The Greater Houston Teen Book ConventionTM
teenbookcon schedule
of events
 9:00 - 10:00
 Book Sales (all day), Entertainment
 10:00 - 10:45
Keynote Speech
 10:55 - 11:35
Choose a panel
 11:35 - 12:15
 Lunch Break/Panel Session A
 12:35 - 1:15
 Lunch Break/Panel Session B
 1:25 - 2:05
 Choose a panel
 2:15 - 2:55
 Choose a panel
 3:00 - 3:40 Closing Keynote 
 & Door Prize winners announced*!
*must be present to win

 3:40 - 5:00
Author Signing Lines, Book Sales!
*Schedule subject to change--make sure to pick up a program
when you arrive at TeenBookCon

 These panels will present
during A Lunch
These panels will present
during B Lunch 
The Hardest Thing
(realistic fiction)
Gayle Forman
Kevin Emerson
Jason Reynolds
Aisha Saeed
Elizabeth Wein
 The Secrets That Bind Us
Ally Carter
Lindsay Cummings
Maureen Johnson
Justine Larbalestier
Henry Turner
Magical Mayhem 
Josephine Angelini
Sarah Cross
Rachel Hartman
Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Joe Shine
Leslye Walton
Reality Need Not Apply
(science fiction)
Lydia Kang
Megan Miranda
Kristen Simmons
Tommy Wallach
Scott Westerfeld
The Truth About Love
Alexis Bass
Susane Colasanti
David Levithan
Jennifer Mathieu
Joy Preble
Fight the Good Fight
(graphic novelist))
George O'Connor
Jen Wang

Meet the panelists...

Each of authors presents four times. After the Keynote Speech, you head to your first panel session.

New this year: we will have two lunch sessions! During each lunch session, 3 of the panels will still present, then it flips for the second lunch session. Feel free to brown bag it and go to 5 author sessions or take the lunch of your choice and see authors during the other 4 panel sessions!

Please note: it will be impossible for you to see every author
at TeenBookCon as there are six panels to choose from
but each panel group only presents four times.
So bring a friend--divide and conquer 
then compare notes after TeenBookCon!

For more information about how the day works, see our FAQs page!

Seating preference will be given to teens at all author sessions.

Concessions (pizza, sodas, water, chips, and other snacks) will be available for purchase in the cafeteria. These will be cash only. Proceeds help support the next TeenBookCon!

A number of local food trucks will be selling some great varieties of food options in the back courtyard.

This year's list of food trucks are coming soon!

Blue Willow Bookshop is the official bookseller of TeenBookCon.  All featured authors’ books will be available for purchase all day.  Buy books at the festival and have them signed by your favorite authors at the end of the day!

All authors will be available to sign only books.  You must purchase a book at the festival to get into the signing lines. 

You may buy as many books as you would like to have signed that day, but to enter the signing lines, you must have a receipt from Blue Willow showing that you have purchased at least one of the authors’ books from the festival.  

Your receipt from Blue Willow will also entitle you to bring 2 additional books from home to be signed by the authors as well.

Cash and Credit Cards will be accepted.

  • Have fun!
  • Meet all of your favorite and soon-to-be-favorite authors
  • Attend the Keynote Address at 10 a.m.
  • Sit in on different author panels throughout the day
  • Participate in activities--temporary tattoo booth, face painting, bring your cell phone camera for our photo booth, button making and more
  • Listen to live music by local teens
  • Have an author sign your book at the end of the day
  • Hang out with your friends and meet other teens who love reading
  • Join us for authors, books, prizes, pizza, food truck fun, Amy's Ice Creams and tons of fun!