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This year's Guest of Honor is Newbery Honor winning author Megan Whalen Turner! (Megan will be giving the keynote address on 2/16 @ 11am). Other youth book guests include James A. Owen (last year's GoH), David Farland (aka David Wolverton), Michael O. Tunnell, Jess Smart Smiley, Kristen Landon, Melissa Lemon, Kasie West, Lehua Parker, Jeff Scott Savage, Frank L. Cole, Loralee Leavitt, Will Terry, Platte F. Clark, Kristyn Crow, Jenni James, Andrea Pearson, Tyler Whitesides, and SO many others (like, totally. So. Many. Don't miss the info. below about the mass signing)!
We'll even have movie people like Jared Crossley with his documentary on fantasy author Lloyd Alexander (a showing and Q&A panel including Michael O. Tunnell, Jim S. Jacobs, & Justin Kunz on 2/15 from 10am-12pm & film reshowing @ 8pm. FYI: Michael Tunnel & Jim Jacobs, both friends of Lloyd Alexander, will be doing a separate presentation, "Lloyd Alexander: High King of Fantasy" 2/14 @ 11am) and John Lyde, director of several Hunger Games inspired short films including the Annie & Finnick webseries and the new video "The Hanging Tree", as well as several short films inspired by other YA novels such as Kat Zhang's What's Left of Me, John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, and Neal Shusterman's Unwind (John will be part of the presentation "Arrowstorm Entertainment: Dragons, Orcs, Magic & Movies" 2/14 @ noon).
There will also be a demonstration of The Candy Shop War card game sometime on Friday (I don't know the specific time--sorry!) sponsored by Shadow Mountain and demo-ed by game designer August Larson (see previous post on the Candy Shop War card game here).
AND, how cool is this? We will have a panel about the significance of food and mealtime in fiction called "A Feast of Fiction"! Christy Dorrity (author of The Book Blogger's Cookbook series), Shaunda Kennedy Wenger & Janet Kay Jensen (co-authors of The Book Lover's Cookbook), Karen Evans (who spoke last year about the history of chocolate), and Jonathan Langford (author of the essay "Sitting Down to the Sacramental Feast: Food and Cultural Diversity in The Lord of the Rings") will be on the panel and it should be a ton of fun (2/14 @ noon)! If I was brave enough, I'd be on the panel too, but for now, I'll just stick with doing posts about food in books (FYI: the panel will also discuss food in film and perhaps even video games).
And a special somethin'-somethin'--several publishers and authors have donated books for the attending teachers to take for FREE to use in their classrooms (see list of donors here).
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So if you're in the area, come and have a ton of fun! There will be panels on writing, illustrating, youth books, podcasting, movie making, zombies, Doctor Who, Superman, and so much more! See schedule here. Pre-registration prices end tonight @ $30 for 3 days and $20 for one day. After tonight the price will be $45 for 3 days and $30 for one day, still a very good deal for this type of event! Register here. And join the Facebook group here.