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Sunday, July 24
 

10:00am

Spotlight on Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles, sits down with NPR's Petra Mayer to talk everything from the explosive success of The Lunar Chronicles to the power of YA fandoms, her first Lunar Chronicles graphic novel, to what fans can expect from Heartless, this fall's most-anticipated young adult novel. Arrive early for a front row seat for a Lunar Chronicles Fan Appreciation video.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 24ABC

10:15am

Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 09:19AM
Moderated Heidi Tandy (FictionAlley) is joined by journalist Elizabeth Minkel (New Statesman, Fansplaining), educator Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania), event organizers Adrienne Alwag-Aipia (Los Angeles' Dumbledore's Army) and Alexa DiGennero (Leviosacon) and creative fans Stephanie Pressman (Harry Potter Improv), Rachael Vaughn (Snapecast), Justin Zagri (Severus Snape & the Marauders), Elizabeth Barcelos (U.S. Quidditch), and Elayna Darcy (MuggleNet) to discuss the magic of new canon, including Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (no spoilers, they will "Keep the Secrets"), Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, and the excitement and creativity in Harry Potter fandom.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 6A

10:30am

How to Create Your Own Novel: From First Idea to Publishing and What You Need to Sell Your Work to TV and Film
The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling science fiction authors, as well as award-winning writing teachers, are best known for their popular Strand series and The Write Path series. They will teach you how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The twins have taught their unique creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Graeme Manson (co-creator, executive producer, and showrunner of Orphan Black), Richard Hatch (Captain Apollo/Tom Zarek of Battlestar Galactica, author of the bestselling Battlestar Galactica book series), and Stephen Glickman (comedy writer, producer, star of Big Time Rush, Workaholics) and special guests to share their war stories, answer your questions, and teach you how to craft your story idea into a marketable novel, television series, or film franchise.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

11:00am

Knock, Knock: Bestselling Kid's Book Authors Bring the Funny
Knock, knock jokes. Fart noises. The word "butt." Hilarious books for kids succeed at making everyone laugh, including grownups who haven't quite grown up. Moderator David Mariotte leads children's book authors Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series), Dan Santat (Are We There Yet?), Ed Masessa (Wandmaker), Greg Grunberg and Lucas Turnbloom (Dream Jumper), and Brandon T. Snider (Peter Powers and His Not-So-Super Powers) discuss their personal formulas for creating funny books-and getting paid for it! Leave the milk at home, as there are no guarantees it won't come shooting out of your nose while watching this panel.

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm

Creating Diverse Worlds and Cultures
A lot of science fiction/fantasy takes place in worlds inspired by Western and European cultures. How can writers break that trend and create fully developed, unique cultures for their stories? Moderator Michael Spradlin is joined by authors Stacey Lee (Outrun the Moon), Indra Das (The Devourers), Damian Duffy and John Jennings (Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation), Elizabeth Briggs (Future Shock), and Ru Xu (NewsPrints) to talk about how they developed inclusive futures (and presents and pasts).

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:30pm

The Secret Origin of Good Readers Break-Out Session
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 09:23AM
Bestselling authors Frank Beddor (Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. The Looking Glass Wars), Anne Elizabeth (Once a Seal), and Marjorie M. Liu (Monstress), Anina Bennet (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers) and comics retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) demonstrate how educators can write and draw their comic with a handful of comic panels. Bring your paper and pencils.

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm

Leigh Bardugo and Gene Luen Yang in Conversation
New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows Leigh Bardugo and the acclaimed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang get together for a one-on-one conversation about diversity in literature and readers, fandom, fantasy, and more.

Sunday July 24, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

2:00pm

KidLit Literary Agents
Learn from children's book literary agents Deborah Warren (East-West Literary), Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Literary), Taylor Martindale Kean (Full Circle Literary), Jill Corcoran (Jill Corcoran Literary), and Jennifer Azantian (Jennifer Azantian Literary) about writing children's books, acquiring representation, and becoming traditionally published. Moderated by picture book author Henry Herz (Mabel & the Queen of Dreams).

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 24ABC

2:00pm

Spotlight on Emily Carroll
Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Emily Carroll (Through the Woods) answers your questions and chats about storytelling, horror, and her comic making process.

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

2:30pm

Assassin's Creed Last Descendants Author Matthew J. Kirby
Attention, young adult readers and gamers! Aymar Azaizia (head of content), Andrien Gbinigie (community manager), and Matthew J. Kirby, author of the new young adult series Last Descendants discuss bringing the game to life on the page. Assassin's Creed cosplayers will win contest prizes!

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm

Bisexuality and Beyond: New Frontiers in Popular Culture
From movies to television to comics to YouTube, beloved characters have emerged whose lives and loves place them outside traditional notions of straight and gay. What does this burgeoning representation mean for the bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community? Are the lives of bi people and the discrimination they face represented in popular science fiction, fantasy, and superhero genres? What's life like for bisexual creators in popular media? Join Prism Comics, the BiNet USA BiStories Project, and moderator Faith Cheltenham (BiNet USA) for a lively discussion of these and other issues with panelists R. J. Aguiar (YouTube's "TheNotAdam," NotAdamAndSteve), Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Anything That Loves), Marissa Lee (Racebending), Steve Orlando (Midnighter, Batman & Robin Eternal), Bob Schreck (Legendary Comics), and Sarah Strumpf (Bisexual Books).

Sunday July 24, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:45pm

What's Hot in Young Adult Fiction
Strong protagonists, engrossing romance, humor, action, and angst! Join us for this popular annual chat about the hottest new titles and trends in YA fiction. Moderated by Nathan Bransford (The Jacob Wonderbar series) and featuring Renee Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn series), Victoria Aveyard (The Red Queen series), Michelle Hodkin (The Mara Dyer Trilogy), Lauren Oliver (Vanishing Girls), Brendan Reichs (Virals series), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer), and Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not).

Sunday July 24, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 5AB