Schedule

Friday

Why Write? Why Read? Why Not!?

 SKyPAC

Saturday

Big Day of Signings & Panels!

 Author Hop Locations

Friday, October 20

Friday panels are located in the SKyPAC Main Hall unless otherwise noted and last approximately 30-minutes. Authors will be signing all day in the SKyPAC Lobby at their tables as their schedules allow.

Reminder: on Friday, all books for signing must be purchased at the event.

Book Sales Friday

Visit the Barnes & Noble popup book store in the SKyPAC main lobby.

KEYNOTE

JAY ASHER

9:00 – 9:30 am

SKyPAC Main Hall

PANEL

My Writing Journey, from Teen to Today

9:00 – 9:30 am

SKyPAC Rehearsal Hall 1

  1. C.J. Redwine, The Wish Granter
  2. Mindy McGinnis, This Darkness Mine
  3. Kiersten White, Now I Rise
  4. Brooks Benjamin, My Seventh Grade Life in Tights
  5. Cinda Williams Chima, Shadowcaster

Authors read from some of their early work and discuss their journeys as authors. Point A to point B can be such an interesting journey!

PANEL

Perfectly Pop-Cultured: Writer-Nerds

9:35 – 10:05 am

 SKyPAC Main Hall

  1. Amanda K. Morgan, Such A Good Girl
  2. David Arnold, Kids of Appetite
  3. Candace Ganger, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and Bash
  4. R. Dean Johnson, Californium
  5. Gail Nall, Best.Night.Ever
  6. Alecia Whitaker, The Way Back Home

Writing what you know is much more fun when “what you know” is playing (mind) games, good music, unabashed science puns, throwing a perfect party, or singing your face off.

PANEL

Choose Your Own Adventure

10:15 – 10:45 am

 SKyPAC Main Hall

  1. Alison Cherry, Best.Night.Ever & Look Both Ways
  2. Valynne E. Maetani, Ink and Ashes
  3. Gwenda Bond, Lois Lane: Triple Threat
  4. Christopher Rowe, The Supernormal Sleuthing Service: The Lost Legacy
  5. Stephanie Faris: Best.Night.Ever & 25 Roses

Superheroes, sleuthing, the yakuza? Try to keep up as these authors talk about writing action and adventure (and a little romance!). 

WORKSHOP

ILLUSTRATION WITH
JOEL PETT

10:15 – 10:45 am

 SKyPAC Rehearsal Hall 1

Join Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist Joel Pett to learn some of his drawing trick of the trade. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sketchbook or notebook and pencil or pen.

PANEL

Like a Boss: Writing Your Way Through An Identity Crisis

10:50 – 11:20 am

 SKyPAC Main Hall

  1. Courtney C. Stevens, Dress Codes for Small Towns
  2. Mary Weber, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow
  3. Cinda Williams Chima, Shadowcaster
  4. Isabel Quintero, Gabi, A Girl In Pieces

Figuring out who you are is tough in high school. Luckily, it’s tough for everyone, as these authors point out – whether you’re in the real world or one that’s made up!

ACTIVITY

Chill out:

YOGA SESSION

10:50 – 11:20 am

 SKyPAC Rehearsal Hall 2

Limber out with a FREE yoga session led by Laura Beth Fox-Ezell. Authors are welcome to attend.

Namaste!

LUNCH BREAK

11:25 – 11:55 am

Feel free to take lunch at any time.

Food will be available all day for purchase from local food trucks outside SKyPAC. Attendees should be prepared to spend $5-$10/person.

Bringing a lunch from home is okay too!

PANEL

The Struggle is Real

11:55 am – 12:25 pm

  1. Brooks Benjamin, My Seventh Grade Life in Tights
  2. Brenna Yovanoff, Places No One Knows
  3. S. Jae-Jones, Wintersong
  4. Lorie Langdon, Gilt Hollow & The Doon Series
  5. Kaitlin Ward, Girl In A Bad Place
  6. Jay Coles, Tyler Johnson Was Here (forthcoming March 2018)

High school can feel like an endless puzzle of figuring out how you can do what makes you happy while making other people involved in your life happy too (parents, friends, classmates…). These authors write about the struggle.

PANEL

But, Seriously: Why Hard Topics are Important

12:30 – 1:00 pm

  1. Kristen Tubb, A Dog Like Daisy
  2. Marie Marquardt, The Radius of Us
  3. C.J. Redwine, The Wish Granter
  4. David Bell, Bring Her Home
  5. Mindy McGinnis, This Darkness Mine
  6. Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

From immigration to teen suicide to rape culture – these authors don’t shy away from the serious stuff. Someone’s got to write about it!

PANEL

Squad Goals: Writing Fictional Friends that Seem Super Real

1:05 – 1:35pm

  1. Carey Corp, Forever Doon
  2. Kiersten White, Now I Rise
  3. Kara Thomas, Little Monsters
  4. Kody Keplinger, Run
  5. Kate Hart, After the Fall (Kate Hart has had to cancel; her books will still be available for purchase)

These authors write friends from all sides of the spectrum – from frenemies to besties to the people you’re just not sure about.

MASSIVE SIGNING

ALL AUTHORS

1:35 pm –

SKyPAC Lobby & Mezzanine

All authors who’ve attended will sign books. Book sales provided by Barnes & Noble in SKyPAC Lobby.

Saturday, October 21

Saturday panels are located at Author Hop locations as noted below and last approximately 50-minutes. Authors will be signing all day in the D93 Radio Station parking lot at their tables as their schedule allows.

Reminder: On Saturday, for every ONE previously owned book you bring with you to get signed, you must purchase a book at our pop-up book store, in the D93 parking lot.

Book Sales Saturday

Visit the Barnes & Noble popup book store in the D93 Radio Station parking lot.

SIGNING

JAY ASHER

9:00 – 9:30 am

Yellowberri

Various authors will also be signing in the D93 Radio Station parking lot.

9:30 – 10:20 am

PANEL

Whatever Sprinkles Your Donut

 Chamber of Commerce

  1. Marie Marquardt, The Radius of Us
  2. Candace Ganger, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and Bash
  3. Kiersten White, Now I Rise
  4. R. Dean Johnson, Californium
  5. S. Jae-Jones, Wintersong

Rounding up some sweet fiction with the confectionary awesomeness of GAD’s donuts for a panel that is truly circuitous.

PANEL

Get Lit(erary): All We Need is…Books and Coffee

Spencer’s Coffee

  1. Mindy McGinnis, This Darkness Mine
  2. David Bell, Bring Her Home
  3. Kaitlin Ward, Girl In A Bad Place
  4. Kara Thomas, Little Monsters
  5. Kody Keplinger, Run

Because coffee AND fiction can warm your heart or make you freeze into an emotional ice cube (but you can always thaw back out).

10:30 – 11:20 am

PANEL + ACTIVITY

The Great Pumpkin Painting Party

Art Matters Community Studio & Gallery

  1. Ashley Herring Blake, How to Make a Wish
  2. Kate Hart, After the Fall (Kate Hart has had to cancel; her books will still be available for purchase)
  3. Emma Mills, Foolish Hearts
  4. Isabel Quintero, Gabi, A Girl In Pieces
  5. Alecia Whitaker, The Way Back Home
  6. Valynne E. Maetani, Ink and Ashes

Talk craft while being crafty with authors who love craftily crafting.

 

PANEL

Use Your Imaaaaaaaaagination

GFCB Fountain Square (Pushin Building)

  1. Gwenda Bond, Lois Lane: Triple Threat
  2. Christopher Rowe, The Supernormal Sleuthing Service: The Lost Legacy
  3. Alison Cherry, Best.Night.Ever & Look Both Ways
  4. Deron Hicks, The Van Gogh Deception

Tap into the side of you that loves cartoons and art and brave deeds done by masked heroes and discovering your true destiny because a strange wise person told you to that one time.

MEGA SIGNING

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

D93 Radio Station Parking Lot

All authors invited to sign during mega signings. Authors listed below guaranteed to sign during this time.

Marie Marquardt • Candace Ganger • Kiersten White • R. Dean Johnson • Mindy McGinnis • David Bell • Kaitlin Ward • Kara Thomas • Kody Keplinger  • Emma Mills • Isabel Quintero • Alecia Whitaker • Gwenda Bond • Christopher Rowe • Alison Cherry • Deron Hicks • Ashley Herring Blake •  S. Jae-Jones • Valynne E. Maetani

12:00 – 12:50 pm

PANEL

Superbad: Authors Expose Their Early Writing

Art Matters Community Studio & Gallery

  1. Sheba Karim, That Thing We Call A Heart
  2. Ashley Herring Blake, How To Make A Wish
  3. Courtney C. Stevens, Dress Codes for Small Towns
  4. David Arnold, Kids of Appetite
  5. Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

Authors share snippets of superbad stuff they wrote before they wrote the books they’ll also talk about that turned out pretty terrific.

PANEL

Notorious H.A.P.P.Y.

Zest! Juice for Life

  1. Kristin Tubb, A Dog Like Daisy
  2. Brooks Benjamin, My Seventh Grade Life in Tights
  3. Stephanie Faris, Best.Night.Ever & 25 Roses
  4. Gail Nall, Best.Night.Ever

Fact: it is impossible to be unhappy while visiting Zest juice. Also fact: these authors are wonderfully happy people who tend to bring that sunny disposition into their work. Sip some juice while they talk about writing things that make people smile a lot.

1:00 – 1:50 pm

PANEL

Fangirls, the Sequel

Art Matters Community Studio & Gallery

  1. Lorie Langdon, Gilt Hollow & The Doon Series
  2. Carey Corp, Forever Doon
  3. Amanda K. Morgan, Such A Good Girl
  4. Emma Mills, Foolish Hearts

What do authors fangirl over? Apparently, a lot of stuff. Don’t be shy – bring your fangirl self to hear these ladies talk about their writing (and life) inspirations.

PANEL + ACTIVITY

Harry Potter Trivia Game

GFCB Fountain Square (Pushin Building)

  1. C.J. Redwine, The Wish Granter
  2. Mary Weber, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow
  3. Cinda Williams Chima, Shadowcaster
  4. Kristin Tubb, A Dog Like Daisy
  5. Jay Coles, Tyler Johnson Was Here (forthcoming March 2018)
  6. Brenna Yovanoff, Places No One Knows

Join C.J. Redwine and author “Prefects” as they test your knowledge of the wizarding world. Come dressed in your house colors!!!  Arrive early – seating is limited.

ACTIVITY

The Home Stretch: YOGA SESSION

the Spot

Limber out with a FREE yoga session led by Yoga Program Director, Katherine Holmes. Authors are welcome to attend.

Namaste!

MEGA SIGNING

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

D93 Radio Station Parking Lot

All authors invited to sign during mega signings. Authors listed below guaranteed to sign during this time.

Sheba Karim • Ashley Herring Blake • Courtney C. Stevens • David Arnold • Jay Asher • Kristin Tubb • Brooks Benjamin • Stephanie Faris • Gail Nall • Lorie Langdon • Carey Corp • Amanda K. Morgan • C.J. Redwine • Mary Weber • Cinda Williams Chima • Kristin Tubb • Jay Coles • Brenna Yovanoff • Emma Mills

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