2017 Schedule

Saturday, October 7, 2017
St. Edward’s University
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m BookPeople Book Sales open
8:30 a.m.

Early Bird Signing

with Marie Lu, Jason Reynolds, E. Lockhart, and Stephanie Perkins

10:00 a.m.

Author Introductions and Opening Keynote

featuring Marie Lu in conversation with Ashley Jenkins from Rooster Tooth

11:15 a.m.

Panel: To Thine Own Self Be True

featuring Jason Reynolds, Zac Brewer, Tillie Walden, Renée Watson, and Corrie Wang

Just trust your gut and be true to yourself. Sounds so easy, right? But when the going gets tough, it’s never as simple as it sounds. Join us in the RCC Gym at 11:15 a.m for a conversation about how to be your best self when it matters the most. Moderator: Roger Grape

Panel: Me + You = Fate

featuring  Kathryn Ormsbee, Julie Murphy, Mackenzi Lee, Adam Silvera, and Jenna Evans Welch

Call it fate, luck, or even divine intervention. Who can really tell what brings two people together at just the right moment in time? These five authors might just know, so come by Mabee Ballroom at 11:15 a.m to find out. It’s your destiny! Moderator: Mary Hinson

Panel: The Ties That Blind

featuring Sandhya Menon, Amy Tintera, Jessica Taylor, Peter Bognanni, and Andrew Shvarts

Our families might love us to death, but they don’t always understand who we’re trying to become. Join these five authors in Jones Auditorium at 11:15 a.m to talk about the risky business of mixing love, family, and the pursuit of happiness. Moderator: Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Writing and Educator Workshops 

Signing Session One

Stephanie Perkins, David Bowles, Julie Buxbaum,  E. Lockhart, Cory Putman Oakes, S.J. Kincaid,  Cindy Pon, Aditi Khorana,  Erin Bowman, Lisa Maxwell

12:30 p.m.

Panel: Where I Belong: Stories of Immigration, Resilience, and Hope

featuring Mitali Perkins, Adi Alsaid, Francisco X. Stork, and Diana J. Noble

Our country has always been a nation of immigrants, and we are better for it. But the obstacles are real and the road can be hard. These novelists delve into the human stories at the center of that experience as they face their fears, pursue their passions, and fight for the futures they deserve. Join us for a for a featured discussion about finding a place to belong. A Featured event at 12:30 p.m in the RCC gym. Moderator: Mitali Perkins

1:25 p.m.

WNDB Essayist Reception (Invitation only)

featuring Dhonielle Clayton and I.W. Gregorio

1:30 p.m.

Special Speaker

featuring Lizzie Velásquez

2:30 p.m.

Panel: Smart is the New Black

featuring Marie Lu, Ashley Poston, Kerri Maniscalco, and Ryan Graudin

From cosplay to gaming to navigating the space time continuum, these novels aren’t afraid to get their geek on! Stop by the Mabee Ballroom at 2:30 p.m and let your nerd flag fly. Maybe you’ll even learn a little something. Moderator: Mandy Curtis

Panel: Fierce Reads

featuring Mitali Perkins, Caleb Roehrig, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Jennifer Mathieu

These authors are fierce and they totally know it. Want to know how fierce? Make sure you stop by the Jones Auditorium at 2:30 p.m., because you’re going to have to see it to believe it! Moderator: Kate Sowa

AISD Educator Book Club Kick-off Event

featuring Adi Alsaid

Signing Session Two

Jason Reynolds, Zac Brewer, Tillie Walden, Renee Watson, Corrie Wang, Sandhya Menon, Amy Tintera, Jessica Taylor, Peter Bognann, Andrew Schvarts

3:25 p.m Epic Reads Costume Contest Judging
3:30 p.m.

Panel: It’s Time to Save the World… Again

featuring Cindy Pon, Aditi Khorana, Erin Bowman, Lisa Maxwell, and S.J. Kincaid

So the world / universe / fate of humankind is in trouble. What else is new? Luckily these five authors just might have a plan. Come to Jones Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. to find out who to call when it’s time to save the world … again. Moderator: Topher Bradfield

Panel: Of Myth & Mystery

featuring E. Lockhart, Stephanie Perkins, Julie Buxbaum, David Bowles, and Cory Putman Oakes

Myths, secrets, and murder lurk in the shadows of this most mysterious panel. Dying to know what you’ll find in these books’ hidden depths? Join us in Mabee Ballroom at 3:30 p.m., if you dare… Moderator: Kayla Olson

Badgerdog Workshop 2

Signing Session 3

Kathryn Ormsbee, Julie Murphy,  Mackenzi Lee, Adam Silvera, Jenna Evans Welch, Mitali Perkins, Caleb Roerhig, Anna-Marie McLemore, Jennifer Mathieu, Ashley Poston, Marie Lu, Kerri Maniscalco, Ryan Graudin

4:15 p.m.

Closing Presentations and Closing Keynote

WNDB Essay Presentations

featuring Jason Reynolds

5:30 p.m. Final Large Group Author Signing