2019 Colorado Teen Book Con

 

What is the Colorado Teen Book Con?

URGENT: With deepest apologies, this event has been cancelled for a variety of reasons and unforeseen circumstances. This was a hard, but necessary decision. As this was a free event, we have simply cancelled your registration. But! We'll be back next year!

For those who bought tickets to the YA Author Happy Hour, we have cancelled your ticket and refunded your money.

If you have any questions, please contact Len Vlahos.

Again, our sincere apologies.

Founded by the Tattered Cover Book Store in 2016, this is a full day event with a keynote presentation, 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, and is open exclusively to teens, but you must register.

Friday, October 25, 2019

YA Author Happy Hour (Adults only; 21+ there's alcohol)
Tattered Cover Colfax (2526 East Colfax Avenue) from 7pm - 8:30pm
Parking: There is a huge, free parking garage next to the store. Also, street parking. 
Registration: n/a

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Colorado Teen Book Con
All day at Denver East High School (1600 City Park Esplanade, Denver, CO 80206)
Parking: There is plenty of parking around the school. It's free. Please enter through the main entrance of the school and check in. Registration: n/a 

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YA Author Happy Hour

Friday, October 25, 2019 at Tattered Cover Colfax (2526 East Colfax Avenue) from 7pm - 8:30pm (NOTE: *This event is 21+ only; there's alcohol.)

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

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. This event is limited to 300 attendees and sells out FAST. Please be sure to get your ticket as soon as possible!

$25 per person (Your event ticket cost includes a $10 coupon towards the purchase of one of the 2018 Colorado Teen Book Con author's books that evening!) Registration: Register for YA Author Happy Hour here

Schedule

Coming Soon! Download a Schedule & Map here.

8:30am - 5pm

8am - 9:30am: Bookstore open (Really, it's open all day. We're opening a little earlier this year, but check-in still begins at 8:30am) CALLOWAY GYM - 1st Floor
8:30am - 9:30am: Check-In at Welcome/Registration Desk MAIN LOBBY
9:30am – 10:30am: Author Introductions & Keynote Panel AUDITORIUM - 1st Floor
10:30am – 10:45am: BREAK (Bookstore open; CALLOWAY GYM - 1st Floor)
10:45am – 11:30am: Breakout Panels #1 (Choose 1 of 5 panels) PANEL #1: AUDITORIUM - 1st Floor, PANEL #2: CAFETERIA - 1st Floor, PANEL #3: CHOIR ROOM - 4th Floor, Room 401, PANEL #4: DANCE STUDIO - 2nd Floor; PANEL #5: CALLOWAY GYM - 2nd Floor: Go to 2nd level for seats
11:30am – 11:45am: BREAK (Bookstore open CALLOWAY GYM - 1st Floor)
11:45am – 12:30pm: Breakout Panels #2 (Choose 1 of 5 panels) PANEL #1: AUDITORIUM - 1st Floor, PANEL #2: CAFETERIA - 1st Floor, PANEL #3: CHOIR ROOM- 4th Floor, Room 401, PANEL #4: DANCE STUDIO - 2nd Floor; PANEL #5: CALLOWAY GYM - 2nd Floor: Go to 2nd level for seats
12:15pm – 12:30pm: SPECIAL SESSION ATTENDEES ONLY (Bonus Session Attendees get lunch first!)

12:30pm – 1:45pm: LUNCH – Food Trucks (Bookstore open) OUTSIDE CAFETERIA on 1st Floor 
12:30pm – 12:45pm: SPECIAL SESSION ATTENDEES ONLY (Bonus Session Attendees get lunch first!)


12:45pm – 1:45pm: SPECIAL SESSION #1: 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!) ROOM TBD
12:45pm – 1:45pm: SPECIAL SESSION #2 with TBD (This is a registeration ONLY event with limited seats available. There will be a waiting list!) ROOM TBD 

12:45pm - 1:45pm: SPECIAL SESSION #3 with TBD (This is a registeration ONLY event with limited seats available. There will be a waiting list!) ROOM TBD

1:45pm – 2:30pm: Breakout Panels #3 (Choose 1 of 5 panels) PANEL #1: AUDITORIUM - 1st Floor, PANEL #2: CAFETERIA - 1st Floor, PANEL #3: CHOIR ROOM - 4th Floor, Room 401, PANEL #4: DANCE STUDIO - 2nd Floor; PANEL #5: CALLOWAY GYM - 2nd Floor: Go to 2nd level for seats
2:30pm – 2:45pm: BREAK (Bookstore open CALLOWAY GYM - 1st Floor)
2:45pm - 3:45pm: Book Battles Trivia AUDITORIUM - 1st Floor
4pm – 5pm: Great Big Book Signing (Bookstore open) CALLOWAY GYM - 1st Floor

Panels & Authors

Author Panelists

KEYNOTE PANEL: A discussion on graphic novels AUDITORIUM - 1st Floor

Get to know R. Alan Brooks, Colleen Venable and Lily Williams as they speak on the art of the graphic novel, the trends they're seeing in publishing, and their own personal writing and illustrating experiences.

R. Alan Brooks with The Burning Metronome in conversation with:

Colleen Venable with Kiss Number 8

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Lily Williams with Go with the Flow

PANEL #1: GET YOUR WRITING ON! AUDITORIUM - 1st Floor

Five talented authors discuss the craft of writing! Whether their day job is full-time writing, being a literary agent, journalist, editor, or founder of collegiate creative writing club, these skilled novelists will give you a glimpse into the publishing industry and writing.

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  • Brittney Morris with Slay

  

 

 

PANEL #2: IN NEED OF SUSPENSE & MYSTERY CAFETERIA - 1st Floor

These authors have you covered when it comes to suspense and mystery. Creating a strong sense of suspense is critical in a successful novel. These authors will discuss pacing and plots twists, and how they weave them seamlessly into their prose.

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PANEL #3: THE TOUGH STUFF CHOIR ROOM - 4th Floor, Room 401

Readers gravitate toward books that will help them or help them empathize with others. These panelists will discuss how they approach writing about difficult subjects — not the subjects themselves, but their writing process, why they chose to write about these topics, trends they see in YA publishing with these topics, and why writing and reading is important. This is not to be a dark panel -- our goal is for it to be hopeful, helpful.

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PANEL #4: OTHER WORLDS DANCE STUDIO - 2nd Floor

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. Hear how these writers avoided the pitfalls of fantasy tropes, and found the inspiration to create carefully-constructed, eminently believable realms.

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PANEL #5:  GIRL POWER & LOVE CALLOWAY GYM - 2nd Floor: Go to 2nd level for seats

Fierce, strong girls. Hear why these authors chose to include characters with girl power, why they’re important to include, the different techniques used to make the characters stand out, while including in a little swoon-worthy romance and it’s pitfalls.

  

 

 

 

 

 

  • Donna Cooner with Fake

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL SESSIONS

There is limited space and they fill up super fast.

This panel requires separate registration from the Colorado Teen Book Con and are limited to small audiences. In order to register, you MUST already be registered for the Colorado Teen Book Con. If you haven't done that yet, please do so here:  Reservations will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. It's fine to eat your lunch during the panel; you'll have fifteen minutes to buy it from the food trucks before the panel starts, or bring your own lunch.

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

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 Today bestsellers. 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.