YA NovCon (2018)

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Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 1pm-6pm – YANovCon (YA Novelist Convention): Carlmont High School, San Mateo, CA

The third annual Young Adult Novelist Convention (YANovCon) is on Saturday, January 27th from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Carlmont High School, right next to the Belmont Library. YANovCon is your exclusive connection to some of today’s top authors of books for middle and high school youth (and everyone else who can appreciate these amazing talents).

This free half-day celebration will include panel discussions, author hangouts, and book signings with YA novelists.

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FULL SCHEDULE:*

1:05 pm – 1:15 pm: Opening

1:15 pm – 1:55 pm: Keynote Panel

Social Justice/Inclusion: (Student Union)

  • Moderator: Lamar Giles
  • Zetta Elliot
  • Greg Neri
  • Dashka Slater
  • Laurie Thompson
  • Sara Trail; Social Justice Sewing Academy Founder and Executive Director

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Prize Drawing & Short Story Announcement

2:25 pm – 3:05 pm: Breakout Session 1

Coming of Age: (Student Union)

  • Andrew Smith
  • Kim Culbertson
  • Stephanie Kuehn
  • Abigail Johnson
  • Jeff Zentner

Sci-Fi/Fantasy: (Gym)

  • Na’amen Tilahun
  • Kati Bartkowski
  • Heidi Lang
  • John Jennings
  • Zetta Elliot

LGBTQ+ & Inclusion: (Dance Studio)

  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Laurie Ann Thompson
  • Tim Floreen
  • Meredith Russo
  • Kristin Clark

3:15 pm – 3:55 pm: Breakout Session 2

Tough Stuff: (Student Union)

  • Robin Roe
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Dashka Slater
  • Meredith Russo
  • Jeff Zentner

Morally Complicated: (Gym)

  • Lamar Giles
  • Gretchen McNeil
  • Stephanie Kuehn
  • Carrie DiRisio
  • Kristin Clark

*** Fiction That Heals: (Dance Studio) ***

  • Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Kim Culbertson
  • Hillary Homzie
  • Greg Neri
  • Jessica Taylor

4:05 pm – 5:05 pm: Author One-On-Ones

5:05 pm – 5:45 pm: All Author Book Signing

*Schedule is subject to change.

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