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Week of April 20

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2015 YA March Madness Tournament of Books Champion

In a very tight match-up, Veronica Roth's Divergent beat John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. Thanks to everyone who voted and participated in this tournament the last month.
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2015 Teen Lit Con (Twin Cities)

Shakopee students have a great opportunity! The purpose of this day is to celebrate teen literature, promote reading and writing, and to create a community of readers by connecting teens and authors. Shakopee Schools is providing bus transportation to and from the event. Students attending will need to be at the high school prior to 9:00 a.m. when the bus will depart for Henry Sibley High School. The bus will return to Shakopee High School by 5:00 p.m. There will be concessions and books for sale. Please plan to bring money accordingly.


Sign up by May 1 to reserve your spot on the bus and experience an awesome day meeting authors and building a community of teen reading enthusiasts!


Teen Lit Con is brought to you by your metro public libraries, with funding from a Legacy Amendment Grant, Henry Sibley High School, and other AMAZING partners.

Teen Lit Con (Twin Cities)

Saturday, May 9th, 10am-4pm

1897 Delaware Avenue

Mendota Heights, MN

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Schedule for the Day:

Concessions Open: 10:00 – 3:00 (Bring cash, no cards or ATM)

Exhibitor Hall Open: 11:00 – 3:00

Book Sales & Signing: 11:00 – 4:00 (credit cards accepted)

9:30 – Doors Open: Grab your seat for the Teen Lit Con Kickoff Author Panel

10:00 – Teen Lit Con Kickoff Author Panel: Start your day with authors Gayle Forman, Matt de la Peña, E. Lockhart and Gene Luen Yang! Teen Lit Con’s national authors will be introduced with this fun, fast-paced panel discussion to help you plan your day.

11:00 – Choose Your Own Session:

  • Airbenders & Me: Cartoonist & Author Gene Luen Yang, author of the Airbenders book series, explains why the original show was the best-written American animated series ever produced and more.
  • Minnesota Authors!: Jonathan Friesen, Patrick Jones and Pat Schmatz talk books and field questions.
  • Writing Workshop: First time author, Rebecca Hahn, shares her writing process and answers your questions.
  • Introduction to Spoken-Word Poetry: Learn the art form from a National Slam Poet Champion, Guante.
  • What to Read Next: Laura Lanik, the Book Snob blogger, will book talk about hot new reads.
  • Create-O-Story: Group story-creation? Yes! Try Ross Nervig’s field-proven cure for writers block. It’s great for writers but also fun and inspiring for everyone.

12:00 – Author! E. Lockhart: We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, Dramarama

1:00 – Choose Your Own Session:

  • How to Make Comics: Cartoonist & Author Gene Luen Yang explains his creative process from idea to the writing to the art to publication.
  • Minnesota YA Authors!: Steve Brezenoff, Kirstin Cronn-Mills and Rebecca Hahn talk books and field questions.
  • Writing Workshop: MN author, Pat Schmatz, will talk about the writing process and answer your questions.
  • Create-O-Story: Group story-creation? Yes! Try Ross Nervig’s field-proven cure for writers block. It’s great for writers but also fun and inspiring for everyone.
  • You Published What?: Find out what a book editor really does and how they make the tough decisions from Dutton editor, Andrew Karre.
  • Introduction to Spoken-Word Poetry: Learn the art form from a National Slam Poet Champion, Guante.

2:00 – Author! Matt de la Peña: The Hunted, The Living, Mexican White Boy, We Were Here, Ball Don’t Lie

3:00 – Author! Gayle Forman: I Was Here, If I Stay, Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year