Chapter One Stage Schedule

The Chapter One Stage will feature panels of new and emerging authors with each presentation focusing on a single genre. Hot topics will also be featured as a jumping off point for new issues impacting libraries and publishing.


Time:Saturday, June 22Sunday, June 23
9:00am - 9:50amWhat's New in Middle Grade!

Meet Jill Criswell Author of Young Adult Historical Fantasy Debut BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN

10:00am - 10:50amZuiker Press Presents Activist: A Story of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting by Lauren Hogg 

How libraries are fighting censorship today

11:00am - 11:50pmWRITING YOUR TRUTH

A Child's Room to Choose: Encouraging Gender Identity and Expression in School and Public Libraries

12:00pm  -12:50pmDiverse voices in Science Fiction

Change the Voice, Change the Narrative

1:00pm -1:50pmQueerness in Comics

Why a Printed Map Matters in a Digital Age

2:00pm - 2:50pmThe Association: Love, Law, Murder and Mystery - A novel by Sharon Ann Ziegler

The Most Anticipated Young Adult Debut Authors of 2019

3:00pm - 3:50pmDEAR FRIEND: Building Community Participation with a Letter Writing Event

Threat to Democracy - Join the Conversation

4:00pm - 4:50pmGraphic novels, childhood education, and teaching through humor



Saturday, June 22


What's New in Middle-Grade!
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Join debut and award-winning Middle-Grade authors as they discuss their newest books. Printz honoree and YALSA Nonfiction Award winner Deborah Heiligman discusses nonfiction for middle-grade readers, David Macaulay shows readers how a steam engine works by adding a personal twist, Dan Gemeinhart explores issues of family and grief, Jake Burt stands up to a bully, Jen Wang explores graphic novels, and debut author Lindsay Lackey brings some magic to the stage.


Zuiker Press Presents Activist: A Story of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting by Lauren Hogg 
Publisher: Zuiker Press

Zuiker Press, founded by Anthony Zuiker creator of the C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation series, and wife Michelle, a lifelong educator, publish stories about current topics for kids and adolescents, written by their peers, that will help them cope with the challenges they face today.  In the Fall of 2019, Zuiker Press is proud to release the story of Lauren Hogg, the survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, as told in her own words.


Publisher: Scholastic, Penguin Putnam

A group of authors from the diversity-focused online contest #DVPIT discuss what it means to write your truth as an author from a marginalized background and how their books can help children learn empathy and the importance of representation in children’s literature.


Diverse voices in Science Fiction
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing; Rebellion Publishing; Titan Books

Join three #ownvoices science fiction authors as they discuss their highly anticipated 2019 releases. Agnes Gomillion, author of the afro-futurist debut The Record Keeper, Cadwell Turnbull, Caribbean-American speculative SF debut author of The Lesson, and Yoon Ha Lee, award-winning Korean-American SFF author of Hexarchate Stories team up to talk about their work at the forefront of some of the most exciting movements in science fiction today, bringing fresh and vital new perspectives to the genre.


Queerness in Comics
Publisher: Uncivilized Books

In her debut graphic novel Cannonball, Kelsey Wroten chronicles queer artist Caroline Bertram's captivating adventures, social mishaps, and vivid imagination in a book that perfectly befits the millennial generation. Wroten has become a preeminent voice in the queer comics community making Cannonball a hotly anticipated addition to the queer and counterculture art cannon. She will discuss her commitment towards diverse character representation in a genre that has historically excluded those in marginalized communities. 


The Association: Love, Law, Murder, and Mystery - A novel by Sharon Ann Ziegler
Publisher: Palmetto Publishing Group, Sharon Ann Ziegler

The Association is a dynamic cerebral tale that describes rarely discussed aspects of the American legal system and it explains how a woman fits into the male-dominated profession. The story mixes thrills with an intriguing plot and exceptionally spectacular characters to achieve a telling glimpse into the legalities of the Covington Commons Home Owners Association, a microcosm of bureaucratic corruption that developed under influences of a downtrodden economy, entrenchment, greed, dishonesty, and deceit. 


DEAR FRIEND: Building Community Participation with a Letter Writing Event
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Girls Love Mail is the national charity that collects hand-written letters of encouragement for women newly diagnosed with Breast Cancer. They have given out over 140,000 letters across the country and been featured on the NBC Nightly News and The Steve Harvey Show. In this session, learn how to use a simple and low-cost letter writing event to create an impactful, engaging, and educational hands-on community involvement event.


 Sunday, June 23


Meet Jill Criswell Author of Young Adult Historical Fantasy Debut BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Join Jill Criswell for a conversation on Beasts of the Frozen Sun, her YA debut, featuring a strong heroine, forbidden love, and Norse influences. Criswell's novel “sweeps the reader into a lush and vivid world of magic and betrayal, crowned by a heroine who captivates from the first pages and a love story powerful enough to bring time to a standstill, praises author Erin Beaty. Criswell is a university English teacher in South Carolina.


How libraries are fighting censorship today
Publisher: Little A, Amazon Publishing

Kate Stewart, a 3rd generation librarian who used to work at the Library of Congress and is currently the librarian at the Arizona Historical Society in Tucson, Arizona, has written a biography of a woman who fought censorship since she was a child in Nazi-era Germany. She vehemently supported the right to free speech and access to knowledge. How has the fight against censorship changed? What role do librarians play in this battle?


A Child's Room to Choose: Encouraging Gender Identity and Expression in School and Public Libraries
Publisher: Magination Press

Magination Press, the Children’s Book Imprint of APA, publishes groundbreaking books written by professionals in their fields. Our titles provide kid-friendly introductions to LGBTQ+ history and gender identity, which promote creating safe spaces for and awareness of gender nonconforming children. One topical issue currently impacting society today is incorporating gender-neutral bathrooms into public spaces. This program will help librarians understand the importance of creating safe spaces for everyone, no matter how they identify themselves.


Change the Voice, Change the Narrative
Publisher: Zamiz Press and Six Foot Press

Books that celebrate our multicultural communities give our children the power to dream big. The authors on this panel are paving the way for kids to take charge of their voices and tell their own stories. In "Beauty is" and "Color Me Beautiful", author, educator, and national pageant winner Kristi Eddy, inspires children to see the beauty and power within themselves by taking them on unique adventures that explore lessons on culture, race, identity, beauty norms, and acceptance.


Why a Printed Map Matters in a Digital Age
Publisher: National Geographic

We live in the GPS era; the age of digital mapping. Google Maps is a go-to source dominating all things map related. It’s even been said that human brain-powered navigation skills may diminish in future generations. So why is it important to have printed maps and atlases? Alex Tait, THE Cartographer for NGS, will examine how maps are still critical for understanding the world and for communicating connectedness, physical and cultural geography, and interdependencies.


The Most Anticipated Young Adult Debut Authors of 2019
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers, Disney/Hyperion, Inkyard Press, Macmillan Children's Books

What will you find in YA this year? Conquering fear, self-discovery, unearthing family secrets, tense competitive worlds, and thrilling romance are all between the pages of these debut young adult novels. Join the five debut authors behind the books as they discuss their most anticipated YA novels of 2019. Authors from Macmillan, Disney/Hyperion, Inkyard Press, & Algonquin Young Readers.


Threat to Democracy—Join the Conversation
Publisher: Magination Press

Why is there a rise of strongman leadership and vicious attacks on the free press around the world? Why are authoritarians and dictatorships on the attack and democracies on the defensive? Psychologist and author Fathali Moghaddam digs into the deeper reasons for these frightening global shifts and discusses practical ways to rescue open societies.