SLJTeen Live! Knocking Down Doors

This Year’s Theme Is Knocking Down Doors.

 

This free, daylong event will feature high-profile and up-and-coming YA authors talking about their latest titles for teens. You'll also have the chance to get advice from innovative librarians tackling timely issues relevant to your teens and services.

YA books provide readers with mirrors and windows, and teens, librarians, and authors are also pushing past established structures to forge a new path. As the fight continues for diverse representation in books and safety in social spaces, teens protest for climate change legislation and deal with increased mental health concerns. Just as publishers and creators must rethink how stories are told, on and off the page, youth service librarians must consider their role in their communities, in and outside the library walls. Engaging author panels and library programming sessions will give you tools and ideas on how to continue the work of engaging with teens as they enter into an increasingly challenging world. As YA protagonists know, even if the gates don’t open, we must find a way in.



 

Explore the virtual exhibit hall, download materials, enter contests, hear directly from publishers about their newest books, and live chat with staff, authors, and peers!

Registration includes access to the SLJTeen Live! on-demand archives for up to three months!

 

Sponsored by

 

Abrams Alane Adams Andrews McMeel Annick Press
Bloomsbury Candlewick Press Diamond Book Distributors Houghton Mifflin
Junior Library Guild Little, Brown Macmillan Children's Oni Press
Rick Riordan Presents

 

Keynote Speakers

 

  

Nefertiti Austin

Samira Ahmed is the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate, & Other Filters and Internment. She was born in Bombay, India, and has lived in New York, Chicago, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango.

Nefertiti Austin

Becky Albertalli is the author of the William C. Morris Award winner and National Book Award longlist title, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (now a major motion picture, Love, Simon); the acclaimed The Upside of Unrequited; and the New York Times bestsellers Leah on the Offbeat and What If It’s Us (co-written with Adam Silvera). Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.

Nefertiti Austin

An award-winning poet and author, Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the Children's Literature Legacy Award, the NCTE Award for Poetry, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and five Coretta Scott King Author Honors. She lives in California.

Nefertiti Austin

Aisha Saeed is the New York Times-bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novel Amal Unbound, Bank Street Books Best Book Written in the Stars, Aladdin: Far from Agrabah, and Bilal Cooks Daal. Aisha is also a founding member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and sons. You can find her online at www.aishasaeed.com.

 

Speakers

 

Nefertiti Austin

David Almond has received numerous awards, including a Hans Christian Andersen Award, a Carnegie Medal, and a Michael L. Printz Award. He is known worldwide as the author of Skellig, Clay, and many other novels and stories, including Harry Miller’s Run, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino; The Savage, Slog’s Dad, and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, all illustrated by Dave McKean; and My Dad’s a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon, both illustrated by Polly Dunbar. David Almond lives in England.

Kathryn Belden

Daniel Barnes is a writer from Fresno, CA. After serving in the U.S. Navy for four years, he enrolled in Academy of Art University, where he currently pursues a BFA in Animation Production. When he’s not writing or procrastinating on his schoolwork, Daniel enjoys geeking out about Nintendo and being a weeb. He currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

Kathryn Belden

Mary H.K. Choi is a writer for The New York Times, GQ, Wired, and The Atlantic. She has written comics for Marvel and DC, as well as a collection of essays called Oh, Never Mind. Her debut novel Emergency Contact was a New York Times bestseller. She is the host of Hey, Cool Job!, a podcast about jobs and Hey, Cool Life!, a podcast about mental health and creativity. Mary grew up in Hong Kong and Texas and now lives in New York.

Kathryn Belden

Brandy Colbert is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Pointe, Finding Yvonne, and Stonewall Book Award Winner Little & Lion. Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, she now lives and writes in Los Angeles.

Kathryn Belden

Julia Drake grew up outside Philadelphia. As a teenager, she played some of Shakespeare’s best heroines in her high school theater program, and their stories would stay with her forever. She received her BA in Spanish from Williams College, and her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, where she also taught writing to first-year students. She currently works as a book coach for aspiring writers and teaches creative writing classes for Writopia, a nonprofit that fosters love of writing in young adults. She lives in San Francisco with her partner and their rescue rabbit, Ned.

Akilah Hughes

Akilah Hughes is a writer, comedian, and YouTuber residing in Brooklyn, NY. She's been a digital correspondent for MTV, Fusion, Comedy Central, Crooked Media, and more. A Sundance Labs Fellow, Akilah most recently appeared on the HBO series special Pod Save America. Her comedic YouTube channel, "It's Akilah, Obviously!" has amassed more than 150,000 subscribers. Find her on Twitter: @AkilahObviously or on Instagram: @akilahh.

Brigid Kemmerer

Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author More Than We Can Tell, Letters to the Lost, and the Elementals series. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland.

Akilah Hughes

D.J. Kirkland is a comic book artist from Charlotte, NC. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2009 with a BFA in Sequential Art, which is just a fancy word for comic books. When he’s not drawing comics, D.J. spends his time doing MORE drawing, playing fighting games, watching anime and talking about all of those things on a podcast with one of his best friends called Magical Boys.

Kathryn Belden

Maia Kobabe is a graduate of the first ever class in the MFA in Comics program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. E is the illustrator of Tom O’Bedlam, a single issue which was accepted into the Society of Illustrator's Comic and Cartoon Art annual and nominated for an Ignatz Award in 2016. Maia's short comics have been included in the anthologies Alphabet (2015), Tabula Idem (2017), Mine! (2018), Gothic Tales of Haunted Love (2018), The Secret Loves of Geeks (2018), and the forthcoming Advanced Death Saves and Faster Than Light Y’all. Before setting out to work freelance full-time, e worked for over ten years in libraries and now writes book reviews for Publisher's Weekly. E has been self-publishing comics and zines since 2010, and has attended over fifty comic conventions in that time. More of eir work, including the origins of Gender Queer, can be found on tumblr and instagram @redgoldsparks. Eir work is heavily influenced by fairy tales, homesickness, and the search for identity.

Kathryn Belden

Jennifer Mathieu is the author of Devoted, Afterward, and The Truth About Alice, the winner of the Children's Choice Teen Debut Author Award. Her 2017 novel Moxie is being developed into a film directed by Amy Poehler for Netflix. Jennifer teaches high school English in Texas, where she lives in the Houston area with her husband and son.

Kathryn Belden

Sarah Miller is the author of The Borden Murders, a School Library Journal Best Book and an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. She is also the author of two historical fiction novels for young adults, Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller and The Lost Crown, about the Romanovs, both ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. In addition to her work for young readers, she is the author of the USA Today-bestselling Caroline: Little House, Revisited, which was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, among other accolades. Visit her on the web at sarahmillerbooks.com or on Facebook at @SarahMillerwritesbooks.

 Kathryn Belden 

Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite are self-professed bookworms who have been devouring YA for years. They grew up in Miami with two more Moulite sisters, a large extended family, a love for the ocean and their own Haitian culture. The character Alaine is an amalgamation of their experiences (to a certain degree) and their goal is to make Haitian culture and history more accessible through a fun, fast-paced, but also introspective story line that anyone can relate to.

 Kathryn Belden 

Victoria Ortiz graduated from Barnard College and the City University of New York Law School. She has worked as a high school teacher, as a college teacher, as an attorney, and as dean of students at several law schools. Her published work includes Spanish for Lawyers (2012), a unique manual for law students and lawyers who need to discuss legal matters in this useful language. Now retired, Ms. Ortiz lives in the Bay Area with her wife.

 Kathryn Belden 

Gabby Rivera is a Bronx-born queer Latinx babe on a mission to create the wildest, most fun stories ever. She's the first Latina to write for Marvel comics, penning the solo series AMERICA about America Chavez, a portal-punching queer Latina powerhouse. In 2017, Gabby was named one of the top comic creators by the SyFy network, and one of NBC's #Pride30 Innovators. Gabby now makes magic on both coasts, currently residing in California. She writes for all the sweet baby queers and her mom.

 Kathryn Belden 

Laura Ruby is the author of some of the most acclaimed novels for children and teens in recent memory, including the Printz Award-winning and National Book Award finalist Bone Gap, the ALA BFYA York series, the Edgar-nominated mystery Lily's Ghosts, and the Book Sense Pick Good Girls, among others. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s MFA in writing for children and young adults program and lives in the Chicago area. You can visit her online at www.lauraruby.com.

 Kathryn Belden 

Karol Ruth Silverstein is from Philadelphia and attended the American Film Institute and works as a writer and screenwriter in Los Angeles. Cursed is her debut novel.

Andrea Bobotis

Suzanne Walker is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She is co-creator of the graphic novel Mooncakes (Lion Forge, October 2019) with artist Wendy Xu. Part of it can be read on mooncakescomic.tumblr.com. Her short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld, and she has published nonfiction articles with Uncanny Magazine, Women Write About Comics and the anthology Barriers and Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability. She has spoken at numerous conventions on a variety of topics ranging from disability representation in sci-fi/fantasy to the importance of fair compensation for marginalized SF/F creators. You can find her posting pictures of her cat and occasionally yelling about baseball on Twitter: @suzusaur.

Andrea Bobotis

Wendy Xu is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and comics artist. She is co-creator of Mooncakes, a graphic novel out in 2019 from Lion Forge Comics. Her work has been featured on Catapult, Barnes & Noble Sci-fi/Fantasy Blog, and Tor.com, among other places. She currently works as an assistant editor curating young adult and children's books. You can find her on twitter @angrygirlcomics or on instagram as @artofwendyxu.

 Andrea Bobotis 

David Yoon grew up in Orange County, California, and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Nicola Yoon, and their daughter. He drew the illustrations for Nicola's #1 New York Times bestseller Everything, Everything. Frankly in Love is his first novel. You can visit him at davidyoon.com.

Nefertiti Austin

Bloomsbury Children’s Books publishes a full range of trade books from picture book through teen, including informational texts.

Nefertiti Austin

Boyds Mills & Kane has five distinct imprints—Boyds Mills Press, Calkins Creek, Kane Press, StarBerry Books, and WordSong—and a library that comprises nearly one thousand titles in print. Many titles are recipients of starred reviews and prestigious awards and honors, including the Sibert Medal as well as Newbery, Printz, Coretta Scott King, and Geisel honors.

Kathryn Belden

Candlewick Press is an independent children’s book publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. For twenty-five years, Candlewick has published award-winning children’s books for readers of all ages, including board books, picture books, beginning readers, chapter books, novels for middle grade and young adult readers, and e-books. Our imprints include Big Picture Press, Candlewick Entertainment, Candlewick Studio, Nosy Crow, and Templar Books.

Kathryn Belden

Charlesbridge Teen features storytelling that presents new ideas and an evolving world. Our carefully curated stories give voice to unforgettable characters with unique perspectives. We publish books that inspire teens to cheer or sigh, laugh or reflect, reread or share with a friend, and ultimately, pick up another book. Our mission—to make reading irresistible!

Kathryn Belden

Diamond Book Distributors (DBD) is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., and is dedicated to making a wide selection of its graphic novels and other pop-culture merchandise available to bookstores, libraries, schools, mass merchants and more worldwide.

Kathryn Belden

Disney Book Group publishes award-winning children's books for all ages, featuring several formats: board books, picture books, chapter books, novels, and paperback originals. Imprints include: Disney-Hyperion, Disney-Jump at the Sun, Rick Riordan Presents, Disney Press, Marvel Press, and Disney Lucasfilm Press.

Kathryn Belden

HarperCollins Children's Books is one of the leading publishers of children's books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality books for children, HarperCollins is home to many of the classics of children's literature, including Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, The Giving Tree, Charlotte's Web, Ramona, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, the "I Can Read" beginning reader series, and countless award-winning titles. Imprints include Balzer + Bray, Greenwillow Books, Katherine Tegen Books and HarperTeen. HarperCollins Children's Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Kathryn Belden

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books believes in the engaging and inspiring power of stories that offer new and diverse perspectives. Our mission is to publish authors and illustrators across all platforms to entertain, inform, and connect with readers everywhere. We are storytellers, innovators, creators, and brand-builders, responding to the ever-changing interests and demands of our world. We inspire learning every day.

Kathryn Belden

Inkyard Press brings fresh visions of popular themes to young adult readers across a variety of genres—from contemporary and mainstream to genre fiction, including horror, fantasy, mystery, romance and thriller. With an exciting selection of stories from diverse voices, including established authors and emerging talent, Inkyard Press is the home of exhilarating and thought-provoking YA fiction.

Kathryn Belden

Junior Library Guild is the book review and collection development service that helps more than 23,000 libraries acquire the best new children's, young adult, and adult crossover titles for their collections.

Kathryn Belden

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers began publishing books for children in 1926. We publish a diverse, carefully curated list of the finest books for young readers of all ages and backgrounds. LBYR has the distinct honor of being the first and only publishing division to have won the Caldecott Medal, the annual award for the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children, three years in a row. We have four imprints: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers publishes our core list of literary and commercial books, LB Kids produces novelty and licensed titles, Poppy is comprised of commercial titles for teens, and NOVL spans original digital content for teens. Our mission is to inspire a lifelong love of reading. Follow LBYR on Twitter.

Kathryn Belden

Macmillan Children's Publishing Group is home to some of the most highly acclaimed and noteworthy children's/young adult imprints in the publishing industry. MCPG comprises Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, Feiwel and Friends, First Second, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Imprint, Odd Dot, Priddy Books, Roaring Brook Press, Square Fish, and Swoon Reads.

Kathryn Belden

Oni Press is a premier comic book and graphic novel publisher located in Portland, Oregon. Established in 1997, Oni Press’s curated line includes a variety of award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels such as Scott Pilgrim, The Tea Dragon Society and Rick and Morty™.

 Kathryn Belden 

Penguin Young Readers Group is a global leader in children's publishing, with preeminent imprints such as Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Razorbill, Viking, Nancy Paulsen books, Kathy Dawson books, Price Stern Sloan, and Frederick Warner. Penguin Young Readers Group publishes books in all formats for children of all ages, including award-winning board books, picture books, novels, and nonfiction.

 Kathryn Belden 

Penguin Young Readers Group is a global leader in children's publishing, with preeminent imprints such as Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Razorbill, Viking, Nancy Paulsen books, Kathy Dawson books, Price Stern Sloan, and Frederick Warner. Penguin Young Readers Group publishes books in all formats for children of all ages, including award-winning board books, picture books, novels, and nonfiction.

 Andrea Bobotis 

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, is one of the leading children’s book publishers in the world. While maintaining an extensive award-winning backlist, the division continues to publish acclaimed and bestselling books for children of all ages.



 

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