Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Twin Cities Teen Lit Con 2014

Addendum is partnering with MELSA for a fantastic all-day program: the inaugural year of the Twin Cities Teen Lit Con

This Saturday, May 17th, join us from 9:30am-4:30pm with national authors Derf Backderf, Ally Condie, Maureen Johnson, and David Levithan, and local authors Swati Avasthi, Anne Greenwood Brown, Catherine Clark, Pete Hautman, Geoff Herbach, and Carrie Mesrobian!  The event will be held at Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave., Mendota Heights 55118.

The official press release:
"“On May seventeenth, a host of Young Adult authors will be coaxed, blinking and scowling, from their dank, spidery garrets and asked to share a host of astonishing secrets with their readers. Or something like that. I will be among them.” Pete Hautman, award-winning author.

The first Teen Lit Con, coming up on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Henry Sibley High School from 9:30-4:30, is honored to welcome Pete Hautman and many other wonderful Young Adult authors from out of town and closer to home. 

Those traveling to our fair state include Derf Backderf (author of the graphic bio MY FRIEND DAHMER, an account of his teenage friendship with the future serial killer), Ally Condie (author of the MATCHED Trilogy, a #1 New York Times bestseller), Maureen Johnson (bestselling author of the Shades of London Series), and David Levithan (editor turned bestselling author of books including NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST). 
Minnesota authors include Swati Avasthi, Anne Greenwood Brown, Catherine Clark, Pete Hautman, Geoff Herbach, and Carrie Mesrobian.

The all-day lit con is free and open to everyone, no registration required. There are writing workshops with authors; a publication workshop featuring an author, an agent, and an editor; an exhibit hall featuring local publishers, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, a literary-themed photo booth, and much more. There will also be concessions – cash only, so stop at the ATM on your way.

Members of the Page Warriors, the teen advisory group for the Henry Sibley library, can hardly wait to meet their favorite authors: “I'm so excited for TeenLitCon!! I'm fan-girling so hard right now!!” says Victoria, 14.

Carrie Mesrobian, this year’s Minnesota Book Award winner in the Young Adult Literature category, points out that, “what's special about conferences like Teen Lit Con isn't what happens during them. It's what will happen after. Which will be: a flurry of teenagers rushing home to read new books and attack abandoned writing projects with fresh enthusiasm.”

Sponsors & Partners include MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency), Henry Sibley High School, Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment, Metronet, Mackin Educational Resources, and Addendum Books. Visit teenlitcon.org for complete author profiles, a more detailed schedule of events, and other information."

See the schedule above (blue page) for the various workshops, presentations, and activities on offer. 

In the Exhibit Hall there will be button-making with book pages, a photo booth, and more!

Attendees will receive this cool TLC bag for carrying around all your goodies (signed books, perhaps?!). 

Addendum will be selling books all day, and authors will be signing books by our table at various times throughout the day.  Look for us in the Exhibit Hall! We accept cash, checks, and cards.

You can tweet and instagram the event throughout the day - use the hashtag: #teenlitcon (no photos during the presentations, please). 

We are thrilled to be a part of such a great event, and hope to see you there! 

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