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: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, 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 Newbery Medal and Caldecott Honor book Last Stop on Market Street was a New York Times bestseller, and School's First Day of School (written by Adam Rex), has earned seven starred reviews. When's My Birthday? is his second book for Roaring Brook Press.

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.
  • Amy Fellner Dominy, The Fall of Grace
  • April Pulley Sayre, Full of Fall
  • Stuart Gibbs, Spy School Secret Service
  • Erin Jade Lange, Rebel Bully Geek Pariah
  • Brooke Bessesen, Look Who Lives in the Ocean
  • Terri Fields, Burro’s Tortillas
  • Icy Smith, Mei Ling in China City
  • Michael Smith, It Starts with a Raindrop
  • Molly Idle, Flora and the Peacocks
  • Kevin McCloskey, Something’s Fishy
  • Kate Watson, Seeking Mansfield
  • Melissa Stewart, Beneath the Sun
  • Carole Boston Weatherford, Schomburg
  • Phil Bildner, Martina & Chrissie Canceled due to illness.
  • Shonna Slayton, Spindle
  • Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, The War that Saved My Life
  • Crystal Allen, How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy
An additional registration fee of $20 is required in advance of the event.

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