nyc teen author festival 2010

I’m postponing my John Mayer concert entry to bring you breaking event news. The NYC Teen Author Festival details have been announced! This is the second annual Festival with even more authors attending, so if there’s any way for you to be in New York City this month (hello, March, thrilled to see you as always!) you will want to make that happen. All events are free and open to the public.

Here’s where you can find me during the Festival:

Thursday, March 18, 10:00-11:30
Reading from Something Like Fate
New York Public Library, Seward Park Branch, 192 East Broadway, New York, NY

Friday, March 19, 4:15-5:00
The Boy You Can’t Have, reading and panel discussion
New York Public Library, 42nd Street Branch, 476 5th Avenue, South Court, New York, NY

Sunday, March 21, 2:00-2:45
Massive YA author signing
Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street, New York, NY

The biggest, most exciting event is definitely the massive Books of Wonder signing. Last year was insanely fun. So many YA authors will be there that we’ll be signing in shifts from 2:00 – 6:00. To find out who is signing when and which books they’ve written, check out this list The Book Girl compiled. Thanks, Renee! Thanks also to David Levithan for organizing all of the festivities. David makes the party possible. He does an incredible job of bringing us all together.

*throws sparkly confetti at David*

NYC Teen Author Festival 2010

2010 NYC Teen Author Festival Schedule

Monday, March 15, 6:00
NYPL, Tompkins Square Branch, 331 East 10th Street

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, March 16, 7:00
Barnes & Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren Street

Getting Inside the Mind of a Teen Boy
Featuring: Nick Burd, Matt de la Pena, Gordon Korman, David Levithan, Barry Lyga, Michael Northrop, Jon Skovron, Jake Wizner

Wednesday, March 17, 6:00
NYPL, 42nd Street Branch, 476 5th Avenue, South Court

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, March 18, 10:00-11:30
Five Borough Read – Authors read to high school students and the public in libraries across the city


NYPL, Countee Cullen Branch, 104 W 136th Street
Donna Freitas , Eliot Schrefer, Rachel Vail, Lynn Weingarten, Ebony Wilkins

NYPL, Jefferson Market Branch, 425 6th Avenue
Gabe Guarente, Carla Jablonksi, Kristen Kemp, Barry Lyga, Samantha Schutz

NYPL, Muhlenburg Branch, 209 W 23rd Street
Emma McLaughlin, Lauren McLaughlin, Courtney Sheinmel, Jennifer Smith

NYPL, Grand Central Branch, 135 East 46th Street
Angie Frazier, Aimee Friedman, Alice Hoffman, Robin MacCready, Sarah Maclean, Amanda Marrone

NYPL, Seward Park Branch, 192 East Broadway
Cathleen Bell, Susane Colasanti, Matt De La Pena, Gayle Forman, Daphne Grab

NYPL, Yorkville Branch, 222 East 79th Street
Micol Ostow, Robin Palmer, Shani Petroff, Robyn Schneider, Abby Sher, Jake Wizner, Michelle Zink


Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, Dweck Auditorim, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Emily Horner, Melissa Kantor, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Matthue Roth, Siobhan Vivian, Adrienne Maria Vrettos, Melissa Walker, Robin Wasserman


NYPL, Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Road
Coe Booth, Sarah Darer Littman, Neesha Meminger, Maryrose Wood


QPL, Broadway Branch, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
Jessica Blank, Sarah Burningham, Heather Duffy-Stone, Marianne Mancusi, Elizabeth Scott

Staten Island:

NYPL, West New Brighton Branch, 976 Castleon Avenue
Elizabeth Eulberg, David Levithan, Michael Northrop, Kieran Scott

Thursday, March 18, 6:00-8:00
Books of Wonder, 18 W 18th Street

Sourcebooks Fire Launch Party
Featuring authors Lisa Brown, Anne Eliot Crompton, Helen Ellis, Adele Griffin, AND the rocking tunes of Tiger Beat! (with Libba Bray, Dan Ehrenhaft, Barnabas Miller, and Natalie Standiford)

Friday, March 19, 2:00-5:00 and 6:00-8:30
NYPL, 42nd Street Branch, 476 5th Avenue, South Court

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

4:15–5:00 The Boy You Can’t Have
Featuring: Susane Colasanti, Elizabeth Eulberg, Robin Palmer, Elizabeth Scott, Melissa Walker, Maryrose Wood

5:00-6:00 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, March 20, 1:00
NYPL, 42nd Street Branch, Bartos Forum

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, March 21, 2:00-6:00
Books of Wonder, 18 W 18th Street

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 Northrop, Robin Palmer

Diana Peterfreund, Shani Petroff, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, 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

18 thoughts on “nyc teen author festival 2010

  1. Hey Susane!
    I cannot wait to meet you!!! I already asked my mom and she said she will take my friend and I so I am ubber excited! Ahhhhhh! Lol
    Did u pick the Shiny New Contest winners yet????

        • Hey Susane!
          Umm weaired question but I will ask it anyway lol.
          I am reading Waiting For You and you mention a place called the Shake Shack ALOT, I know you live in NYC so I was wondering if u ment the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park?
          Please let me know! Lol

          • Thank you, friendly neighbor! Yes, I named Shake Shack after the one here for two reasons: because I love it and because it totally sounded like a place that would be in that Connecticut waterfront town.
            I love all of your comments. You should click “comments rock” to leave a new comment string from now on…that way the first person in this string doesn’t get bombarded by our follow-up comments 😉

  2. Oops, sorry!
    Haha, I LOVE the Shake Shack!! I go there ALL the time! Its two blocks away from my old school so me and my friends used to go there for lunch!!
    There french fries are addicting!

      • Haha, I have never been to the Upper West Side location, is it also outside???
        I remeber one time it was the dead of winter and my friends and I wanted to go to the Shake Shack for lunch, We sat at one of the table and all were sick the next day 😦
        The shake shack is worth it though! haha

  3. Okay, I’m definitely going to try my hardest to be there! The only thing I’m unsure of is if I should go only Sunday or the whole weekend. I can’t afford a hotel so I’m trying to see if I can stay with my friend! I’ll post a comment once I know if I’ll make it or not. Can’t wait!


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