2017 Colorado Teen Book Con

Presented by Tattered Cover Book Store

(For info on the 2016 Colorado Teen Book Con, click here.)

QUICK LINKS: What is the the Colorado Teen Book Con?  *  YA Author Happy Hour *  Volunteer Opportunities for Current School Educators & Public Librarians *  Be a Chaperone and Bring a Group of Students!  *  Food Trucks   *  Schedule  *  Panels & Authors  *  SPECIAL SESSIONS

What is the the Colorado Teen Book Con? 


A full day event exclusively for teens with two keynote presentations, a bunch of author panels, a special writing workshop, a special panel with local literary agents, and a big author signing party at the end of the day. Books will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Join Tattered Cover as we present 20+ of your fave teen authors...

You meet them. 

You hear them speak.

You talk to them. 

You get lots of books signed.

Snap some selfies with them. 

And food trucks. Of course, food trucks.


Here's a PDF of the EVENT FLYER! Print it out and share it!


This event is free, open exclusively to teens, but you must register.

DATE: Saturday, November 4, 2017

TIME: 8:30am - 5pm

LOCATION: Littleton High School (199 East Littleton Blvd, Littleton, CO 80121)



YA Author Happy Hour (21+ there's alcohol)
Friday, November 3, 2017 at Tattered Cover Colfax (2526 East Colfax Avenue) from 7pm - 8:30pm

The Colorado Teen Book Con is exclusively for teens, but don't fret -- we have something very special for you! 

Once again, we'll be hosting the Colorado Teen Book Con's YA Author Happy Hour ! It was such an incredible event last year and we have a lot more amazingness planned for this year. 21+ over YA fans: don't miss this!

The night before the Colorado Teen Book Con, these same authors are joining us for a private, adults-only author party. This is your chance to meet and mingle with your favorite YA authors, get a book (or two, or five) signed, and meet other adult readers of YA fiction. We even close the store! Libations and party food provided. The authors' books will be available for purchase. Your event ticket cost includes a $10 coupon towards the purchase of one of these books that evening! You must be 21 or older to attend, and ID will be required. The bookstore will be closed for this very exclusive event, so a ticket is required.

WHEN: Friday, November 3, 2017 from 7pm - 8:30pm

WHERE: Tattered Cover Colfax (2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206)

COST: $20 (Your event ticket cost includes a $10 coupon towards the purchase of one of these books that evening!)

BUY A TICKET: This event is limited to 300 attendees and sells out FAST. Please be sure to get your ticket now!



The event will take place at Littleton High School (199 East Littleton Blvd, Littleton, CO 80121) and all activities will be through out the school. (Please click here for a Schedule & Map. We'll also have copies of this onsite.)


There is plenty of parking around the school. It's free. Please enter through the main entrance of the school.

Check In

Please arrive at 9am to check-in. The Welcome/Registration Desk is in the MAIN LOBBY. This year, we're providing wristbands (rather than badges.) It'll be a zoo, but we've hopefully staffed it appropriately to move everyone along quickly. You'll also get a raffle ticket at this time. Here's a link to the Schedule & Map. (We'll have copies of these when you check-in so don't have print it out, unless you want to.)

(We know some of you will be coming later in the day. Please still check-in and get your wristband and raffle ticket in the MAIN LOBBY.)

After you get you've checked in, please either head to the pop-up Tattered Cover bookstore, located on the upper level of the NORTH GYM (See your map.) Or, make your way to the AUDITORIUM for the Welcome & Opening Keynote. This will start PROMPTLY at 9:30am.

Tattered Cover's Colorado Teen Book Con BOOKSTORE

The bookstore will be open throughout the day. All of the 2017 authors books and some of their older titles will be available for sale. Get your books before the Great Big Book Signing a the end of the day! We'll also be selling Tattered Cover merchandise as well as our 2017 Teen Book Con tee shirts! (Tee shirt supplies are limited.)


If you need help with anything, please find a volunteer or Tattered Cover staff member wearing a gray 2017 Teen Book Con tee shirt. They can help you.

Social Media

Please help us get the Colorado Teen Book Con going on social media tomorrow! Please use #COTeenCon, #tatteredcover and @tatteredcover. Tag the authors, too!

Food Trucks

Below is a list of the Food Trucks and their menus that will be coming. The trucks will be parked outside the school's cafeteria. Lunch will be from 12:30pm – 1:45pm. We ask that you allow the attendees of the two special lunchtime session go first so they make it to the sessions on time. They'll have their confirmation for these sessions and that will be their "go to the front of the line" pass. We've asked them to arrive at 12:15pm (or earlier) to get their lunch. Thanks for understanding! And, don't forget to eat!

Please note, Littleton High School has generously made their space available to us. They have a hard rule about no food or drink in any of the meeting rooms and theatre. However, hallways, the cafeteria and outside are fair game. It's important to follow this rule -- so we can be respectful of their space. Please also clean up after yourselves.



8:30am - 5pm

  • 8:30am - 9:30am:        Bookstore open (Really, it's open all day.)
  • 8:30am - 9:30am:        Check-In at Welcome/Registration Desk MAIN LOBBY
  • 9:30am – 10:30am:     Author Introductions & Opening Keynote AUDITORIUM
  • 10:30am – 10:45am:   BREAK (Bookstore open; NORTH GYM Upper Level)
  • 10:45am – 11:30am:   Breakout Panels #1 (Choose 1 of 4 panels) PANEL #1: AUDITORIUM, PANEL #2: FORUM, PANEL #3: LIBRARY, PANEL #4: SOUTH GYM
  • 11:30am – 11:45am:   BREAK (Bookstore open; NORTH GYM Upper Level)
  • 11:45am – 12:30pm:   Breakout Panels #2 (Choose 1 of 4 panels) PANEL #1: AUDITORIUM, PANEL #2: FORUM, PANEL #3: LIBRARY, PANEL #4: SOUTH GYM
  • 12:30pm – 1:45pm:    LUNCH – Food Trucks (Bookstore open) CAFETERIA & OUTSIDE
  • 12:30pm – 12:45pm:  SPECIAL SESSION ATTENDEES ONLY (Bonus Session Attendees get lunch first!)
  • 12:45pm – 1:45pm:    SPECIAL SESSION #1: The Publishing Process for Aspiring Writers with Maggie Stiefvater & David Levithan. (This is a registeration ONLY event with limited seats available. There will be a waiting list! REGISTRATION IS FULL!) ROOM 1327
  • 12:45pm – 1:45pm:    SPECIAL SESSION #2: Behind the Scenes: How Your Favorite Authors Went From Laptop to Bookstore with THREE! Literary Agents (This is a registeration ONLY event with limited seats available. There will be a waiting list! REGISTRATION IS FULL! ) ROOM 1329
  • 1:45pm – 2:30pm:      Breakout Panels #3 (Choose 1 of 4 panels) PANEL #1: AUDITORIUM, PANEL #2: FORUM, PANEL #3: LIBRARY, PANEL #4: SOUTH GYM
  • 2:30pm – 2:45pm:      BREAK (Bookstore open; NORTH GYM Upper Level)
  • 2:45pm - 3:45pm:      Closing Keynote AUDITORIUM
  • 4pm – 5pm:                Great Big Book Signing (Bookstore open) NORTH GYM Lower Level



Panels & Authors



Fun and antics follow Maggie. And she's agreed to keynote our 2017 Colorado Teen Book Con! You never know what'll happen at one of her presentations... Bring it, Maggie! 

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 in conversation with Bill Konigsberg and Billy Merrell

 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. Delightfully emotional, fast-paced and poetic. It's about listening to your heart, but trusting your head.




 BILL KONIGSBERG: Bill Konigsberg is the author of Openly Straight, which won the SCBWI Sid Fleischman Award for Humor and was named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list; The Porcupine of Truth, which won the Stonewall Book Award and was named a Booklist Editors' Choice selection; and Out of the Pocket, which won the Lambda Literary Award. Bill was also an award-winning sports writer for ESPN.com and The Associated Press. Bill lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck.


 BILLY MERRELL: Billy Merrell is the author of Talking in the Dark, a poetry memoir published when he was twenty-one, and is the co-editor (with David Levithan) of The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities, which received a Lambda Literary Award. Merrell is also a contributor to the New York Times bestselling series Spirit Animals, and has published fiction, poetry, and translations in various journals and anthologies. Born in 1982, he grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and received his MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his husband, author Nico Medina.


Panel #1: LOVE & LOSS

Great characters in teen fiction overcome adversity to find love. This panel will discuss how love and adversity were necessary ingredients for their novels.


 Jessica Brody with In Some Other Life  MODERATOR



 Renee Collins with Remember Me Always



 Katie Cotugno with Top Ten 



 Bill Konigsberg with Honestly Ben



 Emmy Laybourne with Berserker



 Sandhya Menon with When Dimple Met Rishi




Novels often take us to places we’ve never imagined. Sometimes it’s a newly imagined world, and sometimes it’s an internal landscape in coping with situations never imagined. These authors will discuss how their novels go to unxexplored realms.


 Brenna Yovanoff with Places No One Knows  MODERATOR



 Amalie Howard with Alpha Goddess



 Shaun David Hutchinson with Feral Youth



 Denise Vega with Rock On



 Kiersten White with Now I Rise




Some books tug on our heart strings in unforgettable ways. These authors talk about writing characters and stories designed to make us feel.


 Melanie Crowder with An Uninterrupted View of the Sky  MODERATOR



 Donna Cooner with Worthy



 Ashlee Cowles with Beneath Wandering Stars



 Brigid Kemmerer with Letters to the Lost



 Billy Merrell with Vanilla



 Jeff Zentner with Goodbye Days




This panel of skilled novelists will discuss writing action and adventure stories and how they keep their characters moving.


 Scott Bergstrom with The Cruelty  MODERATOR



 SJ Kincaid with The Empress



 Scott Reintgen with Nyxia



 Veronica Rossi with Seeker



 Emily Suvada with This Mortal Coil




These are registeration ONLY event with limited seats available. There will be a waiting list! (For those WAIT LISTED: Please make sure you include your cell phone # on the registration for last minute No Shows as you could end up attending!) 

  • 12:45pm – 1:45pm: SPECIAL SESSION: The Publishing Process for Aspiring Writers with Maggie Stiefvater & David Levithan. (This is a registeration ONLY event with limited seats available. There will be a waiting list! REGISTRATION IS FULL!ROOM 1327
  • 12:45pm – 1:45pm: SPECIAL SESSION: Behind the Scenes: How Your Favorite Authors Went From Laptop to Bookstore with THREE! Literary Agents (This is a registeration ONLY event with limited seats available. There will be a waiting list! REGISTRATION IS FULL!ROOM 1329


SPECIAL SESSION #1: The Publishing Process for Aspiring Writers REGISTRATION IS FULL!

Our two keynote speakers, David Levithan and Maggie Stiefvater, will join forces to discuss and answer questions about how the publishing and editing process works. (Fun fact: David edits Maggie's novels.) This is an exclusive (only 35 seats!), free, ticketed event, with seats reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be aware that the moderators will not be able to review manuscripts, stories, other writing samples.

SPECIAL SESSION #2: Behind the Scenes: How Your Favorite Authors Went From Laptop to Bookstore with THREE! Literary Agents REGISTER HERE!

Join three national literary agents as they chat with aspiring authors and readers interested in the path of a book to talk about what an agent does and answer audience questions. Learn what a literary agent is, what one does exactly, why authors need one, and where an agent fits into the publishing game. Hear about some of their successful clients, whether they were slush pile finds, referrals, friends, or writers in other genres. Learn about how the normal process of querying works, how to find a literary agent, how a manuscript gets to a publisher, and how in ends up in bookstores across the nation -- and the world, like Tattered Cover.

Kristin Nelson, Literary Agent and founder of the Nelson Literary Agency, Denver, CO

"Being an avid reader practically since birth, I’m equally happy reading a Pulitzer prize-winning literary novel for my book club as I am reading a sexy historical-romance. I established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 and over the last decade+ of my career, I’ve represented over thirty-five New York Times bestselling titles and many USA Todaybestsellers. Although I’m a very nice Midwesterner, I’ve heard through the grapevine that editors call me “a hard-working bulldog agent that will fight for you.” What a compliment! When not busy selling books, I’m quite sporty. I attempt to play tennis and golf. I also love playing Bridge (where I’m the youngest person in the club). On weekends my husband Brian and I can be found in the mountains hiking with our 13-year old rat terrier, Chutney."

Kate Schafer Testerman, Literary Agent and founder of kt literary, Highlands Ranch, CO

After a dozen years working in publishing in New York City, Kate moved to Colorado and formed kt literary in early 2008, where she concentrates on middle grade and young adult fiction. Bringing to bear the experience of being part of a large agency, she enjoys all aspects of working with her authors, offering hands-on experience, personal service, and a surfeit of optimism. Kate is a graduate of the University of Delaware’s Honors Program, a former cast member of the New York Renaissance Faire, and an avid collector of shoes, bags, children, and dogs. Her interests cover a broad range including contemporary drama, urban fantasy and magical realism, adventure stories, and romantic comedies.

Sandra Bond, Literary Agent and founder of Bond Literary Agency, Denver, CO

Sandra started her agency in Denver in 1998 and worked part-time for 12 years while raising her kids and then working as the program administrator at the University of Denver's Publishing Institute, where she is now an annual guest lecturer. She earned a degree in microbiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, despite the fact she always wanted to work in publishing and would rather read than do just about anything. And guess what? She graduated from Littleton High School in ... nevermind. Sandra and associate agent Becky LeJeune work with both first-time and previously-published authors, and their clients write adult fiction in various genres, young adult fiction, and many categories of nonfiction. 


Volunteer Opportunities for Current School Educators & Public Librarians

The Colorado Teen Book Con is open only to teens. However, if you're a current school educators or public librarian, we have volunteer opportunities! You'll get to see most of the program this way.

Volunteering will include things like room minders, help at the registration/welcome desk, help with line management at the book signing, author escorts, etc. Things along those lines.


Be a Chaperone and Bring a Group of Students!

While teens can register individually, we wanted to give current school educator and public librarians an opportunity to bring teens. 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. 

To be eligible to be a chaperone, you must bring at least 5 students.

TO REGISTER: You can use the redular registration form. If you don't know the names of the students yet, you can use "TBD" in the First Name and Last Name fields, but please only secure places for the students you are confident will attend. We expect this event to be fully subscribed. (We're capping attendance at 500.)  REGISTRATION IS FULL!

And of course, feel free to promote the 2017 Colorado Teen Book Con to your students or teen patrons. We'll also have a fun PDF soon that you can print and post.