Top authors coming to Young Adult Literature Conference

 
By Candy Purdum
Anderson’s Bookshop
Posted10/23/2017 9:01 AM
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  • From top, Jan Lancaster, Sara Shepard, Adam Silvera and Nicola Yoon headline the Young Adult Literature Conference on Saturday, Nov. 4.

    From top, Jan Lancaster, Sara Shepard, Adam Silvera and Nicola Yoon headline the Young Adult Literature Conference on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Several hundred children's and young adult book lovers and educators will meet for a day of literature and learning at Anderson's Bookshops' 14th annual Young Adult Literature Conference.

The gathering of authors, professional educators and others interested in the best and newest in young adult literature will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle.

Registration is $120; continental breakfast and a plated luncheon are included. Tickets are available exclusively at https://www.eventcombo.com/e/Andersons-Bookshops-14th-Annual-Young-Adult-Literature-Conference-29206.

Headlining authors for the annual program are Jen Lancaster, Sara Shepard, Adam Silvera and Nicola Yoon.

Other authors are Ann Brashares, Crystal Cestari, Elly Blake, Kim Turrisi, Ryan Graudin, Wendy Brant, Jessie Ann Foley, Kerri Maniscalco, Katie Kennedy, Kayla Ancrum, Jessica Taylor, Julie C. Dao, Morgan Rhodes, Peter Bognanni, Traci Chee, Jared Reck, Jessica Cluess, Julie Buxbaum, Kara Thomas, M.C. Atwood, Marit Weisenberg, Tara Goedjen, Veronica Chambers, Samira Ahmed, Steve Schafer, Gabrielle Prendergast, Lisa Maxwell, Lynn Weingarten, Margaret Rogerson, Michelle Hodkin, Peternelle van Arsdale, Amy Reed, Carrie Jones, Julia Keller, Heather MacLean, Stephanie Strohm, Livia Blackburne and Daria Polatin.

Participants also may join breakout sessions on a variety of topics and learn about the latest and greatest in YA titles.

This year's event brings dozens of authors who are among the favorites of today's young readers. Opportunities to purchase their books and get them autographed are included in the daylong event.

The program has been a sellout in the past, and those interested are advised to act quickly, as space is limited.

Additionally, Anderson's Bookshops hosts a second special event for teens that weekend. The popular Fandom Frenzy program will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) at Granger Middle School, 2721 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora.

Now in its fifth year, with many of the same authors, the event offers fun and quirky author panels, author story starter sessions, and lightning round literary quiz questions.

Lunch will be served to participants. Attendees must be 22 or younger as of Nov. 5. Tickets are free, but you must register to attend at https://www.eventcombo.com/e/Andersons-Bookshops-14th-Annual-Young-Adult-Literature-Conference-29206.

Authors attending YA Fandom Frenzy are Ann Brashares, Crystal Cestari, Elly Blake, Kim Turrisi, Ryan Graudin, Wendy Brant, Jessie Ann Foley, Kerri Maniscalco, Katie Kennedy, Kayla Ancrum, Jessica Taylor, Julie C. Dao, Morgan Rhodes, Peter Bognanni, Traci Chee, Jared Reck, Jessica Cluess, Julie Buxbaum, Kara Thomas, M.C. Atwood, Marit Weisenberg, Tara Goedjen, Veronica Chambers, Samira Ahmed, Steve Schafer, Gabrielle Prendergast, Lisa Maxwell, Lynn Weingarten, Margaret Rogerson, Michelle Hodkin, Peternelle van Arsdale, Amy Reed, Carrie Jones, Julia Keller, Heather MacLean, Caragh M. O'Brien, Stephanie Strohm, Livia Blackburne, Daria Polatin, Sara Shepard and Adam Silvera.

If you are an educator or parent who would like to attend the event on Sunday, you can be a chaperon. Sign up five or more teens from your school or group and you can attend. Use the Teen Fandom Frenzy ticket type. Only secure places for the students you are confident will attend.

Anderson's Bookshops are an approved provider for the Continuing Professional Development for the Illinois State Board of Education, and CPDU credits are available to attendees.

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