Author Events

Authors in the Afternoon

Thursday, November 9  |  12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Spend the afternoon before the conference kicks off getting to know three best-selling and award-winning authors! Each attendee will receive a box lunch to enjoy while the authors present a short talk about their work. Their talks will be followed with interviews using questions submitted in-advance by those in attendance. Each attendee will receive a book from each author and a signing will follow the event.
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Jordan Sonnenblick is the author of the acclaimed Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, Notes from the Midnight Driver, Zen and the Art of Faking It, the sequel to Drums called After Ever After, Falling Over Sideways, and The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two children.

Christian Robinson's award-winning books for young readers include Josephine, which was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book as well as a Sibert Honor Book and Harlem's Little Blackbird, which was an NAACP Image Award nominee. His latest book Last Stop on Market Street earned four starred reviews and was on the New York Times bestseller list.

Sarah Dessen grew up in Chapel Hill, where her parents were professors. She attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and taught creative writing at the university before deciding to devote herself fulltime to writing. In January of 2017, Sarah was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and their daughter, Sasha.

An additional registration fee of $35 is required in advance of the event.

Author Meet & Greets

Saturday, November 11  |  4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

The Author Meet & Greets are your chance to “speed date” authors of children and young adult books! This highly anticipated event offers attendees the choice of participating in a session with authors of elementary, junior, or high school books. Sponsored by Junior Library Guild.

An additional registration fee of $20 is required in advance of the event.

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