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Conference season is here! We are getting all excited for BEA (Book Expo America) and ALA (American Library Association's conference), and we want to know: What authors would be on your dream author panel?
I'm lucky that I've seen so many great authors already! I live close to Anderson's Bookshop, who brings in just about every YA and kidlit author short of J.K. Rowling. They've hosted top-notch authors of all genres, like Neil Gaiman, Jodi Picoult, and soon JUDY BLUME! (She will speak prior to a viewing of Tiger Eyes at a local theatre).
I've ended up buying books from authors I wasn't familiar with simply because they were so entertaining on a panel with other writers. Sarah Rees Brennan comes to mind--she is a delight! Libba Bray is hilarious in person, and I was fortunate to see her with Meg Cabot and Maggie Stiefvater when they did the This Is Teen tour in 2011. I've seen a panel moderated by David Levithan, who is just--how does he have time to write books, edit books, put together a teen conference, and then, oh you know, fly around the country to moderate bookstore panels? Amazing. That panel he moderated included Andrea Creamer, who he now has collaborated on for a new book, Invisibility, which just came out this month.
So, I don't really have a dream panel. I do love seeing authors interact and support each other. Beth Revis is another YA author who I found wonderfully engaging in person, as well as Simone Elkeles. I was able to see John Green last year as he accepted an award from the Chicago Tribune at Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago. He would be great to see with any other writer.
Who is on your dream author panel, or who is an author you'd love to meet someday?
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