9:00–9:30 AM | Breakfast and Registration (Morning Sessions–Kid Lit)

9:30–9:40 AM | Welcome Remarks

Kiera Parrott, SLJ and LJ Reviews Director
Lisa Rosenblum, Chief Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library

9:40–10:20 AM | The Art (and Heart) of Picture Books

What makes a great picture book? How do illustrators approach the process of adapting the words into visual storytelling? Who is the audience for picture books and how has that changed over the years? What is it like to bring to life a real-life figure within the pages of a picture book? In this panel, award-winning creators, as well as up-and-coming artists, will take us behind the scenes of their work—the joys and the challenges.

Raúl Colón, Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote (Peachtree)
Aram Kim, No Kimchi for Me (Holiday House)
Emma Otheguy, Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad (Lee & Low)
Brian Pinkney, In Your Hands (Simon and Schuster)
Eric Velasquez, Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library (Candlewick)

Della Farrell, SLJ Nonfiction and Series Made Simple Editor

10:20–11:00 AM | Caught in BeTWEEN: Meaningful Middle Grade

Tween readers: they’re not earnest little kids anymore, but they’re not quite prickly teenagers either. How do authors craft characters and narratives that speak to this unique developmental moment in a child’s life? What are the “big topics” being explored within the pages of middle grade literature, and how are authors expanding our preconceived notions of the genre? In this panel, veteran and debut authors will open up about writing for those readers caught in the middle.

Tony Abbott, The Summer of Owen Todd (Farrar)
Tonya Bolden, Facing Frederick (Abrams)
David Barclay Moore, The Stars Beneath Our Feet (Random House)
Veera Hiranandani, The Night Diary (Penguin)
George O’Connor, Hermes: Tales of the Trickster (Macmillan)

Kiera Parrott, SLJ and LJ Reviews Director

11:00–11:10 AM | Break

11:10–11:40 AM | Meet the SLJ Editors

Who are the people behind SLJ? Ever wonder how starred reviews or the Best Books of the year are selected? Curious about becoming a reviewer? In this fast session, you’ll have a chance to ask our staff questions–and offer suggestions!

Mahnaz Dar, Assistant Managing Editor, LJ & SLJ
Shelley Diaz, SLJ Reviews manager and SLJTeen Editor
Della Farrell, SLJ Nonfiction and Series Made Simple Editor
Kiera Parrott, SLJ and LJ Reviews Director

11:40–12:20 PM | Finding Your Voice: Authentic YA Lit

So much about young adulthood is figuring out who you are and how those identities can change from one day to another. So much about writing YA is tapping into that journey of actualization. These acclaimed and brand new authors bring their own experiences to creating authentic teen lit that speaks to all readers.

Arvin Ahmadi, Down and Across (Penguin)
Deborah Heiligman, Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers (Macmillan)
Sarah Moon, Sparrow (Scholastic)
Erika Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Random House)
Adam Silvera, They Both Die at the End (HarperCollins)

Shelley Diaz, SLJ Reviews manager and SLJTeen Editor

12:20–12:50 PM | Closing Keynote

Daniel José Older, Shadowhouse Fall (Scholastic)

Wise words from the always dynamic and incisive best-selling author of Shadowshaper, Salsa Nocturna, and the “Bone Street Rumba” series.

12:50–1:15 PM | Kid Lit & YA Author Signings

1:15–1:45 PM | Registration & Coffee (Afternoon Sessions–Adult Lit)

1:45–2:45 PM | Editors’ Picks Panel

Day of Dialog’s in-demand Editors’ Picks Panel returns with a big lineup of panelists, from top editors at Algonquin: Workman, Liveright: Norton, and Ecco: HarperCollins, to movers and shakers at indie houses New Press and Akashic Books, to the editorial director at Hanover Square Press, a newly minted imprint at Harlequin. Editors will present three to four forthcoming titles each–books that you can bet will be among the most discussed in the coming year.

Katie Adams, Editor, Liveright: Norton
Ellen Adler, Publisher, New Press
Betsy Gleick, Editorial Director, Algonquin: Workman
Peter Joseph, Editorial Director, Hanover Square Press: Harlequin
Megan Lynch, Vice President & Editorial Director, Ecco: HarperCollins
Johnny Temple, Publisher & Editor in Chief, Akashic Books

Wilda Williams, Fiction Editor, LJ

2:45–3:00 PM | Break

3:00–3:45 PM | New Perspectives

Granta Young Novelist and NYPL Young Lion Uzodinma Iweala‘s Speak No Evil portrays a gay Nigerian American teenager. Obama campaign blogger Sam Graham-Felsen‘s Green, a debut novel, limns the experiences of a white boy in a mostly African American school. Also debut fiction, Commonwealth Prize winner Akwaeke Emezi‘s Freshwater features a Nigerian woman in America suffering a mental health crisis. Krystal A. Sital offers a memoir, Secrets We Kept, about three generations of women in a Hindu family in Trinidad reckoning with an abusive patriarch. And Lauren HilgersPatriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown gives immigration a New York spin.

Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater (Grove: Grove Atlantic)
Sam Graham-Felsen, Green (Random: Penguin Random House)
Lauren Hilgers, Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown (Crown)
Uzodinma Iweala, Speak No Evil (Harper: HarperCollins)
Krystal A. Sital, Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad (W.W. Norton)

Barbara Hoffert, Editor, Prepub Alert, LJ

3:45–4:30 PM | Great Book Club Books

Would immortality really be such a blessing? How far should you go to assure the happiness of a loved one? What do you do when you’re faced with an impossible choice, for instance, following the church you love or the life you want? Good questions make for good book club books, and these are the kinds of questions posed in their new works by Granta Young Novelist/Jewish Book Award-winner Dara Horn, National Book Award-winner Alice McDermott, and ALA Book Club Central first pick Stephanie Powell Watts. With other panelists, they’ll share with you the joy of reading.

Beth Gutcheon, The Affliction (Morrow: HarperCollins)
Dara Horn, Eternal Life (W.W. Norton)
Alice McDermott, The Ninth Hour (Farrar: Macmillan)
Jillian Medoff, This Could Hurt (Harper: HarperCollins)
Stephanie Powell Watts, We Are Taking Only What We Need: Stories (Ecco: HarperCollins)

Barbara Hoffert, Editor, Prepub Alert, LJ

4:30–5:00 PM | Adult Lit Author Signings

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