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!
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!
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
St. James Recreation Center
2530 Jerome Ave, Bronx, NY
Will be attending the Boston Teen Author Festival!
Cambridge Public Library. Panel info to come!
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!
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!
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
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Skirball Cutlural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90049
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
BADASS WOMEN: SPEAKING YOUR POWER
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!
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.
In conversation with author Cecil Castellucci.
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
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
Buy tickets here!
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.
648 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
18 authors of children's and teen literature
March 18, 2017, from 10am - 3:30pm
5655 Jillson St.
Commerce, CA 90040
More info to come!
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
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:
Echo Park Time Travel Mart
1714 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90026
Come celebrate the launch of my debut young adult novel, The Education of Margot Sanchez (Simon & Schuster). I'll be in conversation with Isabel Quintero. Music provided by the fabulous DJ Sizzle; Photography by the inspiring Las Fotos Project. Special thanks to Kaya Press and Otros Libros. Books and limited edition totes for sale.
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!
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.