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Friday, July 8 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
VIP Cocktail Party

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Spend some time with our amazing guests & enjoy an open bar! The VIP Cocktail event is open to all VIP Registration holders + individual ticket purchasers and will also feature some yummy appetizers/food spreads.

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Sasha Alsberg

Sasha Alsberg is also known as Abookutopia, her popular booktube channel, which boasts 248,000 subscribers and counting. Known for her enthusiasm for books, as well as her uncanny resemblance to Lily Collins (naturally, Sasha is a Mortal Instruments fan), Sasha’s current obsessions... Read More →
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Victoria Aveyard

Victoria is the author of the New York Times bestselling RED QUEEN, the first in a trilogy about a society where the color of your blood means everything–if you’re a Red, you have nothing, and if you’re a Silver, you have everything… including superpowers. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known... Read More →
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Kamilla Benko

Editor, Paper Lantern Lit
Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. When she grew up, she moved to NYC and entered into the world of children’s publishing. She now wrangles manuscripts as an editor for Paper... Read More →
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Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of THE DARKEST MINDS trilogy and PASSENGER. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s... Read More →
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Elizabeth Briggs

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Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She’s the author of the new adult CHASING THE DREAM series and the young a... Read More →
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Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is a South Asian fantasy writer. Her short stories have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Strange Horizons, Book Smugglers Publishing and Shimmer Magazine. Her first YA fantasy novel, THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN (MacMillan, May 2016), is a re-envisioning of the Hades and Persephone... Read More →
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Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction at HarperCollins. Her debut YA novel, THE MURDER COMPLEX, was published in June 2014, quickly followed by her first middle grade series, THE BALANCE KEEPERS in September. She’s the creator of the... Read More →
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Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author... Read More →
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Stephanie Diaz

Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, EXTRACTION, when she should’ve been studying and making short films at San Diego State University. She has since written the next two books in the Extraction series, REBELLION and the forthcoming EVOLUTION, out September 8, 2015. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling... Read More →
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Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
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Jordan Hamessley

Jordan Hamessley is the senior editor of the children's division at Insight Editions in the Bay Area. Insight is known for great licensed books including many Harry Potter projects! She is actively building the children's list. Prior to Insight, Jordan edited and developed content... Read More →
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Thao Le

Literary Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
THAO LE is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency. She also handles the agency’s financials and select contracts.Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators.For... Read More →
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Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the THRONE OF GLASS series (Queen of Shadows, the fourth book, will release globally on September 1st, 2015) and the A COURT OF THORN AND ROSES series. She currently resides with her husband and loyal canine companion in Pennsylvania. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency... Read More →
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Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the force behind Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009 when Mark discovered Harry Potter, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter... Read More →
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Chris Rankin

Chris Rankin played Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, and is a fan favorite in HP fandom and at conventions. Chris’s professional acting career kicked off in 2000 when he won the role of Percy, whom he played in five of the eight HP films. A huge HP fan both before and... Read More →
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Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →
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Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling YA novels The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means, both of which contain an embarrassing amount of Harry Potter and Doctor Who references. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she earned a Masters of Bioethics. She lives in Los Angeles, Calif... Read More →
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Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →
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Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is “you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce.” She lives in Portland... Read More →
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Suzie Townsend

After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend started publishing at FinePrint Literary Management in January 2009 and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now an agent at New Leaf Literary, she represents adult and children’s fiction. Suzie reps, among... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Volpe

Joanna Volpe

Joanna represents all brands of fiction from picture books to adult novels. Her picture book taste is the most eclectic, ranging from sweet to fun to smart to quirky. For other fiction (both adult and children’s) she has an affinity for stories that have a darker element to them... Read More →
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Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in sociocultural anthropology and English. Jessica is most interested in all sub-genres of romance. She greatly enjoys character driven plots that pull the reader into the pages and won’t let go... Read More →
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Carlie Webber

Carlisle Webber is the founder of CK Webber Associates, an agency specializing in middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Prior to opening her own agency, she worked for the New England Publishing Associates/Publish or Perish Agency and the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She is a graduate of... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
Green Valley Ranch Resort