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BEA One Stop Shopping: What to See and Do That’s YA & JUV

Howdy, folks!

I can’t take full credit for today’s post since it was my ineffable co-worker Alison Hendon who took the time to cull together all the stuff at this month’s upcoming Book Expo that is children and YA book related.  If you have any interest at all in attending but you’re not quite sure what there is to do, here’s a lovely schedule of events:

BEA 2013


Getting Kids Reading                               9:30-10:20   1E12/1E13
YA Editors Buzz                                       10-10:50        1E14/1E15
Library Family Feud                               10-11:50      1E11
Journey of a YA Book                               11-11:50         1E16
Future of Ebooks                                       2-2:50           1E07
SF/Fantasy                                                3-3:30          Uptown Stage
Ebooks from Libraries                               3:30-4:20    1E10
The New Graphic Novel                            4-4:45           Uptown Stage


YA Author Buzz                                        10-10:30       Uptown Stage
Out of this World Pageturners                  11-11:30         Uptown Stage
Middle Grade Editors Buzz                       11-11:50         1E12/1E13
Writing Genre for Boys                              12:12:30       Uptown Stage
Middle Grade Authors Buzz                       1-1:30           Uptown Stage
Picture Book Powerhouses                        2-2:30          Uptown Stage
Betsy Bird signs Giant Dance Party      3:00              Table 8
Realistic Fiction YA                                    3:30             Uptown Stage
Librarian Shout and Share                         3:30-5          1E11
Kate DiCamillo/Cynthia Voigt                    4-4:50          Uptown Stage


Adult Crossover/YA                                11-11:30         Midtown Stage
Sci Fi / Fantasy Writers                          12-12:30        Midtown Stage

Note that I have helpfully highlighted the most important events *cough cough* for your attending convenience.  One of those is the somewhat confusing “Family Feud”.  Essentially, if you’ve ever wanted to watch me trash talk John Rocco, now’s your chance.  The official description is below.

Authors and Librarians, Get Ready for the Feud….Library Family Feud! ™

10:00 am – 11:50 am
Room 1E11

Start out your convention RIGHT with a little sparring of smart wits between a team of librarians and authors who go at it Family Feud ™ style. Featuring the nation’s smartest, toughest, and humor filled writers and librarians across the country! Hosted by AAP Library Committee Chair Chris Vaccari, Director, Sterling (aka…Quizmaster Chris…the industry’s own Richard Dawson). Speakers (er, game show contestants) revealed here:

LIBRARIAN FAMILY: Christopher Platt, New York Public Library; Betsy Bird, New York Public Library; Erin Shea, Darien Library; Elissa Miller, DC Public Library and Jamie Watson, Baltimore County Public Library.

AUTHOR FAMILY: Simon Doonan, author of The Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminiscences (Penguin/Blue Rider Press); Stephanie Evanovich, author of Big Girl Panties (HarperCollins/William Morrow); John Rocco, author of Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom (Disney-Hyperion); Jill Shalvis, author of It Had To Be You (Hachette/Grand Central); Obert Skye, author of Pinocula (Macmillan Children’s). A donation will be made to the winning (and losing) team’s charity of choice!

Thems authors be going down!

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Annina Luck Wildermuth says:

    Thanks so much for this! I’m looking forward to Library Family Feud for sure!