The NYC Teen Author Festival

OK, take a deep breath. This’ll be a long one…

The  details for this year’s Teen Author Fesitval (held once again in New York City) are now available. I’ve listed the entire schedule below. I’ll be specifically “on-stage” for a few of the events (you can see my event calendar for those), but I should be loitering around, skulking in the back of the venue, possibly blurting out random curse words/dark secrets at most of the events. Last year’s TAF was a blast and a half; I truly expect this year’s to be a blast and two-thirds at the very least.

If you’re anywhere near New York the third full week in March, you owe it to yourself to check this out.

2010 NYC Teen Author Festival

Monday, 3/15 (NYPL, Tompkins Square Branch, 331 East 10th Street, 6pm):
First Draft to Final Draft – Talking About the Writing Process

featuring: Gayle Forman, Daphne Grab, Carolyn Mackler, Sarah Mlynowski, Blake Nelson, Marie Rutkoski, Eliot Schrefer, Natalie Standiford

Tuesday, 3/16 (Barnes & Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren Street, 7pm):
Getting Inside the Mind of a Teen Boy

featuring: Nick Burd, Matt de la Pena, Gordon Korman, David Levithan, Barry Lyga, Michael Northrup, Jon Skovron, Jake Wizner

Wednesday, 3/17 (South Court, 42nd Street New York Public Library, 6pm):
The Treasure Map to Going Bovine with Will Grayson(s)
(or, an evening of readers’ theater)

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

Grand Central Branch, NYPL, 135 East 46th Street (between Lexington & Third Aves.)
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

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:
West 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 morning, 3/19 (Scholastic, 557 Broadway, in-house only)
Scholastic Event

Alexandra Bullen, Eireann Corrigan, Elizabeth Eulberg, Angie Frazier, Alice Hoffman, Sarah Darer Littman, O.Rhuday-Perkovich, Eliot Schrefer, Samantha Schutz, Jordan Sonnenblick, Natalie Standiford, Maggie Stiefvater, Siobhan Vivian, Suzanne Weyn, Ebony Wilkins

Judy Blundell, Coe Booth, Aimee Friedman, Sarah Maclean, Michael Northrup, Matthue Roth, Lisa Sandell, Lynn Weingarten

Friday, 3/19 (South Court, 42nd Street, 2-5 and 7-9:30)
NYC Teen Author Festival Symposium


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 West 18th Street, 2-6pm)

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
Matthue Roth
Marie Rutkoski
Lisa Ann Sandell
Samantha Schutz
Elizabeth Scott
Kieran Scott
Courtney 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

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