nyc teen author festival 2012

Well, it’s that time of year again. The NYC Teen Author Festival is back! Friendly neighbor David Levithan has organized another impressive line-up from March 26 to April 1. How does he do it? He has skills like that.

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

Saturday, March 31, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Symposium panel discussion
NYPL 42nd Street Branch, South Court
476 5th Avenue (at 42nd Street), New York, NY

Sunday, April 1, 1:00-1:45 p.m.
Ginormous signing!
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY

Here’s the complete schedule:


NYC Teen Author Festival logo

Monday, March 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Plotting Dangerously: Doing What it Takes to Find the Story
NYPL Mulberry Street Branch
10 Jersey Street (b/w Mulberry and Lafayette)

Authors: Coe Booth, Jen Calonita, Paul Griffin, Deborah Heiligman, Melissa Kantor, Morgan Matson, Kieran Scott, Melissa Walker

Tuesday, March 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
The Mutual Admiration Society Reading
McNally Jackson Bookstore
52 Prince Street

Authors: Madeleine George, Ellen Hopkins, David Levithan, Jennifer Smith, John Corey Whaley

Wednesday, March 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Things Fall Apart: World Building and World Destroying in YA
NYPL 42nd Street Branch, Bergen Forum
476 5th Avenue

Authors: Anna Carey, Sarah Beth Durst, Anne Heltzel, Jeff Hirsch, Andy Marino, Lauren McLaughlin, Lissa Price, Jon Skovron

Thursday, March 29
The NYC Big Read
Check for updates on times and Manhattan library locations at the NYC Teen Author Festival Facebook page.

Queens –
Queens Public Library, Long Island City Branch
37-44 21 Street, Long Island City, NY

Authors: Tara Altebrando, Brent Crawford, Gina Damico, Jeff Hirsch, Andy Marino, Jon Skovron, Alecia Whitaker

Manhattan –

Authors: Jen Calonita, Anna Carey, Matthew Cody, Jocelyn Davies, Melissa De La Cruz, Hilary Graham, Christopher Grant, Leanna Renee Hieber, Anne Heltzel, Gwendolyn Heasley, PG Kain, Kody Keplinger, Lauren McLaughlin, Sarah Mlynowski, Eugene Myers, Micol Ostow, Stephanie Perkins, Jessica Rotherberg, Lena Roy, Erin Saldin, Leila Sales, Eliot Schrefer, Samantha Schutz, Mark Shulman, Arlaina Tibensky

Brooklyn –
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch
Grand Army Plaza

Authors: Kate Ellison, Gayle Forman, Melissa Kantor, Barry Lyga, Michael Northrop, Matthue Roth, Victoria Schwab, Melissa Walker

Bronx Library Center
310 East Kingsbridge Road

Authors: Elizabeth Eulberg, Paul Griffin, Alissa Grosso, David Levithan, Sarah Darer Littman, Kieran Scott, John Corey Whaley

Friday, March 30, 2:00-6:00 p.m.
NYPL 42nd Street Branch, South Court
476 5th Avenue

2:00 – Introduction

2:10-3:00  Being Friends With Boys

Authors: Elizabeth Eulberg, Jenny Han, Terra Elan McVoy, Stephanie Perkins

3:00-3:50  The Writer as Time Traveler: Writing the Past While Sitting in the Present

Authors: Judy Blundell, Matthew Cody, Jennifer Donnelly, Leanna Renee Hieber, Suzanne Weyn

3:50-4:40  No Ordinary Love: How to Create a Satisfying Love Story and a Satisfying Supernatural World at the Same Time

Authors: Andrea Cremer, Melissa de la Cruz, Jeri Smith-Ready, Victoria Schwab, Margaret Stohl

4:40-5:30  New Voices Spotlight

Authors: Emily Danforth, Kate Ellison, Lucas Klauss, Carley Moore, Aleica Whittaker

Friday, March 30, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Reader’s Theater/Signing
Union Square B&N, 33 East 17th Street

Authors: Andrea Cremer, Emily Danforth, Lucas Klauss, Stephanie Perkins, Siobhan Vivian, John Corey Whaley

Saturday, March 31, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
NYPL 42nd Street Branch, South Court
476 5th Avenue

1:00  Introduction

1:10-2:00  Rising to the Challenge: YA Characters Facing Down What Life Throws Them

Authors: Tara Altebrando, Matt Blackstone, Susane Colasanti, Kody Keplinger, Siobhan Vivian, K.M. Walton

2:00-2:50  Killer Instincts: Death, Murder, and the YA Novel

Authors: Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Gina Damico, Kim Harrington, Barry Lyga

2:50-4:00  Moments of Truth: Characters at a Crossroads

Authors: Natasha Friend, Margie Gelbwasser, Jennifer Hubbard, Stewart Lewis, Sarah Darer Littman, Jess Rothenberg, Daisy Whitney

4:00-5:00  Looking Forward to Fall

Authors: David Levithan, Marie Rutkoski, Eliot Schrefer, and more authors reading from their upcoming books

Sunday, April 1, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Our No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder
Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street


Jennifer Barnes (Every Other Day, Egmont)
Matt Blackstone (A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie, FSG)
Caroline Bock (LIE, St. Martin’s)
Jen Calonita (Belles, Little Brown)
Anna Carey (Eve, Harper)
Susane Colasanti (So Much Closer, Penguin)
Andrea Cremer (Bloodrose, Penguin)
Gina Damico (Croak, HMH)
Emily Danforth (The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Harper)
Jocelyn Davies (A Beautiful Dark, Harper)
Sarah Beth Durst (Drink, Slay, Love, S&S)
Elizabeth Eulberg (Take a Bow, Scholastic)
Gayle Forman (Where She Went, Penguin)
Natasha Friend (For Keeps, Penguin)
Kim Harrington (Perception, Scholastic)
Barry Lyga (I Hunt Killers, Little Brown)
Daisy Whitney (The Rivals, Little Brown)


Margie Gelbwasser (Pieces of Us, Flux)
Alissa Grosso (Popular, Flux)
Jenny Han (We’ll Always Have Summer, S&S)
Leanna Renee Hieber (Darker Still, Sourcebooks)
Anne Heltzel (Circle Nine, Candlewick)
Jeff Hirsch (The Eleventh Plague, Scholastic)
Jennifer Hubbard (Try Not to Breathe, Penguin)
Melissa Jensen (The Fine Art of True or Dare, Penguin)
PG Kain (Famous for Thirty Seconds, S&S)
Melissa Kantor (The Darlings in Love, Hyperion)
Kody Keplinger (Shut Out, Little Brown)
Lucas Klauss (Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse, S&S)
David Levithan (Every You, Every Me, RH)
Stewart Lewis (You Have Seven Messages, RH)
Sarah Darer Littman (Want to Go Private?, Scholastic)
Elisa Ludwig (Pretty Crooked, S&S)


Carolyn Mackler (The Future of Us, Penguin)
Andy Marino (Unison Spark, FSG)
Wendy Mass (13 Gifts, Scholastic)
Terra Elan McVoy (The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, S&S)
Lauren McLaughlin (Scored, RH)
Sarah Mlynowski (Ten Things We Did, RH)
Carley Moore (The Stalker Chronicles, FSG)
E. C. Myers (Fair Coin, Pyr)
Michael Northrop (Plunked, Scholastic)
Micol Ostow (What Would My Cell Phone Do?, Penguin)
Stephanie Perkins (Lola and the Boy Next Door, Penguin)
Jessica Rotherberg (The Catastrophic History of You and Me, Penguin)
Marie Rutkoski (The Jewel of the Kalderash, FSG)
Erin Saldin (The Girls of No Return, Scholastic)
Leila Sales (Past Perfect, S&S)
Kieran Scott (He’s So Not Worth It, S&S)


Melissa De La Cruz (Lost in Time, Hyperion)
Alyssa Sheinmel, (The Lucky Kind, RH)
Jennifer Smith (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Little Brown)
Jeri Smith-Ready (Shift, S&S)
Jon Skovron (Misfit, Abrams)
Victoria Schwab (The Near Witch, Hyperion)
Mark Shulman (Are You Normal?, National Geographic)
Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Chaos, Little Brown)
Arlaina Tibensky (And Then Things Fell Apart, S&S)
Siobhan Vivian (The List, Scholastic)
Melissa Walker (Small Town Sinners, Bloomsbury)
K.M. Walton (Cracked, S&S)
John Corey Whaley (Where Things Come Back, S&S)
Alecia Whitaker (The Queen of Kentucky, Little Brown)
Maryrose Wood (The Unseen Guest, Harper)
Natalie Zaman and Charlotte Bennardo (Sirenz, Flux)

Hope to see you at the festival!

8 thoughts on “nyc teen author festival 2012

    • This festival blows me away every time. This is the fourth year (I think?) and I still can’t get over how many authors sign on one day at Books of Wonder for the ginormous signing. It is EPIC.

  1. This is so exciting! I’ll have to stop by at least one of these if I can. Thanks for sharing the news; I probably wouldn’t have known about this otherwise.

  2. I live in Philadelphia and am WAITING AND WAITING AND WAITING for you to do a book signing somewhere close to me! 🙂

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