2017 Colorado Teen Book Con
Presented by Tattered Cover Book Store
(For info on the 2016 Colorado Teen Book Con, click here.)
What is the the Colorado Teen Book Con?
This is a full day event with two keynote presentations, a bunch of author panels, and a big author signing party at the end of the day. And food trucks. Of course, food trucks. Books will be for sale throughout the day.
This event is free, open exclusively to teens, but you must register. (Registration will open in August.)
DATE: Saturday, November 4, 2017
TIME: TBD, but all day
LOCATION: Littleton High School (199 East Littleton Blvd, Littleton, CO 80121) Click here for Littleton High School in Google Maps
YA Author Happy Hour (21+ there's alcohol)
Friday, November 3, 2017 at Tattered Cover Colfax (2526 East Colfax Avenue) from 7pm - 8:30pm
For all of you non-teen readers of YA fiction, don't worry, we've got you covered! The night before 2017 Colorado Teen Book Con, those same authors are joining us at the Tattered Cover Colfax for a private, adults-only author party. This is your chance to meet your favorite authors, get a book (or two, or five) signed, and meet other adult readers of YA Fiction. You must be 21 or older to attend, and ID will be required. The bookstore will be closed for this very exclusive reception, so a ticket is required. Further details TBD.
Volunteer Opportunities for School Librarians & Educators
This event is open only to teens. If you're a school librarian or educator, we have volunteer opportunities! You'll get to see most of the program this way. If interested, please email Kristen Gilligan.
Bring a Group of Students!
While teens will be registering individually, we wanted to give you an opportunity to bring teens from your school or public library in groups. Whether a book club, writing club, or some other gathering of literary students, we know that some of you would like to bring groups of kids. With that in mind, we'll be creating a special registration page for you. Watch here for details!
Simply list the names of the students you're going to bring. If you need to use a placeholder, that's fine, but please only secure places for the number of students you are confident will attend. We expect this event to be fully subscribed. (We're capping attendance at 550.) Please also include the name of one chaperone -- if needed -- from your school, and note who the chaperone is. (We cannot accommodate more than one. Chaperones are not required.)
And of course, feel free to promote the individual registration page to your students or teen patrons.
Food truck names and menus TBD.
Keynote: MAGGIE STIEFVATER
Who is Maggie? "I am Maggie Stiefvater. I write books. Some are about dead Welsh kings. Some are about werewolf nookie. Some are about neither. I have been a wedding musician, a technical editor, a portrait artist, and, for several fraught weeks, a waitress. I play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), I still make art, and I recently acquired and unacquired a race car. I live in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with my husband, my two children, some cows, three dogs who fart recreationally, a criminally insane cat, an interminable number of miniature silky fainting goats, and one 1973 Camaro named Loki. I like things that go."
Maggie's forthcoming book, All the Crooked Saints is fantastic. Odd, magical, mysterious and brilliant. The sentence structure alone moves this novel to the top of the class. Suggestive of Neil Gaiman's American Gods.
Keynote: DAVID LEVITHAN
Who is David? David Levithan is an American children's book editor at Scholastic Press and award-winning author. "I find it downright baffling to write about myself, which is why I’m considering it somewhat cruel and usual to have to write this brief bio and to update it now and then. The factual approach (born ’72, Brown ’94, first book ’03) seems a bit dry, while the emotional landscape (happy childhood, happy adolescence – give or take a few poems – and happy adulthood so far) sounds horribly well-adjusted. When not writing during spare hours on weekends, I am a publisher and editorial director at Scholastic, and the founding editor of the PUSH imprint, which is devoted to finding new voices and new authors in teen literature. (Check it out at www.thisispush.com for a full list.) Among the authors I’ve edited and/or published under the Scholastic Press imprint are Suzanne Collins, Maggie Stiefvater, Ann M. Martin, Garth Nix, Patrick Carman, Natalie Standiford, Alice Hoffman, Gordon Korman, M. T. Anderson, Blake Nelson, Cecil Castellucci, and many, many other awesome writers."
David's most recent book, co-authored with Nina LaCour, You Know Me Well is solid. Delightlyfully emotional, fast-paced and poetic. It's about listening to your heart, but trusting your head.
AUTHOR LINE-UP as of July...
Author acceptances are coming in left and right. See who we have so far!