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Pop Top Stage
The PopTop Stage
Located on the exhibit floor, the stage will feature readings, discussions, and presentations over the course of the exhibits, 2015 topics will include: fiction, diversity, narration, children's books, activism, storytelling, mystery, poetry and romance to name a few.
|Time||Saturday, June 27
||Sunday, June 28
||Monday, June 29
|9:00-10:00am||Mexican-American Poetry Panel||Diverse Authors Need Us||2K15: Up and Coming Young Adult Novelists|
|10:00-11:00am||Muon Van & April Chu: In a Village by the Sea||Innosanto Nagara and Cory Silverberg: Counting on Community||Aaron Karo: Galgorithm|
|11:00-12:00pm||Chris Baty: No Plot? No Problem!||Scott Sherman with Amy Sonnie: Power, Real Estate and the Fight to Save a Public Library||Nina Revoyr: Lost Canyon|
Two authors: one Dooniverse with authors Carey Corp and
|Mystery Panel: Five Authors Share Their Knowledge||Rachelle Lee Smith: Speaking OUT|
|1:00-2:00pm||WWII Faction: Experience This Historic Conflict Through Fact and Fiction||Blackstone:Grover Gardner: Game of Mirrors: #18 in The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries||Verse Novels for Reluctant Readers|
|2:00-3:00pm||Recorded Books: The Sounds of Romance in the Library||Paige McKenzie: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl|
|3:00-4:00pm||Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti: Book Collaboration||Poetry Blast|
|4:00-5:00pm||Mystery for All: Adult and Young Adult Alike|
Lucha Corpi, Javier Huerta, and Viola Canales Moderated by Carmen Peña Abrego: Mexican-American Poetry Panel
Renowned Mexican-American poets Lucha Corpi, Javier Huerta, and Viola Canales will join us for this panel describing the different styles and themes in their work. Representing numerous awards and such works as Palabras del Mediodía (Lucha Corpi), American Copia (Javier Huerta) and The Little Devil and the Rose: Lotería Poems/ El diablito y la rosa: Poemas de la lotería. (Viola Canales) these poets will kick-off the stage's superb presentations.
Sponsored by Arte Publico Press
Muon Van & April Chu: In a Village by the Sea
Written by Muon and illustrated by April, In a Village by the Sea is a story expressing the desire for home and supports the concept of diverse cultures. Muon left Vietnam as an infant as part of the "boat people, and April returned to her true passion of illustration after a career in architecture as the two collaborate in their storytelling.
Sponsored by Creston Books
Chris Baty: No Plot? No Problem!
Founder of the National Novel Writing month back in 1999, Chris works as a teacher, speaker, and writer. Most of us feel we have a great story within us that is aching to get onto the page and into a book. While we may be crafting an intricate mystery, an intense romance, or a poignant memoir in our heads, it's another challenge to write it. This challenge motivated him and the outcome was the handbook to making the most of that No Plot? No Problem!.
Sponsored by Chronicle Books
Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon Panel:Two Authors One Dooniverse
Authors Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon (The Doon Series: Doon, Destined for Doon, Shades of Doon) discuss the process, chaos and fun behind writing a YA series from the perspective of two authors. Join Carey and Lorie for a spirited and sometimes silly conversation. Snacks provided.
Sponsored by Zondervan/Blink
Lucy Sanna, Bruce Henderson, and Meg Waite Clayton: WWII Faction: Experience This Historic Conflict Through Fact and Fiction
Hear authors Meg Waite Clayton, Bruce Henderson and Lucy Sanna discuss various aspects of WWII as told through their latest publications:THE RACE FOR PARIS: An epic novel inspired by real, ground-breaking women such as Margaret Bourke-White, Clare Boothe Luce, Martha Gelhorn, and Lee Miller about female journalists on the front lines of World War II. RESCUE AT LOST BANOS: The incredible true story of one of the greatest military rescues of all time, the 1945 World War II prison camp raid at Los Baños in the Philippines—a tale of daring, courage, and heroism.THE CHERRY HARVEST: A historical novel that deals with an aspect of World War II not widely known: German POWs used as laborers on American farms in the latter years of the war.
Sponsored by HarperCollins
Johanna Parker, Therese Plummer, and Amanda Leigh Cobb : The Sounds of Romance in the Library-The Art of Narrating Audiobooks from Bonnet Busters to Bodice Rippers and Beyond
Already one of the most popular genres within a library's print collection, Romantic Fiction covers a broad spectrum of materials suited to a diverse patron base. But what happens when these words lift off the page into a life of their own through an audio recording? Join three of the audiobook industry's most popular narrators for insights into how they prepare for a recording, what goes into making a professional recording suitable to both the material and the audience and listen to some live examples of their work. Live examples including Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse Series, Robyn Carr's Virgin River Series and Jayne Ann Krentz's River Road and Trust No One.
Sponsored by Recorded Books
Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti: Zeroes - Book Collaboration
The art of storytelling and book collaboration is a panel discussion spearheaded by author Scott Westerfeld. Scott Westerfeld is the author of the Leviathan series, the first book of which was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction.
Sponsored by Simon & Schuster
Elaine Viets, Emily Brightwell, Jenna McKinlay, Kate Carlisle and Juliet Blackwell: Mystery for All
This panel includes Elaine Viets, Emily Brightwell, Jenna McKinlay, Kate Carlisle and Juliet Blackwell. These mystery writers will cover all the bases discussing their novels of mystery for young adult through the adult ages and the differences of the two. Hash out their new novels with them and realize how mystery has many faces.
Sponsored by Penguin
E.E. Charton, Susan Kuklin, Lyn Miller, Karen Sandler, Tim Federle, and Greg Neri: Diverse Authors Need Us
Eight out of the Top Ten Books challenged in 2014 had themes of diversity and race. What is it about these stories that people want them removed from libraries? Intellectual freedom is being stifled because multiple viewpoints aren't represented. Join us to hear perspectives about censorship from authors who write with diverse voices. This will be a moderated Q&A panel with time for audience questions.
Sponsored by the Office for Intellectual Freedom and We Need Diverse Books
Innosanto Nagara with Cory Silverberg: Counting on Community
Innosanto was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, moving to the U.S. in 1988. A follow up to his first book, A is for Activist (written for his son), Counting on Community goes from one stuffed piñata to ten hefty hens, always counting on eachother. The book encourages children to recognize the value of their community, the joys inherent in healthy eco-friendly activities and inspires a vision of diversity as told through stories in words and pictures.
Sponsored by Seven Stories
Scott Sherman with Amy Sonnie: Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight
to Save a Public Library
A contributing writer for The Nation and a former contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, Scott Sherman is here to discuss his new book Patience and Fortitude. As a recipient of the Blue Ribbon Award for Public Advocacy by Design Observer Magazine, this book is true to his persona. Not just public librarians, but all will want to hear his session.
Sponsored by MHP Books
Jane K. Cleland, Hannah Dennison, Rachel Howzell Hall, Kelli Stanley, and Marcia Clark: Mystery Panel
Mystery, thriller, and everything in between. This session is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats. Check out the authors of this panel as they discuss their upcoming novels and the ins-and-outs of the genre.
Sponsored by Macmillan and Tor
Grover Gardner: Game of Mirrors: #18 in The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries
Narrator Grover Gardner will display his talents reading from the eighteenth installment of the New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano Mystery Series. The voice of the Inspector, Grover brings his personal touches and quirky behaviors throughout the narration. Following his reading the presentation will open up to Q&A, then an Inspector Montalbano drawing.
Sponsored by Blackstone
Paige McKenzie: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Paige is the face of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl. She is thrilled to bring her unique voice to life in this book series. To do so she has teamed up with producer Nick Hagen and her mother, actress Rose Mercedes, to create The Haunting of Sunshine Girl series on YouTube. Without long, the spine-chilling series - and its unforgettable title character - boasted a viewership in the tens of millions.
Sponsored by Perseus Books
This year's roster includes an equally diverse group of poets, forms, and themes including; Alma Flor Ada (Yes! We Are Latinos), F. Isabel Campoy (Poesia eres tú), Rebecca Kai Dotlich (Grumbles from the Forest), Betsy Franco (A Spectacular Selection of Sea Creatures), Marilyn Singer (A Strange Place to Call Home), Marilyn Nelson (How I Discovered Poetry) and Nikki Grimes (Poems In the Attic).
Courtney Alameda, Alexis Bass, Virginia Boecker, Fonda Lee, and Valynne Maetani: 2K15 Panel
Representing multiple genres, join the 2K15 panel featuring Courtney Alameda, Alexis Bass, Virginia Boecker, Fonda Lee, and Valynne Maetani. These up and coming young adult novelists will speak with reference to school and library visits, as well as information and resources related to their novels. www.classof2k15.com
Sponsored by Feiwel & Friends, HarperTeen, Little Brown, Flux, and Tu Books
Aaron Karo: Galgorithm
Joining us to discuss his new book, Galgorithm, Aaron is an author, comedian, and screenwriter. His previous books include Lexapros and Cons, I’m Having More Fun Than You, Ruminations on Twentysomething Life, and Ruminations on College Life. He was born and raised in New York, currently lives in Los Angeles, and always pays on the first date. Find him online at AaronKaro.com and follow him on Twitter @AaronKaro.
Sponsored by Simon & Schuster
Author of four previous novels including The Age of Dreaming, which was nominated for the LA Times Book Prize, Lost Canyon is the latest joining her accomplishments. Join her as she describes the dangers and twists of her characters backpacking through the High Sierra.
Sponsored by Akashic Books
Rachelle Lee Smith: Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus
Rachelle is an award winning, nationally and internationally shown and published photographer. Speaking OUT combines her passions for activism and photography. Off the streets and into the studio, portraits are presented without judgement or sterotype by elimidating enviromental influence with a stark white backdrop. The images are then strengthened by the handwritten text that serves as the voice of a diverse group.
Gabrielle Prendergast, Leslea Newman, Holly Bodger, Nikki Grimes, K.A. Holt, and Tess Prendergast: Verse Novels for Reluctant Readers
A part-time teacher and mentor, Gabrielle is the author of the verse novels Capricious and Audacious. Speaking today regarding 'Verse for Reluctant Readers' she will explain how this genre is so effective in reaching out. Joining her are authors: Leslea Newman - October Mourning, Holly Bodger - 5 to 1, Nikki Grimes – Poems in the Attic, K.A. Holt – House Arrest & Rhyme Schemer and Tess Prendergast, Children's Librarian.
Sponsored by Orca Books