University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Save the date for 2017!

March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Bill Konigsberg

Krystina Moran

Mr. Konigsberg is appearing courtesy of Scholastic

Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning young adult author of three novels. His most recent novel, "The Porcupine of Truth," won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Stonewall Book Award in 2016, made the YALSA’s 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and was on Booklist’s Best of 2015 list and the ALA’s 2015 Rainbow List. "Openly Straight" won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and Lambda Literary Award in 2014. It also made YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults List, the TAYSHAS List as a top ten title, the ALA’s Rainbow List, and was a Teens’ Top Ten nominee. His debut novel, "Out of the Pocket," won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. It also made the ALA’s Rainbow List. His forthcoming novel, "Honestly Ben," has received three starred reviews, from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal. Bill is an Assistant Professor of Practice at The Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, where he coordinates and teaches in the Your Novel Year online certificate program. Prior to turning his attention to writing books for teens, Bill was a sports writer and editor for and The Associated Press. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford.

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Scheduled events:
Real Life as Inspiration or Desperation
Join Ellen Hopkins and Bill Konigsberg as they talk about The You I've Never Known and Honestly Ben and answer questions about how real life experiences influence their books.

Teen & Author Stage (Seats 88)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Panelists: Ellen Hopkins, Bill Konigsberg
Depicting LGBTQ Experiences in Books for Teens
Books for teens are incorporating a much wider range of depictions of gender identities and sexual orientations. Three YA authors will talk about their books and the issues they have encountered in writing books highlighting LGBTQ experiences for adolescents.

Education Room 351 (Seats 48, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jeff Garvin, Shaun David Hutchinson, Bill Konigsberg
Moderator: Janine Schall
Dealing with Criticism as an Author
Receiving criticism about your books from editors and reviewers is a difficult experience as an author. An author will share how he responds to both productive and destructive criticism in order to retain his vision and voice as a writer.

Education Room 333 (Seats 40, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Bill Konigsberg
Moderator: Marina Welmers

Honestly Ben
Children / Teens
Arthur A. Levine Books
March 2017
ISBN 9780545858267
Hardcover, 336 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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Ben Carver returns for the spring semester at the exclusive Natick School in Massachusetts determined to put his relationship with Rafe Goldberg behind him and concentrate on his grades and the award that will mean a full scholarship--but Rafe is still there, there is a girl named Hannah whom he meets in the library, and behind it all is his relationship with his distant, but demanding father.

The Porcupine of Truth
Children / Teens
Scholastic Inc.
August 2016
ISBN 9781338032451
Paperback, 336 pages
$10.99, INSTORE
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Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn't really know. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
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Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
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Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
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