Chapter One Stage

The NEW Chapter One stage features genres new to our stages.

including international, audio books, and a poetry blast. The stage will also host our launch of live Podcast recordings.

Time: Friday, June 23 Saturday, June 24 Sunday, June 25

The Yarn Podcast LIVE at ALA: Picture Books Unraveled

The Alchemy of Audiobooks

International Thrillers in a Divided World

Popular KidLit Podcast LIVE @ ALA 


WORLDS and WORDS beyond

It’s a Mystery

Three Novelists, Three Perspectives

Music in Fiction/Fiction in Music


Ages and Stages 

Getting Kids Excited About STEM

Tough Topics in Teen Fiction

Unravelings: Unreliable narrators

Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards 

French Comics on Screen


Poetry Blast 2017

Becoming Ms. Burton


The Yarn Podcast LIVE at ALA with Two-Time Winner of the Newbery Medal


Friday, June 23


The Yarn Podcast LIVE at ALA with Two-Time Winner of the Newbery Medal, Katherine Paterson, on her new book, My Brigadista Year!

Travis Jonker of the popular podcast The Yarn will be interviewing Katherine Paterson on stage about her new book coming out this fall, My Brigadista Year. It is an engrossing historical (but also timely) novel inspired by true accounts of a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro’s national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read. Katherine first learned about the Cuban literacy campaign when planning her second trip to Cuba. Her friend, Mary Leahy (sister of Senator Patrick Leahy), director of Central Vermont Adult Basic Education, shared that in one year the campaign turned Cuba into an illiteracy-free country. This is truly a tale of “transformation” as a whole in that it is inspired by a true event that completely changed the state of literacy of an entire country.

Saturday, June 24


The Yarn Podcast LIVE at ALA: Picture Books Unraveled - Top Creators Talk About Their Craft

Travis Jonker, co-host of the children’s literature podcast THE YARN, records the show in front of a live audience. How do picture books work? What goes into making one? Some of the most talented and respected names in the field talk about their craft.



International Thrillers in a Divided World: A Reading and Conversation with award-winning author Dave Edlund

The world and our nation are facing a time of deep divisions and unprecedented ethical concerns while simultaneously reaping the benefits of extreme technological innovations. How do we protect our nation while maintaining our humanity in a world that seems less and less humane? How do we mine the benefits of technology without destroying the world in which we live? These are the questions that Dave Edlund boldly addresses in his ’Peter Savage’ novels, tackling hot-button issues such as energy independence, genetic manipulation, bioweapons, and redrawing borders in the name of national security. Dave Edlund will talk about how his expertise as a scientist influences his writing and how he seeks to address global issues through his critically-acclaimed ’Peter Savage’ thriller series. Dave will read from his novels and take questions from the audience as he shows the power of fiction to tackle critical issues that might otherwise seem insurmountable.



WORLDS and WORDS beyond: Gateways into Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Sara Ella and Mary Weber are dynamic, breakout YA fantasy and sci-fi writers who can share insight and deeper understanding into why your patrons will love these genres.

Sara and Mary will discuss why libraries are the perfect place to introduce fantasy and sci-fi to readers who have never tried the genres. They’ll also talk about how libraries act as a discovery place for those who already love the genres and need library professionals to help them find new, exciting stories and authors.

The duo will read chapters from their NEW BOOKS! Sara’s UNRAVELING releases in July and Mary’s THE EVAPORATION OF SOFI SNOW releases in June. They’ll also invite the audience engage in discussing thematic elements of YA fantasy and sci-fi and the crossover appeal to adults who love YA. 

Sara and Mary will also sign and give away copies of their books to attendees!



Three Novelists, Three Perspectives: Historical Fiction from Louisa May Alcott’s forgotten sister, to the glitz of 20th century London, to WWII-era Netherlands.

In THE OTHER ALCOTT, Elise Hooper makes her historical fiction debut with the rich, untold story of May Alcott, overshadowed and underappreciated by her sister and Little Women author, Louisa May Alcott. 

Bestselling author Karen Harper talks about her book, THE IT GIRLS: The competitive lives of two real sisters, Lady Cosmo Duff-Gordon and Elinor Glyn, who rise above their station and scandalize society from London to Hollywood.         

Devin Murphy’s debut novel THE BOAT RUNNER is set in a small Dutch town at the start of World War II and follows the youngest son of a wealthy industry family, who amidst the brutalities of war tries to find meaning and personal redemption.



Ages and Stages – What Topics For What Age Groups?

Books containing heavy subject matter have long been used as tools to help children empathize with marginalized voices that otherwise may not be able to share their stories. From Ant to Eagle, a middle grade novel told from the perspective of an 11-year-old boy whose younger brother is diagnosed and ultimately succumbs to cancer, raises the question: What topics for what ages? Alex Lyttle, pediatrician and author of From Ant To Eagle, discusses difficult subject matter in children’s fiction and how this relates to the various developmental stages of childhood.



Tough Topics in Teen Fiction--From Death to Disability to Everything in Between--2017 Debut Authors Discuss the Importance of Honesty and Inclusion in YA Literature

Four 2017 YA authors discuss the importance of moving beyond stereotypical mean girls and insta-love to the deeper issues driving teens and what they read. They will discuss why certain books stand the test of time and others fade away and why YA has such crossover appeal to adult readers.

Attendees will get a sneak peek at how some tough topics are dealt with honestly and sensitively in several upcoming releases.



Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Winners Presentation

Hear from the Associate Publisher and top editors from Foreword Reviews--the only book review journal dedicated entirely to books from small, indie, university, and non-"Big 5" presses---as they announce the winners of this years Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! Discover great books not covered anywhere else, and fill the holes in your collection with great under-the-radar books in 60+ categories.



Poetry Blast 2017

Poetry should be heard aloud. Poetry Blast 2017, our 13th Blast, celebrates this great oral tradition by featuring award-winning children’s poets reading their work.  This year, the participants are:  Leslie Bulion, Lesa Cline-Ransome, Billy Merrell, Patricia Hruby Powell, Bob Raczka, and Marilyn Singer. [ Program subject to change.]

Sunday, June 25


The Alchemy of Audiobooks: The Making-Of an Odyssey Award Winner

Attendees will hear from the audiobook team behind the 2017 Odyssey Award Winner, Anna and the Swallow Man. Grammy Award-winning producer Dan Zitt will lead an interactive discussion with producer Orli Moscowitz, narrator Allan Corduner (Homeland, Florence Foster Jenkins), and author Gavriel Savit (Broadway’s Amazing Grace) about the process of creating this award-winning audiobook. “Narrator Allan Corduner masterfully voices the complex characters, erasing the boundary between listener and story in a virtuoso performance,” said Odyssey Award Committee Chair, Lynn Piper Carpenter. Celebrate the memorable magic of oral storytelling with these brilliant producers and engaging panelists of TV, stage, and screen. Immediately following the panel, visit Books on Tape Booth #3811 to get an audiobook or book signed by the author, and audiobook narrator and producer.



All The Wonders – Popular KidLit Podcast LIVE @ ALA with The Wonderling’s Mira Bartok!

This is a live recording of an episode of the incredibly popular All the Wonders podcast Books Between with Mira Bartok, an award-winning author whose utterly incredible and unforgettable THE WONDERLING, releases in September this year with Candlewick Press. In this extraordinary debut children's novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartók tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks his destiny. Corrina Allen, the talented and knowledgeable creator of the podcast, will lead Mira through a long form interview and audience Q&A to discuss the unusual way this story came to be published, as well as to explore the unique experience of developing a two part book series simultaneously with a feature film.



It’s a Mystery: Three Different takes

There’s a reason the mystery genre is so explosively popular. A mystery can mean a gory thriller, a cozy whodunit, a psychological suspense story, you name it.  These three authors know no boundaries, and each brings something unique but equally thrilling to the page.  Elly Griffiths has some of the most beloved characters in the genre in her two mystery series, Benjamin Percy can jump from novels to the screen to comics faster than a computer virus can spread, and J.D. Barker writes about a seriously creepy serial killer. Join them as they discuss the different ways writers can approach the genre and share why they think mystery readers are so loyal and passionate.



Music in Fiction/Fiction in Music: Debut novelists talk inspiration

At the crossroads of music and fiction, first-time novelists meet to talk about literary and musical influences. Gibson House Press is publishing debut fiction by two women featured in this panel. They will discuss their work and the ways their fiction, songwriting and musicianship influence each other, moderated by a third writer and musician whose mystery trilogy was published by Gibson House.

Minneapolis-based Courtney Yasmineh is a rock musician and singer-songwriter with a classic rock chick’s frankness, irony, and guts who has several albums and thousands of road miles to her credit. Nancy Burke is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, and poet. Her recording of original songs, American Goodbye, features her vocals, guitar, piano and bells.



Getting Kids Excited About STEM

Bestselling authors Andrea Beaty and Gregory Mone talk about how to get kids excited about STEM through reading. Andrea Beaty encourages STEM for young readers with her series of picture books Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect, and Ada Twist, Scientist. Gregory Mone’s new series, Jack and the Geniuses, is a middle-grade scientific adventure co-authored by Bill Nye the Science Guy.



Unravelings: Unreliable narrators. Unputdownable stories.

Three whip-smart authors from Harlequin’s new imprints--Graydon House, Park Row Books, and MIRA Books--explode onto the Fall 2017 scene with a trio of terrifically chilling books.

The authors--Kaira Rouda (Best Day Ever), a seasoned writer, magazine journalist, and society columnist; AF Brady (The Blind), a debut author who doubles as a psychotherapist in Manhattan; and JT Ellison (Lie to Me), a former presidential appointee and cohost of Emmy Award-winning literary television series, A Word on Words—will discuss the stories that crack the facades of carefully curated lives, and why these stories continue to enthrall readers . . . and themselves.



French Comics on Screen: Film Adaptations of Franco-Belgian Graphic Narratives 

Comics have always inspired movies. Whereas big names and Superhero characters such as Captain America, Batman, and The Fantastic Four have traditionally dominated the silver screen, this tendency is now evolving. Producers and directors have discovered new ways of telling stories.  In this panel, leading comic artists and publishers from France explain how graphic novels can offer new inspiration to the cinema - from very intimate stories (like “Blue is the warmest colour”) to major sci-fi movies (“Valerian”).



Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women

“This is a story about one woman’s journey to freedom, but it will help free us all.”

—Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

“Susan Burton’s powerful and compelling memoir is an unforgettable journey. . . . This is a must-read.”
 —Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy

 Susan Burton’s world changed in an instant when her five-year-old son was struck and killed by a van. Consumed by grief and without access to professional help, Susan became addicted to crack. She cycled in and out of prison for over fifteen years; never was she offered treatment. On her own, she eventually found a private rehabilitation facility.

 Today Susan dedicates her life to women facing similar struggles, operating safe homes for formerly incarcerated women and their children. Becoming Ms. Burton humanizes the impact of mass incarceration and shows how to provide a life of meaning and dignity for formerly incarcerated people.