PopTop Stage

The PopTop Stage features librarian favorites including mystery, humor, romance, technology, and travel, with readings, discussions, panels, and presentations.

Time Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
9:00am-9:50am

The Exciting World of YA Books

Preparing Kids Without Scaring Kids: Introducing the Police in Our Schools Series

10:00am-10:50am

The Opposite of Everyone and other novels by Joshilyn Jackson

Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA

11:00am-11:50am

We Need Diverse Books Presents: "Flying Lessons & Other Stories" for Every Middle Grade Reader

YA Gets Real: Character-Driven Contemporary Fiction

12:00pm-12:50pm

Two Unique and Compelling Stories for Black History Month: The March Against Fear & Shackles from the Deep

Rest

1:00pm-1:50pm

Out of Wonder:  Poems Celebrating Poets with Kwame Alexander and Ekua Holmes

Afar Live Drawing Demonstration

2:00pm-2:50pm

A Peace Planting Party: Growing Peace Through Books

The Dark Net

3:00pm-3:50pm

Understanding Differences: Using Books to Illuminate The Immigrant Experience

 
4:00pm-4:50pm

Seventy Five Years of Wonder Woman

 

 

Saturday, January 21

The Exciting World of YA Books

9:00am - 9:50am

Join moderator Alice Rush, host of Rush Hour on Paperback Radio along with Blink authors Stephanie Morrill (Lost Girl of Astor Street), bestseller Heather Maclean (Toward a Secret Sky), Christina June (It Started with Goodbye) and HarlequinTEEN authors Laurie Forest (The Black Witch) and Liz Reinhardt (Rebels Like Us) for a lively discussion on Young Adult books and what it takes for a YA author to engage today’s teens. Audience questions are welcomed, and a group ARC signing will follow. This panel discussion will also air on Paperback Radio. Come and be part of the conversation!

 

The Opposite of Everyone and other novels by Joshilyn Jackson

10:00am - 10:50am

Join USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, Joshilyn Jackson, as she reads excerpts from her new novel, The Opposite of Everyone – the story of a fiercely independent divorce lawyer learning the power of family and connection after receiving a cryptic message from her estranged mother.

 

We Need Diverse Books Presents: "Flying Lessons & Other Stories" for Every Middle Grade Reader

11:00am - 11:50am

Join VP/Publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers Phoebe Yeh in conversation with the editor of the first WNDB anthology for middle grade audiences, Ellen Oh (WNDB President/CEO, The Prophecy series) and contributors Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil series) and Tim Tingle (House on Purple Cedar, How I Became a Ghost). Middle grade is one of the largest growing genres of books for young readers and sadly has the least representation of marginalized characters. With anthologies for young readers on the rise FLYING LESSONS spotlights writers and characters of various marginalized backgrounds for an array of short fiction to engage children and help them see themselves reflected in literature. Join the contributors and editors to discuss the process of compiling these stories and why FLYING LESSONS is a text that helps encourage young readers and writers of all backgrounds.

 

Two Unique and Compelling Stories for Black History Month: The March Against Fear & Shackles from the Deep

12:00pm - 12:50pm

Two Unique and Compelling Stories for Black History Month

Sibert-honor winning author Ann Bausum and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Michael Cottman team up to talk about their latest works, The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of the Black Power and Shackles from the Deep Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy. 

These works both address tough subjects in a compelling and thoughtful manner that will thoroughly engage middle grade+ readers. Students will come away with an understanding of the complex issues of slavery, injustice, and fear, and the challenges of change. Bausum and Cottman provide historical context to understanding and discussing today’s racial issues.

 

Out of Wonder:  Poems Celebrating Poets with Kwame Alexander and Ekua Holmes

1:00pm - 1:50pm

A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder.

 

A Peace Planting Party: Growing Peace Through Books

2:00pm - 2:50pm

Peace Dragon series creator Linda Ragsdale (Words and Not Opposites) and author friends Susan Eaddy (Poppy’s Best Paper) and Jessica Young (My Blue is Happy) discuss how books can be seeds for growing a more compassionate world. The authors will explore how the concepts of view, voice, and choice bloom through their characters and stories, opening the door to building a library of books that express similar themes.

 

Understanding Differences: Using Books to Illuminate The Immigrant Experience

3:00pm - 3:50pm

Publisher Nancy Paulsen, of Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, will lead a discussion surrounding "Understanding Differences: Using Books to Illuminate The Immigrant Experience" with Ruth Behar, Aisha Saeed, and Hena Khan.

 

Seventy Five Years of Wonder Woman

4:00pm - 4:50pm

Celebrate over seven decades of the awe-inspiring Wonder Woman, from early years as one of the first female superheroes in the comics industry, to today. Wonder Woman has seen countless waves of feminism in her time as one of DC’s favorite heroes and the importance is still relevant today.

 

Sunday, January 22

Preparing Kids Without Scaring Kids: Introducing the Police in Our Schools Series

9:00am - 9:50am

Deputy Sheriff Becky Coyle discusses the role of school resource officers, lockdown drills, and school security in her new series, Police in Our Schools. As an elementary school resource officer, her experiences have helped her develop a way to open up a conversation about these topics with young children that both educates and entertains. Join Officer Coyle as she talks about the first three titles in the series (Police in Our School, The Lockdown Drill, and Who Let The Dog In?), shares her experiences, and provides tips on how best to explore these issues with students K-3.

 

Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA

10:00am - 10:50am

"Hidden Human Computers," a new title from ABDO, discusses how in the 1950s, black women made critical contributions to NASA by performing calculations that made it possible for the nation’s astronauts to fly into space and return safely to Earth. Hear one of the book's authors, a granddaughter of one of these women, discuss the work that changed history but was hidden from its pages for decades.

Duchess Harris, JD, PhD is the granddaughter of Miriam Daniel Mann, who was a Hidden Human Computer at NASA from 1943-1966. Duchess’ mother Miriam Mann Harris raised her to be fearless like her grandmother.  Harris is a Professor and Chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  This is her fourth book.

 

YA Gets Real: Character-Driven Contemporary Fiction

11:00am - 11:50am

Trends come and go, fantasy worlds are built and crumble, but contemporary teen stories with vivid, relatable characters never go out of style. Debut authors and Class of 2k17 Books members JC Davis, McCall Hoyle, Tiffany Jackson and Joanne O'Sullivan talk about the characters teens flock to, fall for, and fangirl/boy about and real-life issues they face. Join these authors for a conversation that gets real about contemporary teens, followed by trivia, giveaways and signings.

Tiffany Jackson is the author of "Allegedly" (Katherine Tegen, January 24, 2017)

JC Davis is the author of "Cheesus Was Here" (Sky Pony, April 4, 2017)

Joanne O'Sullivan is the author of "Between Two Skies" (Candlewick, April 25, 2017)

McCall Hoyle is the author of "The Thing with Feathers" (Blink/Harper Collins, Fall 2017)

 

Rest

12:00pm - 12:50pm

In Rest, Silicon Valley consultant Alex Pang argues that we can be more successful in all areas of our lives by recognizing the importance of rest: working better does not mean working more, it means working less and resting better. Treating rest as a passive activity secondary to work undermines our chances for a rewarding and meaningful life. Whether by making space for daily naps, as Winston Churchill did during World War II; going on hours-long strolls like Charles Darwin; or spending a week alone in a cabin like Bill Gates, pursuing what Pang calls “deliberate rest” is the true key to fulfillment and creative success. Drawing on rigorous scientific evidence and revelatory historical examples, Rest overturns everything our culture has taught us about work and shows that only by resting better can we start living better.

 

Afar Live Drawing Demonstration

1:00pm - 1:50pm

Image Comics presents a live drawing demonstration and Q&A with critically acclaimed Afar creators, Leila Del Duca and Kit Seaton! A brief signing session will also be offered after the demonstration.

 

The Dark Net

2:00pm - 2:50pm

Hell on earth is only one mouse click away in acclaimed writer Benjamin Percy’s terrifying new horror novel. 

Percy has won a Whiting Writers Award, a Plimpton Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment and will discuss his new horror/mystery crossover title.

The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in secret.   Now, an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. These demons are threatening to spread virally into the real world unless they can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew: Twelve year old Hannah, who has been fitted with the Oculus—a high tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness—wonders why she sees shadows surrounding some people. Lela, a technophobic journalist, has stumbled upon a story nobody wants her to uncover. Mike Juniper, a one time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons, has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs. And Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous.

They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains.