Program

9:00–10:00 AM ET: Explore the Exhibits
 
10:00–11:00 AM ET: Opening Keynote, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, author, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
 
11:00–11:15 AM ET: Break

MORNING PANELS FEATURING YA AUTHORS DISCUSSING THEIR BOOKS

11:15–12:15 PM ET: Two YA Panels Running Concurrently

Panel 1: Girlhood

Listen to these authors discuss the complexities of intersectionality in girls’ identities. What does it mean to be a feminist author or story?

Featured Authors:
Brandy Colbert, Little and Lion
Amy Rose Capetta, Echo After Echo
Katie Green, Lighter Than My Shadow
Sandhya Menon, When Dimple Met Rishi
Tanya Lee Stone, Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time
Lisa Williamson, All About Mia

Moderator:
Kelly Jensen

Panel 2: Finding Refuge/Immigration

These authors cover issues of immigration, emigration, and seeking home. Stories run the gamut from assimilation to feeling like an outsider.

Featured Authors:
Melissa de la Cruz, Something In Between
Alan Gratz, Refugee
Marcus Sedgwick, Saint Death
Ibi Zoboi, American Street

Moderator:
Marge Pellegrino

12:15–12:40 PM ET: Break, explore the exhibits
 
12:40–1:00 PM ET: Luncheon Speaker, Barry Lyga, author, Bang
 
1:00–2:00 PM ET: Two YA Panels Running Concurrently

Panel 1: Reaching Reluctant Readers

How do you reach would-be readers? These authors discuss genres, writing styles, and approach.

Featured Authors:
LJ Alonge, Blacktop
Michael Currinder, Running Full Tilt
Gina Damico, Croak
Amy Lukavics, The Women in the Walls
Jason Reynolds, Miles Morales
Kim Turrisi, Just a Normal Tuesday

Moderator:
Allison Denny

Panel 2: Social Justice & Equity

Diversity has been the discussion for the past few years, but how does it relate to social justice and equity? These authors will discuss what the concepts mean to them in their lives and their work.

Featured Authors:
Sarah Carroll, The Girl in Between
Dick Lehr, Trell
Lilliam Rivera, The Education of Margot Sanchez
Nic Stone, Dear Martin
Renée Watson, Piecing Me Together

Moderator:
Hannah Gómez

AFTERNOON PANELS FEATURING TEEN SERVICES/PROGRAMMING CONTENT

2:00–3:00 PM ET:

HOW TO

How To: BookFest, presented by Rosemarie Brock and Kristin Treviño
How To: Cooking, presented by Lindsey Tomsu
How To: Involve Teens, presented by Erik Berman
How To: Serve Older Teens, presented by Amy Wyckoff

Moderator:
Dawn Abron

3:00–3:15 PM ET: Break
 
3:15–4:15 PM ET:

ON A BUDGET

On a Budget: Making, presented by Karen Jensen
On a Budget: Coding, presented by James Giangregorio
On a Budget: Escape Rooms, presented by Brian Mayer and Liesl Toates

Moderator:
Kristina Holzweiss

 
4:15–4:45 PM ET: Closing Keynote, Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code; author, Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World (Viking Books for Young Readers, August 2017)
 

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