Young Adult Novelist Convention (YANovCon) 2022

Panel Discussion & Author Book Signing

The Peninsula Libraries are hosting the 7th annual Young Adult Novelists’ Convention (YANovCon) on Saturday, March 12, 2022, from 1:00 PM–5:00 PM at the San Mateo Public Library, opens a new window.

Author Candice Iloh, opens a new window will be joining us virtually to open this free half-day celebration with a teen-led Q&A session, followed by live, in-person panel discussions and author book signings featuring award-winning, notable and new young adult novelists.

Books will be available to purchase on-site thanks to our wonderful partnership with Books Inc., opens a new window

Anticipated schedule:

  • Intro/Welcome: 1:00 - 1:15 PM
  • Virtual Q&A with Candice Iloh: 1:15 – 1:45 PM
  • Session 1: 2:00 – 2:40 PM
    • Topic: Using Genre to Explore Teen Concerns
    • Panelists: Shaun David Hutchinson, Veronica Rossi, Lily Sparks, and Shannon Takaoka
  • Session 2: 2:50 – 3:30 PM
    • Topic: Identity and Self-Discovery
    • Panelists: Aida Salazar, A.J. Sass, Lisa Moore Ramée, and Lindsay Lackey
  • Book signing with middle-grade authors**: 3:30 – 3:45 PM
  • Session 3: 3:40 – 4:20 PM
    • Topic: Identity and the Courage to Reveal Yourself
    • Panelists: Candace Buford, Rachel Griffin, and Randy Ribay
  • Book signing with all authors**: 4:30 - 5:15 PM

**Teen author Shaun David Hutchinson will join middle-grade authors Aida Salazar, A.J. Sass, Lisa Moore Ramée, and Lindsay Lackey for Book Signings at 3:30 PM. Mr. Hutchinson will not be available for book signings at 4:30 PM.

Menlo Park Library, opens a new window is also holding a special pre-event online on Thursday, March 10 at 6:00 PM with Janet Fox, the award-winning YA author and book coach to other YA authors. She will discuss the keys to writing a great story, the writing life and the myriad publishing choices open to young adult writers today. Register for this free event, opens a new window.

Lineup of Authors

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