PopTop Stage

Visit the PopTop Stage featuring your favorite topics with readings, discussions, panels and tips

Time: Friday, June 24, 2016 Saturday, June 25, 2016 Sunday, June 26, 2016 Monday, June 27, 2016
9:00am-9:50am   Shonna Humphrey-Dirt Roads and Diner Pie If Reading Is So Important, Why Are Children's Picture Books Getting Shorter? The State of Bilingual Children's Books
10:00am-10:50am   The Changing Face of YA Inside Simon & Schuster's New Muslim-Themed Imprint, Salaam Reads Greg Smith and Zach Lehner-A Brave is Brave
11:00am-11:50am   Developing Collections Serving LGBTQ Youth Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Creating Curious Content  
12:00pm-12:50pm   Diversity-What are the Next Steps? Kiss & Tell: Cuddling to Kissing to Oh My!  
1:00pm-1:50pm   From Stage to Page Panel Thomas Olde Heuvelt - HEX  
2:00pm-2:50pm   Will Cleveland-Yo Millard Fillmore: And Other Presidents You Didn't Know John Simpson-Dictionary Man  
3:00pm-3:50pm   Kate DiCamillo-Raymie Nightingale Unraveled Historical, Emotional Women's Fiction Panel  

Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

Poetry Blast  

It's Not Just a G Thing: Exploring the LBTQ (and Beyond) in Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature



Orca Books-It's Not Just a G Thing

While today's library shelves contain more LBGTQ titles for teens than ever, it's important to note that these books still often omit the entire spectrum of voices, typically those of lesbians and bisexuals, trans* people, genderqueer/non-binary folks, People of Color and those who do not fit into middle- or upper-class socio-economic brackets. Join several dynamic authors for a lively and unscripted discussion about underrepresented voices in queer YA and MG literature, making connections with readers and fostering social activism. Learn how these writers aim to not only reach but empower LGBTQ teens, in addition to building empathy and allies in non-queer youth and communities. Featuring e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Alex Gino, E.M. Kokie, Robin Stevenson, & Ingrid Abrams.

Central Recovery Press-Shonna Humphrey's "Dirt Roads and Diner Pie"

Against a backdrop of highways, diners, and cheap coffee, one couple finds peace through the redemptive power of love. Told from a wife’s perspective, Dirt Roads and Diner Pie is part travel essay and part memoir. It is the story of one couple’s struggle to confront the long-reaching effects of childhood sexual abuse.

Despite the heavy subject matter, Shonna’s approach is wry, witty, balanced, and tender. She details their journey within a three-week road trip of the southeastern United States taken shortly after Travis made his experience public. While the effects of child sex abuse inform nearly every aspect of their shared life, it does not define their relationship. That is the message Shonna offers: Sexual trauma may dominate, but it need not define the relationship itself.

Blink & Harlequin TEEN-The Changing Face of YA

Join popular YA authors Denise Grover Swank and Lorie Langdon with Blink and Amy Lukavics and Keira Drake with Harelquin TEEN for a discussion on all things YA and What makes YA so popular for teens? What's it like to write for a teen audience today as an adult author? Can clean YA be tantalizing while keeping the mystery of romantic intimacy alive? Can YA be gutsy, glamorous and bold?  Why is YA so popular among adult readers? Find out the answers to these questions and more in our PopTop Stage panel discussion on YA! Come prepared to laugh, learn and have your burning YA questions answered! This session featuring Denise Grover Swank, Lorie Langdon, Amy Lukavics, and Keira Drake will be moderated by Aurora Dominguez.

Interlude Press-Developing Collections Serving LGBTQ Youth: The Trevor Project Teams with  Interlude Press for Library Outreach

The session features Author Killian Brewer, Interlude Press Publisher Candysse Miller, and The Trevor Project .

The Rules of Ever After, by Killian Brewer, is a modern twist on traditional Happily Ever Afters. Featuring relatable characters and life-affirming messages for teens and young adults, it is an excellent introductory book to LGBTQ Middle Grade/Young Adult fiction for libraries looking to diversify their collections.

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

We Need Diverse Books-What Are the Next Steps?

Jewell Parker Rhodes, Cindy Pon, Grace Lin, Duncan Tonatiuh, Alex Gino, Bill Konigsberg, Pam Munoz Ryan, and moderator Caroline Tung Richmond will discuss diversity in children's literature as an ongoing and important discussion. As we can see the fervor is continuing to build, this and last year's Newbery winners reflect the recognition of excellence in literature being for everyone and representative. So what are the next steps?

How do books by and about marginalized communities gain more recognition? Where do marginalized voices gain more input in terms of how to connect with librarians and educators? How can we ensure that the audience for diverse books are not narrowed down? Join these award-winning winning authors and WNDB team members for a discussion on their experiences of how their books have reached various readers and tips on what you can do to help spread the word and encourage more diversity in your libraries and on your shelves.

Recorded Books-Stage to Page

A Stage Actor’s Approach to Bringing an Audiobook to Life.  Featuring a panel of award winning narrators with past (and current) experience on the New York stage!

Join Amanda Leigh Cobb, best known for roles in Dirty Dancing (Baby), and the voice behind many bestselling titles by Jayne Ann Krentz, Ezra Knight best known for roles in Cymbeline (Caius Lucius) and The Lion King (Mufasa), and Jim Frangione, known for appearing in a number of New York City premiers of the work of David Mamet as well as being the Co-Artistic Director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab.

Book Trix-Will Cleveland "Yo Millard Fillmore: And Other Presidents You Didn't Know"

Here's a fast, easy way to learn all the Presidents of the United States in less than 20 minutes! In no time at all, you will be able to remember the names of all 44 presidents - in chronological order. Crazy cartoons and comic-book style captions create a nonsense tale that will make it impossible for you to forget the presidents. You'll also learn lots of kid-friendly facts about each president and his term of office, some historical and hysterical highlights, and plenty of presidential puns.

Candlewick Press-Kate DiCamillo-Raymie Nightingale Unraveled

Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp, co-hosts of the podcast THE YARN, record their show in front of a live audience. Interviewing two time Newbery Medal-winning author Kate DiCamillo, they give attendees an inside look at the creation of her most recent novel, Raymie Nightingale.

Foreword Reviews-INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards, judged by a select group of librarians and booksellers from around the country, will be announced on stage. Representing hundreds of independent and university presses of all sizes, INDIEFAB winners are selected after months of editorial deliberation with more than 1,500 entries in 63 categories. The INDIEFAB Awards program honors great books from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Our awards process is unique and well respected because we assemble a jury of volunteer booksellers and librarians to make the final judgment on the books and who select winners based on their experience with readers, the book's editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, author credentials relative to the subject matter, and the value the title adds to its genre.

Coral Stone Press - Todd Kessler-If Reading Is So Important, Why Are Children's Books Getting Shorter?

Todd is the creator of the hit children's TV show, Blue's Clues. His latest kid centric project is the book series The Good Dog, which follows a little hero puppy named Tako on sweeping adventures. He will read the first book in the series, discussing his process in creating the stories,and his mission & philosophy in debunking the perpetuated myth that children have short attention spans. There is a true uniqueness of his books and their appeal they have for librarians, educators and children.

Inside Simon & Schuster's New Muslim-Themed Imprint, Salaam Reads-Zareen Jaffery and Justin Chanda

Get to know executive editor Zareen Jaffery. Hear about her career in publishing, why she decided to found the new imprint Salaam Reads, and what creating a Muslim themed imprint that appeals to readers of all faiths entails. Joined by Justin Chanda, the publisher of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Salaam Reads.

Ripleys Believe It or Not-Creating Curious Content

As Ripley’s Believe It or Not! nears its centennial, Ripley Publishing continues to present ALL NEW and ALL TRUE content. Creating Curious Content is presented by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Vice President of Exhibits and Archives, Edward Meyer. Curating exhibits for 32 Ripley’s Odditoriums worldwide is no easy feat, but to Meyer it is the best job in the world! For the past three decades, he has purchased artifacts as varied as taxidermied two-headed cows, chewing gum statues and lunar bibles.

Believe it or not, Meyer himself went to college to be a librarian! Join us, meet a few of Meyer’s special guests (say “hello” to the shrunken head!), and learn how Ripley’s is still seeking out and connecting readers to unbelievable content!

Class of 2K16- Kiss and Tell: MG and YA Authors Talk Cuddling to Kissing to Oh My!

Join the Class of 2K16 for a swoontastic chat. These MG and YA authors will share the juicy details about the romance in their books and talk about the importance of relationships to young readers. After a brief Q&A, the panelists will play the Seven Seconds in Story Heaven trivia game and award bookish prizes to attendees. Panelists include: Brooks Benjamin, Elizabeth Briggs, Dana Elmendorf, Melissa Gorzelanczyk, Erin L. Schneider, Tara Sim and Erin Summerill. Moderated by Dhonielle Clayton. 

Tor-Thomas Olde Heuvelt "HEX"

Named as "One of Europe's foremost talents in fantastic literature" by BBC Radio, a multiple winner of the Paul Harland Prijs for best Dutch Fantasy, and nominated for a Hugo and World Fantasy Award for his short fiction, Thomas Olde Heuvelt brings his bestselling Dutch horror-fantasy—HEX—to the English language. HEX has been praised by authors such as Paul Cornell, Sarah Lotz, among others, and lauded by venues including Crimezone, for “...expos[ing] how psychological fear can make a modern society spiral into dark, medieval practices…. Terrifying and tantalizingly good.” 

Basic Books-John Simpson-"The Word Detective"

John Simpson has led a life defined by words. As the former Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), Simpson spent almost four decades immersed in the intricacies of human language, the nuances and history of the 600,000 words contained within the pages of this venerable dictionary. While he protests that he does not "love" words, Simpson, more than many of us could ever understand, appreciates the depths of communication they allow. 

Sharp, wry, and endearing, The Word Detective, is an intensely personal memoir and a joyful celebration of the English language, is a story of the words we use to express ourselves, and how we cope when words fail us.

MIRA Books-Historical, Emotional Women's Fiction

Brimming with emotions and honesty, bestselling historical author Pam Jenoff joins forces with two bestselling women's fiction authors, Karma Brown and Brenda Novak in a lively discussion that is sure to entice you to add these authors to your collections.

Poetry Blast

Ann. E. Burg, Robert Forbes, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Madeleine Kuderick, Marilyn Singer, and Carole Boston Weatherford contribute to the Poetry Blast 2016!  In keeping with our belief that poetry is an oral and aural art, it is a reading by children’s poets and last year’s successful event garnered our largest audience yet at the Pop Top Stage.

Lee & Low Books-Lulu Delacre & Lucia Gonzalez, Raquel M. Ortiz-The State of Bilingual Children's Books

“Three talented creators of bilingual children’s books, Lulu Delacre, Lucia Gonzalez, and Raquel M. Ortiz, come together onstage for a frank discussion about bilingual children’s books. What is still needed? Where can librarians find great bilingual books? What do bilingual children’s books offer, and how can they be used with all children? After a discussion, each author will read a passage from her work in both Spanish and English.”

Greg Smith & Zach Lehner "A Brave is Brave"

"What is worse than finding out your town is over run by Zombies and you can't find your parents? Losing your cat and running out of peanut butter! Sit back & listen as Zach Lehner & Greg Smith discuss their book Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, overcoming distance through the use of technology, and creating story about zombies that both kids and adults can sink their teeth into."