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
Lorie Langdon

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

Poetry Blast

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

Nina Revoyr

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