2018 Schedule

FRIDAY

10:00 A.M.

Marriott A707

YA like it’s 1999!

Before Harry Potter or Twilight…What were your favorite YA novels prior to the genre’s explosion in popularity? Come get your nostalgia on and join our panelists in a discussion of YA published in the 90s and earlier.

Panelists: Christopher Paolini, Lucienne Diver, John G. Hartness, Susan Fitchelberg, Bonnie Kunzel, Peter Beagle

 

11:30 A.M.

Marriott A707

Wrinkle in Time: Page to Screen

What did you think of the recent movie adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time”? Come discuss with our panelists!

Panelists: D.R. Perry, Rebecca Moesta, Tamsin Silver, Diana Peterfreund, L.M. Davis

 

11:30 A.M.

Marriott Imperial Ballroom

The Life and Roles of Jason Issacs

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) from the Harry Potter movies in a Q and A style panel.

Panelists: Jason Issacs

 

1:00 P.M.

Marriott A707

YA IN SPAAAAACE

Outer space is so hot right now (yes, we know it’s actually really cold). Our panelists discuss YA books about space travel, distant planets, life in space, and where they might be headed next!

Panelists: Alexa Donne, Diana Peterfreund, Ashley Poston, E.K. Johnston, Edward Willett

 

2:30 P.M.

Marriott A707

Cyberpunk and Technology in YA

Calling fans of “Ready Player One” and “Warcross”! Our panelists will be discussing their favorite YA featuring futuristic technology, hackers, video games, and cyberpunk worlds.

Panelists: Mary Mancusi, Aleron Kong, Michael Chatfield, Casey Fiesler, Carole Barrowman

4:00 P.M.

Marriott A707

Graphic Novels and Comics in YA

From mainstream comics featuring teen characters to your favorite YA authors penning graphic novels and novelizations of young superheroes, we’re seeing more and more at the intersection of comics and YA, and our panelists are here to discuss it all!

Panelists: Jeremy Scott Whitley, Comfort Love, Adam Withers, Cara McGee, Margaret Robbins, David Serchay

 

5:30 P.M.

Marriott A707

YA Madness: Battle of the Characters

Could Katniss outmaneuver Ender? Think Hermoine could best Jace Wayland? Come see our panelists debate the mash-ups of your favorite YA characters.

Panelists: Michelle Schusterman, Christopher Paolini, Ashley Poston, Denise Camacho

 

7:00 P.M.

Marriott A707

Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow

Alethea Kontis and her misfit band of bestselling authors perform their hilarious annual variety show!

Panelists: Alethea Kontis (M), Leanna Renee Heiber, Gray Rinehart, Diana Peterfreund, Mary Mancusi, Jo Whittenmore, Mikey Mason

 

8:30 P.M.

International South, Hyatt

Are you a Deatheater?

A Harry Potter themed Mafia-style game! Check out the instructions ahead of time at https://tinyurl.com/YAdeatheater

Panelists: Jennifer Campbell

 

10:00 P.M.

International South, Hyatt

Are you a Deatheater?

A Harry Potter themed Mafia-style game! Check out the instructions ahead of time at https://tinyurl.com/YAdeatheater

Panelists: Jennifer Campbell

 

SATURDAY

10:00 A.M.

Parade- Track room closed

 

11:30 A.M.

Marriott A601-602

Beyond the Books: Harry Potter

Pottermore and plays and prequels, oh my! Join us for a fan discussion of the ever-expanding universe of Harry Potter material.

Panelists: D.R. Perry, Lindsay Ribar, Hanako Ricks, Eric Asher

 

1:00 P.M.

Marriott A707

LGBTQIA in YA

Our popular panel about LGBTQIA in YA is back again, including loads of book recommendations, and audience participation encouraged.

Panelists: C.B. Lee, Lindsay Ribar, Alison Cherry, Michelle Schusterman, Jeremy Scott Whitley, Catherine Scully

 

2:30 P.M.

Marriott A707

YA and Social Change

How have YA books encouraged you to take action in the real world? Come talk about the stories or characters who have inspired you!

Panelists: Rebecca Moesta, Aleron Kong, Jeremy Scott Whitley, Margaret Robbins, Matt Hall

 

4:00 P.M.

Marriott A707

Writing YA: The Problem with Plotting

Plotting, pantsing, architects and gardeners- with so many paths how do our favorite YA authors handle the problems with plotting?

Panelists: Christopher Paolini, Lexa Hillyer, A.J. Hartley, Susan Dennard, Madeleine Roux

 

5:30 P.M.

Marriott A707

The World of Shadowhunters

Come geek out with us about Cassandra Clare’s popular books. We’ll cover the Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, Dark Artifices, short stories, and more in the Shadowhunters universe!

Panelists: Tamsin Silver, Hanako Ricks, Jess, Marianne, Mel

 

7:00 P.M.

Marriott A707

Fanworks in YA

When the book ends, the fanworks begin. Whether you’re into fanfic or fanvidding, creating or consuming, come talk about how fans contribute to their favorite canons.

Panelists: Naomi Novik, Lindsay Ribar, Ashley Poston, Casey Fiesler

 

8;30 P.M.

Marriott A707

Juvenilia

Everyone starts somewhere – come hear today’s authors share writing from their past! Maybe it’s a middle school short story or 15-year-old Harry Potter fanfic – you’ll have to come to find out!

Panelists: Edward Willett, Ashley Poston, Lucienne Diver, Susan Dennard, Alison Cherry

 

10:00 P.M.

Hilton 309-312

YA Team Trivia

Do you know your YA books? How about those YA books made into films? From Hunger Games to Harry Potter to Shadowhunters and beyond – come with a team of up to 6 people and get ready to test your skills. Prizes for the top 3 teams!

SUNDAY

10:00 A.M.

Marriott A707

Myths and Retellings in YA

“There’s no such thing as a new idea” – so no wonder we love retellings of classics, myths and fairytales. Join us as we discuss why we keep telling these stories and how we keep reinventing them.

Panelists: Naomi Novik, E.K. Johnston, Alexa Donne, Lexa Hillyer, Diana Peterfreund

 

11:30 A.M.

Mariott A707

Non-Western YA Fantasy

Some of today’s most original fantasy worlds come out of non-western settings and lore. Expand your horizons and join us for a discussion of YA books like Children of Blood and Bone, and more — booklists included!

Panelists: AJ Hartley, Georgia McBride, LM Davis, Bonnie Kunzel

 

1:00 P.M

Marriott A707

What we’re reading!

Obsessed with book recommendations? Come hear about what your favorite YA authors have been reading! Audience participation encouraged!

Panelists: Fran Wilde, Alison Cherry, Peter Beagle, WIll, Rebecca Moesta

 

2:30 P.M.

Marriott A707

Book Club – Cold Bath Street by A.J. Hartley

Come join us in this year’s book club discussion. We are excited to have A.J. Hartley here to answer your burning questions about Cold Bath Street.

Panelists: A.J. Hartley

 

4:00 P.M.

Marriott A707

Writer vs. Author: Building a YA Brand

How did our favorite YA authors go from writing books alone to writing under contract and building their brands in YA? Join us to discuss the journey from Writer to Author!

Panelists: Michelle Schusterman, Alexa Donne, Susan Dennard, AJ Hartley, Mary Mancusi, Catherine Scully

 

5:30 P.M.

Marriott A707

Girl Power: Strong Women in YA

A discussion about the diverse representation of women in YA books: from fierce heroines to memorable sidekicks to love interests, how are women presented, and what impact does it have?

Panelists: Naomi Novik, Fran Wilde, Madeleine Roux, Lexa Hillyer

 

8:30 P.M. until 2:00 A.M.

Imperial Ballroom, Marriott

Yule Ball

Our annual Harry Potter-themed party! Come dance the night away while DJP spins your top pop hits from the 80s, 90s, and now! Join us for a YA Lit costume showcase at 9:30pm. Adults only after 10pm!

Panelists: DJP

 

MONDAY

10:00 A.M

Track room closed – post Yule Ball delayed start

 

11:30 A.M.

Marriott A707

Romance in YA

Romance is a big part of many of our favorite YA novels. What are some of your favorite ships and your favorite tropes? Join us for a discussion of what makes us swoon!

Panelists: Alexa Donne, Susan and Clay Griffith, Mary Mancusi, L. Jagi Lamplighter

 

1:00 P.M.

Marriott A707

Coming Soon!

What YA novels are coming out between now and next year’s con? Let us help you make your reading list for the next year!

Panelists: Susan Fitchelberg, Bonnie Kunzel, Herald