#TTBF 2019 Schedule

Author Signings and Panels

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Author Introductions + Keynote Address with Erika Sánchez
Alma Thomas Theater, (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)


What’s Your Platform: How to Find Your Voice and Make Your Mark
Author Panel, Alma Thomas Theater (11:15 AM – 12:00 PM) From YouTube to podcasts to journalism, these multi-talented authors have each made their mark in the media in a different way. Join them in the theater at 11:15 for a can’t-miss conversation about finding the right platform for your unique voice.

Featuring: Mary H.K. Choi, Akilah Hughes, Lauren Shippen
Moderator: Paula Mejia

Kill Your Darlings
Author Panel, McCombs Center Ballroom (11:15 AM – 12:15 PM)
Mystery, mayhem, and murder take center stage in these decidedly twisted tales. Stop by the ballroom at 11:15 to plumb the depths with five ruthless authors who aren’t afraid of the dark.  

Featuring: Renée Ahdieh, Amy Rose Capetta, Jennifer Donaldson, Lamar Giles, Gretchen McNeil
Moderator: Rachel Roepke


Let’s Go to the Movies with the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival!
Special screening, Alma Thomas Theater (12:15 PM – 1:15 PM)
Join us for a special screening of some of the all-time best movies submitted to the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, a yearly video contest in which young filmmakers create movies that tell the stories of Newbery award-winning books in about 90 seconds. Come to the theater at 12:15 to see some weird, creative, funny, sweet films and get some expert tips on how to make your own!

Hosted by author and 90-Second Newbery founder James Kennedy and Newbery Honor recipient, author Thanhha Lai.

Signing Session 1
Signing Tent, Academic Mall (12:15 PM – 1:00 PM)

Authors: Katharyn Blair, Amy Rose Capetta, Lamar Giles, Bill Konigsberg, Gretchen McNeil, Abdi Nazemian, Erika Sánchez, Alex Temblador


Reality Bytes
Author Panel, Alma Thomas Theater (1:30 PM – 2:15 PM)
Who we are online can feel inseparable from who we are in life. But these identities aren’t always as aligned as they seem. Stop by the theater at 1:30 to hear four cyber-savvy novelists explore what happens when realities collide.

Featuring: Arvin Ahmadi, Mary H.K. Choi, Katharyn Blair, Brittney Morris
Moderator: James Kennedy

Even Stranger Things
Author Panel, McCombs Center Ballroom (1:30 PM – 2:15 PM)
Powers strange and perilous flow through the pens of these five novelists. Join them in the ballroom at 1:30 to discover the magic that lurks within. Just be warned: power always comes with a price.

Featuring: Margaret Owen, Kristina Pérez, Katy Rose Pool, Lauren Shippen, Alexandra Villasante
Moderator: Griffin Mauser

Signing Session 2
Tent, Academic Mall (1:30 PM-2:15 PM)

Authors: Kat Cho, Jennifer Donnelly, Thanhha Lai, Sandhya Menon, Christopher Myers, Rory Power, Misa Sugiura, Kate Williams


It’s Our World. Now What?
Author Panel, Alma Thomas Theater (2:30 PM – 3:15 PM)
The world is so big that it’s easy to feel small. But change has to begin somewhere—you just have to decide where to start. Join us in the theater at 2:30 to hear from five feisty authors about what it means to make the world your own.

Featuring: Joelle Charbonneau, E. Charlton-Trujillo, Brandy Colbert
Moderator: Christopher Myers

Love Me for Who I Am
Author Panel, McCombs Center Ballroom (2:30 PM – 3:15 PM)
Falling in love should feel easy (right?), but life isn’t always that simple. Join these five insightful authors in the ballroom at 2:30 to discuss how to balance where we come from with who we love and who we want to be.

Featuring: Nandini Bajpai, Bill Konigsberg, Abdi Nazemian, Gabby Rivera, David Yoon
Moderator: Ami Gandhi

Signing Session 3
Signing Tent, Academic Mall (2:30 PM – 3:15 PM)

Authors: Arvin Ahmadi, James Kennedy, Tricia Levenseller, Brittany Morris, Margaret Owen, Kristina Pérez, Katy Rose Pool, Lauren Shippen, Alexandra Villasante


Fresh Ink Winners Presentation + Keynote Address with Akilah Hughes
Alma Thomas Theater (3:30 PM -4:30 PM)


Fierce, Funny, and Fearless
Author Panel, Alma Thomas Theater (4:45 PM- 5:30 PM)
They’re fierce. They’re funny. And they’re downright fearless in a tough spot. Come to the theater at 4:45 for a panel full of dynamic heroines and the wild thrill of adventure. What more can you possibly want?

Featuring: Kat Cho, Jennifer Donnelly, Tricia Levenseller, Rory Power, Kate Williams
Moderator: Mandy Curtis

This Is Us
Author Panel, McCombs Center Ballroom (4:45 PM – 5:30 PM)
Full of joys, frustrations, and outright contradictions, our families can be a lot. But, really, who would we be without them? Join these five authors in the ballroom at 4:45 to face the drama and tackle the messy truth head-on. 

Featuring: Thanhha Lai, Sandhya Menon, Erika Sánchez, Misa Sugiura, Alex Temblador
Moderator: Sarah Roye

Signing Session 4
Signing Tent, Academic Mall (4:45 PM – 5:30 PM)

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Nandini Bajpai, Joelle Charbonneau, e. E. Charlton-Trujillo, Mary H.K. Choi, Brandy Colbert, Jennifer Donaldson, Akilah Hughes, Gabby Rivera, David Yoon


All Author Signing Session
Academic Mall Tent Area (5:45 PM – 6:30 PM)