#TTBF 2018 Schedule

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Panel and Signing Schedule

iTent Schedule

9:00 AM

Book sales and Festival Exhibitors open


Keynote Address with Nic Stone and Author Introductions (RCC Gym)

11:15 – Noon

Epic Reads Costume Contest and Judging (RCC Gym)

One of our favorite parts of TTBF is to admire the many imaginative and spectacular costumes attendees design to wear at the festival. This is why we are excited to continue our partnership with Epic Reads to bring you our 3rd Annual Costume Contest at TTBF 2018! This is your chance to dress up as your favorite literary character. Will you be a hero or a villain? Will you honor a Hogwarts House or show your allegiance to a Great House from Westeros? Or will you rune yourself as a Shadowhunter and be ready to defend festival goers from forces of darkness? The possibilities are endless! We want to see your passion, ingenuity, and spirit shine through in your costume. More…

Cracks in the Crystal Ball

Author Panel, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM, Mabee Ballroom (Ragsdale, 3rd floor)

Whether seeing the future is a blessing or a curse, these foresighted authors offer visions of tomorrow—for better or for worse. Come to Mabee
Ballroom at 11:15 a.m. to crack open the crystal ball and see if you can handle the truth.

Featuring: Samantha Mabry, Katharine McGee, Neal & Jarrod Shusterman, and Andrew Smith
Moderator: Griffin Mauser

Plot Twist! Classic Stories Retold

Author Panel, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM, Jones Auditorium (Ragsdale, 1st floor)

It’s time to dust off the shelves, because these four authors like their classics with a twist! From Frankenstein to Jane Eyre to Moby Dick to Alice, we’ll be taking a new look at some familiar faces in Jones Auditorium at 11:15 a.m. You only think you know how their stories go…

Featuring: Alexa Donne, L.L. McKinney, Kiersten White
Moderated by Julie C. Dao

12:15 – 1:00

I Can Rescue Myself, Thanks.

Author Panel, 12:15 – 1:00 PM, Mabee Ballroom (Ragsdale, 3rd floor)

Looking for a good quest to take the edge off? The five gripping fantasies featured in Mabee Ballroom at 12:15 p.m. are jam-packed with high stakes, high drama, and high seas! (And nary a distressed damsel in sight.)

Featuring: Julie Dao, Heidi Heilig, Richelle Mead, Natalie C. Parker, Mary E. Pearson
Moderated by Ashley Nguyen

Our World. Our Stories. Our Future.

Author Panel, 12:15 – 1:00 PM, Jones Auditorium (Ragsdale, 1st floor)

Our world is not always a comforting place to live. But speaking our truth and sharing our stories is the only way to make it our own. Come to Jones Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. to talk to four passionate authors ready to reclaim the narrative and do exactly that.

Featuring: Rios de la Luz, Ellen Hopkins, Adib Khorram, and Mark Oshiro
Moderated by Leila Sales

Signing 1

Cynthia Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Nic Stone, Lilliam Rivera, Morgan Matson, Tochi Onyebuchi, , L.L. McKinney, Kiersten White, Alexa Donne, Patrick Ness,

1:15 – 2:10

Afternoon Keynote with Neal & Jarrod Shusterman (RCC Gym)

2:30 – 3:15

#TTBF Trivia Contest

Hosted by Mary E. Pearson (RCC Gym)

Are you #TTBF’s Number One Fan? Do you have special collection of books by #TTBF authors? Are you counting the days until your next autograph? Well, this contest might be for you. Come and test your knowledge of #TTBF books and authors at our first ever #TTBF Trivia Contest, hosted by the fabulous Mary E. Pearson!

Relationship Status: Who Cares? I’m Awesome!

Author Panel, 2:30 – 3:15 PM, Mabee Ballroom (Ragsdale, 3rd floor)

We all yearn to connect, but, these authors know it should never mean sacrificing who you really are. Join them in Mabee Ballroom at 2:30 p.m. to talk about the oh-so-tricky business of following your heart.

Featuring: David Levithan, Morgan Matson, Lilliam Rivera, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Nic Stone
Moderated by Ami Gandhi

Signing 2

Rios de la Luz, Ellen Hopkins, Mark Oshiro, Leila Sales, Jarrod Shusterman, Neal Shusterman, Samantha Mabry, Andrew Smith, Katharine McGee, Kathryn Ormsbee


Flipping the Script: From Page to Screen and Back Again 

Author Panel, 3:30 – 4:15 PM, RCC Gym

Whether you’re a fan of the book or the movie, the original or the spin-off, no one knows better than these two authors that literary journeys can have more than one chapter. Come to the RCC Gym at 3:30 PM for a special conversation about passing the pen.

Featuring: David Levithan
Moderated by Kathryn Ormsbee

Fierce Reads

Author Panel, 3:30 – 4:15 PM, Mabee Ballroom (Ragsdale, 3rd floor)

These authors are fierce and they totally know it. So make sure you stop by Mabee Ballroom at 3:30 PM to bask in the ferocity of this formidable foursome. Did we mention it’s going to be FIERCE?

Featuring: Alex London, Marissa Meyer, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Ngozi Ukazu
Moderated by Mandy Curtis

Signing 3

3:30 – 4:15 PM, Signing Tent

Ebony Adams, Julissa Arce, Heidi Heilig, James Kennedy, Taran Matharu, Nadya Okamoto, Tochi Onyebuchi, Beth Revis, Anita Sarkeesian, Nova Ren Suma, Laini Taylor,


Be the Change: Four Activists Talk About the Power of Speaking Up

Author Panel, 4:30 – 5:15 PM, RCC Gym

Words are power! And these outspoken activists-turned-authors know all about making theirs count. Grab a seat in the RCC Gym at 4:30 PM to hear four rebels with a cause talk about the power of speaking up.

Featuring: Ebony Adams, Julissa Arce, Nadya Okamoto, and Anita Sarkeesian
Moderated by Jane Claire Hervey

All Signs Point to Ominous

Author Panel, 4:30 – 5:15 PM, Mabee Ballroom (Ragsdale, 3rd floor)

Perilous visions lurk in the pages of these five shadowy tales. Come to Mabee Ballroom at 4:30 p.m. to hear from five fearless authors who’ve truly embraced the power of the dark side.

Featuring: Taran Matharu, Tochi Onyebuchi, Beth Revis, Nova Ren Suma, and Laini Taylor
Moderated by James Kennedy

Signing 4

4:30 – 5:15 PM, Signing Tent

Julie Dao, Adib Khorram, Alex London, Richelle Mead, Marissa Meyer, Natalie C. Parker, Mary Pearson, April Tucholke, Ngozi Ukazu


Happy Birthday, TTBF!

Come and help us celebrate our 10th birthday!

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Final Large Group Signing with our #TTBF 2018 Festival Authors!


iTent Schedule

8:15 – 9:00

Book Blogger / Booktuber Meetup with Xander from @ForeverBookish

Bloggers and booktubers are invited to start their #TTBF with fellow book enthusiasts! Chat about your favorite books, share tips and tricks, and meet new like-minded book nerds.

9:15 – 10:00

Book Talks in the iTent

BookPeople’s Griffin Mauser will share favorite books and go-to recommendations for YA of all genres.

11:15 – 11:45

Ask Me Anything: Crossing the Author/Editor Divide with Leila Sales and David Levithan

They’re authors. They’re editors. And they’re here together to answer any questions you might have about the path to publication—from either side of the fence!

12:15 – 1:00

Create Your Own Epic Tale with Ngozi Ukazu

Come let your creative juices flow in this graphic storybuilding workshop led by graphic novelist Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!: #Hockey). Space is limited to the first 50 attendees, so don’t be late!

2:20 – 3:05

Penguin Teen Presents: Cover Design Challenge

Want to know what goes into making a book jump off the shelves? Give it a shot in this challenge where teams will create book ideas and cover designs to be judged by Penguin Teen authors. Space is limited to the first 50 attendees, so visit the Penguin booth in the Alumni Gym to pick up your ticket in advance. May the odds be ever in your bookish favor!

3:30 – 4:00

Ask Me Anything: We Need Diverse Books’ Cynthia Leitich Smith with Nic Stone and Mark Oshiro

A WNDB sponsored session about heroism, relate-ability, and the identity intersections of YA readers, writers, and characters with Cynthia Leitich Smith (Hearts Unbroken), Nic Stone (Odd One Out), Heidi Heilig (For a Muse of Fire), and Mark Oshiro (Anger Is a Gift).

4:10 – 4:40

Ask Me Anything: Writing as a Method of Healing with Rios de la Luz & Lilliam Rivera

Join us for a Red Salmon Arts-sponsored session about healing and writing with Rios de la Luz (Itzá) and Lilliam Rivera (The Education of Margot Sanchez).

 4:45 – 5:15

Ask Me Anything: Bookstagrammers with Bookisglee and Storied.adventures

Join us for a lively discussion with Texas bookstagrammers Lauren of @storied.adventures and Mariana of @bookisglee as they talk about starting your bookstagram, growing your audience, and the ins and outs of gushing about your favorite characters, fandoms, and books online!  

5:15 – 5:45

Let’s Have Cake!
It’s our birthday! Come help us celebrate an amazing 10 years of TTBF fun in the iTent. While supplies last.