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Friday, June 28
 

10:00am

From Harry Potter Fans to Fantasy Writers
An exploration of the journey from reader and fan to published author. Our panel of authors discusses how their experience with the Harry Potter fandom impacted both their lives and careers, leading them to create their own fantasy worlds. Learn how these authors found that a sincere love for and involvement in fandom made them uniquely poised for success in YA Literature.

Speakers
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Schusterman

Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Main Ballroom

11:00am

Accio Agent! Tips and Techniques for Finding a Literary Agent
Signing with a literary agent is often the first step to getting your book published. Come find out exactly what agents do, whether you need one, how to query and the mistakes to avoid in the query process.

Speakers
avatar for J.C. Davis

J.C. Davis

Author
J. C. Davis writes all things kidlit, including Picture Books, MG and YA. Her debut novel, CHEESUS WAS HERE, a YA Contemporary, was released in 2017 by Sky Pony Press. Ms. Davis is represented by Mandy Hubbard of the Emerald City Literary Agency. In addition to writing, Ms. Davis... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Trousdale Estates

1:00pm

World Building
What tools and research methods can writers use to craft complex, believable worlds? What essential elements can ground a fictional world in a sense of tangible reality? With maps, customs, religious holidays, economic systems, tech, and much more, author Valerie Estelle Frankel will guide you through the process.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Estelle Frankel

Valerie Estelle Frankel

Author, Pop Culture Author
Valerie Estelle Frankel is the author of over 50 books on pop culture, including Harry Potter and Myth and How Game of Thrones Will End. Many of her books focus on women's roles in fiction, from her heroine's journey guides From Girl to Goddess and Buffy and the Heroine's Journey... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Trousdale Estates

2:00pm

What Harry Wrought: YA Lit After JKR
This interactive presentation will examine the chronology of change in the publishing world from Judy Blume to Laurie Halse Anderson to John Green and more. The impact of Rowling’s series on post-Potter YA books and series will be explored. Participants will discuss and debate how current books build on elements from Harry and friends that resonated with readers. Blurry lines among types of YA books will be addressed, including realistic fiction, fantasy, so-called problem novels, and graphic novel adaptations.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Leogrande

Cathy Leogrande

Author/Educator, Le Moyne College
Cathy Leogrande is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department of the Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne College, a Jesuit college in New York. Her teaching and research focus on new literacies and popular culture to provide K-12 teachers skills to address issues... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Main Ballroom

3:00pm

How to Plan Out a Book Series
In this session, the authors will discuss how they plan out a book series.  

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Schusterman

Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Whitley Heights

4:00pm

YouTube for Authors
Alexa Donne leads this workshop on  how to build your platform on YouTube as an author.

Speakers
avatar for Alexa Donne

Alexa Donne

Author, Leviosa
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Trousdale Estates

4:00pm

Author Signing Session
Speakers
avatar for Irvin Khaytman

Irvin Khaytman

Author
Irvin (“hpboy13” online) has been a prolific member of HP fandom since 2003, and identifies as Ravenpuff. He is the author of The Life and Lies of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. He is MuggleNet’s controversial columnist, over at The Three Broomsticks. He is the Dark... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Schusterman

Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for Alison Cherry

Alison Cherry

Author
author of THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman)
avatar for Dana L. Davis

Dana L. Davis

Actress/Author
avatar for Aminah  Mae Safi

Aminah Mae Safi

Author
Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim-American writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She's the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner and two cats. She is the author of NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom D&E
 
Saturday, June 29
 

9:00am

LGBTQ in YA panel discussion
A panel discussion on how LGBTQ representation is changing in Young Adult books.

Speakers
avatar for Britta Lundin

Britta Lundin

Author/TV writer
Britta Lundin is a TV writer, novelist, and comic book writer. She most recently wrote on the show Riverdale on the CW. Her young adult novel SHIP IT is out now from Freeform Books. A longtime fanfiction reader and writer, she can track her life milestones by what she was shipping... Read More →
avatar for Alison Cherry

Alison Cherry

Author
author of THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman)
avatar for Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →
avatar for Aminah  Mae Safi

Aminah Mae Safi

Author
Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim-American writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She's the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner and two cats. She is the author of NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Schusterman

Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Main Ballroom

10:00am

The Inner Magic of Strong, Female Characters in contemporary YA
A panel of contemporary YA authors discuss their 2019 novels and how their strong, female leads possess their own form of magic — resilience during real life trying times. Moderated by Farrah Penn of BuzzFeed Books.

Moderators
avatar for Farrah Penn

Farrah Penn

Author/Editor
Farrah Penn is a YA author currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. When she’s not writing books, she can be found creating content for BuzzFeed, running @BuzzFeedBooks on Instagram, and talking too much about her dog. 12 STEPS TO NORMAL is her first novel.

Speakers
avatar for Britta Lundin

Britta Lundin

Author/TV writer
Britta Lundin is a TV writer, novelist, and comic book writer. She most recently wrote on the show Riverdale on the CW. Her young adult novel SHIP IT is out now from Freeform Books. A longtime fanfiction reader and writer, she can track her life milestones by what she was shipping... Read More →
avatar for Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Brok

Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Brok

Authors
Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka are the authors of ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, IF I'M BEING HONEST, and the forthcoming TIME OF OUR LIVES. They met in high school and fell in love over a shared passion for Shakespeare. Austin went on to study English at Harvard so he could continue... Read More →
avatar for Dana L. Davis

Dana L. Davis

Actress/Author
avatar for Aminah  Mae Safi

Aminah Mae Safi

Author
Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim-American writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She's the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner and two cats. She is the author of NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR... Read More →
avatar for Maurene Goo

Maurene Goo

Author
MAURENE GOO is the author of several acclaimed books for young adults, including I Believe in a Thing Called Love and The Way You Make Me Feel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and cat, Maeby.
avatar for Sarah Enni

Sarah Enni

Author
Sarah Enni is an author, podcaster, and journalist living in Los Angeles. Her debut young adult novel, Tell Me Everything, is out now. You can read her short story in the New York Times best-selling villain anthology, Because You Love To Hate Me, out now.She created and hosts the... Read More →
avatar for Bridget Morrissey

Bridget Morrissey

Author
Bridget Morrissey lives in Los Angeles, California, but hails from Oak Forest, Illinois, a small yet mighty suburb just southwest of Chicago. When she's not writing, she can be found coaching gymnastics, reading in the corner of a coffeeshop, or headlining concerts in her living room... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Whitley Heights

11:00am

Promote Your Work!
What are the wackiest ways people promote their books? Or comics? Or art? Which methods really draw fans to the table? Posters? Silly hats? Contests? Parties? Do book trailers, Facebook advertising, eBay, really work? Where do you get reviews? Valerie Estelle Frankel, editor of Self Promo Stories: Authors’ Boldest, Cleverest & Wackiest Strategies to Sell their Books will share her favorites and send you off with all kinds of unconventional ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Estelle Frankel

Valerie Estelle Frankel

Author, Pop Culture Author
Valerie Estelle Frankel is the author of over 50 books on pop culture, including Harry Potter and Myth and How Game of Thrones Will End. Many of her books focus on women's roles in fiction, from her heroine's journey guides From Girl to Goddess and Buffy and the Heroine's Journey... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Franklin Hills

11:00am

Retellings & Remixes: Making Old New Again
If you love mashups and remixes, this is a great session for you.  Authors Alexa Donne, Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Brok talk about retelling old stories.

Speakers
avatar for Alexa Donne

Alexa Donne

Author, Leviosa
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing... Read More →
avatar for Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Brok

Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Brok

Authors
Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka are the authors of ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, IF I'M BEING HONEST, and the forthcoming TIME OF OUR LIVES. They met in high school and fell in love over a shared passion for Shakespeare. Austin went on to study English at Harvard so he could continue... Read More →
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Laurel

12:00pm

Author Signing Session
Speakers
avatar for Irvin Khaytman

Irvin Khaytman

Author
Irvin (“hpboy13” online) has been a prolific member of HP fandom since 2003, and identifies as Ravenpuff. He is the author of The Life and Lies of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. He is MuggleNet’s controversial columnist, over at The Three Broomsticks. He is the Dark... Read More →
avatar for Lorrie Kim

Lorrie Kim

Author, Snape
Lorrie Kim lives in Philadelphia, PA with her clever, grumpy, magical spouse and their geeky offspring, one born between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince and one in gestation during the publication of Deathly Hallows.
avatar for Alexa Donne

Alexa Donne

Author, Leviosa
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Schusterman

Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for Alison Cherry

Alison Cherry

Author
author of THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman)
avatar for Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Brok

Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Brok

Authors
Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka are the authors of ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, IF I'M BEING HONEST, and the forthcoming TIME OF OUR LIVES. They met in high school and fell in love over a shared passion for Shakespeare. Austin went on to study English at Harvard so he could continue... Read More →
avatar for Dana L. Davis

Dana L. Davis

Actress/Author
avatar for Farrah Penn

Farrah Penn

Author/Editor
Farrah Penn is a YA author currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. When she’s not writing books, she can be found creating content for BuzzFeed, running @BuzzFeedBooks on Instagram, and talking too much about her dog. 12 STEPS TO NORMAL is her first novel.
avatar for Maurene Goo

Maurene Goo

Author
MAURENE GOO is the author of several acclaimed books for young adults, including I Believe in a Thing Called Love and The Way You Make Me Feel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and cat, Maeby.
avatar for Sarah Enni

Sarah Enni

Author
Sarah Enni is an author, podcaster, and journalist living in Los Angeles. Her debut young adult novel, Tell Me Everything, is out now. You can read her short story in the New York Times best-selling villain anthology, Because You Love To Hate Me, out now.She created and hosts the... Read More →
avatar for Bridget Morrissey

Bridget Morrissey

Author
Bridget Morrissey lives in Los Angeles, California, but hails from Oak Forest, Illinois, a small yet mighty suburb just southwest of Chicago. When she's not writing, she can be found coaching gymnastics, reading in the corner of a coffeeshop, or headlining concerts in her living room... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Main Ballroom

1:00pm

Co-Writing a Novel With Your Friends Without Becoming Enemies
Join Lindsay Ribar, Alison Cherry, and Michell Schusterman as they discuss what it's like to co-write a book and still be friends afterwards.
Moderator: Mary Markovinovic


Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →
avatar for Alison Cherry

Alison Cherry

Author
author of THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman)
avatar for Michelle Schusterman

Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Main Ballroom

2:00pm

Agent Pitch Session
Have a great idea for a YA novel?  Here is your chance to pitch your idea to a Literary Agent who specializes in YA fiction.    This add-on event is available to registered Leviosa 2019 attendees for $20.

Attendees who have purchased the pitch session ahead of the convention will get 10 minutes to either pitch our literary agents a manuscript, or just ask general questions about the industry. Pitch session information will be emailed prior to the convention, but you can check at the Registration Desk if you misplace your session information. Please arrive five minutes before your first pitch so we can check you in.

Register on site until noon on Saturday  or  fill out this form to sign up for a pitch session by 8 am on Saturday.   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5sQTPK8yCztl_lIl8L4ucQcrspy2r5XwLixkf9NdPWNCkdA/viewform
For those registering online - once we confirm that you are a registered Leviosa attendee we will sent you a payment link and confirmation of your session time. There are a limited number of sessions available so first come, first serve.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Keyes

Emily Keyes

Literary Agent, Fuse Literary
Emily loves reading books that make her feel like she is entering someone else’s brain. Voice and emotion are very important to hook her on a project. She loves all types of young adult and middle grade books. Her #MSWL right now includes a diverse YA fantasy in a non-western... Read More →
avatar for Carlisle Webber

Carlisle Webber

Literary Agent, Fuse Literary
Carlisle is an agent with Fuse Literary looking for high-concept commercial fiction in middle grade, young adult, and adult. If your book is fresh and exciting, tackles difficult topics, reads like a Shonda Rhimes show, or makes readers stay up late turning pages, she’s the agent... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Laurel

2:00pm

Revelio: Different Writing Paths for Authors
There are a lot of different paths writers can take when it comes to publishing: public (such as Wattpad), self-publishing, hybrid and traditional. But what do each of those terms mean and which one is right for you, your writing goals and your story? Come learn the ins and outs of the various publishing options.

Speakers
avatar for J.C. Davis

J.C. Davis

Author
J. C. Davis writes all things kidlit, including Picture Books, MG and YA. Her debut novel, CHEESUS WAS HERE, a YA Contemporary, was released in 2017 by Sky Pony Press. Ms. Davis is represented by Mandy Hubbard of the Emerald City Literary Agency. In addition to writing, Ms. Davis... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Franklin Hills

3:00pm

The Heroine's Journey
You know all about the classic hero’s journey—now learn about the heroine’s! We’ll chart the heroine’s journey step-by-step from ancient myths to modern reimaginings like Wonder Woman and A Wrinkle in Time. Rather than a sword, the questing heroine wields magic slippers, a mirror, a chalice. Only after she has defeated her dark side, the wicked witch, can she grow into a bestower of wisdom in this beloved pattern favored by readers and writers.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Estelle Frankel

Valerie Estelle Frankel

Author, Pop Culture Author
Valerie Estelle Frankel is the author of over 50 books on pop culture, including Harry Potter and Myth and How Game of Thrones Will End. Many of her books focus on women's roles in fiction, from her heroine's journey guides From Girl to Goddess and Buffy and the Heroine's Journey... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Franklin Hills

4:00pm

Literary Agent Panel Discussion
A panel discussion with two Literary Agents on the types of books that are currently hot and tip on how to pitch during a pitch session.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Keyes

Emily Keyes

Literary Agent, Fuse Literary
Emily loves reading books that make her feel like she is entering someone else’s brain. Voice and emotion are very important to hook her on a project. She loves all types of young adult and middle grade books. Her #MSWL right now includes a diverse YA fantasy in a non-western... Read More →
avatar for Carlisle Webber

Carlisle Webber

Literary Agent, Fuse Literary
Carlisle is an agent with Fuse Literary looking for high-concept commercial fiction in middle grade, young adult, and adult. If your book is fresh and exciting, tackles difficult topics, reads like a Shonda Rhimes show, or makes readers stay up late turning pages, she’s the agent... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Franklin Hills

5:00pm

Fantastical YA Worlds & How to Build Them
 

Speakers
avatar for Alexa Donne

Alexa Donne

Author, Leviosa
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing... Read More →
avatar for Alison Cherry

Alison Cherry

Author
author of THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman)
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Schusterman

Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Trousdale Estates
 
Sunday, June 30
 

10:00am

Agent Pitch Session (Tent)
This is a place holder for overflow sessions.
Please note - those interested in pitching must sign up in advance via our website at leviosa2019.org

Speakers
avatar for Emily Keyes

Emily Keyes

Literary Agent, Fuse Literary
Emily loves reading books that make her feel like she is entering someone else’s brain. Voice and emotion are very important to hook her on a project. She loves all types of young adult and middle grade books. Her #MSWL right now includes a diverse YA fantasy in a non-western... Read More →
avatar for Carlisle Webber

Carlisle Webber

Literary Agent, Fuse Literary
Carlisle is an agent with Fuse Literary looking for high-concept commercial fiction in middle grade, young adult, and adult. If your book is fresh and exciting, tackles difficult topics, reads like a Shonda Rhimes show, or makes readers stay up late turning pages, she’s the agent... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA

10:00am

The Inner Magic of Strong, Female Characters in Contemporary YA
A panel of contemporary YA authors discuss their 2019 novels and how their strong, female leads possess their own form of magic — resilience during real life trying times. Moderated by Farrah Penn of BuzzFeed Books.

Moderators
avatar for Farrah Penn

Farrah Penn

Author/Editor
Farrah Penn is a YA author currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. When she’s not writing books, she can be found creating content for BuzzFeed, running @BuzzFeedBooks on Instagram, and talking too much about her dog. 12 STEPS TO NORMAL is her first novel.

Speakers
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for Britta Lundin

Britta Lundin

Author/TV writer
Britta Lundin is a TV writer, novelist, and comic book writer. She most recently wrote on the show Riverdale on the CW. Her young adult novel SHIP IT is out now from Freeform Books. A longtime fanfiction reader and writer, she can track her life milestones by what she was shipping... Read More →
avatar for Dana L. Davis

Dana L. Davis

Actress/Author
avatar for Sarah Enni

Sarah Enni

Author
Sarah Enni is an author, podcaster, and journalist living in Los Angeles. Her debut young adult novel, Tell Me Everything, is out now. You can read her short story in the New York Times best-selling villain anthology, Because You Love To Hate Me, out now.She created and hosts the... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Whitley Heights

1:00pm

Author Signing Session


Note: Barnes and Noble will only be on site to sell books on Friday and Saturday. For Sunday's author signings please get your books on Friday or Saturday or bring your own copy from home!


Speakers
avatar for Lorrie Kim

Lorrie Kim

Author, Snape
Lorrie Kim lives in Philadelphia, PA with her clever, grumpy, magical spouse and their geeky offspring, one born between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince and one in gestation during the publication of Deathly Hallows.
avatar for Britta Lundin

Britta Lundin

Author/TV writer
Britta Lundin is a TV writer, novelist, and comic book writer. She most recently wrote on the show Riverdale on the CW. Her young adult novel SHIP IT is out now from Freeform Books. A longtime fanfiction reader and writer, she can track her life milestones by what she was shipping... Read More →
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Enni

Sarah Enni

Author
Sarah Enni is an author, podcaster, and journalist living in Los Angeles. Her debut young adult novel, Tell Me Everything, is out now. You can read her short story in the New York Times best-selling villain anthology, Because You Love To Hate Me, out now.She created and hosts the... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Ballroom D&E

2:00pm

Adults Reading YA
Young Adult literature isn’t just for teens! In this panel adult YA readers and writers will discuss what they love about the genre, how they relate to teen characters, and what YA offers that other genres do not. They will also chat about tropes, being published, and their favorite YA books. Audience participation is encouraged!

Speakers
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Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
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Kaci Machacyk

Performer/Presenter
“Kalysta Flame” is a classically trained vocalist, actress, songwriter, dancer, and one-song harmonica player who has been performing since the age of six. She has combined her love of writing silly songs for her dogs with her love of Harry Potter to create brand new Wrock music... Read More →
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Farrah Penn

Author/Editor
Farrah Penn is a YA author currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. When she’s not writing books, she can be found creating content for BuzzFeed, running @BuzzFeedBooks on Instagram, and talking too much about her dog. 12 STEPS TO NORMAL is her first novel.


Sunday June 30, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Franklin Hills

2:00pm

Speed Authoring
Valerie Estelle Frankel has written and published over sixty books, at one point fifteen in a year. But how? She’ll take you through shortcuts to go from concept to product in a week or two. There’s something for everyone in this energetic, caffeine-driven snapshot of an author’s life.

Speakers
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Valerie Estelle Frankel

Author, Pop Culture Author
Valerie Estelle Frankel is the author of over 50 books on pop culture, including Harry Potter and Myth and How Game of Thrones Will End. Many of her books focus on women's roles in fiction, from her heroine's journey guides From Girl to Goddess and Buffy and the Heroine's Journey... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Trousdale Estates