Festival Day 1

Marvel: Heroes of Tomorrow

Marvel Editor Lauren Bisom moderates an unmissable panel of prose and graphic novel writers for super hero fans of all ages!  Nic Stone takes you to the wonderful world of Wakanda in Shuri, as the titular genius strives to preserve the source of the Black Panther’s power. Preeti Chhibber speaks to what it means to be a hero […]

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Award-winning Author Cynthia Leitich Smith gives insight into how real life inspired her YA novel (HEARTS UNBROKEN), reads from her groundbreaking picture book (JINGLE DANCER), and talks about what it’s like to write for many age groups. We even get to meet her pup!

Take a Virtual Korean Vacation with Korean Authors!

Do you love K-Pop, K-dramas, Korean food, or any of the amazing books from Korean authors coming out this year? Well let’s take a virtual trip to South Korea! Authors Kim Hyun Sook (Banned Book Club), Robin Ha (Almost American Girl), and Erin Yun (Pippa Park Raises Her Game) will show you how to read […]

Draw Me Like One of Your Graphic Novels

Meet some of the coolest creators in the biz making graphic novels for young adult readers! Join Gene Luen Yang (DRAGON HOOPS), Ngozi Ukazu (CHECK, PLEASE! 2: STICKS AND SCONES), and Lisa Brown (THE PHANTOM TWIN) as they discuss what first brought them to drawing and how they bring their stories alive through art all […]

It’s All Relative: Sibling Stories

Join a dynamic conversation between an award-winning team of celebrated authors, all of whom have books that explore the unique dynamics of sibling-hood. Find out how and why they chose to explore the special (and sometimes frustrating!) dynamic between sibs, and how their own upbringing may have influenced their choices. The panel will be led […]

Doodle Duel!

Author-illustrators will have a Doodle Duel! Remy Lai (FLY ON THE WALL) and Kayla Miller (ACT) will sketch out prompts submitted by young readers. And don’t worry, this intense duel will end in harmony as the panelists answer reader questions about their upcoming books and drawing!

Write #HerStory

Bestselling authors explore how their stories speak to the bigger picture of feminism and what it means to champion this narrative for young adults. Presented by four authors dedicated to shaping stories for feminism today and the future, Samira Ahmed (MAD, BAD, & DANGEROUS TO KNOW), Abigail Hing Wen (LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI), Gabby Rivera (JULIET TAKE […]

Inspired by a True Story

What do a rock climber, an astrophysicist, and an actor have in common? They ‘re all picture book authors, too! Hear from three very different accomplished professionals: Kamen Edwards (THE ONE AND ONLY DYLAN ST. CLARE), Ray Jayawardhana (CHILD OF THE UNIVERSE), and Ashima Shiraishi (HOW TO SOLVE A PROBLEM) about how they pulled from […]

Team Tropes: YA Fantasy Edition

3 Teams, YA Tropes, No Hold Barred Debate! Authors will battle it out for their favorite YA fantasy tropes. YA fantasy authors Swati Teerdhala (THE ARCHER AT DAWN), Kat Cho (WICKED FOX), Roseanne A. Brown (A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN), Katy Rose Pool (THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS), Janella Angeles (WHERE DREAMS DESCEND), and […]

Putting the STORY in History: a historical-fiction panel

This present moment will become tomorrow’s history. What stories will YOU tell in the future? Three celebrated historical fiction authors–Anne Bustard (BLUE SKIES), Gail Carson Levine (A CEILING MADE OF EGGSHELLS), and Linda Sue Park (PRAIRIE LOTUS)–will reveal the inspiration and research that brought their latest books to life. Expect a lively discussion about the […]