1:15 PM13:15

BookCon: The Real Reel (Angie Thomas, Becky Albertalli, Soman Chainani and Lauren Oliver)


BookCon Panel: The Real Reel

June 3, 2018

1:15 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. in 1E10

I will be moderating this panel on seeing books come to life on the big screen. How do those pieces come together to give readers what they are craving while satisfying movie-goers? Join Angie Thomas, Becky Albertalli, Soman Chainani and Lauren Oliver as they chat about their epic tales being turned into fantastic films.

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4:00 PM16:00

BookCon: Heartthrobs Unite! Romance Writing Comes to Life (


BookCon Panel: Heartthrobs Unite! Romance Writing Comes to Life

June 2, 2018

Location: 1E10

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

I am moderating this panel, featuring the best in romance writing joining forces to puppeteer the heartstrings on each and every one of us. Be ready to fall in love all over again when you hear Kami Garcia (Broken Beautiful Hearts), Colleen Hoover (All Your Perfects), Morgan Matson (Save the Date; listen to her First Draft interview here), Siobhan Vivian (Stay Sweet), and Mary H.K. Choi (Emergency Contact) break it all down for us in a panel featuring our favorite romances.

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12:45 PM12:45

BookCon: The Power of World-Building (Renée Ahdieh, Sabaa Tahir, Scott Westerfeld, Leigh Bardugo, and Marie Lu)


BookCon Panel: The Power of World-Building

June 2, 2018

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

I am moderating this panel, discussing what makes a world complete? It’s not easy to write with such little foundation. But authors Renée Ahdieh (listen to her First Draft interview here), Sabaa Tahir (listen to her First Draft interview here), Scott WesterfeldLeigh Bardugo (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here) and Marie Lu (listen to her First Draft interviews here and here)  explore the depths of a world never seen before with every new best-selling book! Join us as these fabulous authors discuss the fantastical worlds they’ve created, the trials and tribulations of characters and cultures plotted in these multi-dimensional story arcs and keeping readers glued page after page, book after book.

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11:00 AM11:00

BookCon: Power Moves (Victoria Aveyard, Kendare Blake, Tahereh Mafi, and Melissa de la Cruz


BookCon Panel: Power Moves

June 2, 2018

11 A.M. - 12 P.M. on the Main Stage

I will be moderating this panel of mega-hit authors discuss the fierce heroines who occupy the pages of their fan-favorite novels. Power in the female form is a force to be reckoned with, both on and off the page. Join Victoria Aveyard, Tahereh Mafi, Kendare Blake, and Melissa de la Cruz as they discuss writing narratives about confidence, strength, resilience, and more!

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9:00 AM09:00



I will be appearing at the YALLWEST festival in Santa Monica, Calif., on May 5, 2018


2 PM - Gallery

What a long, strange trip it's been - but here's how five authors made it.

Sarah Enni (Moderator), Jay Coles, Alexa Donne, Brenda Rufener, and Sara Saedi (her First Draft episode here).



4 PM - Gallery

The editor of a short story anthology created to inspire youth activism asks authors why and how they write their conscience.

Rose Brock (Editor, Hope Nation)(Moderator), Ally Carter, Sarah Enni, Stephanie Kuehn (her First Draft episode here), E. Lockhart, and Alex London (his First Draft episode here).



5 PM - West Tent

Authors and content creators talk tips for getting book-themed content online.

Sarah Enni (Moderator), Soman Chainani, Kat O'Keeffe (katytastic), Zach King, and Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS)

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8:00 PM20:00

YA Panel at the Mid-Valley Regional Library (feat. Dhonielle Clayton, Brandy Colbert, Marie Lu, Gretchen McNeil, Britta Lundin, and Aaron Hartzler)


On Tuesday Feb. 6 I will be moderating an all-star panel of YA novelists, including Dhonielle Clayton (THE BELLES, listen to her First Draft interview here), Marie Lu (WARCROSS, listen to her First Draft interviews here and here), Brandy Colbert (LITTLE & LION, listen to her First Draft interviews here and here), Gretchen McNeil (#MURDERTRENDING and TEN; listen to her First Draft interview here), Aaron Hartzler (WHAT WE SAW, listen to his First Draft interview here), and Britta Lundin (SHIP IT).

The event will be from 6-7 p.m., with a signing from 7-8 p.m, at the Los Angeles Mid-Valley Regional Library.

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12:30 PM12:30

John August Book Launch


Join John August and I to launch his new middle-grade book series!

I will be in conversation with John August (screenwriter and director, known for movies like Go, Big Fish, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, and more) to celebrate the release of his first book, Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire!

Join John and I at Chevalier's Books in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 12:30 p.m.!

About the book:

The first book in a spellbinding fantasy adventure series so believable you may wonder if it's happening in your own backyard.

As Arlo looked around, the walls of his room began to vanish, revealing a moonlit forest. Only his bed remained, and the frame of his window, through which he saw the girl. The world on her side of the glass was sparkling with silver and gold, like a palace made of autumn leaves.

She looked off to her right. Someone was coming. Her words came in an urgent whisper: "If I can see you, they can see you. You're in danger. Be careful, Arlo Finch.”

Arlo Finch is a newcomer to Pine Mountain, Colorado, a tiny town of mystery and magic, but he's already attracted the attention of dark and ancient forces. At first he thinks these increasingly strange and frightening occurrences are just part of being in Rangers, the mountain scouting troop where he learns how to harness the wild magic seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods. But soon Arlo finds himself at the center of a dangerous adventure, where he faces obstacles that test the foundations of the Ranger's Vow: Loyalty, Bravery, Kindness, and Truth.

I've been listening to John give writing advice on his podcast, Scriptnotes, for years, and I could not be more thrilled to help him launch a new book series.

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2:00 PM14:00

Michael Dante DiMartino Book Launch


I will be joining Michael Dante DiMartino, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender, at Once Upon a Time bookstore on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. to launch his newest book, Warrior Genius!

About the book: 

In Warrior Genius, author Michael Dante DiMartino delivers rich settings, memorable characters, and edge-of-your-seat action, just as he did in his hit animated show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Fans will be thrilled with this new adventure!

It has been years since Geniuses--creatures that channel their owners' creative energy--were banished from Zizzola. But a new generation of artists and their bird-Geniuses has been training in secret. Led by Giacomo, a young orphan with promising talent, they set out to track down the Sacred Tools that could hold the power to overthrow the ruthless emperor, Nerezza.

With paintbrushes flying and artistic force weaponized, the group secured the Compass, but they'll need all three Tools to take down Nerezza. Traveling to distant Rachana in search of the Straightedge, the young artists are alarmed to find all the warriors' horse-Geniuses afflicted with a mysterious illness.

The source of the plague is an ancient, dark force that no human can conquer, but Giacomo has learned a surprising truth: he isn't human. He is a Tulpa, a manmade being created with sacred geometry. Using newfound abilities and the help of great friends, Giacomo will have to fight the battle of his life if he wants to save the Geniuses--and the empire.

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