2016 NYC Teen Author Festival

Sunday, March 13: Kick Off! (The Strand, 828 Broadway, 7pm)

We will launch this year’s Festival with a reading and signing at The Strand, with each reader sharing a short reading from his/her new book, followed by a spirited Q&A.

Libba Bray
Tim Federle
Jenny Han
Barry Lyga
Goldy Moldavsky
Luanne Rice
Len Vlahos

Moderated by David Levithan

Monday, March 14: (Mulberry Street NYPL, 6-8pm):

Advice for the Class of ‘16

Explanation: Even in an ever-changing media world, one thing remains the same – it is still very exciting to have your first book published. But in this world of social media and pressures that didn’t exist ten or twenty years ago, how do you navigate a debut and build a career as a writer? On this panel, we will have four debut novelists and four novelists at various stages beyond their debut, to talk about being an author today and creating a body of work – sometimes in directions you would never have expected.

Mia Garcia
E. Lockhart
Rafi Mittlefehldt
Margo Rabb
Gavriel Savit
Eliot Schrefer
Natasha Sinel

Moderated by David Levithan

Tuesday, March 15: (WORD Jersey City, 7:30 pm):

Explanation: A reading with seven awesome YA writers.

Becky Albertalli
Sona Charaipotra
Heidi Heilig
Lance Rubin
Jon Skovron
Sarvenaz Tash
Allen Zadoff

Moderated by David Levithan

Wednesday, March 16: (42nd St NYPL, South Court, 6-8):

With a Different Beat Since You Came Along

Explanation: For many YA authors, music is as much of an influence as the literary canon. For the first half of this event, we’ll talk to six authors about the musical influence on their work, and hear some of their more musical passages. Then we’ll be serenaded and rocked by Tiger Beat, YA literature’s best garage band.

Authors:
David Arnold
Kevin Emerson
Suzanne Myers
Leila Sales
Will Walton
Alecia Whitaker

Tiger Beat:
Libba Bray
Daniel Ehrenhaft
Barnabas Miller
Natalie Standiford

Thursday, March 17: SPINE OUT (Dixon Place, 161 Christie Street, 7pm)

NYCTAF is proud to be a part of a new series, SPINE OUT, where novelists read personal essays, hosted by Emmy Laybourne.

David Arnold
Jessica Brody
VC Chickering
Emmy Laybourne
David Levithan
Scott Westerfeld

** $13 tickets exclusively for the festival attendees!
Use code “NYTAF” at Dixonplace.org.

Friday March 18: Symposium (42nd Street NYPL, South Court, 2-6pm)

2:00 – Introduction

2:10-2:50: Crafting Reality

Explanation: Each of these authors writes “realistic” fiction – but, of course, reality has to be crafted in order to fit into the form of a novel. This will be a discussion about how you take the things that are true and translate them into a real-seeming fiction.

Ami Allen-Vath
Cordelia Jensen
Kody Keplinger
Sarah Darer Littman
Lois Metzger
Rajdeep Paulus
Randy Ribay
Jessica Verdi

Moderator: David Levithan

2:50-3:45: The Secret YA Lives of Adult Characters

Explanation: What if famous literary characters had secret YA pasts?

Tara Crowl
Gina Damico
Timothy Decker
Katelyn Detweiler
Corey Ann Haydu
JJ Howard
Kass Morgan
Sharon Huss Roat
Aaron Starmer
Tommy Wallach

3:55-4:40: Suspicious Minds

Explanation: Adolescence is naturally a time of suspicion – gone is the childhood assumption that adults know what’s going on, and always have your best interests at heart. These authors take these ordinary suspicions and heighten them by putting their protagonists in extraordinary situations. Here they will talk about writing about adolescent suspicion – both on the personal and societal levels.

Robin Epstein
SE Green
Lee Kelly
Alexandra Monir
Meredith Moore
Diana Renn
Tiffany Schmidt
Yvonne Ventresca

Moderator: Tara Altebrando

4:40-5:30: Perspective (Part 1)

Explanation: What perspective do we, as adults, bring to our novels when we write about teenagers? How do we balance what we know and what our characters don’t? Why do we find ourselves revisiting these years, and what do we learn (even years later) by writing about them? How do you acknowledge the darkness without robbing the reader of finding any light? In this candid conversation, we’ll talk to four acclaimed authors about being an adult and writing about teenagers.

Beth Kephart
Carolyn Mackler
Luanne Rice
Francisco Stork

Moderator: David Levithan

Friday March 18: Barnes & Noble Reader’s Theater/Signing (Upper West Side B&N, 7-8:30 pm)

Explanation: Our annual Reader’s Theater, which is always a highlight of the Festival.

Susane Colasanti
AR Kahler
David Levithan
Daniel José Older
Francisco Stork
Tommy Wallach
Nicola Yoon
Jeff Zentner

Saturday, March 19: Symposium (42nd Street NYPL, Bartos Forum, 1-5)

1:10-1:40 – What Can YA Do About It?

Explanation: A discussion of how YA literature (and literature in general) can help social change, and the role this plays in works across a variety of genres.

Michael Buckley
Donna Freitas
IW Gregorio
Brendan Kiely
Daniel José Older
Marie Rutkoski
Scott Westerfeld

Moderator: David Levithan

1:40-2:30 – The Secret YA Lives of Historical Figures

Explanation: In the spirit of Hamilton, let’s look at different historical figures through a YA lens.

David Arnold
Sharon Cameron
Heather Demetrios
Jeff Hirsch
AR Kahler
Emmy Laybourne
Hannah Moskowitz
Melissa Walker
Sandra Waugh

2:30-3:10 – Relationships are Hard

Explanation: There is a mistaken idea that “first love” is a giddy, simple thing, when in truth the relationships we form in high school can be just as hard and complicated as the ones we form as adults. Across a variety of genres, these authors explore “young love” and show that it is just as serious, and just as meaningful, as any other kind of love. Here they will discuss this.

Martina Boone
Selene Castrovilla
Lauren Gibaldi
Emily Ross
Adam Silvera
Jennifer E. Smith
Catherine Stine

Moderator: Aimee Friedman

3:20-4:10 – Building a World, One Page at a Time

Explanation: Each of these authors has constructed vibrant worlds for their novels – whether as offshoots of our own world, or as wholly separate worlds. Here we’ll talk about creating these stories, and the choices involved in putting together both the worlds and the characters who must navigate them.

Lisa Amowitz
Zoraida Cordova
Jaclyn Dolamore
Amy Ewing
Melissa Grey
Amalie Howard
Mackenzi Lee

Moderator: Andrea Cremer

4:10-5:00 – Perspective (Part 2)

Explanation: What perspective do we, as adults, bring to our novels when we write about teenagers? How do we balance what we know and what our characters don’t? Why do we find ourselves revisiting these years, and what do we learn (even years later) by writing about them? How do you acknowledge the darkness without robbing the reader of finding any light? In this candid conversation, we’ll talk to four acclaimed authors about being an adult and writing about teenagers.

Kerry Kletter
Alyssa Sheinmel
Nicola Yoon
Jeff Zentner

Moderator: David Levithan

Saturday, March 19: (McNally Jackson, 7:00pm):

An Evening of Treachery

Explanation: Using the anthology A Tyranny of Petticoats as our stepping off point, we will talk about upending stereotypes and rewriting history (perhaps more accurately) through adventure and intrigue.

Sharon Cameron
Andrea Cremer
Melissa Grey
Lisa Maxwell
Lindsay Smith
Jessica Spotswood

Moderator: David Levithan

Sunday, March 20: Our No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder (Books of Wonder, 1-4 pm):

1:00-1:30
Jeff Zentner (The Serpent King, RH)
Allen Zadoff (I Am the Traitor, LB)
Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything, RH)
Liza Wiemer (Hello?, Spencer Hill)
Alecia Whitaker (The Road to You, LB)
Scott Westerfeld (Zeroes, S&S)
Sandra Waugh (Silver Eve, RH)
Will Walton (Anything Could Happen, Scholastic)
Len Vlahos (Scar Girl, Bloomsbury)
Amalie Howard (The Fallen Prince, Sky Pony)
Andrea Cremer (The Conjurer’s Riddle, Penguin)
Sharon Cameron (Rook, Scholastic)

1:30-2:00
Tommy Wallach (Thanks for the Trouble, S&S)
Sharon Biggs Waller (The Forbidden Orchid, Penguin)
Jessica Spotswood (Tyranny of Petticoats, Candlewick)
Sarvenaz Tash (Three Day Summer, S&S)
Lindsay Smith (Dreamstrider, Macmillan)
Natasha Sinel (The Fix, Sky Pony)
Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not, Soho)
Tiffany Schmidt (Hold Me Like a Breath, Bloomsbury)
Gavriel Savit (Anna and the swallow Man, RH)
Lance Rubin (Denton Little’s Death Date, RH)

2:00-2:30
Emily Ross (Half in Love with Death, Merit)
Sharon Huss Roat (Between the Notes, HC)
Randy Ribay (An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes, Merit)
Rajdeep Paulus (Soaring Through Stars, Birch House)
Suzanne Myers (I’m from Nowhere, Soho)
Hannah Moskowitz (A History of Glitter and Blood, Chronicle)
Kass Morgan (The 100: Homecoming, LB)
Meredith Moore (I Am Her Revenge, Penguin)
Goldy Moldavsky (Kill the Boy Band, Scholastic)
Lisa Maxwell (Unhooked, S&S)

2:30-3:00
Carolyn Mackler (Infinite In Between, HC)
Barry Lyga (After the Red Rain, LB)
Sarah Darer Littman (Backlash, Scholastic)
David Levithan (Another Day, RH)
Kerry Kletter (The First Time She Drowned, Penguin)
Brendan Kiely (All-American Boys, HC)
Kody Keplinger (Lying Out Loud, Scholastic)
Beth Kephart (This is the Story of You, Chronicle)
Lee Kelly (A Criminal Magic, S&S)
AR Kahler (Shades of Darkness, S&S)

3:00-3:30
Cordelia Jensen (Skyscraping, Penguin)
IW Gregorio (None of the Above, HC)
Lauren Gibaldi (The Night We Said Yes, HC)
Amy Ewing (The White Rose, HC)
Robin Epstein (H.E.A.R., Soho)
Jaclyn Dolamore (Glittering Shadows, Hyperion)
Katelyn Detweiler (Immaculate, Penguin)
Tara Crowl (Eden’s Wish, Hyperion)

3:30-4:00
Zoraida Cordova (Vast and Brutal Sea, Sourcebooks)
Susane Colasanti (City Love, HC)
Sona Charaipotra (Tiny Pretty Things, HC)
Selene Castrovilla (Signs of Life, Last Syllable)
Jessica Brody (Unchanged, Macmillan)
Martina Boone (Persuasion, S&S)
Patty Blount (Nothing Left to Burn, Sourcebooks)
Lisa Amowitz (Until Beth, Spencer Hill)
Ami Allen-Vath (Liars and Losers Like Us, Sky Pony)