana Peterfreund, Victoria Schwab, Nova Ren Suma
hosted by David Levithan

Sunday March 24: Our No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder (Books of Wonder, 1-4):

1-1:45: Jessica Brody, Marisa Calin, Jen Calonita, Sharon Cameron, Caela Carter, Crissa Chappell, Susane Colasanti, Zoraida Cordova,
Gina Damico, Jocelyn Davies, Sarah Beth Durst, Gayle Forman, Elizabeth Scott

1:45-2:30: T. M. Goeglein, Hilary Weisman Graham, Alissa Grosso, Aaron Hartzler, Deborah Heiligman, Leanna Renee Hieber, Jeff Hirsch,
J. J. Howard, Alaya Johnson, Beth Kephart, Kody Keplinger

2:30-3:15: A.S. King, Emmy Laybourne, David Levithan, Barry Lyga, Brian Meehl, Alexandra Monir, Michael Northrop, Diana Peterfreund,
Lindsay Ribar, Rainbow Rowell, Kimberly Sabatini, Tiffany Schmidt

3:15-4:00: Victoria Schwab, Jeri Smith-Ready, Amy Spalding, Stephanie Strohm, Nova Ren Suma, Greg Takoudes, Mary Thompson, Jess Verdi,
K.M. Walton, Suzanne Weyn, Kathryn Williams


  1. What an amazing lineup! Wish I could go. ^_^

    1. Me, too! I wish I could attend even more of the events, but I'll be happy with what I have. :-)