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Author Panels

Your Favorite Authors and Books You Love!


Listen to your favorite authors as they speak about their work, the creative process, and more in these fun and informative panel discussions. Seating is first come, first served. You can meet all of our authors in the Author Pavilion.

2023 Author Panel Schedule


10:30 AM

Real Life Reads for Young Readers
Rebecca E.F. Barone, Denise Kiernan, Shawn Pryor, Shannon Stocker
Moderator: Emma Carlson Berne
Room 210

Worth a Thousand Words: Picture Books that Inspire
Vicki Johnson, Samuel Narh, Annie Ruth, Chris Sickels /Red Nose Studio
Moderator: Rebecca Sheir
Room 211

Mystery Fiction
Ellery Adams, Valerie Burns, R.J. Jacobs, Andrew Welsh-Huggins
Moderator: Andrew Shaffer
Rooms 212

11:30 AM

Author Spotlight
Michael Harriot
Room 210

Fiction for Young Readers
JaNay Brown-Wood, P. Djèlí Clark, Rachel Elliott, Jeff Miller
Moderator: Elisa Stone Leahy
Room 211

Author Spotlight
Sarah Penner
Room 212

12:30 PM

A Life Lived, A Story to Tell: Memoirs
Richard F. Celeste, Melvin Grier, Kim Wickens
Moderator: Holly Brians Ragusa
Room 210

Local Interest Panel
Micha O’Connor, Rick Pender, Robert Schrage, Jeff Suess
Moderator: John Witt
Room 211

Buzzworthy Fiction
Brandon Ying Kit Boey, Katherine Howe, Meg Shaffer, Thao Thai
Moderator: Linda Kass
Room 212

1:30 PM

Author Spotlight
Luma Mufleh
Room 210

Teen Fiction Panel
David Arnold, Olivia Cole, Scott Reintgen, Vesper Stamper
Moderator: Kristen Simmons
Room 211

Author Spotlight
Elle Cosimano
Room 212

2:30 PM

Speculative Fiction Panel
Matt Betts, P. Djèlí Clark, Emily Jane, Elizabeth Kilcoyne
Moderator: Renee Tecco
Room 210

Author Spotlight
Jason June
Room 211

Book Club Picks
Phyllis Dixon, Sara Herchenroether, Katrina Kittle, Jessica Strawser
Moderator: Kim Brock
Room 212

Author Stage Talks - Room 206

11:00 AM – The Wingmen: The Unlikely, Unusual, Unbreakable Friendship Between John Glenn and Ted Williams – Adam Lazarus
11:30 AM – From Bulldog to Bengal: The Joe Burrow Story Through the Eyes of His Hometown – Scott Burson & Sam Smathers
12:00 PM – Bold: The Secret to My Big Wins to Help You Crash Through Your Comfort Zone – Julie O’Neill
12:30 PM – Little, Crazy Children: A True Crime Tragedy of Lost Innocence – James Renner
1:00 PM – Warplane: How the Military Reformers Birthed the A-10 Warthog – Hal Sundt
1:30 PM – The Milky Way Smells of Rum & Raspberries…And Other Amazing Cosmic Facts – Jillian Scudder
2:00 PM – Not in Our Town: The Queen City vs. The King of Smut – Peter Bronson
2:30 PM – This is Christmas, Song by Song: The Stories Behind 100 Holiday Hits – Annie Zaleski
3:00 PM – Saving Democracy: A User’s Manual for Every American – David Pepper

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