This is the current schedule for the YA Lit Track, updated as of 8/17/2014–now including the days & times for our Q&A panel sessions with Evanna Lynch and Scarlett Byrne. Their panel sessions are in blue. Final times, rooms and panelists are subject to change, so you should definitely consult the Dragon Con app and our Twitter feed for the final schedule during con.

FRIDAY

10 AM
Marriott A707
Dragons, Magic & Mystical Lands: High Fantasy in YA 

The orphan of uncertain heritage, the talisman discovered, a kingdom under siege—fantasy tropes die hard. How is YA putting its stamp on the genre?

Panelists: Todd McCaffrey, Susan Fichtelberg, Lou Anders, A. J. Hartley, Kat Zhang, Leigh Bardugo

11:30 AM
Marriott A707
Representation Matters: LGBTQA in YA 

Less than 3% of YA books feature LGBTQA characters. What books are there now, and what can the industry do better? Audience participation encouraged!

Panelists: Cinda Williams Chima, Stephanie Perkins, Christopher Elliot, Nessa Warrin, Casey Fiesler

1 PM
Hyatt International South
Digesting the Divergent Triliogy

Have you read all three Divergent books and want to talk about your feelings? SPOILER WARNING for all books, including and especially Allegiant.

Panelists: Davey Beauchamp, Janine K. Spendlove

2:30 PM
Marriott A707
Urban Fantasy in YA 

We love a little magic, monsters, super powers—but rooted in the real world. What makes a compelling urban fantasy, and what are your faves?

Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Cinda Williams Chima, Bonnie Kunzel, Delilah S. Dawson, Gwenda M Bond

4 PM
Marriott A707
World Building in YA 

An intricate, well-drawn world is the unsung hero of a great book. How do writers build them & what are some of our fave YA worlds?

Panelists: Todd McCaffrey, Lev Grossman, Cinda Williams Chima, Leigh Bardugo, Alan Gratz

5:30 PM
Hyatt Hanover CE
Morally Ambiguous Characters of the Potterverse

Snape, Draco, Dumbledore, Percy, Xenophilius Lovegood…who’s your favorite (and least favorite) morally ambiguous character in Harry Potter?

Panelists: Susan Fichtelberg, Beth Revis, L. M. Davis, Meagan Spooner, Alexa Donne, Mel Pichetto, Jenn Clack

7 PM
Location TBD
Growing Up Potter! A Q&A with Evanna Lynch & Scarlett Byrne

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Scarlett Byrne (Pansy Parkinson) on the Harry Potter films, fandom & the future.

8:30 PM
Marriott A707
Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow

Join this motley band of talented (and costumed) authors for an entertaining hour of readings, musical numbers, and more! Swag for the first 40.

Panelists: Alethea Kontis, Mari Mancusi, Leanna Renee Hieber, Diana Peterfreund, Gray Rinehart, Delilah S. Dawson, E. C. Myers

10 PM
Hyatt International South
Are You A Deatheater?

A Harry Potter themed mafia-style game.

 

SATURDAY

11:30 AM
Marriott A707
Writing Smart YA Sci Fi- Getting the Science Right!  

Clones, viral outbreaks, spaceships, time travel… putting the “science” in science-fiction.

Panelists: Jonathan Maberry, Beth Revis, Kat Zhang, Meagan Spooner, Liz Lee Heinecke

1 PM
Marriott A707
YA Fandom Rules The World: How Fan Creativity is Driving Popular Culture

Harry Potter, TFiOS, Bronies—fan culture influences popular culture & drives media trends. A discussion of fanfic, Tumblr culture, Wattpad & more.

Panelists: Janine K. Spendlove, Lev Grossman, Naomi Novik, Heidi Tandy, Casey Fiesler 

1 PM
Westin Chastain DE
Buffy Summers and Harry Potter: The Chosen Ones  

Heroes journeys, multiple apocalypses, a trio of best friends… what else do they have in common?

In partnership with the Whedon Track

2:30 PM
Marriott A707
Book Club: Shadow and Bone with Leigh Bardugo

Come discuss Leigh Bardugo’s New York Times bestselling Shadow & Bone with the author herself!

4 PM
Marriott A707
Kissing Optional: Does YA Need Romance?

Does a YA book have to have romance? What about friendship, non-traditional iterations of romance in YA books & “girl books” vs. “boy books.”

Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Lil Watson, A.R. Cook, Alexa Donne

5:30 PM
Hyatt International South
The Future of the Potterverse: Fantastic Beasts & More

Speculating on the future of HP, including the Fantastic Beasts movie, JKR’s new play, and the short story recently published in USA Today.

Panelists: M. B. Weston, Travis Heerman, Aja Romano, Jennifer Clack, 

7 PM
Marriott Imperial Ballroom
Ravenclaw and Slytherin Represent! A Q&A with Evanna Lynch & Scarlett Byrne

Come meet Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Scarlett Byrne (Pansy Parkinson)!

8:30 PM
Hyatt International South
From Page to Screen- Dystopia

Divergent, The Giver, THG: Catching Fire–so many YA dystopias hit the big screen in the past year. Were they hit or miss? Fabulous or failure?

Panelists: Kathleen O’Shea David, E. C. Myers, Alexa Donne

10 PM
Marriott A707
Shipping Wars in Harry Potter! 

In this debate-style panel, you must choose a ship, and choose a side to debate. Are you canon Ron/Hermione, or do you ship Harry/Hermione?

Panelists: Davey Beauchamp, Tracy A. Akers, M. B. Weston, Debbie Viguié, Hanako Ricks, Niki Veasey, Casey Fiesler

 

SUNDAY

10 AM
Marriott A707
Diversity in YA

The need for diversity is increasingly part of the conversation in publishing. What can authors and publishers do moving forward?

Panelists: Tiffany Trent, L. M. Davis, Georgia McBride, E. C. Myers, Kat Zhang, Ronald Thomas Garner

10 AM
Hyatt Centennial II-III
Potter Ladies United: A Q&A with Evanna Lynch & Scarlett Byrne

Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Scarlett Byrne (Pansy Parkinson) in conversation.

11:30 AM
Marriott A707
Beyond Genre: Behind the Boom of Realistic YA Fiction

The Fault is Our Stars is just the tip of the iceberg—realistic YA fiction is booming, and there’s a lot to love beyond genre.

Panelists: Debbie Viguié, Michelle Hodkin, Gwenda M Bond, Stephanie Perkins

1 PM
Hilton Crystal Ballroom
Hungry for the Hunger Games?

Let’s discuss the world of the Hunger Games—all three books, the movie adaptations & more.

Panelists: M. B. Weston, Diana Peterfreund, E. C. Myers, Jennifer Liang

4 PM
Marriott A707
Anti-Heroines of YA

Female characters are often held up to a high standard. Let’s talk about the girls that buck the trends, and challenge us to root for them.

Panelists: Kathleen O’Shea David, Tiffany Trent, Mari Mancusi, Michelle Hodkin, Meagan Spooner

5:30 PM
Marriott A707
YA Lit Costume Contest

This is pre-judging for the YA Lit costume contest. All entries must be based on a children’s or YA book. This is open to participants only.

8:30PM to 2 AM
Marriott Imperial Ballroom
Yule Ball

A magical evening of dance & frivolity! We’ll announce the House Cup Competition winner as well as the Costume Contest winners.

MONDAY

11:30 AM
Marriott A707
Coming Soon To a Bookstore Near You!

What will the next trend in YA be? What are some fabulous YA books coming our way soon?

Panelists: Susan Fichtelberg, Bonnie Kunzel

2:30 PM
Marriott A707
Post Mortem

Come and discuss this year’s panels with the track staff. Let us know how we did this year as we sort the good from the bad, and brainstorm panel ideas for next year!