Author Event Sessions

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Friday, January 24 - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 5:15pm
ERT/Booklist Author Forum Author Event, Speaker series Pennsylvania Convention Center
Grand BR A
Description :

In an unmissable ERT/Booklist Author Forum, five acclaimed children’s book creators—Tonya Bolden, Brian Floca, Kadir Nelson, Steve Sheinkin, and Melissa Sweet—join fellow author and Booklist Books for Youth Senior Editor Ilene Cooper as she moderates the discussion about award-winning nonfiction for youth.

Tonya Bolden’s many exemplary books for kids include Tell All the Children Our Story and Maritcha, an ALA Notable Book for Children and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She has written about George Washington Carver, Martin Luther King, W.E.B. Dubois, women’s history, Reconstruction America, and many other topics. She reveals more about her writing life and inspiration in this Book Links interview. Visit Bolden online at www.tonyaboldenbooks.com.

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Lightship, also a Sibert Honor Book and a Booklist Top of the List winner—Youth Picture Book; The Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book, and this year’s Locomotive, which received a starred review in Booklist. He has illustrated Avi’s Poppy stories, Kate Messner’s Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award and a Booklist Editors’ Choice selection. Visit Floca online at www.brianfloca.com.
Kadir Nelson is one of the most accomplished, award-winning illustrators working today and is known for his stunning paintings depicting the African American experience. He won the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans and has received additional Caldecott Honors, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, and an NAACP Image Award. Nelson’s authorial debut, We Are the Ship, was a New York Times bestseller, a Coretta Scott King Author Award winner, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, and a Booklist Editors’ Choice selection. Visit Nelson online at www.kadirnelson.com.
Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of several highly regarded books on American history, including The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His recent book Bomb was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award as well as the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Visit Sheinkin online at www.stevesheinkin.com.
Melissa Sweet has illustrated nearly 100 children’s books, from board books to picture books and nonfiction titles. Her collages and paintings have appeared in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, and more. After a childhood making paper dolls, and playing with paint–by–number kits, Colorforms, and a Spirograph, she now writes and illustrates picture books, using the same simple materials to construct her brilliant mixed-media collage illustrations. She has received a Caldecott Honor, for A River of Words by Jen Bryant, the Robert F. Sibert Medal for “Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade,” and two New York Times Best Illustrated citations. Read more about the research and craft Melissa Sweet brings to her illustrated biographies in this Book Links interview and visit Sweet online at www.melissasweet.net

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Friday, January 24 - 5:30pm

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Kate Quinn (Penguin Group) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 935
Description :

Meet Kate Quinn, author of The Lion and the Rose, signing her book at the Penguin booth!

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Unofficial Event
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Laurice Molinari (Zonderkidz) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 737
Description :

The Ether: Vero Rising - While living a seemingly ordinary life, a 12-year-old boy discovers his true identity of a guardian angel and must begin his intense training under the guidance of the archangels while still living his suburban life.

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Unofficial Event
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Tim E. Ogline (For Beginners) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 535
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Unofficial Event
5:30pm - 6:00pm
Meet the Authors: Wendy Lesser (Macmillan (Adult)) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 622
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Unofficial Event
5:30pm - 6:30pm
CANCELLED: Meet the Authors: Tonya Bolden (ABRAMS) - See ERT/Booklist Author Forum Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 713
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Unofficial Event
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Kathryn Otoshi (KO Kids Books / PGW) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 646-647
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Unofficial Event
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Megan Howrey & Christina Lynch (Penguin Group) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 935
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Meet the authors of City of Lost Dreams & City of Dark Magic at the Penguin Group booth!

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Unofficial Event
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Eric-Shabazz Larkin (Readers to Eaters / PGW) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 646-647
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Unofficial Event

Friday, January 24 - 6:00pm

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Henry Cole (Peachtree Publishers) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 753
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"Prairie Chicken Little"--Mary McBlicken is sure a stampede's a comin'! She hurries to the ranch, gathering up her friends-a prairie dog, a jack rabbit, and a meadowlark-along the way. Before the fine feathered and furry folks get to their destination, they encounter a coyote who says he knows a shortcut. Should they trust him? Will they find Cowboy Stan and Red Dog Dan in time? And where is that rumbling coming from anyway?

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Unofficial Event
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Mark E. Wallace & Deborah D. Johnson (Aubey, LLC) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 1839
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Unofficial Event
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Carter Roy (Brilliance Publishing) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 551
Description :

The Blood Guard Series: When thirteen-year-old Ronan Truelove’s seemingly ordinary mom snatches him from school, then sets off on a high speed car chase, Ronan is shocked. His quiet, nerdy dad has been kidnapped? And the kidnappers are after him, too?

His mom, he quickly learns, is anything but ordinary. In fact, she’s a member of an ancient order of knights, the Blood Guard, a sword-wielding secret society sworn to protect the Pure—thirty-six noble souls whose safety is crucial if the world as we know it is to survive.

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Unofficial Event
6:00pm - 7:00pm
CANCELLED: Meet the Authors: Ilene Cooper (ABRAMS) - See ERT/Booklist Author Forum Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 713
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Unofficial Event
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Dia L. Michels (Science, Naturally!) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 1864
Description :

101 Things Everyone Should Know About Science

Science affects everything -- yet so many of us wish we understood it better. Using an accessible question-and-answer approach, this book, for ages 8 to 12, connects classroom learning to real life. Key concepts in biology, chemistry, physics, earth and general science are explored and demystified. Endorsed by science organizations and educators, this book is perfect for kids, grown-ups, and anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of how science impacts everyday life. NSTA Recommends. Aligns with the Common Core. “Succinct, cleverly written…should be on everyone’s bookshelf!” – Science Magazine

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Unofficial Event
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Justin Kramon (W. W. Norton & Company) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 748
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The Preservationist, by Justin Kramon. Booklist said it “effectively mixes literary thriller and realistic horror.”

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Unofficial Event

Friday, January 24 - 6:30pm

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Dia L. Michels (Science, Naturally!) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 1864
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If My Mom Were A Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers

All mammal mothers feed, protect, and teach their young, though these tasks often challenge their own needs for survival. A mammal baby’s journey to maturity varies dramatically, whether it is a bear or a bat, a hippopotamus or a human. With beautiful illustrations and inventive text, this fascinating introduction to the world of mammals reveals how fourteen mammal babies travel the path from helpless infants to self-sufficient adults. Ages 8-12. Aligns with the Common Core. NSTA Recommends. “As engaging visually as it is verbally!”-Carnegie Academy for Science education

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Saturday, January 25 - 9:30am

9:30am - 10:00am
Book Buzz Theater - Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Bloomsbury Children’s Books Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Book Buzz Theater
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Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Bloomsbury Children’s Books Present the Latest in Children’s and Teen Books

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)
9:30am - 10:30am
Meet the Authors: Gigi Amateau (Library of Virginia Shop) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 1068
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Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau tells the story of an imposing twenty-four-year-old slave named Gabriel, known for his courage and intellect, plotting a rebellion involving thousands of African- American freedom seekers armed with refashioned pitchforks and other implements of Gabriel’s blacksmith trade in Richmond, Virginia.
Macadoo of the Maury River is also by Amateau and is a story that all horse lovers will cherish.

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Unofficial Event
9:30am - 11:00am
Meet the Authors: Mick Manning and Brita Granström (Frances Lincoln Children's Books / PGW) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 646-647
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Unofficial Event
9:30am - 10:30am
Meet the Authors: Lorie Ann Grover (Blink) Author Event Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall-Booth 737
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Firstborn: A Novel - In Lorie Ann Grover’s new YA novel, Tiadone has been forced to live her entire life as a female accepted as male in her community in order to survive as a firstborn child. But when she needs to pass the rites of manhood, she finds the Creator may have use for her feminine traits after all.

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Unofficial Event

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