Aug
17
6:00 PM18:00

RIVERSIDE, CA: Cellar Door Books

In Conversation with Robin Benway & Isabel Quintero

Isabel Quintero (Gabi, a Girl in Pieces) is returning to Cellar Door, now in conversation with Robin Benway, author of Far From the Tree, a National Book Award winner and staff pick.

Far From the Tree is a beautiful exploration of what it means to be family, told from the perspective of three teens who find each other and seek the story of the woman who gave them up. In Gabia Girl in Pieces, Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary – the mundane, the difficult, and best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

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Aug
10
to Aug 12

DALLAS TX: LeakyCon 2018

  • Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center (map)
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Friday, August 10, 2:00PM
Wizard's Chess Room (A306/307)

Writing with Multiple POVs or Unusual Narrators
Kheryn Callender (Moderator), Peng Shepherd, Robin Benway, Julie Murphy, Anna-Marie McLemore. Past tense limited narratives of the first and third person may be the standard in Young Adult, but these authors create unique voices to turn that tradition on its head or use a style that adds panache. What are the challenges to this style?
 

Saturday, August 11, 10:15AM
Mirror of Erisded Room (A309/310)

This is America
Nic Stone (Moderator), Kheryn Callender, Mark Oshiro, Anna-Marie McLemore, Julie Murphy, Robin Benway. Join us as we dissect how Young Adult Literature is beginning to reflect America as it actually exists. How do authors write about characters traditionally ignored in publishing's definition of what America represents? How may authors explore multiple identities effectively? Does your character's identity need to match your own experiences? Nothing is more American than intersectionality, and we're talking about it here.

Saturday, August 11, 11:30AM
Phoenix Room (A201/202)


Writing Advice We Wish We'd Known When We Were Younger
Melissa Lawson (Moderator), Peng Shepherd, Kheryn Callender, Robin Benway, Nic Stone Let yourself be terrible. Write what you know. Harry Potter wasn't built in a day. Everyone has heard the basics... but what do writers in the trenches realize would have made their lives... less trench-y? Four of our crew share their wit and wisdom for sticking with it and writing well.

Saturday, August 11, 4:30PM
Mirror of Erisded Room (A309/310)


YA Jeopardy
Melissa Lawson (Moderator), Nic Stone, Mackenzi Lee, Mindy McGinnis, Robin Benway, Julie Murphy Five YA authors and an audience member will compete for bragging rights in this literature version of the classic game show. 

Sunday, August 12, 10:15AM
Charms Room (A130/131)

Found Families

Mindy McGinnis (Moderator), Robin Benway, Peng Shepherd, Mark Oshiro Young adult literature, by definition, demonstrates a growing distance from or even absence of parental guidance, but equally important relationships are forged. As members of the Harry Potter generation and a gaggle of nerds from the Internet, we know that blood isn't always thicker than water. The panelists explore how they wrote those deep bonds between characters and broke the conception of the traditional familial support system.

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Jul
26
3:30 PM15:30

Los Angeles Public Library Summer Author Series: Porter Ranch

Cool off this summer by meeting and connecting with authors at your library! Refreshments will be provided and lucky winners will receive a free copy of the author’s book. 

When she was only five years old, Robin Benway first saw her name in print after she wrote a letter to the editor of her local newspaper.  Now she’s an award winning author whose most recent book, Far From the Tree, won the 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Come meet this amazing author through the Summer Author program.

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Jul
12
4:00 PM16:00

Los Angeles Public Library's Summer Author Series: Studio City

Cool off this summer by meeting and connecting with authors at your library! Refreshments will be provided and lucky winners will receive a free copy of the author’s book. 

When she was only five years old, Robin Benway first saw her name in print after she wrote a letter to the editor of her local newspaper.  Now she’s an award winning author whose most recent book, Far From the Tree, won the 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Come meet this amazing author through the Summer Author program.

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Nov
18
4:30 PM16:30

MIAMI BOOK FAIR: AWARD-WINNING READINGS

  • Room 3314 (Building 3, 3rd Floor) (map)
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In Robin Benway’s Far From the Tree, being the middle child has its ups and downs, but for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. In Samantha Mabry’s All the Wind in the World, a couple on the run may have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love. Charmaine Craig’s Miss Burma, based on the lives of the author’s mother and grandparents, tells the story of modern-day Burma through the eyes of one family struggling to find love, justice, and meaning during a time of war and political repression. In Erika L. Sanchez’s I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, a young girl struggles to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family following the death of her sister. In Ibi Zoboi’sAmerican Street, a young Haitian immigrant adjusting to Detroit must confront a dangerous proposition.

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Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

MIAMI BOOK FAIR: AN EVENING WITH THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNERS AND FINALISTS

  • Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor) (map)
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Miami Book Fair, in partnership with the National Book Foundation and with the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, welcomes the Finalists and Winners of the prestigious National Book Foundation’s National Book Awards. Previous winners of the Award—including William Carlos Williams, Joyce Carol Oates, and William Faulkner—comprise a who’s who of American literature. Following the awards ceremony in New York City on November 15, at which the winners will be announced, all nominees, including winners and finalists in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature, will travel to Miami for this remarkable gathering of literary talent.

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Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

MIAMI BOOK FAIR: NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION TEEN PRESS CONFERENCE

  • Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor) (map)
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High school students from Miami Dade County Public Schools play the role of reporters as they direct questions to Finalists for the 2017 National Book Award in Young People's Literature. Students participating as citizen journalists have been pre-selected. This session is open to those who would like to watch the event in action!

 

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Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

NEW YORK: BOOKS OF WONDER PANEL WITH NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTS

Books of Wonder is proud to host the finalist for the National Book Awards in Young People Literature at our 18 W 18th Street store. Meet the following authors, ELANA K. ARNOLD for What Girls Are Made Of, ROBIN BENWAY for Far from the Tree, RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA for Clayton Byrd Goes Underground and IBI ZOBOI for American Street.

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