Friday, April 06, 2012

RT Convention schedule!

Yay, it's here again! My favorite (and most exhausting/exhilarating) convention, hands down. The RT Booklovers convention runs Wednesday, April 11 through Sunday, April 15, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, IL (just outside Chicago). I'll be speaking on panels, attending parties, and joining in the giant public multi-author booksigning once again, at my favorite annual convention!

Here's the full convention schedule. NOTE: The convention now offers day passes, including a $25 pass for teens on Saturday's Teen Day! See the registration page for details.

Where I'll Be

Wednesday, April 11:

3:30-4:30pm: Young Adult track: THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT- A number of established authors have made the transition from adult fiction to YA novels. What are the pitfalls? How does your writing change? Can you do both? This panel of authors will guide you through the transition — or the multitasking — necessary to add YA fiction to a writer’s repertoire.

Moderator: Kelley Armstrong. Panelists: Ann Aguirre, Jenna Black, Sophie Jordan, Jeri Smith-Ready, Rachel Vincent

11:45pm - 1:00am: YA MIDNIGHT SLUMBER PARTY - YA books aren’t just for kids. Whether you love YA or are curious what the buzz is all about, come join some YA authors for our “slumber party.” We’re keeping it real with slumber party games, junk food and lots of swag and prizes. Come hang out with us and find out why YA books keep teens and adults alike up all night (PJs optional). Be sure to wear your best slippers -- there will be prizes, including an early copy of SHINE!

Hosted By: Ann Aguirre, Josephine Angelini, Brodi Ashton, Charlotte Bennardo, Anne Greenwood Brown, Zoraida Cordova, Kady Cross, Bree Despain, Debra Driza, Cole Gibsen, Rachel Harris, Leanna Renee Hieber, Nancy Holder, Tara Hudson, Colleen Houck, Sophie Jordan, Suzanne Lazear, Lea Nolan, Jana Oliver, Amy Plum, J.A. Souders, Jeri Smith-Ready, Natalie Zaman

Thursday, April 12

12:15pm - 1:30pm - YA BOOKSELLERS' LUNCHEON, following the CROSS-PROMOTING TITLES panel from 11:15-12:15. I will chat with booksellers and give away an early copy of SHINE!

Friday, April 13

1:30-2:30 pm VAMPIRE: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UNDEAD Sex and violence, violence and sex. Where do readers and writers draw the line in today’s modern vampire novels?

Captain: Caridad Piñeiro. Panelists: Carole Nelson Douglas, Jeaniene Frost, Charlaine Harris, Lynda Hilburn, Jeri Smith-Ready

Saturday, April 14 - TEEN DAY

11am - 2pm Book Fair - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!! If you are not registered for the full RT Booklovers Convention, you can purchase a $5 ticket at the door to attend just the book fair.

Massive signing with hundreds of authors. I'll be located on YA Alley, where copies of both my teen and adult books will be sold. Feel free to bring your own books from home to be signed. They have a system to separate these books for you, so as not to mistake them for new books!

Sorry, but SHINE won't be out until May 1, so it won't be available yet. There should be copies of SHADE and SHIFT, though. *fingers crossed*

If you have me sign a copy of SHADE or SHIFT (whether you buy it at the Book Fair or bring it from home), you'll get a FREE autographed bookplate for SHINE, so that when your copy arrives, you can stick that sucker in there and have a signed book!


A host of YA authors will read very short excerpts in these timed readings. Authors: Tera Lynn Childs, Cinda Williams Chima, Kristi Cook, Kady Cross, Melissa de la Cruz, Kimberly Derting, Kami Garcia, Nancy Holder, Sophie Jordan, Alyson Noël, Suzanne Selfors, Jeri Smith-Ready

Hope to see everyone there!



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