UPCOMING APPEARANCES & WORKSHOPS
Feb. 2–4, 2018
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) 19th Annual Winter Conference
Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York, NY
UPDATE: The conference is now sold out. Hope to see you there if you are attending!
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Children's Book Illustration Symposium
Brooklyn Public Library, New York
More info to come.
March 17–18, 2018
SCBWI Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Annual Conference
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Saturday, April 14, 2018
SCBWI California/San Diego Illustrator Intensive
San Diego, CA
August 3–6, 2018
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) 47th Annual Summer Conference
Los Angeles, CA
PAST APPEARANCES & WORKSHOPS
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Louisiana Book festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
10am - 10:30am — What’s YOUR Superpower?: YA, Draw the Line, & How to Change the World!
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
Join me for an in-depth book talk about how YA literature is not only a fun adventure and journey, but can change the world . . . and readers' lives.
10:45am - 11:30am / Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent: Special Book Signing of Draw the Line
4pm - 5pm — Panel Discussion, Our #OwnVoices
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
I'll be on a fun panel discussing true voices in YA, moderated by Brendan Kiely, with Jasmine Warga, and Caleb Roehrig!
Sunday, October 8, 2017
New York Comic Con
Javitz Center, New York City
12pm - 1pm / Room 1A18 / PANEL: Geeky YA FTW: Stories of Cons, Cosplay and Crushes
Whether it's obsessing over finding the perfect chafe-free Spidey costume or the Han to your Leia, teen geek life is rife with complications--be they of the fan forum or IRL variety. YA authors Sarvenaz Tash (THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO UNREQUITED LOVE), Brian Katcher (THE IMPROBABLE THEORY OF ANA & ZAK) Danika Stone (ALL THE FEELS), Laurent Linn (DRAW THE LINE) and Lily Anderson (THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU) discuss how their own die-hard geekdom inspired their fictional fanboys and girls. Moderated by booktuber Kristin Hackett (@superspacechick).
1:15pm - 2:15pm / BOOK SIGNING: In the NYCC Autographing Area, Table #23
September 29 - October 1, 2017
Midsouth SCBWI Conference
The Midsouth region of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators presents the Annual SCBWI Midsouth Fall Conference! This conference endeavors to serve a wide range of attendees, from those just starting out on their creative journey all the way through those with extensive experience in the world of books.
August 25-27, 2017
Red Hot Carolinas • 25th Annual SCBWI Carolinas Conference
Charlotte, North Carolina
NOTE: The conference is now sold out. For those who are attending, see you there!
August 19-20, 2017
Flame Con 2017
Brooklyn, New York • New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
Flame Con is a two-day comics, arts, and entertainment expo showcasing creators and celebrities from all corners of LGBTQ geek fandom. It features thoughtful discussions, exclusive performances, screenings, costumes, and more!
Geeks of all types are invited to attend and celebrate the diversity and creativity of queer geekdom and LGBTQ contributions to pop culture.
My Flame Con appearances:
SATURDAY, Aug 19
5-6pm: Book Signing of DRAW THE LINE at the Books of Wonder signing table
6:30-7:30pm: PANEL: Nostalgia for an Invisible Youth — We now have a gay Sulu, a bisexual Yellow Ranger, and a promise of LGBTQ characters in future Star Wars films, but until very recently, queer characters in mainstream fantasy and science fiction have been few and far between. Many of us can relate to feeling invisible in our favorite media, loving the story but identifying with characters only through subtext. How might our childhoods have been different if we had seen ourselves in these worlds? How might today's increased representation effect the generation only now coming of age? Join us for an intersectional discussion about the importance of queer role models and the way fandom has adapted to historical invisibility.
SUNDAY, Aug 20
12:30-1:30pm: Book Signing of DRAW THE LINE at the Books of Wonder signing table
July 7-10, 2017
SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) 46th Annual Summer Conference
Los Angeles, CA • JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Nerd Camp NJ — #nErDCampNJ
Chatham, New Jersey
Nerd Camp NJ is an EdCamp "unconference" with an exclusive focus on literacy instruction. It appears with the hashtag #nErDCampNJ as a means of emphasizing the capitals E & D for EdCamp. All attendees come to Nerd Camp to present and attend workshops for FREE.
May 13 - 14, 2017
SCBWI EUROPOLITAN CONFERENCE
Pens, Pencils & Partnerships
The 2017 Europolitan will once again bring a unique blend of faculty. There will be a stellar lineup of UK and US agents, editors, and art directors, as well as writers and illustrators from an even broader area.
April 28-29, 2017
Newburyport Literary Festival
Laurent will be speaking on this great panel—book signing to follow the session:
Saturday, April 29 at 2:30 PM, Old South Church Social Hall:
On My Own: Self-Reliance, Strength, and Secrets in Young Adult Literature
No book is complete without a protagonist. Protagonists drive the story forward, capture readers’ attention, and remain a memorable friend (or enemy) long after the book is closed. Young adult protagonists are often strong, take-charge characters. But strength doesn’t have to mean physical endurance or skills with weaponry. It can also live in a pregnant teen, a closeted artist, or a cowgirl in disguise. In this discussion, we’ll explore the multifaceted dimensions of strength in young adult characters, the reasons why readers are drawn to independent protagonists, and how writers craft secrets that can be turned from weaknesses into strengths. Join young adult authors Erin Bowman, Tiffany D. Jackson, and Laurent Linn in conversation with Bookish.com’s executive editor, Kelly Gallucci.
Presenters: Erin Bowman, Laurent Linn, Tiffany D. Jackson
Moderator: Kelly Gallucci
Saturday, April 22, 207
SCBWI Illustration Workshop
Kansas City, Missouri
THE WHOLE PICTURE: BALANCING THE ART AND BUSINESS OF CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION
A Full-Day Workshop With Laurent Linn And Sarah Baker
SCBWI Kansas/Missouri is hosting our first Illustration Day. This day long workshop will include an in-depth look at character design, a behind the scenes look at the publishing industry, along with an opportunity for attendees to receive feedback from Laurent Linn and Sarah Baker.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Wearing Two Hats
If you’re a writer/illustrator, a writer who wants to illustrate, or an illustrator who wants to write, please join Laurent Linn and Jaime Temairik for this very special SCBWI event in Portland, Oregon. They will explore the dual life of author/illustrators at this one-day workshop.
March 18-26 2017
2017 NYC TEEN AUTHOR FESTIVAL
New York and New Jersey
Nine days. Over 100 authors. The New York Public Library, Indie Bookstores, Barnes & Noble, and The Bell House. The 10th annual NYC Teen Author Festival is here, with panels, readings, and our mega-signing at Books of Wonder as the grand finale. Come be a part of New York City’s biggest YA event. All events are free to the public, though book purchases are STRONGLY encouraged. Seating is first come, first served.
Saturday, March 18: Preview Day at Little City
Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield Ave, Hoboken, NJ — 4pm. Book signing to follow.
Mary G. Thompson
Thursday, March 23: The NYC Big Read, 10am-noon
The Festival's annual readings in libraries across New York city.
February 10-12, 2017
SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) 18th Annual Winter Conference
New York, NY
November 6, 2016
Texas Book Festival
Location: YA HQ (Congress & 10th St)
Book signing to follow: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Panel: BRB, Changing the World
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Be the change you want to see in the world. Sounds corny, maybe, but it’s true. Our world right now is changing in big ways every day. Of course, change doesn’t happen on its own. It takes strong people who stand up and say, “I’m here! And I’m going to do something about this.” In their new novels, Laurent Linn, David Wright and Carolyn Cohagan give voice to courageous characters who demand their right to respect. What are you doing to change the world? Let’s talk about it!
October 22, 2016
BookFest @ Bank Street College of Education
Bank Street College of Education • New York, NY
10:15 – 11:10am
Artists and Illustrators Talk Visual Literacy
Laurent Linn, author and illustrator, Draw the Line
Hervé Tullet, author and illustrator, Let’s Play!
Angela Dominguez, author and illustrator, Mango, Abuela and Me
Jason Chin, author and illustrator, Gravity
Brian Pinkney, author and illustrator, Max Found Two Sticks
Christopher Myers, author and illustrator, My Pen
Moderator: Susannah Richards, Eastern Connecticut State University
October 9, 2016
New York Comic Con
BookCon @ NYCC – 500 W 36th St • New York, NY
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Diversity, Class Systems, and Equality in Fantasy
When writing fantasy, all bets are off. What might be an acceptable democratic society in real life may be completely unacceptable in fantasy -- and what is a largely functional system in our world may collapse in a fictional setting, giving rise to anarchy or a new system. Fantasy worlds give authors a chance to envision a world where class, equality and diversity are examined in a way we cannot in the real world.
Lara Elena Donnelly, Amberlough
Jennifer Jenkins, Nameless & Clanless
Daniel Jose Older, Battle Hill Bolero
Laurent Linn, Draw the Line
Marie Lu, Young Elites series
Moderator: Ali Kokmen (Barnes & Noble)
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Brooklyn Book Festival
2:00 pm, St. Ann's School Rotunda (33 Clinton St., Brooklyn, NY)
I'll be on a fabulous panel!: Let Me Show You My World: Join three creators who craft narratives in words AND pictures. Faith Erin Hicks' exciting new graphic novel The Nameless City is the first in a trilogy, as two unlikely friends start their fantastical adventures through a city with no name. Laurent Linn combines comics and prose in a powerful illustrated novel about love, hate, and identity. And Ethan Young's Bridget Lee is a comic spacefaring joyride you won't want to miss. Moderated by George O'Connor (creator of the popular Olympians series).
Book signing to follow.
August 28, 2016
Parnassus Book Store Author Event & Signing, Nashville, TN
Come to a fun Draw the Line event at the legendary Parnassus Books, Nashville's amazing independent book store.
August 20-21, 2016
Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, NY
A Con like no other!!! Flame Con is a two-day comics, arts, and entertainment expo showcasing creators and celebrities from all corners of LGBTQ geek fandom. It features thoughtful discussions, exclusive performances, screenings, costumes, and more!
MY EVENTS, Sun, Aug 21 :
• Breaking the Rules of Teen Lit - 1:00 PM: I'll be moderating a panel with Bil Wright (Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy), Alison Cherry (Look Both Ways), & Michael Barakiva (One Man Guy) on how YA literature has been going through dramatic changes and, now more than ever, readers (and the YA gatekeepers: agents, publishers, book retailers, librarians) are embracing new ways of expression in teen novels. More and more YA novels have illustration, comics, sketches, etc., and many deal with unique LGBTQ issues as well as sci-fi/fantasy themes. Also, the way authors and illustrators engage with readers on social media through fan art, contests, and activism, is a bigger factor in what it means to be a creator of teen lit.
• Book Signing - 2:00 PM: I'll be signing DRAW THE LINE at the Books of Wonder Signing Table
• Portfolio Reviews - 3:00 PM: Bring your portfolio—I'll be reviewing great art!
August 7, 2016
Queens Book Festival
Citi Field, Queens, New York
July 29 - August 1, 2016
SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) Annual International Summer Conference
Los Angeles, California
June 22, 2016
6-8pm • Books of Wonder, NYC
BEYOND THE LABEL: WHAT DOES “DIVERSE” REALLY MEAN?
Book launch for Signs of Life, by Selene Castrovilla, and panel discussion.
#WeNeedDiverseBooks. Yes. What now? What is the definition of a diverse young adult novel? What are the responsibilities accompanying authorship? How can our diverse books make a social difference for teens facing adversity, especially when facing censorship?
Join SELENE CASTROVILLA and her guest panel of distinguished young adult authors — LAURENT LINN, TRACEY BAPTISTE, GAE POLISNER, and BRENDAN KEILY — as we tackle these questions, and more. Audience invited to bring questions to the forum!
June 20, 2016
6-8pm • Books of Wonder, NYC
Openly YA Event
Join Books of Wonder as we welcome LAURENT LINN, ALISON CHERRY, ADAM SILVERA, ROBIN TALLEY, KENNETH LOGAN, and KODY KEPLINGER for our annual Openly YA event! Your teen readers won't want to miss out as these six talented authors share their latest works of LGBT fiction.
LAURENT LINN for Draw The Line
ALISON CHERRY for Look Both Ways
ADAM SILVERA for More Happy Than Not
ROBIN TALLEY for What We Left Behind
KENNETH LOGAN for True Letters from a Fictional Life
KODY KEPLINGER for Run
June 10-11, 2016
SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) Florida Conference
Swan Hotel, Disney World, Orlando, Florida
May 17, 2016
Draw the Line Book Launch Event!
Society of Illustrators, Main Gallery
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
• 6pm - 9pm (presentation at 7pm, book signing to follow)
• Free & open to the public
• Refreshments + cash bar
• Books will be available for sale (Provided by Books of Wonder)
• Illustrations from DRAW THE LINE will be on display
Click here for more details
April 30, 2016
Dallas Book Festival
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
• 10:30am – 11:30am – Young Adult Author Panel: Jeramey Kraatz, Laurent Linn, Jenny Martin, Samantha Mabry and Moderator Kathleen Baldwin, 1st Floor, Community Exchange
• 5:30pm – 6:00pm – Author Talk by Laurent Linn, 1st Floor, Community Exchange
April 19-22, 2016
TLA (Texas Library Association) Annual Conference
April 3, 2016
MoCCA Fest (Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art) Arts Festival
New York, New York
Ink48 / Garamond Room
Making Comics for Younger Readers
Comics for middle grade and young adult readers are a booming area of publishing. Witness the success of Raina Telgemeier, whose books including Smile have been on the New York Times Softcover Graphic Books best seller list every week for four years now. Desk Set co-founder and Browning School Head Librarian Sarah Murphy will speak with Laurent Linn (Draw the Line), Kevin McCloskey (We Dig Worms!), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona, Lumberjanes) and James Sturm (Adventures in Cartooning) about the process and responsibilities of creating comics that meet the needs and appetites of younger readers.
March 11-13, 2016
SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) Southern Breeze Conference
February 12-14, 2016
SCBWI Annual International Winter Conference
New York, New York