Jon Skovron is an author of fantasy novels for adults and teens. He lives just outside Washington DC with his two sons.

NYC Teen Author Festival 2012

For the third year in a row, I will be participating in the New York City Teen Author Book Festival! It's a week of events all around the city featuring tons of authors. I've had so much fun on previous years. I can't wait be in it again!

Below I've listed the full schedule, which includes the panel discussion I'll be participating in on Wednesday, March 28th at the Main Branch public library called"Things Fall Apart: World Building and World Destroying in YA". And of course the super crazy, all-author signing on Sunday, April 1st at Books of Wonder. But if you're in town, you really should try to see as many things as possible. It's going to be nonstop awesome.

You can also join it on Facebook at

The full schedule...

Monday, March 26:

Plotting Dangerously:  Doing What it Takes to Find the Story

Mulberry Street Branch of the NYPL, 10 Jersey Street b/w Mulberry and Lafayette, 6-8.

  • Coe Booth
  • Jen Calonita
  • Paul Griffin
  • Deborah Heiligman
  • Melissa Kantor
  • Morgan Matson
  • Kieran Scott
  • Melissa Walker

moderator: David Levithan

Tuesday, March 27:

The Mutual Admiration Society Reading

McNally Jackson Bookstore,  52 Prince Street, 7-8:30

  • Madeleine George
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • David Levithan
  • Jennifer Smith
  • John Corey Whaley

Wednesday. March 28:

Things Fall Apart: World Building and World Destroying in YA

42nd St NYPL, Bergen Forum, 6-8

  • Anna Carey
  • Sarah Beth Durst
  • Anne Heltzel
  • Jeff Hirsch
  • Andy Marino
  • Lauren McLaughlin
  • Lissa Price
  • Jon Skovron

moderator:  Chris Shoemaker

Thursday, March 29:

The NYC Big Read

Queens – Long Island City branch of the Queens Public Library (37-44 21 Street, Long Island City, NY 11101)

  • Tara Altebrando
  • Brent Crawford
  • Gina Damico
  • Jeff Hirsch
  • Andy Marino
  • Jon Skovron
  • Alecia Whitaker

Manhattan – (locations to come)

  • Jen Calonita
  • Anna Carey
  • Matthew Cody
  • Jocelyn Davies
  • Melissa De La Cruz
  • Hilary Graham
  • Christopher Grant
  • Leanna Renee Hieber
  • Anne Heltzel
  • Gwendolyn Heasley
  • PG Kain
  • Kody Keplinger
  • Lauren McLaughlin
  • Sarah Mlynowski
  • Eugene Myers
  • Micol Ostow
  • Stephanie Perkins
  • Jessica Rotherberg
  • Lena Roy
  • Erin Saldin
  • Leila Sales
  • Eliot Schrefer
  • Samantha Schutz
  • Mark Shulman
  • Arlaina Tibensky

Brooklyn -- –Brooklyn Public Library -- central branch, Grand Army Plaza

  • Kate Ellison
  • Gayle Forman
  • Melissa Kantor
  • Barry Lyga
  • Michael Northrop
  • Matthue Roth
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Melissa Walker

Bronx -- Bronx Library Center - 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx 

  • Elizabeth Eulberg 
  • Paul Griffin 
  • Alissa Grosso 
  • David Levithan
  • Sarah Darer Littman
  • Kieran Scott
  • John Corey Whaley

Friday March 30


42nd Street NYPL, 2-6

2:00 – Introduction

2:10-3:00: Being Friends With Boys

  • Elizabeth Eulberg
  • Jenny Han
  • Terra Elan McVoy
  • Stephanie Perkins

moderator:  Sarah Mlynowski

3:00-3:50:  The Writer as Time Traveler:  Writing the Past While Sitting in the Present

  • Judy Blundell
  • Matthew Cody
  • Jennifer Donnelly
  • Leanna Renee Hieber
  • Suzanne Weyn

moderator:  David Levithan

3:50-4:40:  No Ordinary Love:  How to Create a Satisfying Love Story and a Satisfying Supernatural World at the Same Time

  • Andrea Cremer
  • Melissa de la Cruz
  • Jeri Smith-Ready
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Margaret Stohl

moderator:  Barry Lyga

4:40-5:30:  New Voices Spotlight

Emily Danforth Kate Ellison Lucas Klauss Carley Moore Aleica Whittaker

Barnes & Noble Reader’s Theater/Signing

Union Square B&N, 33 E 17th St, 7-8:30

  • Andrea Cremer
  • Emily Danforth
  • Lucas Klauss
  • Stephanie Perkins
  • Siobhan Vivian
  • John Corey Whaley

moderator:  David Levithan

Saturday March 31


42nd Street NYPL, 1-5

1:00 – Introduction

1:10-2:00 – Rising to the Challenge: YA Characters Facing Down What Life Throws Them

  • Tara Altebrando
  • Matt Blackstone
  • Susane Colasanti
  • Kody Keplinger
  • Siobhan Vivian
  • K.M. Walton

moderator:  David Levithan

2:00-2:50 -- Killer Instincts:  Death, Murder, and the YA Novel

  • Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Gina Damico
  • Kim Harrington
  • Barry Lyga

moderator:  Marie Rutkoski

2:50-4:00 -- Moments of Truth: Characters at a Crossroads

  • Natasha Friend
  • Margie Gelbwasser
  • Jennifer Hubbard
  • Stewart Lewis
  • Sarah Darer Littman
  • Jess Rothenberg
  • Daisy Whitney

moderator:  E. Lockhart

4:00-5:00 – Looking Forward to Fall

  • David Levithan
  • Marie Rutkoski
  • Eliot Schrefer
  • and more authors reading from their upcoming books

Sunday April 1

Our No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing

Books of Wonder, 1-4


  • Jennifer Barnes (Every Other Day, Egmont)
  • Matt Blackstone (A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie, FSG)
  • Caroline Bock   (LIE, St. Martin’s)
  • Jen Calonita  (Belles, Little Brown)
  • Anna Carey (Eve, Harper)
  • Susane Colasanti (So Much Closer, Penguin)
  • Andrea Cremer (Bloodrose, Penguin)
  • Gina Damico (Croak, HMH)
  • Emily Danforth  (The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Harper)
  • Jocelyn Davies  (A Beautiful Dark, Harper)             
  • Sarah Beth Durst (Drink, Slay, Love, S&S)
  • Elizabeth Eulberg (Take a Bow, Scholastic)
  • Gayle Forman (Where She Went, Penguin)
  • Natasha Friend (For Keeps, Penguin)
  • Kim Harrington (Perception, Scholastic)
  • Barry Lyga (I Hunt Killers, Little Brown)
  • Daisy Whitney (The Rivals, Little Brown)                     


  • Margie Gelbwasser (Pieces of Us, Flux)
  • Alissa Grosso (Popular, Flux)        
  • Jenny Han  (We’ll Always Have Summer, S&S)                
  • Leanna Renee Hieber (Darker Still, Sourcebooks)
  • Anne Heltzel  (Circle Nine, Candlewick)
  • Jeff Hirsch  (The Eleventh Plague, Scholastic)
  • Jennifer Hubbard (Try Not to Breathe, Penguin)
  • Melissa Jensen (The Fine Art of True or Dare, Penguin)
  • PG Kain (Famous for Thirty Seconds, S&S)                       
  • Melissa Kantor (The Darlings in Love, Hyperion)
  • Kody Keplinger (Shut Out, Little Brown)
  • Lucas Klauss (Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse, S&S)
  • David Levithan (Every You, Every Me, RH)
  • Stewart Lewis (You Have Seven Messages, RH)
  • Sarah Darer Littman (Want to Go Private?, Scholastic)
  • Elisa Ludwig (Pretty Crooked, S&S)


  • Carolyn Mackler (The Future of Us, Penguin)            
  • Andy Marino (Unison Spark, FSG)
  • Wendy Mass (13 Gifts, Scholastic)
  • Terra Elan McVoy (The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, S&S)  
  • Lauren McLaughlin  (Scored, RH)
  • Sarah Mlynowski (Ten Things We Did, RH)
  • Carley Moore (The Stalker Chronicles, FSG)
  • E. C. Myers  (Fair Coin, Pyr)
  • Michael Northrop (Plunked, Scholastic)
  • Micol Ostow (What Would My Cell Phone Do?, Penguin)        
  • Stephanie Perkins (Lola and the Boy Next Door, Penguin)
  • Jessica Rotherberg (The Catastrophic History of You and Me, Penguin)
  • Marie Rutkoski (The Jewel of the Kalderash, FSG)
  • Erin Saldin (The Girls of No Return, Scholastic)
  • Leila Sales   (Past Perfect, S&S)
  • Kieran Scott (He’s So Not Worth It, S&S)


  • Melissa De La Cruz (Lost in Time, Hyperion)
  • Alyssa Sheinmel, (The Lucky Kind, RH)
  • Jennifer Smith (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Little Brown)
  • Jeri Smith-Ready (Shift, S&S)
  • Jon Skovron (Misfit, Abrams)
  • Victoria Schwab (The Near Witch, Hyperion)
  • Mark Shulman (Are You Normal?, National Geographic)
  • Margaret Stohl  (Beautiful Chaos, Little Brown)
  • Arlaina Tibensky (And Then Things Fell Apart, S&S)                      
  • Siobhan Vivian  (The List, Scholastic)
  • Melissa Walker  (Small Town Sinners, Bloomsbury)
  • K.M. Walton (Cracked, S&S)
  • John Corey Whaley (Where Things Come Back, S&S)
  • Alecia Whitaker (The Queen of Kentucky, Little Brown)
  • Maryrose Wood (The Unseen Guest, Harper)
  • Natalie Zaman and Charlotte Bennardo (Sirenz, Flux)

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