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Friday, March 5, 2010

The 2010 NYC Teen Author Festival!

Ah, the schedule! Are you coming? You should totally come.

Here's why:

First Draft to Final Draft – Talking About the Writing Process
Monday, 3/15 (NYPL, Tompkins Square Branch, 331 East 10th Street, 6pm):
featuring: Gayle Forman, Daphne Grab, Carolyn Mackler, Sarah Mlynowski, Blake Nelson, Marie Rutkoski, Eliot Schrefer, Natalie Standiford

Getting Inside the Mind of a Teen Boy
Tuesday, 3/16 (Barnes & Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren Street, 7pm):
featuring: Nick Burd, Matt de la Pena, Gordon Korman, David Levithan, Barry Lyga, Michael Northrup, Jon Skovron, Jake Wizner

The Treasure Map to Going Bovine with Will Grayson(s) (or, an evening of readers’ theater)
Wednesday, 3/17 (Mulberry Street Branch, NYPL, 10 Jersey St, 6pm):
featuring:Libba Bray, John Green, David Levithan, E. Lockhart

Thursday, 3/18 (Five Borough Read, 10am):
Authors read to high school students and the public in libraries across the city.

Countee Cullen Branch, NYPL, 104 W 136th St
Donna Freitas, Eliot Schrefer, Rachel Vail, Lynn Weingarten, Ebony Wilkins

Jefferson Market Branch, NYPL, 425 6th Ave
Gabe Guarente, Carla Jablonksi, Kristen Kemp, Barry Lyga, Samantha Schutz

Muhlenburg Branch, NYPL, 209 W 23rd St
Emma McLaughlin, Lauren McLaughlin, Courtney Sheinmel, Jennifer Smith

Mulberry Street Branch, NYPL, 10 Jersey Street
Angie Frazier, Aimee Friedman, Alice Hoffman, Robin MacCready, Sarah Maclean, Amanda Marrone

Seward Park Branch, NYPL, 192 East Broadway
Cathleen Bell, Susane Colasanti, Matt De La Pena, Gayle Forman, Daphne Grab

Yorkville Branch, NYPL,, 222 East 79th St
Micol Ostow, Robin Palmer, Shani Petroff, Robyn Schneider, Abby Sher, Jake Wizner, Michelle Zink

Brooklyn (aw yeah!):
Central Branch, Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Auditorim, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Emily Horner, Melissa Kantor, O.Rhuday-Perkovich, Matthue Roth, Siobhan Vivian, Adrienne Maria Vrettos, Melissa Walker, Robin Wasserman

Bronx Library Center, NYPL, 310 East Kingsbridge Road
Coe Booth, Sarah Darer Littman, Neesha Meminger, Maryrose Wood

Broadway Branch, QPL, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
Jessica Blank
, Sarah Burningham, Heather Duffy-Stone, Marianne Mancusi, Elizabeth Scott

Staten Island:
New Brighton Branch, NYPL, 976 Castleon Avenue
Elizabeth Eulberg, David Levithan, Michael Northrup, Kieran Scott

Thursday Evening, 3/18 (Books of Wonder, 18 W 18th St, 6-8pm):
Sourcebooks Fire Launch Party
featuring authors Lisa Brown, Anne Eliot Crompton, Helen Ellis, Adele Griffin
the rocking tunes of Tiger Beat!
with Libba Bray, Dan Ehrenhaft, Barnabas Miller, and Natalie Standiford

Friday, 3/19 (South Court, 42nd Street, 2-5 and 6-8:30)
NYC Teen Author Festival Symposium Afternoon

2:00 Introduction

2:10 – 3:00: Using Genre to Tell the True Story of Adolescence
featuring: Judy Blundell, Sarah Beth Durst, Lauren McLaughlin, Diana Peterfreund,
Sara Shepard, Maggie Stiefvater, Robin Wasserman

3:00 – 3:30: Making a First Impression – 2010 Debut Authors
featuring: Angie Frazier, Emily Horner, Alyssa Sheinmel, Ebony Wilkins

3:30 - 4:15: Grief, Loss, and the YA Novel
featuring: Alexandra Bullen, Heather Duffy-Stone, Donna Freitas, Alice Hoffman, Sarah Darer Littman, Lisa Ann Sandell, Samantha Schutz

4:15 – 5: The Boy You Can’t Have
featuring: Susane Colasanti, Elizabeth Eulberg, Robin Palmer, Elizabeth Scott, Melissa Walker, Maryrose Wood

5-6: Break


6:00 – A Tribute to Regina Hayes
featuring: Sarah Dessen, Joy Peskin, Jacqueline Woodson

6:45 – 8:30: What it Feels Like for a Girl – Writing in a Teen Girl’s Voice
featuring: Jessica Blank, Eireann Corrigan, Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, Terra Elan McVoy, Siobhan Vivian, Adrienne Maria Vrettos, Jacqueline Woodson

Saturday, 3/20 (Bartos Forum, 42nd Street, 1pm): Stuff for the Teen Age Event
Come check out Stuff for the Teen Age, The New York Public Library’s list of the hottest books, movies, music, and video games from 2009. Talk with your favorite authors. Rock out to your favorite songs. Have fun. Hear a very special presentation from keynote speaker, Libba Bray, the author of Going Bovine.

Sunday afternoon: Books of Wonder Signing (18 W 18th St, 2-6)
NOTE: Because of the number of authors, signings will be in shifts. Below is the approximate schedule, which is subject to change

Alma Alexander Nora Baskin Cathleen Davitt Bell Judy Blundell Libba Bray Coe Booth Elise Broach Alexandra Bullen Nick Burd Sarah Burningham Susane Colasanti Matt De La Pena Violet Haberdasher Maggie Stiefvater

Tom Dolby Heather Duffy-Stone Sarah Beth Durst Elizabeth Eulberg Gayle Forman Aimee Friedman Jenny Han Alice Hoffman Carla Jablonksi Melissa Kantor Kristen Kemp Michelle Knudsen Peter Lerangis David Levithan

Sarah Darer Littman Barry Lyga Robin MacCready Carolyn Mackler Sarah Maclean Marianne Mancusi Amanda Marrone Wendy Mass Lauren McLaughlin Neesha Meminger Sarah Mlynowski Michael Northrup Robin Palmer

Diana Peterfreund Shani Petroff O.Rhuday-Perkovich Matthue Roth Marie Rutkoski Lisa Ann Sandell Samantha Schutz Elizabeth Scott Kieran ScottCourtney Sheinmel Sara Shepard Abby Sher Jon Skovron

Jennifer Smith Natalie Standiford Rachel Vail David Van Etten Siobhan Vivian Adrienne Maria Vrettos Melissa Walker Robin Wasserman Suzanne Weyn Lynn Weingarten Martin Wilson Jake Wizner Maryrose Wood Michelle Zink

Also keep in mind…

Before the Festival:
March 11: Blake Nelson and the Care Bears on Fire at Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 33 E 17th St, 7pm, for a night of reading and rock

After the Festival:

April 14: The Next Teen Author Reading Night, 6-7:30 at the Jefferson Market Branch of NYPL, 425 6th Ave, at 10th St.
Helen Ellis, The Turning, David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, Dedication, Sarah Mlynowski, Gimme a Call, Marie Rutkoski, The Celestial Globe, Elizabeth Scott, The Unwritten Rule, Rachel Vail, Brilliant, Adrienne Maria Vrettos, The Exile of Gigi Lane

PHEW! Excitement.


Beth Kephart said...

oh my gosh. how amazing!!!!!!!

Melissa Walker said...

I'm psyched!

Mrs. DeRaps said...

Oh, how I wish that I didn't live in the middle of nowhere. This sounds like it's going to be amazing!

Unknown said...

Justine and I went to the Teen Author Fest last year, and it was amazing. We're in Sydney at the moment, and won't be able to make it. But I recommend it to anyone who possibly can!

Lorie Ann Grover said...


Unknown said...

Sorry I missed this. Thanks for sharing anyway.

Be sure to check out my new book!

Anonymous said...

Ow, I wish by on there

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