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Friday, August 1
 

10:00am

WELCOME TO THE LIT TRACK/FANFIC COFFEE HOUR

This is the kickoff panel for all of Lit Track! Meet the authors! Hear all about what’s going on. And to wake you up and get you ready for the day, some of our authors will read some fanfic they’ve written. Yeah. You heard us. We’re starting the day with fanfic. *drops mic* *walks away*



Moderators
AB

Amber Benson

Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s... Read More →
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren... Read More →
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out... Read More →

Friday August 1, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
W110

11:00am

Diversity in YA

We wondered what to say about this panel, as the title sums up what we think.  We assume a lot of you agree. But how does this happen? What’s the reality of writing diverse characters in today’s publishing market? What do we even mean when we say diverse books? Are we all talking about the same thing? This panel gets into some of the specifics of past, present, and future.


Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists... Read More →
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library... Read More →
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning... Read More →
CK

Cheryl Klein

Cheryl is the senior editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.). In her book Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, Cheryl leads readers to discover what must be done to polish a manuscript... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
W110A

11:00am

Tumblr Talks

Do you Tumbl? A lot? All the time? Do you want to know the secrets of Tumblr? Join Rachel Ferchleiser from Tumblr HQ in this behind-the-scenes discussion about how Tumblr and the reading community work together. This panel reblogs you.

 


Speakers
RF

Rachel Fershleiser

Rachel Fershleiser heads literary outreach at Tumblr. Previously she was the Community Manager at Bookish and the Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she now serves on the board of directors. She is also the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and... Read More →
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
W110B

12:00pm

I Made You. You're Perfect.

Authors make characters. Good ones. Bad ones. And dreaaaammmy ones. But there’s a fine art to making a love interest. How do you make an appealing character. What’s a manic pixie dream character? Can good characters do bad things? This panel wants to take things to the next level with you.


Speakers
GF

Gayle Forman

Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day, Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York... Read More →
LG

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has... Read More →
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains... Read More →
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
W110A

12:00pm

The Book Clinic with Doctors Black and Westerfeld

Are you writing a book? Is it broken? Are you deeply confused as to how this happened? Did the plot flatline? Do you just know something is wrong but can’t figure out what? Book doctors Holly Black and Scott Westerfeld are here to help. Like Dr. House, they can diagnose the problem. It’s often not what you think. It’s never lupus.


Moderators
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out... Read More →

Speakers
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
W110B

1:00pm

Worldbuilding!

Let’s make a WHOLE NEW WORLD! But first, lets figure out all the rules of how this world works. NO BIG DEAL, RIGHT? Some people love the worldbuilding part of writing a story; others quake. This is a panel about constructing the framework, establishing logic, making magic, building societies—and making it all make sense.


Speakers
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming... Read More →
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning... Read More →
KK

Kazu Kibuishi

Illustrator, Graphic Novelist
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as Copper, and Daisy Kutter. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton... Read More →
SW

Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
W110B

1:00pm

Writing the Tough Stuff

YA literature doesn’t shy away from hard topics. Sexual assault, death, substance abuse, eating disorders, violence, unplanned pregnancy…these are things that play a role in many lives. How do you about writing about some of these real-life problems? How do you research such a book? How do you negotiate some of these rough scenes in the most effective way possible? How can books help people heal? And why do so many people want to ban books that discuss the realities of life? This panel will contain discussion of topics that may be difficult for some—but these are things that need to be talked about.


Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists... Read More →
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library... Read More →
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
W110A

2:00pm

LeakyCon Lit Signing I
(Only registrants of LeakyCon Lit may attend this signing.)

Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists... Read More →
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming... Read More →
GF

Gayle Forman

Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day, Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York... Read More →
LG

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has... Read More →
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren... Read More →
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library... Read More →
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning... Read More →
KK

Kazu Kibuishi

Illustrator, Graphic Novelist
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as Copper, and Daisy Kutter. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton... Read More →
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains... Read More →
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true... Read More →
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out... Read More →
SW

Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

3:00pm

"The Book Was Better": Having Your Books Made Into a Movie

We’ve all seen movies based on books we love—but what’s it actually like to write a book and see it turned into a film? What’s the process? What happens when material is changed? How do you deal with the nerves, the highs, and the lows? Our panel of authors have been through it and have lived to tell the tale.


Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists... Read More →
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming... Read More →
GF

Gayle Forman

Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day, Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York... Read More →
JG

John Green

Author
John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and two other books for young adults. He is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars was released in... Read More →
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
W110A

3:00pm

I Love Trash

Is there such thing as a bad book? Or a book you should feel guilt for reading? Why is one person’s trash another person’s treasure? Should we ever feel guilty about reading? And why do so many of those books labeled as “guilty pleasure” seem to be written by women? What roles do sexism, snobbery, and taste play in our reading choices?


Speakers
AB

Amber Benson

Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s... Read More →
LG

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has... Read More →
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning... Read More →
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains... Read More →
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
W110B

4:30pm

YA Jeopardy

Yes, it’s your favorite classic game show, in the all-YA edition. Our authors compete against each other, AND SOME OF YOU!


Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists... Read More →
JG

John Green

Author
John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and two other books for young adults. He is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars was released in... Read More →
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren... Read More →
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains... Read More →
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true... Read More →
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 4:30pm - 5:50pm
W109

6:00pm

Lounging with Maureen and Robin

Every year, by this point, Lit Track organizers Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman are exhausted, dazed, and saying stupid things. Which is why every year we showcase this moment in a lounge. They just sit there in front of some microphones and ramble and try to answer questions. This has become a beloved tradition. It’s a chance for us all to get closer. You’ll probably all be in line for John’s signing, so just file in when you’re done. We’ll be the ones slouched in the front.


Speakers
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren... Read More →
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 6:00pm - 6:50pm
W110

6:30pm

John Green Signing
(Only registrants of LeakyCon Lit may attend this signing.)

Speakers
JG

John Green

Author
John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and two other books for young adults. He is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars was released in... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)
 
Saturday, August 2
 

10:00am

Between Two Mandrakes with Maureen Johnson and John Green

Your friend Maureen talks book-things with her friend, Famous Writing-Man John Green. Arrive early. Sit close. Sit very close. No, not that close. Yes, where you are now. That’s good. Now we can begin.


Speakers
JG

John Green

Author
John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and two other books for young adults. He is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars was released in... Read More →
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
W110

11:00am

The Return of "I Was a Teenage Writer"

We do it every year because it’s awesome. See and hear some of today’s top YA writers reading from some of their early—very early—works. Works that possibly should have been destroyed, but thankfully, were not. We’ve all got to start somewhere.


Moderators
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren... Read More →

Speakers
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming... Read More →
JG

John Green

Author
John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and two other books for young adults. He is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars was released in... Read More →
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library... Read More →
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning... Read More →
KK

Kazu Kibuishi

Illustrator, Graphic Novelist
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as Copper, and Daisy Kutter. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton... Read More →
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky... Read More →
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true... Read More →
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out... Read More →
SW

Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 12:20pm
W110

1:00pm

The War Against YA

There seems to be a certain trend in the media to portray YA books in a dismissive light. Why is the narrative? Time to ask some big questions about what YA is, how we judge the value of a book, and how media coverage of books affects reading behavior.


Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists... Read More →
GF

Gayle Forman

Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day, Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York... Read More →
LG

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
W110B

1:00pm

This Panel Is Graphic

It’s graphic novel time! How are graphic novels created? How do you balance the story and art? If adapting a novel, how do you make the leap from text to illustration? What advantages are there to the graphic novel format, or limitations?


Moderators
AB

Amber Benson

Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s... Read More →

Speakers
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming... Read More →
KK

Kazu Kibuishi

Illustrator, Graphic Novelist
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as Copper, and Daisy Kutter. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling... Read More →
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true... Read More →
SW

Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
W110A

2:00pm

I Made You. Now I'm Going to Kill You.

Sometimes, in the course of events, an author has to knock off a character. Sometimes this makes readers upset.  “WHY????” the reader writes, in a fervent email to the author. “WHY DID YOU DO THAT???” In this panel, you’ll find out why, and learn a little about the art and science of character-killing. 


Speakers
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren... Read More →
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning... Read More →
JM

James Moran

James broke into screenwriting after winning a contest for the Sci Fi Channel with his film script, Cheap Rate Gravity, which was later produced. He also wrote the screenplays for Severance and Cockneys vs. Zombies.
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky... Read More →
SW

Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
W110B

2:00pm

The Process P*rn Panel

It’s time to get down and dirty and talk about how we do it. How do we write books? Outlines? Off the cuff? In order? In random sections? On file cards? By hand? On computer? In the dead of night? At all hours? During the day, like a normal? And how many times do we do it over again? This panel has no shame.


Speakers
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming... Read More →
LG

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has... Read More →
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton... Read More →
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
W110A

3:00pm

LeakyCon Lit Signing II
(only registrants of LeakyCon lit may attend this signing)

Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists... Read More →
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming... Read More →
GF

Gayle Forman

Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day, Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York... Read More →
LG

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has... Read More →
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren... Read More →
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library... Read More →
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning... Read More →
KK

Kazu Kibuishi

Illustrator, Graphic Novelist
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as Copper, and Daisy Kutter. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton... Read More →
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains... Read More →
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true... Read More →
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out... Read More →
SW

Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

4:00pm

The Lying Games

Join your favorite authors in a fantastic final lit event—two great games brought into one. We’ll have rounds of authors telling lies (or truths?) about themselves. Can they fool the other authors? How good are they at making stories up in real time? Mixed in, we’ll have a bit of Ex Libris, the ultimate book nerd party game.


Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists... Read More →
AB

Amber Benson

Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s... Read More →
GF

Gayle Forman

Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day, Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York... Read More →
LG

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has... Read More →
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren... Read More →
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library... Read More →
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton... Read More →
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains... Read More →
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true... Read More →
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out... Read More →
SW

Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 4:00pm - 5:50pm
W110