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
 11:45 - 12:25
 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 Session: Michael Buckley does comedy improv
with a local teen comedy troupe! 

 & Door Prize winners announced*!
*must be present to win

 3:40 - 5:00
Author Signing Lines, Book Sales!*
*due to time constrains,
some authors will only be able
to sign, not personalize books
and may not have time for posed photos.

*Schedule subject to change--make sure to pick up a program
when you arrive at TeenBookCon

 PANELS 2016 
All panel sessions are set up to be a Q&A session with the authors.
Feel free to ask authors specific questions you might have about their books, or ask the whole panel a question that they can each answer!

Back in the Day
(historical fiction and nonfiction)
Ruta Sepetys
Jennifer Donnelly
Monica Hesse
Katherine Howe
Steve Sheinkin
Give Me a Break (from Reality)
(fantasy fiction)
Michael Buckley
Shaun David Hutchinson
Kathy Parks
Gena Showalter 
Ship It
Jesse Andrews
Tina Connolly
Samantha Mabry
Meredith Moore
Kristin Rae
 Life is Rough
(realistic fiction)
E. K. Johnston
Amber Smith
Ray Villareal
Nicola Yoon
Amy Zhang
I'm New Here
(authors with one or two books out)
Sean McGinty
Julie Murphy
Becky Wallace
Jeff Zentner
The Big Picture
(graphic novelists)
Mark Crilley
Faith Erin Hicks

The authors are grouped together based on a common theme,
but your questions can be about anything at all,
it does not have to be about that particular theme...

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

And again 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.

A number of local food trucks will be selling some great
varieties of food options in the back courtyard.
The food trucks cannot accept cafeteria concession tickets!

Kona Ice

And as always...

Concessions will be available for purchase in the cafeteria.
Make sure to bring cash - we will be selling lunch tickets
in the rotunda and at the south registration area.
*Save time at lunch by buying your tickets when you arrive*

Tickets are $1.00 each

Throughout the day, attendees will be able to purchase the following items:
pre-packaged breakfast foods:
(pop-tarts, honey buns, etc.) - 1 ticket
bottled water - 1 ticket
sodas - 1 ticket
chips - 1 ticket
pretzels - 1 ticket
cookies - 1 ticket
candy - 1 ticket
pickles - 1 ticket
popcorn - 1 ticket

During the lunch hour ONLY:
we'll be selling:
pizza slices (cheese or pepperoni) - 1 ticket per slice

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
  • 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 trucks, and tons of fun!