Saturday’s auditorium events will be
closed out by prolific bestseller
Alexander McCall Smith (3:30–4:30 p.m.),
author of the internationally acclaimed
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and Isabel
Dalhousie series, whose latest standalone
novel is The Forever Girl. The author also
“may or may not discuss the Really Terrible Orchestra,” which he cofounded
and which features him on bassoon and
his wife on horn.
On Sunday, Ilyasah Shabazz, community organizer, activist, motivational speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed
Growing Up X, will talk about what inspires and motivates her (10:30–11:30
a.m.). Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and
Betty Shabazz, collaborated with Kekla
Magoon on X and is co-editor, with Herb
Boyd, of The Diary of Malcolm X.
On Monday, high-wire performer
Philippe Petit (8:30–9:30 a.m.) will
discuss and autograph his book Creativ-
ity: The Perfect Crime (Riverhead). Petit
has performed on the high wire around
the world more than 80 times; he also
does street performances whenever (and
wherever) he likes—for which he has
been arrested more than 500 times.
Executive coach, bestselling author,
and “champion for introverts” Jennifer
B. Kahnweiler (10:30–11:30 a.m.) will
discuss the power of introverts. She is the
author of both The Introverted Leader:
Building on Your Quiet Strength and Quiet
Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a
Difference, which have sold more than
50,000 copies and are translated into 10
languages. A book signing will follow
This year’s themed panels discuss everything from social injustice to romance to
the process of making a comic book.
(consult your program for any last minute changes).
On Saturday, the Amelia Bloomer
Project and Rainbow Project Author
Panel (8:30–10 a.m.) features William
Klaber, and Rita Williams-Garcia.
Romance writers participating in
“Isn’t it Romantic” (8:30–10 a.m.) include Jeaniene Frost, Jill Shalvis,
Deborah Coonts, and Shelley Coriell.
“Teaching with Comics” ( 10–11 a.m.)
chats with Matt Dembicki, Jason Ro-driguez, and Joel Gill.
“Quirky Books for Quirky Librarians”
(3–4:30 p.m.) features Ben Parzybok,
Jennifer Holland, Ian Doesher, and
The invitation-only “Let Our Rejoicing Rise: 45 Years of the Coretta Scott
King Book Award: A Conversation with
Past and Present Winners” ( 5–7 p.m.)
features Andrea Davis Pinkney, Bryan
Collier, Nikki Grimes, Patricia McK-issack, Kadir Nelson, Theodore Taylor III, and Rita Williams-Garcia.
On Sunday, “First Author, First Book:
Veteran & Rookies” (8:30–10 a.m.) gathers Jim McGinty, Will Thomas, Adi
Alsaid, and Kimberly Elkins.
“Hot Picks for Book Clubs” (10:30–
11:30 a.m.) includes Ana Castillo, Julie
Lawson Timmer, Ann Hood, and
Rebecca Rasmussen; and on the Graphic
Novel/Gaming Stage ( 3–4 p.m.), the entire creative team of a comic book—
Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul,
Patrick Gleason, and Peter Tomasi—will
discuss how a new project is developed.
On Monday, an “Author Illustrator
Panel” ( 10–11 a.m.) features Raina Tel-gemeier, Tom Angleberger, and Cece
The PopTop Stage
This year’s Pop Top Stage focuses on mystery, crime fiction, and poetry, with three
days of readings, discussions, and presentations (as usual, please see the official
convention schedule for final details, as
the schedule is subject to change).
On Saturday, programs kick off with
the “Mob Panel” ( 10–11 a.m.) with
On Monday, a panel explores “Seedy
Criminal Underbellies” ( 10–11 a.m.)
featuring Deborah Coonts and Hank
Book Buzz Theater
From Saturday through Monday, librarians can hear the latest buzz on new titles
from well over a dozen publishers’ library
marketing representatives. Please refer to
the official convention schedule for details. ;
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