2012 National Book Festival: Teens
Schedule of events:
SATURDAY, SEPT. 22
10:00-10:45 John Green’s “Paper Towns” won the 2009 Edgar Award for best young adult novel. He is also the author of “Looking for Alaska” and “An Abundance of Katherines” and co-author, with David Levithan (reading at 3:30), of “Will Grayson, Will Grayson.” The Post called his newest book, “The Fault in Our Stars,” a “tough, touching” story of two fiercely independent teens who meet in a cancer support group. Signing at 11.
10:55-11:40 Mike Lupica During a long career as a sportswriter, Mike Lupica has written columns for the New York Daily News, launched “The Sporting Life” column in Esquire magazine, hosted programs on ESPN and written novels, sports biographies and several books for young people. His new book is “True Legend.” Signing at noon.
11:50-12:35 Walter Dean Myers is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for the Library of Congress. He has written more than 100 books, including “Monster,” the story of a Harlem teenager’s murder trial told as the imagined screenplay of his life. His new book is “We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart.” Signing at 1.
12:45-1:30 Lois Lowry has written more than 30 novels for young teens, including two — “The Giver” and “Number the Stars” — that won the Newbery Medal. Lowry’s new novel is “Son,” the fourth and last book in the series that began with “The Giver.” Signing at 2.
2:35-3:20 Melissa Marr After teaching college-level literature for a decade, Melissa Marr applied her fascination with folklore to writing. Her new novel is “Carnival of Souls.” Signing at 4.
3:30-4:15 David Levithanwas writing a story for friends for Valentine’s Day when it turned into his first novel, “Boy Meets Boy.” Levithan is editorial director at Scholastic and the founding editor of the PUSH young adult imprint. His book “Every You, Every Me” is about a teen who discovers he is being stalked. Signing at 4:30.
4:25-5:10 R.L. Stine When R. L. Stine was 9 years old, he found an old typewriter in the attic and started writing. Today his “Goosebumps” series, begun in 1992, has been translated into 32 languages, and Stine has sold more than 350 million books, making him one of the best-selling children’s authors ever. Stine’s new book is “Goosebumps Most Wanted #1: Planet of the Lawn Gnomes.” Signing at 1:30.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 23
Noon-12:45 Bryan Collier As a teenager, Bryan Collier began to paint the world around him: the bay, ducks, water and marshland of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. But his first picture book, “Uptown,” is set in Harlem. He illustrates the poetry of Langston Hughes in his new book,“I, Too, Am America.” Signing at 1.
12:55-1:40 Ellen Hopkins’s first book, “Crank,”was loosely based on the story of her older daughter’s drug addiction. Her new novel, “Tilt,” tells the tale of three teens’ turbulent lives. Signing at 2:30.
1:50-2:35 Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian are the co-authors of “Burn for Burn.” Han, the author of “Shug,” “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” “It’s Not Summer Without You” and “We’ll Always Have Summer,” works as a young-adult librarian in New York. Vivian teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Signing at 3:30.
2:45-3:30 Jacqueline Woodson has written more than two dozen books for children and young adults. Her awards include three Newbery Honors and a Caldecott Honor. Her new novel is “Beneath a Meth Moon.” Signing at 4:30.
4:35-5:20 Sonia Manzano Millions of “Sesame Street” viewers watched Maria — played by Sonia Manzano — grow up from teenager to wife, mother and owner of the Fix-It Shop. Manzano has won 15 Emmy Awards for her television writing and was named one of America’s most influential Hispanics by People magazine. Her first novel is “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano.” Signing at 3.
More from Books: