Lilliam Rivera

Lilliam Rivera is the author of the young adult novel The Education of Margot Sanchez.

Jul 28

YA Road Trip Panel to San Francisco!

Taking a road trip to San Francisco this summer with these amazing young adult authors Mauren Goo, Kayla Cagan, and Zan Romanoff. One of our stops will be Not Your Mother's Book Club on July 27. More info to come!

10:00 am10:00

One-Day Seminar! Family Ties—Mining The Personal for Tension-Filled Fiction

I'll be teaching a one-day seminar for Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Information of the seminar below: 

As writers, we strive to capture the truth on the page. We conjure up painful and sometimes exhilarating moments from our own lives and translate them into the experiences of three-dimensional characters. This one-day seminar introduces ways writers can unearth the intimately personal and repurpose those moments into compelling fiction. Participants will explore their own histories with in-class exercises that urge them to write bravely. The most personal experiences make for the most powerful fiction. This seminar is an interior mixtape where fiction and authenticity will flow freely.

This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Los Feliz, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Limited to eight students! Register here!

10:00 am10:00

SLJ Teen Live Virtual Conference

Join us on August 9, 2017 for SLJ’s 6th annual SLJTeen Live!, an online conference highlighting the biggest upcoming YA books and important issues impacting your teen materials and programming. You’ll hear directly from authors and innovative librarians in an engaging conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience. 

Author panels will tackle topics, including immigration, gender, and how to foster reluctant readers. 

Social Justice & Equity
Angie Thomas, author, The Hate U Give
Dick Lehr, author, Trell
Sarah Carroll, author, The Girl in Between
Lilliam Rivera, author, The Education of Margot Sanchez
Renée Watson, author, Piecing Me Together
Nic Stone, author, Dear Martin

Register here.

10:00 am10:00

Meet The Author

Lehman College/Bronx Institute and the New York Public Library will be hosting an author event where I will speak to 150 kids and sign books!


Jul 20

Los Angeles Public Library Summer Author Program

I will be visiting the Felipe de Neve Library as part of the Los Angeles Public Library Summer Author Series. There will be refreshments and a chance to win a copy of the novel!

On Thursday, I will be visiting the Studio City Library! Copies of the book will be available for free. 

RSVP Here and check out the other authors participating in the program!

Jul 17

International Literacy Association 2017 Conference

I Will Not Be Defined by Your Expectations: Strong and Diverse Female Protagonists in Books for Children and Young Adults
with Renée Watson, Ruth Behar, Terrell Young
Saturday, July 15 at 1pm

The Putting Books to Work
Monday, July 18 at 8am
with Nikki Grimes, Mary Cotillo, Tonya Bolden, Erin O'Leary

Orange County Convention Center
West Building
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Register here

May 9

The Muse & The Marketplace

Tackling Tragedy in Young Adult
In this craft workshop, we will discuss structural choices in tackling traumatic events (bullying, death, natural disasters) while giving examples of ways these applications break boundaries and add perspective in articulating story.

Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA

Register here


3:00 pm15:00

PEN America World Voices Festival


An exploration of social justice, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity. With Renee Watson, Lilliam Rivera, Natalie Diaz, and Gabby Rivera. Moderated by Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca.

Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 E 17th St.
New York, NY 1003

Get tickets here!

9:00 am09:00


Santa Monica High School
601 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA  90405

11am Barnum Hall
Swipe Right: Love and the Modern Millennial

Moderated by Jennifer E. Smith with Nicola Yoon, Lilliam Rivera, Sandhya Menon, Adi Alsaid, and Kami Garcia

12PM Barnum Hall
Family Dramz: Exploring the Ways Families and Functions and Dysfunction
Moderated by Ally Condie with Lilliam Rivera, Tahereh Mafi, Jennifer Niven, Benjamin Alire Saenz, and Angie Thomas

1pm Centennial Quad Signing

4pm Main Quad
Cookies & Competition with Riveted
Stop by to sample some cookies from Auntie Apple and test your YA book knowledge! Play with (and against) some of your favorite Simon & Schuster authors for a chance to win exclusive ARCs and swag! Authors will include Neal Shusterman, Lisa McMann, Lilliam Rivera, Sandhya Menon, Simon Curtis, and Cindy Pon.

Apr 23

Los Angeles Festival of Books

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Los Angeles Festival of Books

University of Southern California
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089

11am: Book Signing
ONCE UPON A TIME / Booth #732

1:30pm: Who Do You Think You Are? Panel
with Rachel Kohn, Robin Benway and moderator E. Katherine Kotarras
YA Stage

1:00 pm13:00

Bindercon LA

Is held on the beautiful UCLA campus on April 1 & 2, 2017. Our event brings together over 450 creative writers, journalists, freelancers, and film and TV writers each spring. 

1pm Networking Luncheon
3pm Life After Launch: How to Balance Book Promotion and Writing For the Long Haul

UCLA Campus

Buy tickets here!

4:00 pm16:00

Angel's Flight Literary West Salon

Please join us for our next salon, The Good, the Bad & the In-Between: Choices & Redemption, featuring Lilliam Rivera and Siel Ju. Both authors will be reading and discussing their new novels, followed by guest readings by Patrick O'Neil, CLS Ferguson and Chris Daley, contributors to our "Time, time, time ..." issue, and Stephanie Zhong, contributor to our "Wall of Resistance" issue.

Clifton's Republic
648 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

RSVP here!

4:00 pm16:00

Roar Shack Presents "Wake Up!"

Roar Shack Reading Series presents "Wake Up" on Sunday, March 12 at 826LA in Echo Park! Join us as we welcome a truly stellar lineup: Ann Reinhart, Melanie Thorne, Seamus Morrison, Jerry Garcia, last month's Live Write winner Erica Blumfield, Lilliam Rivera, and special musical guest James Morrison! 

826LA Time Travel Mart
1714 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA  90026

RSVP here

5:00 pm17:00

Hot Dish: Spreads and Dips Party

Hot Dish Reading Series returns this March with a "Spreads and Dips"-themed reading event to benefit 826LA & the Time Travel Mart.
The excellent literary lineup: 
Chiwan Choi
Taleen Kali
Samantha Powell
Lilliam Rivera
Ramesh Srinivasan
Felicia Sullivan

Echo Park Time Travel Mart
1714 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90026

RSVP here!

7:00 pm19:00

2017 AWP Reading: Bad Girls Do It Well

Celebrate BAD GIRL PROTAGONISTS with young adult authors Brandy Colbert , Nova Red Suma, Erika L. Sanchez, and myself! We'll be reading from our novels. Plus, there will be refreshments and our books sold by Upshur Street Books!

8:00 pm20:00


First time I'll be doing some LITERAOKE, where writers belt out their Karaoke favorites and share some of their work. Let's say, the night is going to definitely be hilarious!

Dupont Underground
1900 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC  20036

More info here

Feb 12

2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair Panels

Friday, February 10 @ 3pm.

Daddy’s Little Girl, and Other Misfortunes in Young Adult Books. (Lilliam Rivera, Laura Ruby, I. W. Gregorio, Isabel Quintero, Francisco X. Stork) Marquis Salon 3 & 4, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two.

For so long, parents in young adult novels were nonexistent, but not anymore. These five young adult authors write complex, three-dimensional parental characters that push the boundaries. In this panel, authors speak on the structural choices made in tackling youth and adult relationships while avoiding common tropes. Whether it’s daddy issues, mommy, or both, panelists discuss one another’s work and the choices that have inspired theirs, through the lens of contemporary YA and memoir.

Saturday, February 11 @ 9am

Young Adult Authors Tackle Social Justice and Activism. (I. W. Gregorio, Lilliam Rivera, Ibi Zoboi, Nic Stone, Leah Henderson) Room 208AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two.
Police brutality, gender discrimination, gentrification, and immigration policies are just some of the topics being written by these five young adult authors of diverse backgrounds, ranging from the Caribbean to the Middle East. In conversation with an established YA author, the four debut authors discuss incorporating social justice themes in their work, the struggle to portray honest teen responses to crisis, the path to hope, and how to write issue-based novels without sounding preachy.