2017 NYC Teen Author Festival

Saturday, March 18: Preview Day at Little City (Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield Ave, Hoboken, 4pm)

Donna Cooner
David Levithan
Laurent Linn
Kass Morgan
Marie Rutkoski
Adam Silvera
Mary G. Thompson

Sunday, March 19: Kick Off! (The Strand, 828 Broadway, 7pm)

Tara Altebrando
Andrea Cremer
Heidi Heilig
Malinda Lo
Lance Rubin
Maggie Stiefvater
Katherine Webber
Ibi Zoboi

Moderated by David Levithan

Monday, March 20 (Mulberry Street NYPL, 6-8pm):

Feminism for the Real World and for YA

Explanation: What does feminism look like and how does it work in both the world of YA creators and the worlds that YA authors create? To discuss this, we will have two different groups of authors in conversation. The first group is made of contributors to Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, a new anthology of feminist voices across many creative fields. The second group of YA authors have all written about young women forging their identities in a world that often defines them other than how they would wish to be defined.

Panel #1:
Kody Keplinger
Kelly Jensen (moderator)
Malinda Lo
Sarah McCorry
Nova Ren Suma
Shveta Thrakar

Panel #2:
Donna Cooner
Mia Garcia
Lexa Hillyer
Michelle Hodkin
Goldy Moldavsky
Micol Ostow
Marie Rutkoski (moderator)

Tuesday, March 21 (WORD Jersey City, 7:30 pm):

Corey Ann Haydu
AR Kahler
Ilana Manaster
Rafi Mittlefehldt
Maggie Stiefvater
KM Walton

Moderator: David Levithan

Wednesday, March 22, 42nd St NYPL, South Court, 6-8pm):
Writing New York City

Explanation: A gathering of writers who’ve written about New York City talking about (and reading about) New York City.

Laurie Halse Anderson
Coe Booth
Libba Bray
Michael Buckley
Jocelyn Davies
Justine Larbalestier
David Levithan
Lois Metzger
Sarah Mylnowski
Gae Polisner
Adam Silvera
Jennifer E Smith

Thursday, March 23: Spine Out (The Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th Street, 7pm)

Explanation: Novelists let their inner David Sedaris out as they read personal essays at Spine Out, a literary event being held in conjunction with NYCTAF. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Kayla Cagan
Delilah Dawson
Adam Gidwitz
Cheryl Klein
Emmy Laybourne
Daniel José Older

Friday, March 24, Symposium (42nd Street NYPL, South Court, 2-6)

2:00 – Introduction

2:10-2:50: The Flavors of Human Evil

Explanation: A discussion of putting a face to human evil in YA fiction, and how human monsters are the most terrifying of them all.

Laurie Halse Anderson
Tiffany Jackson
Justine Larbalestier

2:50-3:45: Strange and Unusual Fandoms

Explanation: Our creative spotlight for Friday – reverse fan fiction! Yes, in this, authors write a short, short story or vignette about a teen fan of something strange and unusual.

Tara Altebrando
Gina Damico
JJ Howard
Bill Konigsberg
Barry Lyga
Michael Northrop
Lindsay Ribar
Delia Sherman
Lindsey Smith
Len Vlahos
Scott Westerfeld

3:55-4:40: Difficult Characters

Explanation: Many of the best YA characters take readers outside their comfort zones – they may not be instantly likable or understandable, but over the course of a novel, they come to have an effect by coming to life (in all its messiness) on the page. This is a conversation about writing “difficult characters” – where they come from, what they’re like to deal with as an author, and what response do they get from readers (and does that response matter?)

Kayla Cagan
Lisa Selin Davis
Pete Hoffmeister
AR Kahler
Amanda Panitch
Alyssa Sheinmel
Catherine Stine

Moderator: Melissa Walker

4:40-5:30: On Being a Writer

Explanation: Our free-for-all craft panel, talking honestly about different aspects of being a writer, from methods of creation to what to do once the book is out in the world.

Karen Bao
Cathleen Davitt Bell
Aimee Friedman
Kody Keplinger
Sarah Darer Littman
Shani Petroff
Yvonne Ventresca

Moderator: David Levithan

Friday March 24, Barnes & Noble Reader’s Theater/Signing (Upper West Side B&N, 7-8:30pm)

David Arnold
Zoraida Cordova
Elizabeth Eulberg
Tiffany Jackson
Bill Konigsberg
Nina LaCour
Garth Nix
Stephanie Kate Strohm
Jeff Zentner

Saturday March 25, Symposium (42nd Street NYPL, Bartos Forum, 1-5pm)

1:10-1:50 – Questioning Identity, Questioning Authority

Explanation: The questioning of identity and authority are two themes that run throughout YA literature, often with profound overlap. On this panel, we’ll talk about the relation between the two, and how they play out in the authors’ new novels.

Crissa-Jean Chappell
John Coy
Nina LaCour
Rachel Vail
Danielle Younge-Ullman
Jeff Zentner
Ibi Zoboi

Moderator: David Levithan

1:50-2:30 – The Three-Minute Pitch: High Concept Mashups

Explanation: The day’s creative panel. Ahead of time, authors will be given two “high concept” reference points – and will have to develop a YA pitch where they meet each other. For example – “It’s Taylor Swift meets Godzilla!” or “It’s The Red Queen meets Free Willy!” Authors have three minutes to convince the crowd it’s a book worth reading. (And to make them laugh. Repeatedly, if possible.)

Sharon Cameron
Tara Crowl
Mia Garcia
Maggie Hall
Carolyn Mackler
Meredith Moore
Garth Nix
Rebecca Serle
Laura Stampler
Alecia Whitaker

2:30-3:15 – Voicing the Pain Inside

Explanation: Pain, especially springing from a mental health issue, is a very hard and very important thing for authors to convey in YA. These authors have all taken different approaches to draw the pain of their characters or subjects with honesty and effect. In this conversation, we’ll talk about how this is done, and what it’s like for an author to delve to these depths.

David Arnold
Jennifer Gilmore
Deborah Heiligman
Kerry Kletter
Pamela Laskin
Luanne Rice
Jenny Torres Sanchez

Moderator: David Levithan

3:25-4:10 – Brave New Worlds, Same Old Problems

Explanation: Especially in times of rapid change and rapid concern about the world’s direction, speculative fiction can draw images of the future that draw heavily on the lessons of the past and the dilemmas of the present. The authors on this panel will discuss how this is done – where they draw their inspiration, and how they make speculation matter.

Andrea Cremer
Katelyn Detweiler
Amy Ewing
Leopoldo Gout
H. A. Swain
Suzanne Weyn

Moderator: Kass Morgan

4:10-5:00 – What a Difference a Decade Can Make

Explanation: To celebrate the tenth anniversary of NYCTAF, we ask these authors to share where they were, writing-wise, ten and/or twenty and/or thirty years ago.

Selene Castrovilla
Timothy Decker
Kevin Emerson
Lauren Gibaldi
Kathryn Holmes
Tiffany Schmidt
Maggie Thrash
Nicola Yoon

Saturday, March 25 (McNally Jackson, 7:00pm):
What is a Love Story?

Explanation: Reading and discussion about writing love stories that are honest.

Kayla Cagan
Susane Colasanti
Pete Hoffmeister
Adam Silvera
Sarvenaz Tash
Maggie Thrash
Nicola Yoon

Moderator: David Levithan

Sunday March 26: Our No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder (Books of Wonder, 1-4pm):

1:00-1:30
Nina LaCour
Shani Petroff
Nicola Yoon
Jeff Zentner
Tara Altebrando
Kathryn Holmes
David Arnold
Cathleen Davitt Bell
Michael Buckley
Kayla Cagan
Sharon Cameron

1:30-2:00
Crissa-Jean Chappell
Susane Colasanti
Zoraida Cordova
John Coy
Andrea Cremer
Tara Crowl
Gina Damico
Jocelyn Davies
Lisa Selin Davis
Katelyn Detweiler
Kevin Emerson
Elizabeth Eulberg
Amy Ewing

2:00-2:30
Aimee Friedman
Mia Garcia
Lauren Gibaldi
Leopoldo Gout
Maggie Hall
Corey Ann Haydu
Pete Hoffmeister
Tiffany Jackson
AR Kahler
Kody Keplinger

2:30-3:00
Bill Konigsberg
Gordon Korman
Pamela L. Laskin
Justine Larbalestier
David Levithan
Sarah Darer Littman
Barry Lyga
Wendy Mass
Brian Meehl
Lois Metzger
Rafi Mittlefehdt
Meredith Moore
Garth Nix

3:00-3:30
Amanda Panitch
Lindsay Ribar
Luanne Rice
Lance Rubin
Jenny Torres Sanchez
Tiffany Schmidt
Rebecca Serle
Delia Sherman
Adam Silvera
Lindsay Smith
Laura Stampler
Stephanie Kate Strohm

3:30-4:00
H. A. Swain
Sarvenaz Tash
Maggie Thrash
Rachel Vail
Yvonne Ventresca
Len Vlahos
Scott Westerfeld
Suzanne Weyn
Alecia Whitaker
Danielle Younge-Ullman
Ibi Zoboi

Sunday March 26: TIGER BEAT NYCTAF AFTERPARTY!: A Fundraiser for 826 NYC(Bell House, 6:30pm – details to come!)

Help support 826NYC and come revel in the splendor of Tiger Beat, YA’s premier rock band, featuring Libba Bray, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Barnabas Miller, and Natalie Standiford.