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MASL 2020 Virtual Book Festival

Welcome, MASL Virtual Book Festival Attendees! Here you will find links to purchase books from the amazing authors that participated in this event. Simply click on a date to find books by all the authors who presented on that day.

Friday, May 1

2:30pm – Bringing Authors into the Classroom (in the time of COVID and beyond)
Author Panel:  Kat Zhang, Monique Fields, Ishta Mercurio, Lindsay Leslie, Claudia Guadalupe Martinez, and Michelle Ciampa Vattula.

6:00pm – Q&A with Antony John


Saturday, May 2

5:00pm – Keynote with Torrey Maldonado


Monday, May 4

1:30pm – Magic of Middle Grade
Author Panel: Julie Abe, Karah Sutton, Adrianna Cuevas, and Claribel A. Ortega

6:00pm – Compelling True Stories: Debut Nonfiction Picture Books
Author Panel:  Lindsay Metcalf, Elisa Boxer, Kirsten W. Larson, Anna Crowley Redding, and Angela Burke Kunkel


Tuesday, May 5

4:00pm – The Possible Impossible:  MG Fantasy & Scifi
Author Panel: Joshua Levy, Rajani LaRocca, Katie Zhao, Carlos Hernandez, Sarah Jette, and Alexa Higbee


Wednesday, May 6

11:00am – Books that Bridge MG & YA
Author Panel:  Melanie Sumrow, Barbara Dee, Aida Salazar, Paula Chase, Laurie Morrison, Torrey Maldonado, and Henry Lien

3:00pm – Teach Social Justice Through Poetry
Author Panel:  Lindsay Metcalf, Keila Dawson, Jeanette Bradley, Traci Sorell, and Andrea J. Lolley


Thursday, May 7

1:00pm – Middle Grade with Heart
Author Panel:  Mae Respicio, Leslie C. Youngblood, Ali Al Lawati, Paul Griffin, and Miriam Spitzer Franklin

3:00pm – New in YA: 2020-2021 Preview
Author Panel:  Adib Khorram, Sarah Henning, and Lana Wood Johnson

6:00pm – Capturing Boyhood in Literature
Author Panel:  Mike Jung, Melanie Sumrow, and Vita Murrow


Friday, May 8

11:00am – Read All About It! Create A Newspaper Club
Author Panel:  Beth Vrabel

2:00pm – YA That Will Have You at the Edge of Your Seat
Author Panel:  Megan Bannen, Rebecca Coffindaffer, Diana Urban, Lori Lee, Amparo Ortiz, and Tracy Deonn

5:00pm – You Make a Difference: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Stories in the Library
Author Panel:  Adib Khorram, Alex Sanchez, Lana Wood Johnson, Natalie Parker, and Tessa Gratton


Saturday, May 9

11:00am – Tackling Tough Topics with Humor & Fantasy
Author Panel:  Shari Simpson & Kerelyn Smith

2:00pm – Gateway Rockstars: Celebrating Gateway Nominees of Past and Present
Author Panel:  Meghan MacLean Weir, Jennifer Brown, Jennifer Latham, and Brian Katcher


Monday, May 11

1:00pm – Agriculture in the Classroom
Author Panel: Lindsay Metcalf, Nancy Castaldo, Lisl Detlefsen, Peggy Thomas, and Lisa Amstutz

2:00pm – Stories in Conflict: Finding Hope in War
Author Panel:  Keely Hutton, Mitali Perkins, Naheed Hasnat Senzai, and  Shannon Hitchcock

6:00pm – Writing Difficult Topics in Difficult Times
Author Panel: Nora Carpenter, Rocky Callen, Liz Lawson, Leah Johnson, Alex Richards, and Eva Gibson


Tuesday, May 12

1:00pm – Worlds of Fun: New Series for Middle Grade Readers
Author Panel: Beth Vrabel, Eileen Moskowitz-Palma, Alex Aster, Jenna Gavigan, Vita Murrow

3:00pm – YA Historical Fiction
Author Panel: Amanda McCrina, Jennifer Latham, and Keely Hutton


Wednesday, May 13

12:00pm – STEAMing up Children’s Books
Author Panel:  Jennifer Malia, Rajani LaRocca, Vicky Fang, and Carrie Finison


Thursday, May 14

1:00pm – Big Laughs (and Little Life Lessons) in Picture Books
Author Panel:  Carrie Finison, Abi Cushman, Kjersten Hayes, Isabella Kung, and Sam Wedelich

5:00pm – Nothing But the Truth: Nonfiction Authors Give Us the Facts
Author Panel:  Kelly Milner Halls, Carmella Van Vleet, Natalie Rompella, Dr. Mary Choy, Dr. Michele Kaufman, and Roseanne Tolin


Friday, May 15

11:00am – Sharing Stories: Two Librarians and a Teacher Talk about Writing Picture Books
Author Panel:  Lisa Rogers, Cathy Breisacher, and Sheri Dillard

1:00pm – Why We Need Diverse Books: Muslim Stories in Kidlit
Author Panel:  Saadia Faruqi, Aya Khalil, and Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow


Saturday, May 16

11:00am – More than Survival
Author Panel:  Trace Kerr, Kelly McWilliams, Demetra Brodska, and Erin Bowman

2:00pm – Enemies & Villians
Author Panel:  Kalyn Josephson, Jennifer Gruenke, Lora Beth Johnson, Rosiee Thor, Rebecca Schaeffer, CB Lee, and Jordan Ifueko


Sunday, May 17

2:00pm – Magic Systems Panel
Author Panel:  Kalyn Josephson, Shannon Price, Alexandra Overy, Nikki Pau Preto, and Rebecca Kim Wells


Monday, May 18

​2:00pm – Retooling & Retelling the Classics
Author Panel: Jennieke Cohen, Alexa Donne Sandhya Menon


Tuesday, May 19

1:00pm – Food, Friendship and First-gen Characters in Middle Grade Novels
Author Panel:  Saadia Faruqi, Laura Shovan, and Susan Muaddi Darraj


Wednesday, May 20

2:00pm – KC Picture Book Creators
Author Panel:  Jody Jensen Shaffer, Alastair Heim, Sue Gallion, Bridget Heos, Daniel Miyares, and Ann Ingalls