June 16, 2016

2K16 Authors Appear at B-Fest Teen Book Festival

2K16 Authors Appear at B-Fest Teen Book Festival

Barnes and Noble hosted its version of a farmers market last weekend and invited local authors to meet their readers at stores across the country. B-Fest Teen Book Festival was billed as one of the largest gatherings of YA authors in the bookseller’s history and many 2K16 writers participated on panels, hosted writing workshops, and signed lots and lots of books.
For everyone who participated, the best part of the experience was meeting young readers. Elizabeth Briggs, appearing at B&N Studio City had a fan cosplay as a character from her book, Future Shock
Christian Heidicker, appearing at B&N Murray, met the first person ever to buy his debut, Cure for the Common Universe. The teen finished the book in one sitting and rushed to talk with Christian about Jaxon, the protagonist.
“The enthusiasm in the youth really ignited the writing bug in me,” South of Sunshine author Dana Elmendorf said after her B&N Oceanside event. “I was so unbelievably impressed by such young children who were passionate about writing.”
Brooks Benjamin, author of My Seventh Grade in Tights, led a writing workshop on showing details with his readers at B&N Knoxville. At the Q&A session, a young fan asked him where he lived.
“East Tennessee,” he replied.
“Wait…seriously?”
“Yeah, I live in Roane County.”
“But you’re an author. I thought you’d live out in New York. Or at least somewhere weird.”
“Yeah, I do live somewhere weird," Brooks said. "Roane County.”
After signing copies of her book, Arrows at the B&N in Green Bay, Melissa Gorzelanczyk played a beach ball story game, where each person takes turns coming up with the next line of the story. “The teens were so creative!” Melissa said. “I loved watching their creativity in action.”
The Year We Fell Apart author Emily Martin appearing at B&N Farmingham with Lori Goldstein, Jen Brooks, Trish Leaver, and Tom Sniegoski didn’t do any writing, but had interesting conversations about writing with her panel mates. "We talked about the 'second book syndrome' and how difficult it is to switch from editing final copies to writing rough drafts."  
Summer of Sloane author, Erin Schneider had the biggest gathering of authors at her event at B&N Bellevue, including Michele Bacon, Mindi Scott, Carly Anne West, Kristin Halbrook, Alex R. Kahler, Amy Allgeyer, Jennifer Longo. Readers in the Seattle area were very lucky.
Are you going to ALA Annual conference this summer? So are we! And we're doing our Class of 2k16 Scavenger Hunt again! Stay tuned because we'll be announcing our 2k16 ARC participants Monday, June 6th! For more information go to: http://www.classof2k16.com/p/ala-scavenger-hunt.html
June 25, 12pm
Orlando, FL
PopTop Stage

Class of 2k16 will be back on the PopTop stage: Kiss & Tell: MG & YA Authors Talk Cuddling to Kissing to Oh My!  Join this group of YA and MG authors for a swoontastic chat. These authors will share the juicy details about the romance in their books and talk about the importance of relationships to young readers. After a brief Q&A, the panelists will play the Seven Seconds in Story Heaven trivia game and award bookish prizes to attendees. Panelist include: Brooks Benjamin, Elizabeth Briggs, Dana Elmendorf, Melissa Gorzelanczyk, Erin L. Schneider, Tara Sim and Erin Summerill. Moderated by Dhonielle Clayton.
June 25
Exhibit Hall

Book signing for TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim. Details coming soon.
June 26, 10am
Exhibit Hall

Book signing for FUTURE SHOCK by Elizabeth Briggs and SOUTH OF SUNSHINE by Dana Elmendorf at the Albert Whitman Booth #2045.
June 25, 3pm
Winterpark Library
Winterpark, FL

Sit down with six Class of 2K16 debut novelist as they discuss their books and their writing process. Book signing to follow.
Panel of Authors includes: Brooks Benjamin, Elizabeth Briggs, Dana Elmendorf, Melissa Gorzelanczyk, Erin L. Schneider, and Erin Summerill
June 21-23
Orlando, FL
Author Paula Garner will be speaking at the American Booksellers Association.