SLJ SummerTeen 2014 | Program

11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

Exhibits Grand Opening and Networking

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Welcome and Opening Keynote

Introductions and Welcome: Rebecca Miller, Editorial Director, LJ & SLJ

Keynote Moderator: Dodie Ownes, Editor, SLJ Teen

Keynotes: Matthew Quick, Author, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and Gayle Forman, Author, If I Stay

1:00 – 1:15 pm

Exhibits and Networking

1:15 – 2:15 pm

Panel 1 – Romance

From first love to last heartbreak, young adult romance crosses into many genres—paranormal, thriller, LGBTQ, contemporary, and more. Teens attracted to romance titles may be looking for answers, or just an escape.


  • Leslye Walton, author, Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
  • Gena Showalter, author, Queen of Zombie Hearts
  • Una LaMarche, author, Like No Other
  • Winter Page, author,Breaking Free

Panel 2 – Sports

No longer just for the reluctant reader, sports-themed young adult fiction and nonfiction is rising in popularity. This panel promises to be a fan favorite!


  • Kwame Alexander, author, Crossover
  • Chris Lynch, author Slot Machine

2:15-2:45 pm

Exhibits and Networking

Librarian’s Lounge – Native American Literature for Teens and Young Adults, chat led by Lisa Charleyboy, editor of Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices

2:45-3:45 pm

Panel 3 – International Authors/International Stories

Great young adult literature is being discovered around the world. Our virtual environment is the perfect format to bring far-flung authors together to discuss about how writing for teens transcends physical and cultural boundaries.


  • Michael Williams, author, Diamond Boy
  • Kat Beyer, author, Demon Catchers of Milan
  • Tanuja Desai Hidier, author, Born Confused
  • Elizabeth Stewart, Blue Gold

Panel 4 – Graphic Novels

Teen enthusiasm for graphic novels continues to be strong, and the choices are more abundant than ever. We’ll hear from authors and illustrators on how the greater acceptance of the genre has impacted their work, and their fan base.


  • Swati Ashti, author, Chasing Shadows
  • Matt Smith, author/illustrator, Barbarian Lord
  • Daniel LaFrance, illustrator, War Brothers
  • Beau Schemery, author/illustrator, Seventh of London

3:45-4:15 pm

Exhibits and Networking

4:15-5:15 pm

Panel 5 – Tag Team! Author Collaborations

This panel features books co-written or edited by two or more contributors, including anthologies, collaborations, alternate chapters, etc… Readers benefit by having the chance to ‘sample’ different writing styles and voices, while the authors and editors realize alliances and partnerships with other creators.


  • Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo, co-authors, In the Shadows
  • Kelly Link and Gavin Grant, co-authors, Monstrous Affections
  • Christine Johnson and Julie Kagawa, editor and author, Grim
  • Lex Thomas, co-authors, Quarantine Series





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