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Saturday, October 15


YA Keynote: Kami Garcia Talks with Samantha Lane

As author of Unbreakable and as one-half of the writing duo that brought teen readers Beautiful Creatures and its phenomenally popular sequels, Kami Garcia has become one of the most successful authors of YA contemporary fantasy. Now, with The Lovely Reckless, Garcia is turning her pen in a new direction: contemporary realistic fiction, with a gritty romance set in the world of street racing that Kirkus Reviews calls “a wild and enjoyable ride.” In this session, Garcia will talk candidly about inspiration, crossing genres, and writing for a variety of YA audiences, in conversation with popular booktuber Samantha Lane, host of YouTube channel “Thoughts on Tomes.” Sponsored by the Boston Teen Author Festival.

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Samantha Lane

A Midwestern girl currently living on the East Coast, Samantha Lane has been uploading bookish videos on her channel, Thoughts on Tomes, three times a week since 2014.  She is currently the moderator for Top 5 Wednesday. When not discussing fictional characters online, Samantha can... Read More →

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Kami Garcia

Young Adult Keynote
Kami Garcia is an author of novels and short stories for young adults. A teacher for seventeen years, she debuted as a writer in 2009 with the #1 New York Times-bestselling novel Beautiful Creatures, originally written on a dare from her students with her best friend and co-author... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA


The Way Things Work Now: David Macaulay
David Macaulay, award-winning author of beloved works such as Cathedral, City, Castle, and Mosque, has, with humor and precision, depicted everything from buildings to machines to the human body. His worldwide bestseller The Way Things Work has now been updated to include machines of our modern era like 3D printers, touchscreens, and WiFi. The Boston Globe noted in its review of the original: “The Way Things Work is not the only book that has tried to explain modern mysteries, but it's the best. Macaulay's explanations are lucid; they are also fun. He includes visual puns, running jokes, a cast of thousands of tiny participants in on and around the machines, choirs of angels and lots of big woolly mammoths.” Meet David Macaulay as he discusses The Way Things Work Now with educator, computer scientist, musician, and photographer Michael Hawley. Sponsored by the Boston Public Library.

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Michael Hawley

Michael Hawley is the director of Special Projects and founder of MIT’s Go Expeditions program and has been on the faculty of MIT for nearly a decade, working on a wide array of creative projects with students in electrical engineering and in the Media Lab, where he held the Alex... Read More →

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David Macaulay

David Macaulay is a visual storyteller and self-described “explainer” whose illustrated books demonstrate the origins, makeup, and workings of objects--from everyday utilitarian items to great engineering accomplishments--in a way that is accessible and entertaining for all ages... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA


YA: Give Me the Creeps
October’s dark and chilly evenings are the perfect time to put on a big sweater, grab a pumpkin latte, and open up a book that’s guaranteed to scare the living daylights out of you. How do writers create settings, plots, and characters that terrify? We’ll find out from Kim Savage, whose After the Woods makes the Middlesex Fells seem positively sinister; Dawn Kurtagich, whose And the Trees Crept In might also make you think twice before your next woodsy hike; and Margot Harrison, whose psychological thriller The Killer in Me will keep you guessing (and jumping at strange noises) late into the night. Don’t be too scared, though! The Boston Public Library’s Laura Koenig is here to guide the discussion—and hopefully keep us safe, too.

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Laura Koenig

Laura Koenig is the team leader for children’s services at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library. In addition to reading children’s and young adult fiction (and blogs about the same), Koenig enjoys baking, contra dancing, traveling, watching Cardinals baseball, and playing... Read More →

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Margot Harrison

Margot Harrison reviews films and books for Seven Days, a Vermont-based independent newspaper, and is also a movie critic for the film site Rotten Tomatoes. With a self-described “lifelong habit” of creeping herself out, Harrison focuses particularly on thriller and horror genres... Read More →
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Dawn Kurtagich

Dawn Kurtagich is an author of psychologically sinister young adult novels, including The Dead House. She writes for YA Scream Queens, a blog for all things horror and thriller in young adult, and vlogs about books and writing on her YouTube channel, WritaholicDK. Her newest novel... Read More →
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Kim Savage

Kim Savage is the author of After the Woods, an acclaimed thriller for young adults that Booklist calls a “remarkable, engrossing debut about what it means to be a survivor and the many ways to take control of your own destiny.” Links: More About After the Woods Savage’s... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA


One City One Story
What’s in your handbag? If you’re Grandmother Zofia, it could be literally the entire world. That’s the premise of Kelly Link’s charming, evocative, and just slightly sinister story “The Faery Handbag,” which is this year’s One City One Story selection. Come discuss the story’s themes of family history, secrets, everyday magic, and belief in the unknown with other Boston-area readers, and with Link herself. Inside Arts editor and facilitator extraordinaire Alicia Anstead will lead the discussion; tweet her your questions and thoughts ahead of time at @1city1story! Haven’t picked up your copy of the story yet? Swing by the BBF info tent to pick one up—they’re the perfect size to slip into a pocket or, yes, a handbag. Sponsored by BookBub.

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Alicia Anstead

Editor in chief of the national magazine Inside Arts, Alicia Anstead is a reporter, editor, consultant, and educator. She teaches journalism at Harvard Extension School, supervises the Harvard Arts Beat blog, and was the inaugural Arts and Culture Fellow at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation... Read More →

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Kelly Link

Kelly Link is an author and editor of short stories for adults and teens. She has won a Hugo award, three Nebula awards, and a World Fantasy Award, among other honors, for her fiction. She and her husband Gavin Grant co-founded and now manage Small Beer Press, and together they also... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Trinity Forum Copley Square, Boston, MA


YA: It's Complicated
Especially when you’re a teenager, relationships—whether with parents, siblings, or friends—are rarely straightforward. But the best stories reside amid the messiness, as these four accomplished novelists demonstrate with their latest works. In bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz’s Something in Between, an ambitious young woman discovers her parents have been keeping a monumental secret that may destroy her future. In Rebecca Podos’s debut, The Mystery of Hollow Places, a teenage girl also suspects her mystery-writer father is keeping something from her. Jordan Sonnenblick finds both humor and pathos amid the chaos of family life in Falling Over Sideways. Finally, Jennifer Niven pens an unconventional love story in Holding Up the Universe, about two young people whose life stories are anything but simple. Helping us make sense of these sticky situations is Ellie Moreton, who blogs about YA literature at By Ellie M.

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Ellie Moreton

Ellie Moreton is a YA novelist and blogger. She went to college for media arts and animation, where she got her bachelors degree before she found a job in accounting (yeah, weird) and also started to seriously read and write. She still doodles and draws on random scraps of papers... Read More →

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Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is a bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages, including the #1 bestseller The Isle of the Lost, inspired by beloved Disney movies. Cruz is the author of the Blue Bloods series (with three million copies in... Read More →
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Jennifer Niven

Jennifer Niven is a New York Times and Internationally bestselling author of eight books, including All the Bright Places, which was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, won the Goodreads 2015 Choice Award for best young fiction, and was named best book of the year by publications including... Read More →
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Rebecca Podos

Rebecca Podos is a graduate of Emerson College’s MFA Writing, Literature, and Publishing program and represents young adult and middle grade fiction at Boston-based Rees Literary Agency. Her fiction has been published in Glimmer Train, Paper Darts, Bellow American Review, and Smokelong... Read More →
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Jordan Sonnenblick

Jordan Sonnenblick is the author of critically acclaimed novels for teens and young readers, including Notes from the Midnight Driver, Zen and the Art of Faking It, and the Doger and Me series. His first novel, Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie, was published in 2005 as part of the “Go... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA